Skunks: Skunks are usually classified as a pest species due to their odor, and occasionally, digging. The most common complaints include the following:
- Skunk is living under deck or porch
- Skunk has sprayed in the vicinity
- Skunk has sprayed a pet dog
- Skunks are digging holes in yard
- Skunks fell down window well/basement
For these reasons, many people wish to have this nuisance animal trapped and removed.
SKUNK TRANSMITTED DISEASES - Diseases transmitted to humans by animals are called zoonoses. According to statistics, there are almost 39 major diseases we get directly from animals. But very few of these are from skunks. There are almost 48 notable diseases we can catch from the bite of bugs that have bit an infected animal. There are almost 42 notable diseases that we get by handling or ingesting food or water contaminated by feces of animals like skunks.
Zoonoses are spread by bites and scratches of infected animals, such as skunks, or their feces. Diseases can develop in humans by animal bite when the animal's teeth break into skin and introduce saliva that contains disease organisms below the surface of the skin. According to a research, dangerous bacteria are present in about 85 % of animal bites . These bacteria can nurture inside the wound and can result in infection. The result of infection from these bites ranges from mild discomfort to lethal complications.
Skunk feces can carry many dangerous diseases. Animal owners can help prevent health problems in their pets and themselves by maintaining good sanitation and veterinary care. Mistakenly it is believed by owners that only fresh stool can be a health threat. In fact, many parasite found in stool will not reach the infectious stage until days or weeks after the animal defecated. Allowing stool to dry out and disintegrate creates a major risk for exposure to parasites. These parasite can remain active in soil for many months. The most vital step, pet owners can take to protect themselves and the pets is to remove feces daily.
Weekly removal is not frequent enough.