Skunks don’t have a great reputation for a reason – their ability to emit a foul smell – but that’s not the only reason you should be concerned if they decide to make your property their home. They pose a health risk to families and pets because they may be infected with distemper or rabies – a virus that attacks the nervous system, which can be deadly.
Skunks are capable of spreading the rabies disease to other skunks and wildlife, as well as infecting household pets and even humans. An infection occurs if a rabid skunk bites or scratches another animal or person; from there, the virus gets into the victim’s bloodstream and assaults the nervous system. With prompt medical attention, its affects can be reversed through vaccination.
Furthermore, skunks may be a nuisance by burrowing under porches, decks or building foundations, and damaging lawns, golf courses and vegetable gardens by digging holes. They’re nocturnal creatures, so you may not even know you have skunks invading your property unless you notice the tell-tale signs of their presence listed below.