Striped Skunk in Grass

What to Do if You Encounter a Skunk

Skunks get a bad rap, so it’s understandable if they’re not your favorite furry creatures. Skunk removal should be approached cautiously and humanely and should be done by a professional.

What can you do if you encounter a skunk?

Where Can You Encounter a Skunk?

Skunks like to hide out under decking and porches. You might also find them out wandering in the backyard, especially at night.

Warning Signs of Skunks

Before they spray, skunks will generally give plenty of warning. Watch out for:

  • Stamping of feet
  • Hissing
  • Tails standing on end
  • Forward charging

What to Do if You Encounter a Skunk

Skunk trapping and skunk inspections are best left to the professionals. Even if it’s not yet showing signs of aggression, skunks will react if they feel trapped or are protecting their young.

If you do come across one:

Try Not to Startle It

Back away slowly and calmly. No sudden moves or loud noises!

Secure Pets and Children

Since they won’t understand the warning signs, it’s best to keep children and pets restrained at a safe distance.

Skunk Prevention Methods

Remove all opportunities for them to crawl into small, dark spaces in the yard and around the house. Keep trash and garbage securely stored, as these would attract them to your yard.

Humane Skunk Removal

If you need skunk removal in Los Angeles, call the pros! We specialize in skunk removal throughout California. Call us today at (310) 551-0901.