Skunk Rehabber - National Wildlife Health Center: (608) 270-2400
Free Dane County Animal Services: (608) 255-2345
Wildlife Trapping by A All Professionals: 608-229-1092
If you need skunk control in Madison, 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 Dane 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 Madison 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 All Professionals in Madison.
Madison Skunk Trapping and Removal
Preventative Repairs & Exclusion
Madison Skunk Removal From Structures
In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Madison 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 Wisconsin 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.
Madison Skunk Control Information: Baby Skunk Removal
Baby skunk removal is a little more difficult than the removal of adult skunks. Adult skunks become a matter of waiting for them to do their nightly foraging and sealing the opening. There are other ways of removal that involves traps and relocation.
Baby skunks can be more difficult mostly due to the fact they spray everything and without warning. Spraying is one of the first things that a baby skunk learns about their abilities, they will spray before their eyes are open. One of the more interesting facts about the baby skunk is that they are born with the same senses, as an adult skunk. This makes them even more apt for them to spray by being startled or sensing a presence.
Baby skunks remain in the den for anywhere between 6 and 8 weeks with their mother. When the mother forages in the night the babies will remain in the den. After 8 weeks of age they will then forage with their mother. Up until then they are constant residents of the den.
Correctly removing a skunk from its den is extremely important. Through a process called wildlife exclusion the area in which the baby skunk is located and the entire area with the exception of the entranceway is sealed. Placed in the entrance is a one-way door. Once the skunks are able to go out with the mother they exit via the one-way door the ability to return back to the den is denied.
Remembering that the babies do not leave the den for 6-8 weeks this may not be an immediate removal process.
There are also precautions on should take in order to keep the skunks away. Deterrents such a bright lights, or the inability for skunks to get into garbage cans, there are products available to keep your garbage cans pest free. The simple removal of den making materials from your property will help. Den making material can consist of piles of leaves. Trees will often have holes large enough for a skunk to sleep in. Inspection of your property will most likely lead to areas that a skunk may call home. Be sure that all possible entryways under your porch or patios are securely sealed.
There are several ways to remove adult skunks from your property depending on the type of skunk it is, however with baby skunk removal it is far more consistent on how to go about it.