A group of towns in North Texas offer advice on how residents can tackle skunks, which are nocturnal and tend to spray others (especially pets) during the warmer months.
Regional Animal Services, which serves Keller, Colleyville, Roanoke, Southlake and Westlake, will be hosting an event on October 25 in Keller for people to learn to coexist with the critters.
If residents wish to trap wildlife, they can do so by checking a trap for up to 10 business days with the Keller organization, according to the Southlake website. Residents can also attempt to capture the animal in a private trap. Or, a regional animal services officer can be dispatched to pick up the animal for a fee of $ 30.
Here are some other tips for keeping skunks or wildlife off your property:
- Eliminate outside sources of food and water.
- Do not leave pet food overnight.
- Keep the soil free from birdseed.
- Secure garbage cans with tight-fitting lids.
- Don’t leave your garage door open or cracked overnight with pet food on the floor inside.
- Lock pet doors at night.
- Keep your garden clean.
- Cover or apply screens around the bottom of decks and sheds.
- Do not leave brushwood piled up for long periods of time.
- Check the condition of your chimney cover and keep the chimney closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- Block or repair damage to your home’s eaves or soffits.
- Do not let cats or small dogs roam free without you nearby.
Skunks also seem to have their own issues this time of year.
“By the end of fall, they get extremely big,” according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.