POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5:38pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 12:13pm
Tyler, Tx — The rainy weather has caused more than just slick roads; it has also caused an abundance of skunks in the area. The moist ground provides skunks with with plants and insects as their food supply.
This increased food supply means an increase in the skunk population.Skunks begin to mate and have litters of kits during these rainy, spring months. Mother skunks try and find a dark place to have their kits, usually under your very own house. Lenard Fleming of Guardian Pest warns, "They're going to be looking for holes in a fence or hole in the skirting around a mobile home."
If you do happen to spot a skunk before it begins to burrow underneath your house, create a loud, bright environment to keep them away. Prairie View Cooperative Extension agent Ashley Pelerin tells KETK, "If they are burrowing under your house to have their kits, put a flashlight under there to keep constant light. Play some radio and play some low music towards dusk time."
If you do happen to have a skunk underneath your house, Fleming advises homeowners to call your local pest control for a safe removal of the animal.