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Skunks are a mild-mannered, slow-moving, mind-your-own-business kind of animal
If provoked, they may spray

Skunk trapping, control and removal

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Yes, we can capture, remove and control problem skunks!

In fact, trapping and removing skunks from yards, garages, woodpiles, sheds and from under sheds, homes and other structures is one of our more common calls.

Top 10 reasons for skunk removal and control:

The number one reason for skunk removal pertains to "departed skunks."  We remove a significant number of dead skunks from wall voids, culverts (drainage pipes) and from under homes.

Skunk Tracks
Skunk Scat

As a dead skunk decomposes, the "skunk smell," or essence is slowly released and can last for many months. The lingering smell of skunk essence often fools one into believing that skunks are alive, well and spraying on their property, when in fact, a hidden dead skunk is often the cause of the skunk smell. Their spray can reach up to 16 feet. Skunks can spray once they're 24 weeks old. They can spray up to six times in a row, then need a day to "recharge."

We can remove dead skunks and capture, trap, remove and control problem skunks for you in rural, urban and suburban settings. We remove unwanted skunks from crawlspaces, walls, garages, sheds and wherever they happen to be causing problems.

We have heard "How do I get rid of skunks?" hundreds of times, so please do not hesitate giving us a ring for any of your skunk removal and control needs.

I was sprayed by a skunk, how do I get rid of the smell? Well here is a good formula that will help eliminate the skunk odor.

First, two notes of caution:

  1. The formula described below can cause blindness. Take sensible precautions to keep it away from the eyes. This may be tricky if the skunk sprayed the dog directly in the face. When in doubt, err on the side of caution; skunk stink will eventually wear off, but blindness might not.
  2. Do not store formula. Once the ingredients are mixed, a chemical reaction begins. If placed in a sealed container, the formula could explode.

That said, time is of the essence. Delaying treatment allows skunk oils to penetrate deeper, making the stink more stubborn.


For large breed dogs, double the recipe. Mix everything together in a pail, then apply to the dog, massaging it in thoroughly. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. There may be a little skunk odor remaining, but it will be much better when the dog is dry.

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