If you find a skunk, chances are your mind jumps into the danger of being sprayed. Your first concern, however, really should be Dead Animal Removal Orlando to get away to prevent a rabid bite. Your second thought must be to get off to avoid being sprayed, and then once you’re safely out of range, perhaps you should considering locking up your trash to stop them from making a mess. Here is some of the inside scoop on skunks and the threats they may pose.
Skunks, most famous for their habit of spraying an extremely offensive smelling liquid when upset, are small, striped mammals, usually black and white. They have strong, short front legs adorned with a set of claws for digging (which hopefully will be put to uses aside from rummaging through your garbage bags). They are omnivorous, and have an extremely wide diet of insects, berries, nuts, small reptiles, birds, grasses, and occasionally whatever they can scavenge from human garbage.
Why They’re Pests
The main reason skunks are pests are their natural defense mechanisms; their anal scent glands secrete a strong, foul-smelling liquid whenever they feel threatened. They could usually spray this stuff about ten feet away, with a startling amount of accuracy. Even if we are careful not to upset them, it is not possible to always know if you are walking with a hidden skunk just a little too close, or if a curious pet will cause one to get defensive.
Another reason they are considered pests is the habit of digging through our trash in the quest for food. Because of this, and that their stink is so famously tricky to eliminate, skunks certainly get put into the pest category, before adding their potential to carry rabies into the question.
Most skunks are not really dangerous to people. However, it is difficult to tell when a skunk has rabies, and if it does, it may attack a human and snack with little or no provocation. So, like the risks of having raccoons hanging around your lawn, having skunks will increase your chances of suffering the attack of a rabid animal and contracting a horribly dangerous disease.
Do They Carry Disease?
As we’ve established, skunks are well known to occasionally carry rabies. This is certainly not true of most skunks, but the risk is not worth it. In addition to rabies, skunks can also carry leptospirosis, canine distimper, canine hepatitis, listeriosis, and a host of parasites including fleas, ticks, and intestinal worms.
Skunk removal is rather a delicate task for those who wouldn’t like to upset a skunk, which may make them defensively spray. To really take care of the problem safely, and to feel comfortable in your own backyard without the chance of a stinky surprise, it’s important to call in a specialist wildlife removal staff to safely eliminate these smelly little men. Your nose will be happy you did, and you will be able to rest easy your loved ones members and pets are safer from both the stench and out of contracting rabies.