Los Angeles Skunk Removal Resources

Skunk Rehabber - Animal Advocates Wildlife Rehabilitation: 310-877-4770

Free Los Angeles County Animal Services: 310-559-5900

Wildlife Trapping by A Team Services, Inc.: 213-233-9495


If you need skunk control in Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 Team Services, Inc. in Los Angeles.



In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Los Angeles 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 California 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.

Los Angeles Skunk Control Information: Handling a Skunk with Bare Hands

Say you've finally gotten around to cleaning out that cluttered shed. Maybe you're thinking about rebuilding the stairs on the porch. Or, worst case scenario, you smelled something around your house that just should not be there. Bingo! You are the proud landlord of a skunk den! They could have been attracted by that bowl of cat food you left out because Fluffy likes the warmer nights al fresco. Maybe it thought the crawlspace under your house looked cozy. Whatever the reason for its presence, you want to deliver an eviction notice pronto!

While skunks may look all soft and fluffy and cute (their identifiable smell aside), picking one up bare-handed is not recommended. This is primarily because of the risk of contracting rabies. Rabies is a highly contagious disease that can be fatal if not properly and immediately treated. It is most often passed between mammals through their saliva. Also remember that most furry animals bathe by licking themselves, so that saliva is all over their fur, even if they appear to be dry. Make sure you stay well away of any wild animals, especially if they are acting strangely.

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If you leave it alone, chances are the skunk will go about its business, unless there is something wrong with it. They most often come out at night, so if you see one out and about during the day and acting out of character, it could be sick. The best option is to keep the skunk contained and notify the proper officials. Someone will come remove the animal with the appropriate tools. If you absolutely have to interact with it, be sure to wear thick gloves - preferably leather - and cover any exposed skin on your body. This is to help protect you from their spray. Remaining calm is key. But again, interaction with any wild animal isn't recommended without proper training.

To avoid bumping into a skunk in those undesirably tight places, make sure you close up any small gaps or openings around your home. Do not leave food out overnight. Keep trash contained and out of sight. If you unexpectedly come face-to-face with one at night, back away slowly. Watch its body language and make sure it does not turn its back to you. The musk a skunk sprays from its glands permeates deeply and can burn the eyes, nose and throat. You could also have a skin reaction to it. Distance is always your friend. Trust me