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Skunks not only can emit a severe, pungent odor from their anal glands, but they are also one of the highest carriers of rabies in
wild mammals in the US.  Skunk control and Skunk removal should be left to the experts.

How to spot a skunk?  Skunks are the size of a household cat.  They vary from 15 to 37 inches in length, and weigh about 1-5 lbs.  
The most common fur color is black and white.  Some are a greyish brown or beige colored however.  One of the telltale colorings
of a skunk is the stipe on their bodies from tip to tail.  They may either have a single wide stripe across their body and tail, or two
smaller, skinnier stripes.

Where do skunks live?  Skunks are for the most part nocturnal.  Skunks eat both animal and vegetable foods.  Skunks are known to
scavenge and dig into human garbage and garbage cans to forage for food.  They are very versatile in the types of food they can
eat.  Skunks like to take over abandoned hovels left by other animals.  However, they are fully capable of burrowing and creating
their own dwellings wherever there is an available food source.

Female skunks give birth in the spring – usually to a litter of 4-7 skunks.  The newborns stay with their mothers for the first few
months until they can see and be independent.  Mothers can be defensive around their young, and the most infamous method of
defense a skunk has is to shoot a stream of foul odor from their anal glands.  They can successfully hit targets up to 15 feet away.  
Contrary to old wives tales, there is no surefire method to remove a skunk odor.  However, trained skunk removal and skunk
control specialists do have special chemicals that can speed up the breakdown of the odor’s molecules and generally be more
effective at getting rid of the smell.

Diseases carried by skunks.  Aside from the obvious danger of the skunk’s odor-spraying defensive mechanism, skunks can also
be carriers of dangerous diseases, most of note being rabies.  The Center for Disease Control recorded 1,494 cases of rabies in
skunks in 2006.  This puts them just behind raccoons as the #1 carrier of rabies by mammals in the US.

Another disease, though rare, carried by skunks is called Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a highly infectious bacterial disease which
can affect cats, dogs, and humans. Symptoms can include headaches, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, stomach
pains, stiffness, sore throats, and rash. Leptospirosis can be spread by bites or urine. Avoid stagnant water in tropical or warm

Aside from these diseases, skunks can carry disease that is harmful to household pets, specifically dogs.  Skunks can carry Canine
hepatitis, which is highly infectious to dogs.  This disease attacks the dog’s internal organs such as kidney, spleen, and liver.  
Common symptoms of Canine hepatitis are vomiting, stomach swelling, discharge from the eyes, and dehydration.

Skunks can be disarmingly cute animals, but they can just as well be dangerous to humans and household pets.  If a skunk is seen
showing no fear towards humans or predators, or wandering during day time, this could be an indicator that a skunk has rabies.  
Contact with these creatures should be avoided, and a professional skunk removal and skunk control specialist should be called
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