How to handle a skunk in your Connecticut yard
Submitted by Gregg Nelson of Big Bear Wildlife Control
When you have an encounter with a skunk in your yard, don't think he's moved in. Skunks love to wander about in search of food such as grubs. You will notice half-dollar size round holes that go through the grass while they look for their favorite food. This is why they visit under your deck, shed or wood pile.
Many times they will come around on a weekly basis and let you know that they visited last night. They only spray when nervous, so talk softly to them as you slowly back away. To keep them out of those areas you'll have to put up an exclusion material like wood or wire. Wire should be continued about 8 to 10 inches underground towards your yard so when they dig, they hit it and get discouraged. This will train them to leave that area when they look for food.
Another inexpensive way to keep skunks at bay is to purchase a motion controlled sprinkler such as the ScareCrow. This works on most animals to keep them out. Skunks hate water. If you try to trap them, you should know it's illegal to transport animals in Connecticut without the proper license. They carry rabies and may not display the later symptoms that affect brain activity.
It is imperative that you never touch a skunk. If you find a skunk has taken up house in your yard, call a professional to get rid of it.
Big Bear Wildlife Control is located in East Haven, Conn. As of Aug. 3, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.