Will a skunk under a shed or porch have a nest of babies?
A skunk that has been spending so much time without hindrance will
eventually attract other animals to the shed. If a pregnant female
skunk discovers a shed or porch that is empty, it will probably stay
there if there are no human interference. The pregnant skunk, may
eventually start a colony under the shed or porch and may even raise
its litters there until it is chased away or its babies mature
enough to fend for themselves.
One of the ways you can detect whether a skunk is having nest of
babies under a shed or porch is when you find debris and other items
such as sticks, leaves, tree branches and other items needed to
build a conducive nest for skunk babies. You need to take a quick
step in preventing the animal from establishing a long term nest ,
once you notice its activities around places such as sheds and
Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of skunks and its babies when the
adult skunk is right inside the den, and the reason being that new
skunk mothers or pregnant skunks are some of the most aggressive
animals you would like to avoid. When pregnant, a skunk may use its
nails , limbs and teeth to attack enemies or intruders who want to
get close to its babies. You don’t want to get in contact with a
skunk’s saliva or blood because such may transmit deadly diseases
that can be characterized by deadly symptoms. For instance, rabies
and some bacteria infections caused by bites from skunk has been
link with aggravated organ failure, intense fever and sometimes
death- of the condition is not treated.
A skunk will have a nest of babies under a shed or porch that is
close to a ready source of food, and if the place is large and
durable enough to accommodate it and its babies. In most cases,
skunks will not create nests close to places where human activities
are prominent, and for this reason, it may abandon the nest for
another one. Skunks are usually not desperate to create nests, they
prefer woodlands, and isolate grasslands where they can forage and
return to take care of the babies. If you discover a nest of skunk
babies under your shed or porch, it will be better to allow the
skunk mother leave the den before you remove the babies and then
block the adult skunk from returning to the place.
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