Skunk Spray: Is It Poisonous?

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Skunk Spray is Poisonous and Harmful, True or False?

Skunks are well known for their foul-smelling spray. This spray is a defense mechanism, and skunks only spray when they feel threatened. They can spray up to 15 feet, meaning your pet (or you) doesn’t have to be in close proximity to be doused. Their spray is an oily musk that is made up of thiols, thioacetates, and methylquinoline, all of which are volatile compounds. Thiols contain sulfur (which explains the pungent odor), and when thioacetates are exposed to moisture (you give your sprayed dog a bath), they turn into thiols. In other words, exposing a sprayed pet (or yourself) to water means the smell will only become worse.

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While the spray is indeed quite unpleasant to the nose, it is not poisonous. It can, however, be harmful depending upon where the spray lands. If a small amount gets on your pet’s fur, it will not do much other than cause your pet to smell very bad. However, if your pet has been heavily sprayed, or has been sprayed in the face, it is important to seek veterinary treatment right away. The spray can cause sneezing, drooling, nausea and vomiting in pets. If sprayed in the eyes, the musk acts like a tear gas. Your pet may experience swelling around the eyes, squinting, or even temporary blindness. While rare, skunk spray can damage your pet’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Your vet will be able to perform blood tests and help to prevent serious side effects from affecting your pet.

Why Performing Skunk Removal Yourself Is a Bad Idea & Best Handled By 5-Star Reviewed Sacramento Skunk Removal Experts Sacramento Trapper

When you notice skunks on your property, it can be very tempting to handle its removal yourself. You may be thinking that do-it-yourself skunk removal will save you money in the long run, but the truth is that trying to take care of the issue on your own could pose some serious issues. There are several reasons why you need skunk removal from Sacramento Trapper.

Harmful Skunk Spray

Skunk spray is one major reason why you need professional skunk removal services. If they do spray, it can leave a lingering odor around, or even in, your home, that can make it unbearable to be on the property. If you attempt to approach a skunk on your own, you run the risk of getting sprayed in the process, and removing the smell can be difficult. Your pets are also at risk of getting sprayed in the process if they are not properly restrained.

Skunks Are Dangerous

Skunks can be dangerous. While their spray may not be poisonous, they can carry diseases, such as rabies and distemper. These nuisance animals may be relatively docile, but if they feel threatened, not only will they spray, they may also bite. Along with this, your yard, shed, garage or home may need to be properly cleaned and disinfected to protect you and your family from contracting an illness due to contact with skunk urine or droppings. Their waste can harbor harmful parasites for weeks after being deposited. Cleaning up after skunk removal needs to be done with extreme care. We are equipped with all of the necessary safety gear to trap the skunks on your property, and clean the area properly to protect you and your family.

Skunk Removal Is Half the Solution

You may not be able to resolve the root of your skunk problem. Even if you successfully remove the skunks currently on your property, you may find that new skunks make themselves at home a short time later. This is because the actual skunk removal is only a part of the solution. You will also need to determine the factors that brought the skunks onto your property in the first place, and how they got in. Sacramento Trapper can help you to figure these things out, and help you take the appropriate measures to keep new skunks from getting in.

Sacramento Trapper Has Permits to Perform Skunk Removal

Finally, skunk removal should be handled by professionals like us here at Sacramento Trapper because it is actually illegal to relocate skunks (and other wildlife) that are trapped on your property by yourself without the proper permits. In order to do it yourself, you need written permission from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, because of the prevalence of rabies in skunks, these permits are often denied. We have the proper licensing to trap, remove and relocate the skunks found on your property, saving you time, energy, and some massive headaches, all while keeping you, your family, and your pets safe from harm.

You should never attempt to handle a skunk on your property by yourself. They may not be poisonous, but the skunk’s spray can cause serious skin and eye irritation, among other effects. For fast, effective skunk removal, call Rob of Sacramento Trapper today!

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Ways To Celebrate Groundhog Day

On February 2nd, Trapper Rob takes special care to celebrate Groundhog Day. As a wildlife trapper, it is always important to understand and respect the animals rescued out of customer’s properties.

  1. He refuses to acknowledge his own shadow
  2. He releases any trapped groundhogs
  3. He does the same thing he did the day before, over and over again
  4. He learns an Indian rain dance for cloud cover to hide all shadows
  5. He moves to Pennsylvania where he can celebrate the holiday all weekend long
  6. He watches the movie Groundhog Day
  7. He watches TV at 7:25 AM to see what Punxsutawney Phil does in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  8. He serenades local wildlife that burrows underground for winter
  9. He practices saying, “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
  10. He eats a groundhog diet of green beans, apples, and bananas

Groundhog Day Culture

groundhogGroundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow. In southeastern Pennsylvania, Groundhog Lodges celebrate the holiday with social events in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more plays or skits are performed for entertainment. The Pennsylvania German dialect is the only language spoken at the event, and those who speak English pay a penalty, usually in the form of a nickel, dime or quarter, per word spoken, put into a bowl in the center of the table.

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the eponymous 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and portrayed Punxsutawney Phil.

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Trapper Rob has over a decade of experience successfully trapping skunks and removing skunks from properties in an effective safe, humane, odor-free and nausea-free manner.

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Trapper Rob is a certified pest control and wild life nuisance professional to remove skunks in Sacramento:

  • Structural Pest Control Board License is #12145
  • Qualified Pesticide Applicator License is #126071

Why Hiring a Skunk Removal Expert is Important

It is very important to hire a professional to trap and perform skunk removal services. Trapper Rob has many years of experience in successfully trapping skunks and removing skunks from properties in a safe, humane, and odor-and-nausea-free manner.

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Attempting to trap and remove a skunk yourself can be dangerous, as skunks are known carriers of rabies. Trapping a skunk in an open cage like the one pictured to the right can put both you and the skunk in a dangerous and stinky position. Trapper Rob uses a specialty tube-trap which restricts the skunk’s tail from lifting to spray and allows the skunks to be removed safely according to the Department of Fish and Game wildlife guidelines.

Once a skunk trap has been placed, a skunk will usually be trapped overnight if the skunk is living on your property, or it can take several days if the skunk is taking up residence at a neighbor’s. While most of the time there will be just one skunk found on your property, there are some cases where a family of skunks have taken up residence and multiple skunk removals will need to be performed.

Skunk Odor Removal

If you or one of your pets is sprayed by a skunk, a home remedy mixture of 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1-2 teaspoons liquid dish soap may eliminate most of the odor, but it is not always effective. Make sure to leave this home remedy on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing with water. It is recommended to buy a commercial product with neutroleum alpha, a scent-masking solution. If skunk musk is around yours or your pet’s nose, mouth, or eyes, temporary blindness for 10-15 minutes may result. Rinse with water.

Why Is There A Skunk On My Property?

Skunks prefer to nest underneath building structures that are dark and hard to access. Skunks are attracted to warm places to dig and create a den and are often found in holes near heating units, under stairs, decks, or porches. Lumber, junk cars, and sheds are other potential homes that may attract a skunk to take up residence on your property. In the Sacramento region, skunks are often attracted to properties that have dog or cat food sitting outside, and less commonly human food improperly disposed of. If you have a rodent problem, the rodents will quickly attract skunks as well.

Skunks hunt and eat insects as their primary food source, but they will scavenge for anything that looks, smells, or resembles food. Skunks get bored of the same food easily and often look for different types of food. It is important to identify where the skunk is entering and leaving your property, as well as what attracted the skunk to your property to begin with. By removing the food attracting the skunk to your property, you can help ensure future skunks will not be so tempted to take up residence on your property. Trapper Rob can help with a variety of exclusion services to dissuade skunks.

Identifying A Skunk

skunk tracksIn some cases, a skunk has sprayed another animal which wanders through a property, causing that property owner to think there is a skunk, when in fact, there is not. You can often tell if you have skunks by examining feces and looking for a lot of insect parts. Skunks may dig in small 3 to 4-inch shaped cones looking for insects in your lawn. Their tracks are roughly 2 1/2 inches long. Skunks have 5 toes, but the heel from the forefeet is not always visible, as shown in the picture to the left. If you are able, try to confirm there is a skunk coming onto your property before you call for skunk removal.

Skunk Exclusion and Prevention

Once the skunk, or multiple skunks, have been removed from your property, it is important to prevent skunks from taking up residence on your property in the future. Skunks are excellent diggers and much stronger than you would imagine from such a small creature. Quick and dirty do-it-yourself fixes include placing large rocks weighing more than 20 pounds at entrances to crawlspaces and holes under fences around the property. Depending on the size and location of the hole, you may also consider pouring concrete.

Trapper Rob takes a more professional and clean looking approach. He is experienced in quickly identifying entry and exit points for skunks and closing up the hole. Skunk exclusion involves covering all openings with wire mesh, sheet metal, or concrete. Fencing and wire mesh is buried where skunks are more prone to dig to gain access.

Trap and Remove Skunks Now!

If you currently have skunks on your property or need exclusion work performed, Trapper Rob will trap and humanely remove all skunks from your property and go over methods of exclusion relevant to your property. All work comes with a 12 month guarantee.

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Sacramento Raccoon Removal

Raccoon Facts

Raccoons can grow two to three feet in length, and weigh from 10 to 30 pounds. Their life expectancy is five to six years.

Raccoons can run at speeds of up to 15 miles an hour, and can climb down a tree backwards or face first. They can swivel the hind feet around 180 degrees.

Although raccoons are predominantly nocturnal creatures, they can be seen during daylight hours due to hunger, injury, illness or sleep has been disturbed.

Why Raccoons Den In Your Home

Raccoons will eat just about anything – mice, insects, eggs, berries, grain, fish, fruit and plants. They’ll scavenge from your garbage cans and compost piles. Pet food left outside is a popular food source.

Although they are active year-round, raccoons may take cover in dens during the winter season. Raccoon dens are often found in backyards, under decks and beneath houses, attics, chimneys, and outside buildings.

Damage Caused By Raccoons

Raccoons will rip off shingles, boards or rooftop ventilators to get into an attic. Wall and heating/air conditioning ducts may get torn or even destroyed. And, then, there is urine which not only stains, but creates an offensive odor. They can rip off loose boards and enlarge holes in wire fences for easy access. They will rip open a screen to get into a patio.

They kill your ornamental fish or birds, frighten your pets and bring fleas.

Raccoon Dangers

Contrary to popular assumption, there are very few cases of raccoon rabies in the western United States. Bats, skunks and fox are the bigger rabies threats to humans. Raccoons are mammals, however, and rabies can still be a potential threat.

Raccoon Roundworm is a parasite that raccoons carry, which can cause problems in the eyes and central nervous system.

Do NOT Attempt to Trap the Raccoon Yourself

It’s common to catch the wrong animal – a stray cat, a skunk, or opossum, or the wrong raccoon. And, they can be vicious when cornered.

More important, however, the California Department of Fish and Game Regulations prohibit the relocation of raccoons and other wildlife without written permission from the Department. Trapping should be conducted by licensed professionals.

Call Trapper Rob Immediately For Raccoon Removal

Raccoon populations can grow quite large where food and denning sites are in abundance. The sooner the problem is eliminated, the better.

Trapper Rob is an experienced professional, who is able to trap raccoons safely and humanely, without separating the mother from its young (who, when left behind, will starve).

Please remember raccoons are wild animals and will defend themselves if necessary. Don’t ever try to hug or pet a raccoon.

Office – (916) 987-9559 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
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Sacramento Possum Removal

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Possum Removal

Having a possum or family of possums on your property is a nuisance. They are opportunistic scavengers who will go through your garbage and leave droppings in your attic or walls. Trying to trap and remove a possum yourself can be risky; possums aren’t typically dangerous, but they can excrete smelly oils that are often confused for skunk odor, and can carry various parasites. Plus, different areas have regulations regarding how to best trap and release wildlife. It’s always a good idea to bring in an experienced wildlife removal expert to trap and perform possum removal services.

Trapper Rob has many years of experience in successfully trapping possums and removing possums from properties. Utilizing proper equipment, he humanely traps a possum or family of possums and ensures they’re safely removed from your property in a manner that adheres to the Department of Fish and Game wildlife guidelines. Once removed, the same possum will never return. Using possum exclusion tactics will guarantee future possums don’t find your property attractive.

Why Is There A Possum On My Property?

Possums are an urban nuisance, and they can often be found in and around Sacramento. They are attracted to garbage, compost piles, and pet food left outdoors. Possums are nomadic and often wander from place to place in search of food. Most of the time, they’ll stay in one place for no more than a few days before moving on. However, from time to time possums or a family of possums will burrow underneath the foundation of your house or shed, or nest inside your home’s attic or walls.

Possums will scavenge for anything that looks, smells, or resembles food. The biggest danger they present to you and your property is damage to the structure and foundation of your home due to burrowing. In addition, parasites and bacteria can be transmitted from the large amounts of fecal matter possums leave behind. In order to trap and remove the possum, it is important to identify where the possum is entering and leaving your property, as well as what initially attracted the possum to your property. By removing the common possum attractants from your property, you can help ensure future possums will not invade your space. Trapper Rob can help with a variety of exclusion services to help prevent possums from returning to your property.

Identifying a Possum

Sometimes homeowners are unable to tell whether a possum or a skunk has invaded their property. Possums can excrete oils that have an odor similar to skunk spray, but this usually occurs only when they are frightened or cornered. Possums have 5 toes; tracks from their front paws may resemble small hand-prints. Tracks from their rear paws may resemble a hand-print with a large, elongated thumb. Their tracks are roughly 2 inches long.

In attics and crawl spaces, possums are relatively easy to distinguish from squirrels or raccoons. They leave a lot of droppings, and tend to use insulation for nesting. Unlike raccoons and squirrels, possums do not confine themselves to the edges of the attic and will nest anywhere.

Possum Exclusion and Prevention

Once the possum, or multiple possums, have been removed from your property, it is important to take steps to prevent possums from returning in the future. Try to seal openings to your attic and crawl spaces. Secure garbage can lids with bungee cords, cover compost piles, and put away pet food. Make sure to lock up chicken coops or any game birds you may possess. Possums will occasionally kill these birds if they are hungry enough.

Possum exclusion involves using the right gauge of wire mesh screening to barricade all possible entry points. With several years of experience in trapping and removing wildlife, Trapper Rob can show you the best ways to secure garbage cans and remove entry and exit points for possums by closing up holes. He will help you find and seal openings, and will go over the best ways to prevent wildlife from invading your property.

Trap and Remove Possums Now!

If you currently have possums on your property or need exclusion work performed, Trapper Rob will trap and humanely remove all possums from your property and go over methods of exclusion relevant to your property. All work comes with a 12 month guarantee.

Office – (916) 987-9559 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Cell – (916) 224-7430 Mon-Fri 5pm-9am & Weekends
E-mail: Trapper Rob

Questions Your Trapper Will Ask You

These are some of the basic questions any animal trapper will ask you when you call in with a problem. It is important to carefully think about the wildlife animal that is on your property so your trapper can arrive fully prepared.

  • What type of animal do you think is on your property?
  • Where do you think the animal is finding a way in?
  • How long has have you noticed the animal?
  • Have you heard any sounds of babies yet?
  • Do you smell death, urine, or fecal anywhere?
  • Has anyone who lives in your household become sick or experienced increased allergies?
  • Have you noticed any unusual insects such as maggots, flies, mites, ticks?
  • Has anyone been threatened or attacked by the animal?
  • Have you tried to deal with the animal yourself? In what way?
  • Has a professional previously attempted to resolve the problem?
  • What damage has the animal inflicted so far?
  • Have you taken any pictures of the animal, infestation location, or damage that you are willing to email to us?
  • Can you estimate the cost of the present damage the animal has caused?
  • Is the wild animal causing you to worry or to lose sleep?
  • How would you rate this problem: mild, moderate, or extreme?

Office – (916) 987-9559 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
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Sacramento Rodent Proofing

Rodent Proofing & Exclusion – What Does It Entail?

Rodent Proofing is the prevention of rats and mice invading your home. There are a multitude of ways rodents can sneak into your home and nest. You will quickly hear rodents scampering in your walls and attic. You may also start smelling their urine and feces.

Rodents can cause illness in people and pets through contact with urine and feces. Young children, pregnant women, and the elderly are especially prone to rodent diseases.

Rodents will not enter your home from anywhere – they will invade through the weak points. Such weak points rats and mice enter into your home include:

  • Garage doors
  • Exterior doors with thresholds wider than 1/4″
  • Crawl space vent covers
  • Attic vent covers
  • Dryer vents
  • Exterior lines, e.g. around your AC unit
  • Chimneys
  • Tree branches touching your home
  • Power lines and cable lines
  • Tile or shake roofs not properly sheeted with plywood

Does Your Home Look Appealing To Rodents?

Rats can often be seen all around the Sacramento area crawling over power lines, looking for a home to nest in as well as food sources. These rodents are looking for fruit trees and easy entrances into warm homes. Tree branches and power lines provide quick escape routes from being noticed. If you already have rodents invading your property, Trapper Rob is ready to remove the rodents.

Trapper Rob Will Proof Your Entire Home

Trapper Rob has the years of expertise and experience to quickly identify all the weak parts of your home.

Your home is surveyed by looking for potential entryway points, rub marks, droppings, tracks, gnawing, and smelling.

He can make sure there is no way any rodent would be interested in nesting inside of your home. Don’t let rats and mice destroy your home from the inside out. Rodent proofing is an investment important in keeping the integrity of your home.

Commercial Rodent Exclusion

Trapper Rob is experienced in making sure commercial properties are properly proofed and rodents trapped and removed. Commercial buildings are built with a variety of materials at various stages of exclusion due to age. Entry points include heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical service points, and fire sprinklers. In older buildings, cracks in concrete and brick allow for rodent entry. Elevator shafts and laundry chutes should be inspected and proofed as well.

Stats About Rats and Mice

Rats can:

  • Crawl through any opening higher or wider than 1/2 inch
  • Climb the outside of vertical pipes and conduits up to 3 inches in diameter, climb the outside of larger pipes attached to buildings by bracing themselves between the wall and the pipe, climb the inside of vertical pipes, wall voids, or earthquake safety seams and joints between 1 1/2 and 4 inches in diameter
  • Jump from a flat surface up to 36 inches vertically and as far as 48 inches horizontally
  • Drop 50 feet without being seriously injured
  • Burrow straight down into the ground for at least 36 inches
  • Reach as high or wide as 13 inches
  • Swim as far as 1/2 mile in open water, dive through water traps in plumbing, and travel in sewer lines against a substantial water current. In areas where high rat populations exist, it is common for both roof rats and Norway rats to enter buildings through toilets and uncovered drains.

Mice can:

  • Crawl through openings larger than 1/4 inch
  • Jump as high as 18 inches from a floor onto an elevated surface
  • Travel considerable distances crawling upside-down along screen wire
  • Survive and reproduce at a temperature of 24 degrees if adequate food and nesting material are available.

Are You Ready To Get Your Home Rodent Proofed?

If you currently have an infestation of rodents, Trapper Rob will trap and humanely remove all rodents from your property as part of the rodent proofing and exclusion process. All work comes with a 12 month guarantee.

Office – (916) 987-9559 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
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E-mail: Trapper Rob