I get a lot of calls for animals under homes. The calls come from home owners who have either heard the animals moving around in the crawl space or they have smelled a skunk and believe it to be under the home. When I arrive at the home I do an inspection of the outside of the home. I look for possible spots of entry for the animals to get in. Once I find the entry point I will then go inside and look into the crawl space for any sign of the animal and or possible damage that may have been done by the animal. Then I set traps at the entry and exit point of the crawl space. Sometimes this can require decking to be removed or openings to be modified so my traps can butt against the house which ensures that I am only catching the problem animals under the house and not random animals that just may happen to be passing by. After the traps are set I will secure them in place to make sure the animal isn't able to push them from the opening. I give the homeowner fair warning that the process may take a few days for the animal to leave. Once I have caught the animal I always seal up the entry point and replace anything that was moved.
I have a Skunk in my backyard is what the lady said on the phone to me this morning, I asked her some basic questions like. Did you see the skunk or just smell it? How long have you known about this problem? Then we talked about what I would do to help her remove the Skunk from her property. I told her I would inspect her backyard and look for all possible ways that the skunk was gaining access to her property. i explained that I would then set traps to catch and remove the Skunk and then either seal up the access points the skunk was using myself or advise her on what should be done to prevent skunks from returning.