Ah, the striped skunk. For the adults growing up in the 70’s and 80’s this species was iconized by Pepe Le Pew. Warner Bros. cazenova a l’amore. Few wild animals are as docile, yet as feared as this potentially smelly opportunistic omnivore. Skunks in our part of Syracuse are typically to blame for grubbing in peoples yards. If they had a choice of food. Far above any other option they would choose grubs.
Oftentimes left unbothered for a year or so you would end up with a far greener yard. They will systematically and with great precision carefully remove every grub they can find. Because of this sometimes trapping them mid summer becomes a battle of wits and a prayer. Hopefully we can set a trap directly over their den hole (positive set).
The problem with allowing them to live in your yard is often times more what your dog might do, or what another person’s animal might do as they lie under your shed or addition. That is spray a most noxious and tear inducing musk. Just this last year we pulled several of them out of a family room addition crawlspace that took us several weeks to finally permanently remove the smell from.