skunks in Pennsylvania

Description of skunks in Pennsylvania

Skunks are native to Southeastern Pennsylvania and are one of the most misunderstood wild animals.

Skunks are well known for their odor when they spray, but skunks are actually very docile, laid back animals.

Their odor brings about fear in everyone who encounters them.

However, skunks have a limited supply of spray, so they don’t waste their defensive ammunition. They will usually give warnings first, like stamping their front feet. This gives the threat to them time to back off.

Skunk sightings in your neighborhood are not a cause for panic. Because of their laid back nature, they will not intentionally attack or bother people.

Skunks can actually benefit the neighborhood by eating insects, especially grubs in lawn, as well as rodents people consider pests.

Skunks are omnivorous, which means they feed on both plant and animal material. Their main food sources are insects and larvae, earthworms, grubs, small rodents, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles and eggs.

They will change their diet depending on the season.

They frequently live under decks, sheds, or front steps. They like to burrow under things. Often, they will take advantage of existing groundhog burrows on properties.

Problems Caused by skunks

The obvious problem with skunks is their spray. When alarmed by people or animals, they can spray a substance that can be smelled for thousands of feet.

Pets are often sprayed when chasing skunks, and the odor can linger for weeks or even months.

Trust me, skunk smell on a dog is not a pleasant experience.

A skunk smell deodorizer recipe is provided below in the frequently asked questions in your pet is sprayed.

Sometimes when a skunk sprays you may end up with skunk smell in house. The smell will enter through open windows, gable vents, foundations and any other openings around the home or business.

The most inexpensive method to deal with this problem is to purchase a deodorizer. “Odors Away” is designed to neutralize indoor odors. Place a few drops in a bowl and place it in the affected areas. Replenish the drops every 24 hours until the problem goes away.

How Aaxis Can Help Skunk removal

We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to take care of skunks yourself.

Skunk repellent is also not very effective at keeping them away. They require specialized trapping.

We use traps specially designed for skunks to keep them calm and prevent them from spraying.

Call Aaxis Wildlife at 610-247-0501 or contact us to remove skunks in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Call Aaxis Wildlife at (610) 247-0501 to develop a skunk removal plan to quickly get rid of them, to prevent re-entry, and to repair any damage they may have caused.

Frequently Asked Questions About Skunks

My dog has been sprayed by a skunk. How do I remove the skunk smell on my dog?

You can make your own remedy at home very cheaply. It is very effective and should get rid of the smell within minutes.

Skunk Deodorizer Recipe ( for use on dogs, cats, humans, clothing etc.

One quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 teaspoon of liquid soap (Dawn works best)

Mix the three ingredients together, then apply to the dogs coat and work it in to get to the skin. Rinse the dog with water and the odor should go away shortly. Sometimes a second treatment may be necessary.

Skunks are digging up my lawn. How do I prevent this from happening?

Skunks digging in the yard is caused by the presence of grubs in the soil, which is one of their favorite foods. It is a seasonal problem that happens when the soil is moist. The grubs will come closer to the surface after rain or lawn watering, making it easy for skunks to dig them up. Once the soil dries out again, the grubs will move further down in the soil and the skunks will stop digging. Applying a grub control product to your lawn should help to eliminate the problem.

There is a skunk in my yard during the daytime. Should I be worried the skunk is rabid?

Skunks are normally nocturnal, but they will sometimes search for food during the day, usually in the spring when they have hungry young to feed. If you see a skunk during the day acting abnormally, such as aggressive behavior, circling, paralysis or making vocal noises, it is time to call in the professionals to handle the situation.