“What’s That Smell Coming From Under My House?”

Need help now? Call 508-946-0060 immediately. Remember, Gary’s Wildlife has an exceptional success rate removing skunks.

IMPORTANT: If a skunk rapidly stomps his front foot, or arches his back and lifts his tail, it’s a good sign he is about to spray. Get out of the way!

The most common problem with skunks is obviously their very strong odor. Skunks can spray their scented yellowish musky fluid up to 10 feet very accurately. But skunks can also create similar strong odors even without spraying.

Even though the odor is a common problem (and very unpleasant) it isn’t the most serious issue when dealing with skunks. Skunks can carry diseases harmful to humans and pets like rabies, distemper, and leptospirosis. Leptospirosis, considered to be the most common disease transferred from animals to humans, can be very serious if left untreated.

Possible Sources Of The Smell Coming From Under Your Porch

Since the skunk is very common to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and other New England states, you are probably familiar with its strong smell. Skunks often live in close proximity to humans. You’ll often find skunk burrows under buildings, sheds, decks, porches, and foundations.

It is possible that a skunk got into a fight with another animal (hopefully not your pet!) and sprayed in self-defense, but there are other reasons for a skunk to cause an unpleasant odor.

During mating season, skunks will mark their territory, causing a similar odor. Or perhaps a skunk died in its burrow, which causes a persistent odor as the dead skunk decomposes.

Throughout most of the year, skunks are loners. In the cold winter months, skunks will group together in packs of as many as ten or more, which increases the probability of these things happening.

Make Your Home Skunk-Proof

It goes without saying that if you have skunks trying to live in or around your home, something has to be done before the situation gets any worse.

Gary’s Wildlife has multiple resources to make sure that the skunks are gone and that they won’t come back. Including…

  • Installing screening around decks/shed
  • Using special 1-way doors that allow the skunks to leave, but not come back.
  • Trapping and humanely removing the skunk from the site.
  • Deodorizing any affected areas (effectively removing 90% of the smell)

Give us a call at 508-946-0060 and we will discuss your personal situation in detail.

Poor Mrs. Smith from Mendon, Massachusetts had a problem with skunks. Fortunately, we were able to provide a long-term solution for her. Please feel free to read all the details about what we did and what she thought about it.

Need help now? Call 508-946-0060 immediately.

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“Thanks so much for the help with the skunk problem, your exclusion worked perfectly and the odor is gone. You guys are great.”

-Nancy from Duxbury