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ANIMAL INFO : SKUNKS


Skunks are a common nuisance animal in suburban and rural gardens; not just in terms of digging up the plants, but as an annoyance and potential risk for you and your pets as well. Skunks can also carry their own unwanted parasites into your yard as they search for food. Though skunks are not nearly as likely to be a major flea carrier as are Opossums and patrolling cats, they can drop flea eggs in the yard. Also skunks can be infected with a particularly nasty round worm (Baylisascaris columnaris) that can do some damage to your pet should it eat the infected skunk's feces.

Skunks are also known to harbor parasites, both internally and externally. Tapeworm, roundworm, lungworm, flukes, as well as fleas, ticks, and lice and all the dangers they pose, are commonly found residing in and on skunks. These parasites can carry their own set of pathogens that can cause illnesses in people and pets.

Another aspect where skunks pose a danger is in disposing of their dead bodies. As their lifeless bodies decompose the harmful bacteria that these bodies harbor multiply and can cause infection when they come into contact with your skin or mucous membranes. If all your do it yourself attempts and tricks have failed to get rid of skunks, then try calling Essen Pest Control for their removal.



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