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A Smelly Valentine – I have a Skunk Problem

February 13th, 2018

You’re all set for a wonderful Valentine’s Day. You’ve bought the perfect gift and you have a romantic home cooked meal planned for that evening. You leave your house to buy the groceries for the meal and it hits you, the notorious odor from a skunk.  It will be lingering for days and it’s too late to get dinner reservations at any decent restaurant. This is no surprise to those of us in the wildlife business. January and February marks the beginning of skunk mating season in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area.

The onset of breeding season means skunks will begin traveling more frequently and further in search of a mate. If you’re lucky, a skunk you see (OR SMELL) on your property could just be a passerby. Typically, skunks stay in a 1/2 to 2 mile diameter area, but during mating season, a male may travel 4 to 5 miles a night. Due to increased travels, you will likely start seeing more skunks hit on the roads.  You will also begin smelling skunk musk for a variety of reasons related to an increase in travels. First and foremost, when a skunk is hit on the road, their anal glands that store their musk rupture. Secondly, skunks in an unfamiliar territory encounter dogs, cats, raccoons, etc., and they spray to protect themselves. Thirdly, a male skunk may spray another suitor to ward him off, and lastly a female may spray a male if uninterested.

Usually when a customer calls Tri-State Wildlife Management about a skunk problem, it’s because they smell the skunk rather than see it. Skunk musk can be smelled from a mile away. In addition, if an animal or area has been sprayed by a skunk, it will linger for quite some time. This can make it difficult for businesses and homeowners to determine whether they actually have a skunk problem. So, how do you know if you have a skunk problem?  Customers typically call Tri-State Wildlife Management with a skunk problem either after smelling strong skunk spray or after seeing one. Skunks typically live under manmade structures ,such as porches, stoops, sheds, and decks. Sometimes, customers don’t even realize that there is a hole dug out from under the bottom of their porch for animal entry, and oftentimes even if they do, customers assume chipmunks are the culprit.

Tri-State Wildlife Management can take care of your skunk problem for you. Our courteous staff works for you to provide a cost effective solution to your skunk intrusion and/or damage issue. As a full service company, we initiate an Integrated Wildlife Management Program beginning with an inspection and customer education, followed by removal of intrusive skunks and repair of skunk damage. TSWM also offers skunk deodorizing services as well as prevention services, including habitat modification and barrier wall and fencing installation.

We strive for the most humane and environmentally effective techniques for dealing with wildlife problems. Tri-State Wildlife Management’s use of modern innovative methods provides sound wildlife management services to ensure the protection of our customers’ investments and health. TSWM is fully insured, and we stand behind all of our work.

Tri-State Wildlife Management – Protecting You, Your Property, and Your Investments

For skunk removal in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati,  call Tri-State Wildlife Management at (859) 635-0037

Skunk Removal Cincinnati

February 10th, 2014



For professional wildlife control services in the Cincinnati area, call Tri-State Wildlife Management! (859) 635-0037 or (513) 853-0037 We’ll take care of your skunk problem!

Skunks are very active in the month of February as their mating season begins in late January. With this increase in activity comes an increase in skunk sprays. You may have experienced this smell recently near your home or as you are traveling on the roads. Skunks tend to spray during the mating season for two reasons. First, 2 males competing for the same female will spray, and females will spray to make males aware when she is not interested.

Oftentimes, skunks are prey to road traffic, but especially during the breeding season. Regularly, a skunk has a range of one half to two miles, but during the mating season, male skunks may travel 4 to 5 miles a night. Roadkill skunks give off the skunk spray smell because their anal glands that store their musk rupture.

Increased skunk activity may also cause increase sprays towards curious pets or other animals. Sometimes home or business owners mistakenly think they have a skunk problem when a pet or other animal gets sprayed and seeks shelter near their home or business. Of course this isn’t always the case since increased skunk movement means a skunk may stumble upon an ideal den on your property. Common man-made skunk dens include the underneath of porches, porch stoops, decks, and sheds.

What should you do if a skunk has invaded your property? Call the greater Cincinnati area’s professional wildlife control company, Tri-State Wildlife Management, to help rid you of your problem. Not only will Tri-State Wildlife trap and remove unwanted skunks, but we will also exclude skunks from the den they were inhabiting. In addition, TSWM can make your property less attractive to skunks and other wildlife through habitat modification so that future wildlife problems can be prevented.

TSWM is fully insured, and we stand behind all our work.

For professional wildlife control services in the Cincinnati area, including skunk removal, call Tri-State Wildlife Management! TSWM will rid you of pesky wildlife intruders, including smelly skunks! (859) 636-0037 or (513) 853-0037

Wildlife Signs and Sounds

December 12th, 2013

Do you have a raccoon, squirrel, or skunk problem? Don’t wait for the problem to get worse – call Tri-State Wildlife Management, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s wildlife removal professionals! (513) 853-0037 or (859) 635-0037

Wildlife Signs and Sounds – Do you have a raccoon, squirrel, or skunk problem?

Oftentimes when wild animals occupy a structures or property, they leave behind noticeable signs. The following are signs of raccoons, squirrels, and skunks. Some of the most noticeable signs raccoons leave behind include smudges from climbing on buildings and downspouts, as well as latrines which are very visually observable and strong in smell. Gray squirrels typically

do not use latrines; instead, their droppings and urine are scattered. Chewed rafters and electrical wires may be signs of squirrel damage, as squirrels have a need to gnaw and seem to like the taste of wire insulation. Many squirrel entry points into structures are gnawed and chewed holes. In addition, fur can get caught in splintered wood at entry points. Smears are oftentimes visible at entry points into buildings if the entry has been used for a significant amount of time, and occasionally muddy or sooty footprints can be found leading to entry points. Skunks are known for the strong odor emitted when they spray as a defense mechanism; however, skunk smell can be detected from a mile away so smelling the odor does not necessarily mean a skunk(s) is present. In addition, when another animal is sprayed by a skunk, the odor stays on them for a significant amount of time. An odor that increases rather than decreased in intensity may be a sign that a skunk has died nearby.

Raccoon and skunk enjoying pet food



In addition to visual signs, wild animals emit a variety of voices and sounds, all serving different purposes. The widely popular song, “The Fox (What does the fox say?)” may have you wondering just what sounds a fox truly does make, in addition to other wild animals in the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky area. If you want to check out a comparison of the fox sounds in the song versus true fox sounds, click here to see a Youtube segment of Animalist News. Raccoons make various sounds including complaint and distress calls, as well as purring, chattering, cooing, and chirping. Squirrels make a variety of sounds including churrs, barks, and squeals. Churrs express anger, barks act as warnings, and squeals occur when a squirrel is distressed or in pain. Skunks emit sounds such as screeching, whining, chirping, whimpering, grumbling, grunting, and lip-smacking.

Wildlife Signs and Sounds – Brought to you by Tri-State Wildlife Management

If you have a raccoon or squirrel problem, call Tri-State Wildlife Management, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s wildlife removal professionals! (513) 853-0037 or (859) 635-0037

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