Skunk Rehabber - Austin Wildlife Rescue: (512) 472-9453
Free Travis County Animal Services: (512) 974-2000
Wildlife Trapping by A Wildlife Pro: 512-298-4791
If you need skunk control in Austin, you have a few options. First, you can attempt to solve the skunk problem yourself
by reading our do-it-yourself guide. If you need outside help,
you can also call Travis County Animal Services to see if they have any free resources or help for you - however, they primarily deal with dog and cat concerns. You can also call a local Austin wildlife rehabber,
as they are typically a great resource for advice that is in the best welfare of the animal. If as a last resort you must hire a professional company, we recommend A Wildlife Pro in Austin.
Austin Skunk Trapping and Removal
Preventative Repairs & Exclusion
Austin Skunk Removal From Structures
In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Austin skunk problem - keep garbage secured, pet food indoors, and most of all when it comes to skunks, secure the perimeter of your shed, porch, deck, or house
with a barrier - lattice or steel mesh is good, and it keeps Texas skunks from going under the structure. If trapping and removal of the skunk is the only option you have, please do so with the help of a local
agency or professional company who knows how to do it humanely and legally. Browse the resources of this site for more educational information.
Austin Skunk Control Information: Where do skunks live? Do more skunks live in urban areas, or wild areas?
Skunks are adaptable and can live in open spaces, prairies, under brush, grasslands, and dense woods and well developed areas as well. They like hollow logs, and thick brush, but are also happy with wood piles and under buildings and porches. Skunks can either dig a den or take over a den that has been abandoned by another animal. Although they naturally inhabit meadow, fields, and forested areas, with the onslaught of man moving into rural areas, skunks have begun living closer to humans. Even In an urban setting, skunks can live happily in a den under your porch, barn, or house foundations. Skunks generally make their homes no more than two miles away from a source of water. They tend to roam no more than 0.5 to 1.5 miles away from their home.
Skunks can be very beneficial to agriculture because they make a meal of unwanted bugs and garden nuisances. During fall and winter They tend to eat about equal amounts of both plants and animals but they consume considerably more "meat" in the spring and summer months when their food of preference, insects, are more abundant. Grasshoppers, grubs, beetles, bees, ants, and crickets make up a huge portion of their diet at this time of year. In the autumn, month's skunks turn to ripe berries, nuts, and other vegetable matter. Winter mice, frogs, and other small mammals or amphibians important to the skunks diet because of the protein and fat content.
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website to learn more.
Skunks become problems for humans when their digging and burrowing intrude on our space. They will dig under structure in search of shelter. They also dig holes in yards, crop fields, gardens, and golf courses, in search of grubs found in the soil. Skunks can also cause farmers problems. If hungry, they will feed many types of crops, eggs or the birds that lay them, or cause damage to aviaries. Because there other animals that cause damage, you should try to identify the problem species before blaming the Skunk. The holes they dig will be conical in shape, and 3-4 inches deep. There will be a number of them in a small area. . When skunks kill a chicken, they take them one or two at a time and prefer to dig under the fence, not climb. Eggs will be opened with the edges crushed inward and sucked out. If you think you have a skunk problem, take immediate action