If you have a skunk on your property, you are going to need to think about skunk removal in University Park. And you will need to think about it quickly. You do not want to waste time in waiting to see if the skunk goes away on its own.
The most obvious reason you don’t want to wait is because of the smell. It is a powerful one and can take a long time to dissipate. When it gets into your structure, carpeting, drapes and furniture, they can become permanently damaged.
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Getting the necessary cleaning done is not an inexpensive thing and will need to be done immediately. It’s better to get skunk removal in Illinois before it’s too late.
Aside from the smell, skunks can also be extremely destructive, particularly if you have a garden. These are digging animals and will cause problems for you as they search for bugs and worms to eat. They also have a habit of getting into your garbage and making a mess.
They are not generally aggressive but will sometimes bite dogs or cats that get too close. They may carry rabies as well as distemper, fleas, ticks and mites. All of these are obvious reasons neither you nor your pets should get near them.
Rather than try to deal with the problem yourself, it is much better to call in someone who is a professional in skunk removal. This is much safer for you as you won’t risk getting bit or sprayed, potentially being temporarily blinded in the process. Chances are very good that a non-professional trapping a skunk will end in the skunk spraying, causing damage to your property and an obvious odor issue that will need to be dealt with.
Call a professional in skunk removal if you are experiencing a problem with skunks. The sooner you call, the sooner the situation can be handled with a minimum of distress for all concerned. If you should experience a problem with the skunk odor in your home, they can often help you address that as well.
I learned from the management company that the crawlspace door had been inadvertently left open throughout the winter. When the current tenant noticed the open crawlspace door, he had closed it. The skunk smell began about 3 weeks after the crawlspace door had been closed.
When I arrived at the property I did an inspection of the foundation. It was an older home but there were no animal entry-points, and the entire foundation appeared structurally sound. I then performed an inspection of the crawlspace. There were signs of skunk activity, such as droppings, but no skunk odor and of course no skunk.
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After removing more than a thousand skunks in my career, I find it pretty easy to determine a live skunk smell as opposed to a dead skunk smell. This skunk was definitely dead!
I walked back out of the house to clear my nose, and entered the home through the back door. By doing this I was able to “center” the skunk odor thereby giving me a sense of where the source of the odor was strongest. My conclusions didn’t make sense to me. The skunk odor appeared to be strongest as I walked up the steps in the front room to the second floor, which was 13 feet above the crawlspace.
Now in my area of the US, the only skunks we have are striped skunks, and striped skunks don’t climb, at least not 13′!
I went back into the crawlspace to determine whether the skunk had gotten into one of the air ducts, and that possibly the smell was being distributed by the heating unit. Upon inspection I found that the ducting was intact.
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I did another search of the crawlspace looking for anything unusual and concentrated on some very small blue Styrofoam shavings at the base of the interior, front wall of the crawlspace. I had originally attributed these shavings to mouse chewing, but on closer inspection it appeared a larger animal had chewed the Styrofoam insulating board.
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That fact, together with a 3″ gap between the insulating board and the exterior brick wall gave me an intriguing hypothesis. I aimed my flashlight up into that 3″ gap and using a mirror I could see that there was dirt smeared on the outside surface of the blue insulating board and the direction it went was up!
Back into the house I went, this time with a stepladder. As I climbed the stepladder and got closer to the ceiling of the first floor the skunk odor got stronger. I then removed one of the air vents in the ceiling and the smell was overwhelming. Well, now I knew I was getting somewhere!
I called the rental management office, explained the situation and asked for permission to cut a hole in the ceiling of the house. After receiving the o.k., I carefully cut a hole in the area where I determined the smell was most intense. When I put my head through that hole in the ceiling I was very relieved to see a dead skunk lying 2 feet away. After removing the dead skunk I did a more complete investigation of the area above the ceiling. There were many skunk tracks in the dust, and even a skunk dropping. I decided we needed to get professional skunk removal.
My conclusions are that the skunk had been living in the crawlspace through the winter months as skunks will often do. When the tenant closed the crawlspace door, he had trapped the skunk inside the crawlspace. The desperate animal, seeking an exit, had somehow shimmied, or forced itself up the wall between the blue insulating board and the inside surface of the brick exterior wall. It then found itself in the void between the ceiling and the floor of the second level. That is where it died of dehydration.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other animals. It is mostly transferred by saliva entering a wound which in turn travels through your blood stream to your brain causing inflammation and swelling. The most common hosts for rabies in the United States are bats, though worldwide, dogs are the dominant source for transmission. Other animals that could carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes and any other stray mammal.
Keeping these carriers away from society has become quite a task. Animal skunk removal experts pride themselves on keeping the streets safe from rabid mammals. They will come to your home, business or property and remove any animal deemed unfit for its surroundings. They are of course regulated by state regulations to trap and relocate this animal appropriately.
The largest issue face by skunk removal experts is educating others on how to deal with potential rabies exposure. If you are bitten by an animal it is very important to immediately call 911. It is also important to attempt capture of your enemy to use for testing to make sure that the animal is or isn’t a host for rabies. If unable to test the animal you could be in for a wild ride of month long treatments costing up to two thousand dollars.
It is important to never handle a wild animal: dog, squirrel, skunk, or raccoon that you are unsure of. Making sure that your children are aware and to inform an adult if they see a sick or injured animal and to not touch is also very important. The most common deaths from rabies exposure are in children.
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