The striped skunk is common throughout the United States and Canada. Adult skunks begin breeding in late February, whereas yearling females mate in late March. Gestation lasts approximately 7 – 10 weeks. Older females tend to bear young in the first part of May, and yearling females tend to bear young in early June. Here in Southern California, we have found throughout the years that we start seeing baby skunks starting as early as January! Skunks usually have only one litter per year with 4 – 6 babies per litter.
Skunks are nocturnal. Skunks are omnivorous, eating both plants and animals. Mice are an important item in a skunk's diet. In highly populated areas, skunks have little choice but to burrow under porches and/or buildings. It is typical for skunks to enter through open foundation vents. Skunks occasionally will kill poultry and eat eggs. Their odor is not always a reliable indication of their presence. Skunks can spray up to 15 feet and usually give a warning by stomping their feet. Global Pest Solutions has been skunk trapping for over 12 years and has dealt with thousands of skunk concerns and the right plan for every situation. We must remember that the skunks have only entered your space or dwelling because theirs has been taken away.