Skunk Behavior & Habits
Skunks are fascinating creatures known for their distinctive black and white coloring and their
infamous defense mechanism—a potent spray that can deter even the most determined
predators. Understanding skunk behavior and habits is crucial for managing interactions with
these animals, especially if they decide to take up residence near your home.

Nocturnal Nature
Skunks are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night. They venture out
in search of food, which includes insects, small mammals, fruits, and vegetation. This nocturnal
activity helps them avoid many of their natural predators and reduces the chances of human
encounters. However, it's not uncommon to see skunks during the day, particularly in the spring
when they are more active in feeding to support their young.

Feeding Habits
Skunks are omnivorous and have a varied diet. They play a crucial role in controlling insect
populations, as they feed on beetles, larvae, and grubs. Additionally, they might raid garbage
cans or pet food left outside, which can bring them into closer contact with humans. Skunks use
their strong forelimbs and claws to dig for insects and grubs, often leaving telltale signs of their
presence in the form of small, cone-shaped holes in lawns and gardens.

Shelter and Denning
Skunks are adaptable when it comes to choosing their den sites. They often take over
abandoned burrows from other animals, but they can also create their own dens by digging
under buildings, decks, or sheds. During the colder months, skunks may enter a state of torpor,
a period of inactivity and lower metabolic rate, but they do not hibernate. This period of reduced
activity can lead them to seek out warm, protected areas around homes and buildings.

Defense Mechanism
The skunk's most notorious behavior is its defense mechanism. When threatened, a skunk will
first give warning signals such as stomping its feet, hissing, and raising its tail. If the threat
persists, it will spray a foul-smelling liquid from glands located under its tail. This spray can
cause temporary blindness and a lasting odor that is difficult to remove. This effective deterrent
keeps most predators at bay, but it can also pose a significant nuisance to humans and pets.

Coexistence and Management
While skunks play an important role in the ecosystem, their presence around homes can lead to
conflicts. The risk of being sprayed, potential property damage, and concerns about rabies
make it important to manage skunk interactions carefully. Preventative measures include
securing garbage bins, removing outdoor food sources, and sealing entry points to potential den

Call Critter Control of Hamilton County Today!
If you find yourself facing a skunk problem, professional help is just a phone call away. At Critter
of Hamilton County, we specialize in humane wildlife removal and control. Our
experienced team can safely and effectively handle skunk infestations, ensuring your home and
property are secure. Don’t let skunks disrupt your peace—call us today to schedule an
inspection and take the first step towards a skunk-free environment.