What months do skunks come out?

Like me, you may have noticed some skunks in your neighborhood or on the side of the road now that we are in the beginning of spring. This is because skunk breeding season usually takes place in February and March. So, if you see a skunk wandering around this time of year, they’re usually looking to mate.

How long does skunk season last?

February through March is skunk breeding season. You can smell skunk spray up to 1.5 miles away. So even if you smell them, that doesn’t mean they are right there. However, you need to be careful if you see a skunk.

Do skunks hibernate in New York?

Although skunks in New York retreat to winter dens and remain inactive for extended periods, they do not hibernate. Males in particular are likely to be active aboveground periodically. They may be active even during cold weather, especially during the breeding season.

What time of day are skunks active?

They are most active at night, but will sometimes venture out in the daylight hours in search of food or to find a mate. Skunks do not hibernate, although they do stay within their dens during colder temperatures. Other than during mating season, they spend most of their time alone.

How do I rid my yard of skunk smell?

  1. Pour 1 gallon of water into a bucket and add 1 qt. of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, 1 cup of baking soda and 1 tsp.
  2. Mix the solution well using a spoon until most of the baking soda is dissolved.
  3. Spray the solution onto any areas that contain the skunk smell. This solution is safe to use on most plants as well.

How far away can a skunk spray you?

15 feet
Skunks can accurately spray at a distance of up to 15 feet. While skunk spray does not lead to permanent damage, it can cause significant eye irritation and even temporary blindness. Skunks won’t spray other skunks. The skunk spray odor can linger for days or even months, depending on the amount released.

Can I shoot a skunk in my yard?

Poisoning skunks is always unlawful and shooting skunks is illegal within city limits. California classifies skunks as non-game animals that can be hunted and killed.

What attracts skunks to your yard?

Skunks are opportunists at heart — they’re mainly attracted to low-hanging fruit like garbage and pet food left out at night, as well as convenient denning sites, such as wood and rock piles, elevated sheds, and openings under concrete slabs and porches and crawl spaces.

Why do I smell skunk at night?

If you’re smelling a skunk at night, it likely means that there is one closeby who has recently sprayed in defense. If there is a downwind draft, humans can smell a skunk from up to 3.5 miles away. What is this? The stronger the smell, the closer the skunk is.

How do you tell if a skunk is living in your yard?

It is more likely you will smell a skunk than see one. Persistent, faint musky smells under a building or woodpile may suggest that a skunk has taken up residence. You may find small, shallow holes in the lawn, similar to those made by squirrels, which are a result of a skunk foraging for grubs.

What animal eats skunks?

Coyotes, foxes, dogs, bobcats, mountain lions, badgers and big owls can all eat skunks but rarely do. Gehrt’s research shows that less than 5 percent of skunk mortality is caused by predators.

What to do if a skunk chases you?

If a skunk approaches you, calmly turn around and walk away. If you or your pet gets sprayed, make a solution of one quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and one or two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid and bathe with it.

Do skunks give a warning before spraying?

The skunk will give a warning that it’s about to spray by arching its back, raising its tail high in the air, turning its back toward the enemy, and stomping its front feet.

Does dog poop attract skunks?

“If you build it, they will come,” she says. “People love a vegetation border around their house, with a mini forest separating them from their neighbors. That’s ideal for skunks. They sleep in those areas or under decks and come out at night and cruise the yard and eat birdseed and dog poop.”

What attracts skunks to your property?

Skunks can be attracted to a yard or a house by certain items that might be in the yard or near the house. As stated before, bird seed and sunflower seeds are two main attractors of skunks. Pet food, garbage, grills and lumber can also attract skunks, as can openings under houses, decks or sheds.

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