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Skunk trapping & removal services

Skunk trapping & removal services

Skunks can be both a blessing and a curse. They are mostly carnivorous and feed on rodents considered harmful to humans like moles, shrews, ground squirrels, rats, mice and other small mammals.

While skunks are an important source of insect control, most human and skunk interactions don’t go very well. Skunks carry various diseases harmful to both humans and domesticated animals, such as rabies, tularemia, and distemper. Additionally, they can host disease-causing parasites such as fleas, mites, ticks, and tapeworms.

The easiest way to control or prevent skunks from taking hold in an area is exclusion. Ensure there are no holes next to structures where they may be able to create a den. These can be filled with dirt or concrete, or covered with a sturdy wire mesh. If skunks have already taken up residence, tracking patches can help provide intelligence on where and how many. Make sure that all are out before excluding entry. Another way to discourage habitation is the removal of cover which the skunks may find appealing: brush, woodpiles, lush vegetation, old vehicles, etc.

Info about types of skunks found in Georgia

Info about types of skunks found in Georgia

Commonly referred to as polecats, striped skunk are about the size of domestic house cats, measuring 21-28 inches in total length and weighing from 3-11 pounds. As one of the most recognizable mammals anywhere, striped skunks are known for their black fur and characteristic white stripes on their head and down their back. There is considerable variation in striping patterns including a broad stripe, narrow stripe, pair of stripes, or a short stripe.

Coloration can vary as some striped skunks will have very little white while other are almost completely white. Peak breeding activity for striped skunks occurs during February and March. Males are polygamous (having more than one mate at a time). As with most mustelids, delayed implantation occurs following breeding resulting in a synchrony of births during May and June after a 64-day gestation period. Litter sizes range from 2 – 10 skunks or “kittens” with six being the average size.

Dangers from Skunks

Dangers from Skunks

Skunks are often considered nuisances, especially when they choose to den underneath homes, dig cone-shaped holes in yards looking for grubs, or simply the smell of their odor of being in the area. Making the area unattractive to skunks is one of the best ways to resolve nuisance issues. Steps to preventing nuisance skunk situations include: installing barriers to prevent skunks from getting underneath your home, not leaving pet food outside, removal of brush piles, and spraying your yard for grubs.

Skunks are a significant carrier of rabies in the United States. This status, as well as their propensityto use urbanized areas, makesthem a seriouspotential source of human exposure to rabies. Other zoonotic diseases and parasites carried by skunks include leptospirosis and an intestinal roundworm– Baylisascaris columnaris. These diseases, in addition to distemper, canine hepatitis, fleas, ticks,lice, and mites can cause problems for pets as well.

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Nina Abdul
Nina Abdul
2021-04-21
Grade A Critters came highly recommended!! Upon them servicing my home, I understood why. The quality of work was exceptional, and the customer service was second to none!! Assa went above and beyond my expectations!! For anyone needing their services, I too highly recommend Grade A Critters!!
Nne A
Nne A
2021-03-17
I had a great experience with Asa and his team! I found a snake in my basement. Asa is so knowledgeable about snakes and how they get in. I told him that all I wanted him to do is get them out lol... They were quick and their services are well priced. Thanks so much!
Diane Koontz
Diane Koontz
2021-02-25
Excellent service in removing squirrels and repairing damage. Highly recommend.
Matt Castings
Matt Castings
2021-02-14
Had a good experience working with this company last December when I had a squirrel in my attic. Asa was very responsive and the work was done to my satisfaction. I would use them again.
Ed O'Dea
Ed O'Dea
2020-11-28
Asa and his team were knowledgeable, personable and always punctual. He made us aware of the the process and once repairs were made on the house, the trapping began. Both of our "guests" were gone within 4 days.
Whitney “Whit Dog” Green
Whitney “Whit Dog” Green
2020-11-20
I cannot say enough good things about Asa. He has truly been on top of everything from the beginning along with amazing customer service. There is truly no other company I would call before I would call Grade A Critter. Highly recommended.
Vicky Passaglia
Vicky Passaglia
2020-11-12
We used Grade A Critter for a recent problem we had with raccoons in our attic. We can’t give them enough praises for their professionalism and superior service. They were always on time and easily available to answer any questions that we had. It was a pleasure to have them in our home and they worked diligently and solved our problem. We highly recommend them. We found them on the Internet from all their five star recommendations and we were not disappointed.
carol johnson
carol johnson
2020-10-21
Prompt and efficient service. Great job of removing a snake from our living room.
Jeremy Porter
Jeremy Porter
2020-10-13
ASA was absolutely old school customer service. He showed up quickly resolved the mole infestation, send pictures and updates immediately. I haven't dealt with a service company this good in a long time.

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