According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, skunks are the 2nd most common wildlife to carry rabies. Only bats account for more in Michigan. Our training and experience allow us to professionally remove these pests from your property.
The striped skunk is the most common species of skunk found in Michigan. It has a stout body with tail that is long, busy and has coarse fur. It’s legs are short and the head is broad at the base while its muzzle is short and tapered and ears are short and rounded. The eyes of the striped skunk are small and black. Each foot contains five toes with very strong claws with those in the front of the fetter being longer and curved.
The stripe, for which it is named, runs along the forehead and muzzle and is white. The top of the head and nape are white, while the white continues along each side as a narrow to broad stripe. In some skunks, the stripes will extend along the sides of the tail while in other skunks only the tip of the tail will be white. The remainder of the tail is typically a mixture of white and black.
The remaining parts of the head and body of the skunk are black. The amount of white in each skunk can vary with some individuals being nearly all black to some being predominantly white. Adults can be found in size 7 – 11 inches and weigh 2.5 – 12 lbs. The females are generally smaller than the male skunks.
Skunks will eat what is available to them and that consists of both plant and animals foods. Skunks consume many different species of insects which consists of the majority of their diet. This includes larvae of moths and butterflies, beetles and their grubs, grasshoppers. Crickets are favorites snack of skunks. During the warmer summer months is when skunks will consume the most amount of food.
During these summer months they will also consume fruits, berries and seeds. The striped skunks uses it’s keen sense of vision, hearing and smell to locate food. Skunks will use their long sharp claws of their forefeet to pry apart rotting logs and obtain beetle grubs or to explore the soil in search of insects or to attack active prey.
Given that skunks are a major carrier of rabies it is very important that if you notice signs of a skunk on your home or business that you contact us immediately to learn about our skunk Grand Rapids skunk removal services. We have the training and experience to remove skunks from your property humanely and reduce the chances of getting sprayed.
One of the first ways you’ll notice if you have skunks on your property is because of their smell. If you notice small holes near your home, porch or deck (approximately 4-6 inches in diameter) this is another sign. Skunks may be hiding in dens that they have created for themselves. Skunks can damage lawns and gardens in their never ending search for food.
We have years of experience with wildlife removal in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Cascade, Caledonia, Rockford, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Wyoming and all throughout West Michigan. If you have a skunk issue on your property make sure to give us a call today or fill out our quick online form. We can provide you an estimate on the cost associated to our critter control services.
The average litter consisted of seven offspring in each litter. They are a marsupial and like others, they spend the first few weeks of life in the pouch of their mother.