Monmouth County skunks will take up residence under your home if it is close to a food supply. They build their dens in abandoned nests or other cavities that they can find. They are barely noticeable under normal circumstances. This will change once mating season rolls around. They are nocturnal creatures who will only roam at night. During mating season, the males will go in search of a willing Female. If the Female is not interested, they will spray a foul-smelling liquid to deter the male.
In order to get ready to give birth, the Female will make a den. If they find a weak spot under your home, they will use their strong claws to further excavate it. They will not be stopped by any vents that are in their way. If there is an opening, they will exploit it. They will even chew through wooden siding if they need to gain access.
This digging may result in serious damage being caused. They can cause the structure to shift or crack. This will need to be repaired by a professional to keep from causing further damage.
The foul-smelling odor, that is released by New Jersey skunks, can cause a significant amount of damage. The smell will permeate your home and will soak into the wood. Often you will need to remove parts of the structure to get rid of the smell. Female skunks often live in groups. This means that there will be a substantial amount of feces to deal with. The smell might be the first thing to alert you to their presence.
Apart from the obvious structural damage, Monmouth County skunks can also damage plumbing and electrical wires. This will need to be repaired as soon as possible to ensure that it doesn’t lead to bigger issues. Frayed electrical wires can cause a fire that can cause massive damage. You need to make sure that damage caused by skunks is included in your homeowner’s insurance. If it is not you will be left to pick up the tab.
Getting professional help
Once you have cleared out the New Jersey skunks, and their droppings you will need to get some professional help. It is important to get a contractor out who will be able to assess the damage that was caused. The damage will need to be repaired as soon as possible. Leaving it could mean further deterioration.
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