Skunk Removal & Control in Chicago
Are there Skunks under your front stoop, porch or patio? Strong skunk odor in or around your house? These signs are strong indicators skunks are living in or around your property. If so, we can help. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources and methods to effectively remove skunks from your home. Give us a call at 1-847-870-7175 today.
Skunks (sometimes also called polecats) are easy to identify thanks to their bold markings. The most common fur color is black and white, but some skunks are shades of brown, gray or even cream colored. All skunks are striped (even from birth), but sometimes those stripes are broken and appear more like spots or splotches.
Skunks are also easy to identify thanks to the strong smelling liquid they spray when disturbed. The liquid is expelled from a gland under the tail and has a range of nearly 10 feet, so stand back! Skunks range in size from 15 to 36 inches long (including their tails) and males typically weigh between 3 and 12 pounds. Female skunks tend to be smaller than males and usually weigh less than 9 pounds.
Skunks have strong front feet that are equipped with five toes and long curved claws – perfect for digging. The hind feet have toes that are equipped with shorter, straighter claws. The skunk tail is typically long and bushy.
Skunks are omnivores. They eat insects, larvae, earthworms, grubs, small rodents, snakes, birds, moles and more. In urban and suburban areas, skunks will forage for food in garbage cans and other refuse left by humans. Skunks have also been known to find their way into garages while searching for pet food.
Skunks are common throughout most of the U.S., including Northern Illinois. Skunks use many different habitats, but typically like forest borders, wooded ravines and fields with a good water supply nearby. Skunks like to feel protected and while they can dig their own dens, they typically prefer to dig under existing buildings, rock piles and junk piles. In the suburban area skunks are most often found under stoops, sheds, and decks. They can easily dig out dens and their entry point is often the size of a softball.
For 35 years, ABC Wildlife has helped homeowners across Chicagoland deal with skunk problems, including:
- Arlington Heights
- Oak Brook
- Glen Ellyn
- Lake Forest
- Highland Park
- St. Charles
- Elmhurst, and more
In urban neighborhoods, skunk problems often occur in residences, abandoned buildings,. Skunks tend to nest under porches, front stoops and burrow under sides of homes. Skunks can enter homes through very small holes, creating a nest once inside.
Like any unwanted animal, skunks can create damage during entry or once inside a home. Most often skunks cause damage to stoops, porches, and foundations. When Skunks dig under a stoop often times the stoop will begin to crack and subside (or slowly fall into the hole they dug). The subsiding concrete can be a fall hazard and often times cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Because of their troublesome scent glands, skunks present a problem unlike many other animals. The scent skunks give off can linger for days and weeks if not treated properly – and can be very troublesome if sprayed on concrete foundation walls. Because concrete is porous the strong scent can last for months and be very difficult to remove by homeowners without specialized knowledge.
Skunk Health Concerns
Skunks frequently carry parasites and diseases that can be harmful to humans, including rabies, roundworm, and parvovirus. Sealing up the skunk’s entry points can result in additional damage to your home, and stress for your family. This can cause the skunk to be trapped and die under your stoop. When a skunk dies there scent gland bursts and the smell is even worse than their regular spray. If you think you have skunks under your patio, front stoop, porch or deck, do not approach them as a showdown will likely trigger a scent spray and potential bite.
Contact a Skunk Removal Expert
You should contact a professional skunk removal and remediation service as soon as you identify any potential skunk problem in or around your home. Call 1-847-870-7175 to talk with our friendly and helpful staff today. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has over 35 years of experience in skunk prevention and repair.
We have both the knowledge and tools to get rid of your skunk problem no matter how simple or complex. Every one of our clean, courteous, and professional staff members is trained in skunk removal, trapping, and control techniques and in how to identify skunks and prevent future skunk damage to your home.
ABC Wildlife Skunk Service Area
ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal control and prevention provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 35 years we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers and municipal customers dealing with skunk problems across the greater Chicagoland area, including:
- Chicago, Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Burr Ridge and most of Cook County.
- Wheaton, Naperville, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn and all DuPage County.
- Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Deerfield and most of Lake County.
- Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Elgin and parts of Kane County.
Contact us today for a FREE telephone consultation. 1-847-870-7175