Is There a Skunk in the House?

While skunk odors are one of the most apparent signs of an infestation, the smell alone does not automatically point to the presence of skunks. Homeowners should first check for natural gas leaks and ensure that family pets are not the cause of the odor.

If there appears to be no other source, individuals should assume the pest itself is the cause of the skunk smell in the house. Check common skunk hiding places, like underneath decks, patios, in basements, and crawlspaces, to confirm. Homeowners may also notice conical holes appear in yards as a result of the pest’s feeding habits, or scratches on siding as evidence of forced entry.


In addition to stinking up buildings, skunk smell in houses cause strife by damaging property and clinging to furniture. Additionally, when skunks are present, household pets are at higher risk of being sprayed. If the pests aren’t found in time, they may die and spread more odors as their bodies decompose. Furthermore, both living and dead skunks spread diseases such as rabies and leptospirosis.

How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell in the House

Mishandling live skunks can result in disease transmission, which makes removal tricky. Individuals faced with skunk smell in the house should contact the pest control professionals at Trutech. After removal, our wildlife specialists can sanitize the areas affected by the infestation and help clear homes of skunk smell.