Skunks Frequently Asked Questions

1.) What does a skunk look like?

Skunks have a stocky body and have short legs with long claws for digging. They have a glossy black coat with a white stripe on their forehead and two white stripes along their backs. Skunks can be up to 45 centimeters long (excluding the tail) and weigh up to 5.5 kilograms.

2.) How can I tell if I have skunks on my property?

Look for burrows in the ground around your home, garage, shed, in gardens and near garbage storage areas. Burrows are round, smooth holes and vary in size.

3.) What attracts skunks?

Skunks are found where there is a food source, water and shelter. Skunks prefer dark quiet areas like woodpiles, and under sheds, decks, stairs and porches.

4.) What do skunks eat?

Skunks eat berries, insects, grubs, worms, hornets, bees, eggs and vegetables. They will also eat mice, shrews, squirrels, young rabbits and birds' eggs.

5.) What can I do to prevent skunks?

Block off potential access points to your garage and other buildings. Feed pets inside and lock pet doors at night. Store garbage indoors until collection day. Keep compost in containers that keep skunks out while allowing for ventilation. Secure the perimeter of decks, sheds and crawl spaces. Complete home repairs in the autumn, so mother and young won't be trapped inside. Use flashing lights, motion sensors and noise makers to deter skunks. If a skunk gets into your house, stay calm. Close all but one outside door, and let the animal find its own way out.