Skunk Rehabber - Westchester Wildlife: (914) 760-5713
Free Westchester County Animal Services: (845) 225-7777
Wildlife Trapping by Intrepid Wildlife Services: 914-595-4833
If you need skunk control in Westchester, 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 Westchester 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 Westchester 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 Intrepid Wildlife Services in Westchester.
Westchester Skunk Trapping and Removal
Preventative Repairs & Exclusion
Westchester Skunk Removal From Structures
In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Westchester 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 New York 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.
Westchester Skunk Control Information: Traps and all kinds of things
Okay so you've done everything in your power to get rid of the odiferous little black and white critters. You've tried exclusion, repellants and just about every other homemade idea to get them off your land. They are simply not budging.
First of all, skunks are actually extremely helpful to the environment. Sure, they may smell bad but it's typically only when they feel threatened. Skunks eat mice as well as other bugs that can become nesciences.
The down side to this is, once agitated they will let loose a stream of foul smelling odor that will leave you gagging and eyes burning for weeks. Not to mention the fact that poor old Jack-your golden retriever-just got a heaping dose of spray because he was curious.
You want to be rid of the skunks but you want to do it as humanely as possible. There are several different types of traps you can use, but the most humane ones are simple live traps. You can get these at almost any wildlife station in the country.
In order to catch a skunk, you need to make sure you're ready to deal with it. First, find out where it has been coming from. If you know this, then you are more likely to attract it to the trap. Now, skunks have horrible eyesight, they are better at night. Place the trap in an area you suspect they have been visiting, or if they are under your house, place the trap nearby.
It's always good to place the kind of treats inside the cage. Skunks have a heightened sense of smell so they literally follow their nose. Their favorite treats range from nuts and berries to small rodents and bugs.
It might take a few nights to catch one, but be vigilant and you'll catch the stinker.
After you've finally caught the skunk, be careful. There is a way to move it without getting sprayed. Make sure it's not in an agitated state. Carry a blanket and gently place it over the cage without them seeing you. A skunk will not spray if they cannot see where they are spraying.
Then you can take the little thing anywhere you please, but be careful and make sure it's not a momma and you're not causing her to abandon her babies. That could be and entirely different set of circumstances