Why are Skunk Droppings Important?
In addition to their lingering stench, skunks leave other signs of their presence behind. Feces found in lawns, gardens, and flower beds may indicate a den nearby, which may be hazardous for both pets and people.
Identifying Skunk Scat
Waste left behind by cats and skunks has a similar appearance. Skunk scat is tube-shaped with blunt ends and a smooth surface. The only way to differentiate between feline and skunk feces is to look inside. Unlike cats, skunks eat fruit, berries, and insects, which are visible in their scat.
Is Skunk Poop Dangerous?
Skunks carry rabies, so frequent signs like scent, droppings, and tracks are cause for concern, especially for pet owners. Symptoms of the virus in skunks may include aggression and daytime activity for these normally shy, nocturnal animals.
While rabies cannot spread through waste, other skunk diseases can. The pests’ scat often contains roundworms. When inhaled or ingested, these parasites can cause blindness or even brain injury. Skunk droppings also contaminate soil with roundworm eggs, which remain viable for years.
It is not safe to allow infestations of these pests to remain unchecked. Property owners concerned about skunk poop around the home should call the professionals at Trutech for efficient wildlife removal.