My first skunk removal calls for the year typically start around Valentines day. Since being in business like clockwork I would get a few calls on Valentines day. This year that did not happen. The extreme winter is most likely to blame. Temperatures at night are well below freezing, with negative wind chills. Shoreline towns such as Old Saybrook, Essex, Madison, Clinton, Old Lyme have over twelve inches of snow pack making movement for skunks difficult. Skunk removal’s in these towns are normally my first of the season due to the fact we tend to have less snow, and slightly warmer temps. City skunks also seem to be hunkered down. Skunk removal in West Haven, New Haven, Hamden, Branford is typically active all year. Towards the end of February Durham, Haddam, and Middletown skunk removal calls are very active.
Skunk removal calls come at two times a year mostly, the skunk breeding season in February, and when the young skunks start leaving the den in June. Now that skunks seem to be running late this year Skunk removals will probably pick up late June into July. Fourth of July picnics may have some unwelcome guests this year due to this. Young skunks are active at any time near the den site. Young skunk spray just as much if not more than older skunks. The spray is not as potent as an adult, but still stinks. Skunk control in Essex CT picks up during the summer. Skunk control calls in Madison, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton ,Old Lyme also pick up at this time when cottages are opened for the season. Call 860-510-6313 for any skunk related Problems.
Ground entry points for raccoons: Decks , Sheds, hot tubs.
A good way to find Raccoon entry points is to take a walk around the outside of your house looking closely at where the house meets the ground. Are any of the vent covers Damaged or removed ? Have any doors been left Ajar particularly the basement or rarely used garage door? Is there missing or muddy siding? Are you seeing any digging, dirty spots, or loose boards or lattice? Any of these signs can point you to a possible entry point on ground level. You should do an inspection like this During the spring and fall at minimum. Doing such an inspection a few days after a fresh snowfall is also a great way to find an active den, thou the animals living there normally may be stuck at another den site for the time being.
Raccoons are a creature of habit, they tend to get into somewhat of a routine. Raccoons will have a latrine site close to where they are living. Raccoon latrines are dangerous and precaution should be taken when working around them. The Raccoon page talks more about this. Raccoon trails are easy to spot on clean surfaces the muddy foot prints are easy to identify.
Below is a series of pictures taken in Connecticut showing a raccoon latrine and trail leading onto a deck. The home owner informed me that a woodchuck was living under the deck. My original call to this site was because the house smelled like skunk. Skunks have taken up residence with the hibernating wood chuck. I have captured five skunks from under this deck, job is ongoing at this time. I believe that raccoon may be in the same woodchuck den, yet the breeding skunks spraying inside the den may have forced the raccoons to remove themselves for the time being.
I get asked what skunk dens look like. Here is some pictures of a skunk den site in a retaining wall. I ended up catching four skunks out of this den before closing off the hole. This entrance is a lot bigger than a normal den entrance, the typical den entrance is slightly larger than a softball.
These pictures where taken during the breeding season, normally there would be less sign than pictured here. You can see how well used the trails leading away from this den are. If the skunks were not removed June-August time frame the home owner would start seeing kits out at all times even during daylight. The young skunks can spray at this time typically they spray more readily than the adult skunks. The young skunks spray is not as potent as the adults, but can still pack a punch.
I occasionally will catch raccoons, opossums and woodchucks (ground hogs) along with the skunks out of den sites like this. It is possible to have many types of animals coexisting in a one spot, happens most often with woodchucks. Woodchuck dens tend to have many chambers and attract a variety of critters.
For skunk removal service in Connecticut CT give us a call 860-510-6313.
Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low
Small, Occasional Outbreaks Of Disease Among Wildlife Common, Health Officials Say
February 26, 2012|By KIM VELSEY, email@example.com, The Hartford Courant
Although the first few months of 2012 have been marked by a smattering of rabies cases around the state, including a notable incident in Enfield when a resident was forced to fend off a rabid raccoon with a stick, public health officials say that the confirmed cases — 19 so far — are well within normal fluctuations.
Rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system, is transmitted through animal bites or the saliva of an infected animal. In the early stages, it can be effectively treated with a series of vaccines. Enfield had one confirmed case of animal rabies in 2011 and none in 2010. Nearby Windsor Locks had two confirmed cases in 2012 and none in 2011 and 2010.
I found this while browsing the local news. I have been confronted many times by sick animals. Raccoons and skunks are the most common animals we deal with that are obviously sick. The signs of rabies can be easily confused with other illness. A “friendly” raccoon can be a rabid raccoon. I cannot stress this enough do not approach, or feed a wild raccoon. Things can go wrong very quickly with a raccoon. I would prefer to grab a full grown Coyote than grab a raccoon. Raccoons are able to pretty much turn in their skin. It seems that you can grab a raccoon by the back of the neck, and he can spin around and grab you in less than a second.
It is that time of year again, Skunk breeding season is in full swing in CT. Our first Nuisance complaints started Valentines day. The typical call is for the skunk spraying under the house. Many of the people noticed the trails leading under the deck or house in the snow, but waited. We get the call after the home owners wake up in the middle of the night eyes burning, difficulty breathing from the potent spray. The skunk smell can linger for weeks or months.
Skunks will hold up for a few days when the weather gets bad, but they do not hibernate like groundhogs. Storms like the blizzard we have just experienced do not hinder the skunks much. Now is a good time to walk around your property looking for trails in the snow. Skunks trails will always lead to a hole of some sort. Skunks will move under sheds, crawl spaces and decks. Do not make the mistake in assuming that a woodchuck is the only resident under your shed. I find many times skunks living in the same hole as a woodchuck.
Skunks do not need a lot of room to get under something, they may look big but that is mostly fur. Spaces under three inches high and four inches wide is more than enough room for a skunk to fit.
Bird feeders are a favorite source of food for the skunks this time of year especially. Raccoons will also visit bird feeders for an easy meal. Skunks will have multiple den sites normally, and will visit them regularly in our area I find the time between visits average seven to eight days. I am happy to answer any questions just use the contact form or give me a call.
Skunk breeding season is upon us, and love is in the air literally.
February – March is the breeding time of the skunk. You may have noticed that you have been smelling skunk for the past couple of weeks. Driving you may have noticed more skunks hit on the road. The male skunk will travel many miles at this time of year searching for a mate. Just like Pepe Le Pew, they are oblivious to all else but finding a mate. He will be traveling in areas that are foreign to him and may spend the day under your shed, or porch just passing through. When they are breeding on your property you have probably been woken up in the middle of the night eyes watering, and coughing, or gaging because the smell is so strong. Now is the time to remove the skunks before she has a litter. Male skunks will sometimes fight to the death, and will spray each other for the right to mate. Female skunks will also spray suitors that are not up to her standards. They can be for the lack of a better term be trigger happy, and may spray you or your pet if you get too close. Finding a skunk sleeping out in the semi open is more common this time of year. The skunks can be wounded, or just plain exhausted from their night of fighting. If you are brave enough to approach it be careful skunks can carry many diseases including rabies, and distemper. Relocating skunks in Connecticut is illegal. Skunks are a rabies vector species RVS and transporting one from one area to the next can spread rabies to that area. The animal may look and act healthy and still be infected with rabies. The typical signs of rabies appear in the later stages of the disease. If you require professional skunk removal in Connecticut give us a call 860-510-6313. Have a question about skunk breeding season, or any other wildlife question shoot off an email to Rich@rfwildlife.com
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