Apart from the Smell, Do Skunks Cause Any Problems?

Despite the fact that skunks are kind of on the cute side, there is a wide array of potential problems and dangers that stem from those furry, little, black and white striped creatures. Apart from the immense defense mechanism of the scent glands to product a noxious odor, there are a few problems that skunks may cause.

If you are reading this, chances are, you have discovered a skunk in or around your property. It may be tempting to just let the creature be, but you should be aware of the potential problems this type of wildlife may cause. Continue reading to learn more. 

Property Damage 

Many do not realize it, but skunks have the potential to cause immense property damage. The first is by creating burrows with their front claws. These burrows are typically constructed – along with tunnels – underneath buildings, near decks, by concrete foundations, and near or under sheds.

Not only does the burrows and tunnels have the potential to negatively impact the structural integrity of the home, they may allow the creatures direct access inside of buildings. 

Skunks are omnivores. They consume eggs, plants, insects, rabbits, mice, ground squirrels and more. While this may not seem too bad, the fact of the matter is, they typically dig holes in the ground to gain access to food sources.

Not only will this prove to be destructive for the vegetation on your property, it is possible for pets and people to accidentally step in these holes and become injured. 


Skunks carry diseases; however, they are most susceptible to rabies. This is a disease that may be transmitted to both pets and people. It is important to note, though, that rabies cannot be passed through their spray. It is transmitted through saliva. In most instances, it is passed on when the creature bites.

If you observe a skunk wandering around during the daytime hours, displaying signs of aggression, salivating a lot, or having muscle tremors, stay away. While dogs and cats may get a rabies vaccine, these are not possible for people. Simply avoid interacting with skunks.

Even those that have rabies may not display any symptoms for weeks. In addition to rabies, they may pass on distemper and salmonella. 

Additional Dangers 

In addition to the dangers previously outlined, skunks may cause the following problems:

  1. They may be a host to a wide assortment of parasites. If they live on your property or near your home, they may introduce these parasites to the area. 
  2. The spray that comes from a skunk may result in an allergic reaction in some animals and in people. If this type of reaction does occur, it could prove to be potentially fatal. 

If you have skunks in or around your property, it is essential that you contact wildlife experts to assist in eliminating or removing the creatures. We here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors specialize in the trapping and removal of skunks. If you need assistance, we encourage you to call us immediately at: 855-465-1088

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