Skunk Rehabber - T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station: (843) 361-4552
Free Horry County Animal Services: 843-249-4948
Wildlife Trapping by Terminix Service, Inc.: 803-832-2495
If you need skunk control in Myrtle Beach, 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 Horry 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 Myrtle Beach 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 Terminix Service, Inc. in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Skunk Trapping and Removal
Preventative Repairs & Exclusion
Myrtle Beach Skunk Removal From Structures
In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Myrtle Beach 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 South Carolina 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.
Myrtle Beach Skunk Control Information: What kind of damage do skunks cause under a house?
Skunks are solitary, nocturnal creatures that can make a home almost anywhere. They will quickly move into any suitable shelter that is adjacent to plentiful food and water. If you hear a series of distinctive chirping and grunting sounds coming from under your porch or shed, a skunk might have decided to use this secure location to birth and raise their young. If you have a skunk under your porch you should find indications such as large piles of cat-sized droppings, signs of digging, and some damage to underpinning and wood. Spotting the actual animal, also called visual confirmation, is always the best way to be sure of what your unwanted tenant is. Watch for it in the evening to catch it leaving its home to go out and forage for food.
You can also set a live trap and see what you catch. Skunks do not actually makes nests, but burrow to hibernate or have their young. They simply move in to areas they find comfortable, and if undisturbed, may decide to stay permanently. If it is a skunk, you will find clearing them out is not too difficult unless they do have young. A Skunk under your shed will annoy you with their noise, and the spray they secrete as a natural defense has an odor that can permeate into your home. If the mother skunk has a burrow with babies under your structure, it will be hard to relocate them unless you enlist the help of a professional. For the most part, DIY skunk removal involves making their living space extremely uncomfortable.
There are a number of techniques you can use including bright flashing lights, loud noises, commercially available repellents, and DIY home remedies like hot pepper, ammonia, or mothballs. Be sure to remove any easily accessible sources of food and water, like pet food bowls, garbage, or animal feed. Keeping trash and debris cleaned up can also help make the skunk leave with little fuss. Once you are sure your guest is gone, wrap your home's underside in hardware cloth, or underpinning to keep it out. You can also use batten board or siding around your home. Keep a close watch around your home for any signs of the animals return. Be on the lookout for digging, droppings, or a break in your fencing/ siding that could indicate that the skunk has returned