One of my calls this week was from a nice woman who said, "There is a strong Skunk Smell in my house, and I'm not sure if it is coming from the outside or from under my home." I told her it was possible that it was coming from a skunk that sprayed in her lawn but ussually a skunk has found its way under a home when that happens. She had told me she inspected the outside of her house and thought there was one possible place for a skunk to get in but she didn't think the opening was big enough. I arrived at the house and inspected the outside, the spot she was refering to was a small opening in her foundation that was mostly covered up by her ceder shake sidiing and in a very tight spot to inspect behind her AC unit. I layed down on the ground and was able to reach my arm back to it and fit mmy hand up under the siding to feel the opening. I set 2 traps there aroung the AC unit and a camera looking directly at the opening. it took 2 days for the Skunk to come out from under the house. We caught it and left traps and a camera for an additional week to make sure nothing else was under the home before I sealed up the opening with concrete.
I've had a few calls this week for Skunks in and under structures, one was for a Skunk under a deck. The call was from a returning client. His mother had a Skunk issue under her Deck In December. I set a trap and caught a skunk the first night. I left my traps for a few more nights and there was no more activity under her deck. I sealed up her deck by digging down six inches and installing hardware cloth (1/4 inch wire screen) around the base of the deck and around her fence. I told the Client if he ever had any issues with any of the work I did or another skunk issue to give me a call and I'd come back and take care of it for him. Well 2 months later he called me saying his mother had another Skunk under her deck. This Skunk got under the deck from the neighbors side of the house. I got permission from the neighbor to put traps on her property. The Skunk came out on the 3rd night and I was able to catch him. I had a camera set up so I could be sure on the number of Skunks present.
A common question I get as a wildlife trapper is, How Many animals do you think are under my house? My answer is always, "It's tough to tell" but it is very important to find out the exact number. I set motion activated cameras near openings or inside the questioned areas so I can see the numbers of animals that have taken up residency in the home. I attached 4 videos of instances where I had trapped a number of animals at each location and after a few days of not catching anything, I check the camera to find out there are still animals using the areas.