There are skunks under my deck is the latest call I have been on. The customer was calling for a quote to remove skunks from under his deck, He agreed to the price and I told him I'd be out to this address the following morning. I arrived the next day to find a deck that had been sealed up except one spot where it appeared animals had been coming and going. I peaked into the space wherever I could and saw a lot of droppings. The deck itself had a sign of animal activity on it as well, the are just above the opening I described earlier was dirty from lots of animals walking on it. there was also signs of animals brushing up on the house leaving areas of it dirty with dirt and oil from there fur. I set two traps for the customer and connected two Ring stickup Cameras to his WiFi. The following morning I checked the ring camera as I was waking up at 5 and watched a lot of Skunk activity coming and going from the deck opening. The second camera showed a Skunk in one of the traps and at least 2 others outside of it. I use the cameras to help determine how many animals might be under a structure or visiting a yard. When I arrived at the house that morning I could see that there was a 2nd skunk in the second trap, so I knew there was at least 1 more skunk under the deck possibly more. The following night I saw multiple skunks on camera coming and going from the opening. I repositioned the traps so they could both be seen by one camera on top of the deck. I caught 1 skunk and saw another come from out of the opening after the one was already in the trap. Now I knew there were at least 4. The next night I saw 3 different skunks come from under the deck. The first two came out and made their way into the traps then I saw a third skunk come from the opening and go up on the deck near the traps. At this point I knew there were at least 6 skunks total.
I received a call from a client who was having Squirrel issues. A Fox Squirrel had moved into a small section of gutter on the 2nd story of their home just above their bedroom. This particular squirrel would begin its daily activies at 5am every morning and was waking up my clients before they wanted to get up. This squirrel, like most squirrels was very smart and had managed to take the bait from multiple types of squirrel traps without getting caught. I modifies a small rodent trap with 2 pieces of plywood so he wasn't able jump over the trigger or dig under the trap to get the nuts. The video shows the end result and the story ends with my clients being able to get their much needed rest.
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.
Raccoons can do a lot of damage in crawl spaces. Here is a picture from the crawl space of a house in Bencia California. The home was located along the side of a drainage ditch that was used by all kinds of wildlife. The home had a deck in the back and a large opening under the deck that lead right into the crawl space. The New owner of the home had called me because he smelled a dead animal smell coming from the crawl space. I arrived at the site and inspected the home for possible entry points of wild animals and found the large opening. I informed the home owner that I would first like to catch the animals that are most likely living under the home before I go under to look for the dead animal. I set 2 traps and the next morning I caught 2 raccoons. I ended up finding 2 more dead raccoons under the home and all of this damage that they and possibly other animals had done to the duct work under the home, as well as large amounts of feces left by the intruders.
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.
Dead Animals under your home or on your property can be difficult to deal with. I have removed many dead animals from crawl space and properties. Typically it is something that home owners don't want to do themselves so they will call someone like me who crawls under homes and is willing to remove the carcass and any remnants of the animal that may be causing an odor. Once the animal has been removed home owners need to find out how the animal got into the crawl space or property and how they can prevent it from happening again. I provide inspections when I remove dead animals from crawl spaces so I can give answers to how the animal got into the space and how we can prevent it from happening again. I