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Skunks, Muskrats, and Other Random Critters

The Macon Area office of Rid-A-Critter handles calls for a lot of animals who aren't quite important enough to merit their own pages on our site, but who still make nuisances of themselves from time to time. This page discusses a few of the more common ones. For others, please visit our main company site, or just call us for more information.

Skunks

A striped skunk walking through a field

Skunks are common in the Macon area, but usually they don't bother anyone.

Skunks are small- to medium-sized animals with black and white coloration. They're mainly carnivorous and their diet includes insects, grubs, earthworms, and other small animals. They're also primarily nocturnal, usually appearing in the late afternoon and early evening; but younger skunks, skunks that have become semi-tame, and skunks that are ill often venture out during the day.

A lot of folks are afraid of skunks because of their ability to spray a foul-smelling liquid when they are threatened. And for sure, if you or an animal of yours get sprayed, getting the stink off of you may take weeks.

But skunks really don't like to spray. It takes them a while to regenerate the liquid after they spray, which leaves them temporarily vulnerable. They also seem not to like the smell very much (or possibly the liquid irritates them) because they try to remove the liquid from themselves after they spray. Finally, skunks are pretty peaceful animals by nature. They don't go around looking for trouble.

In fact, a mature skunk will seldom spray unless it thinks its life is in danger. (Younger skunks may be a bit quicker on the trigger.) Before they spray, skunks usually give warnings that may include arching their backs, stamping their feet, and sometimes growling or hissing. In almost all cases, it's only if you ignore those warnings that a skunk will spray you.

How Not to Get Sprayed by a Skunk

The reason behind most human victims of skunk spraying is that most humans don't know how to communicate with skunks. So here's some advice that will help you avoid getting sprayed in you do meet up with a skunk.

If you happen to startle a skunk and it starts giving you warnings, the best thing to do is lower your head, and slowly turn away and walk away. Those are submissive gestures and usually will prevent the skunk from spraying. In addition, don't smile at the skunk: Baring your teeth is an aggressive signal. Don't stare it in the eyes or raise your hands, either; and for the love of all that is good and holy, don't start screaming.

In short: The skunk is warning you to back down. So back down.

Another thing to be aware of is that skunks don't have very good vision, so they might not even notice you until they're only a few feet away -- especially if they've got their noses down looking for grubs. So if you see a skunk walking past you who doesn't seem bothered by your presence, you may be only partly right. Chances are that the skunk isn't bothered by your presence, but it's also possible that it just hasn't noticed you, and would be startled if you suddenly started moving around. So don't make any sudden moves until the skunk has passed by and some distance is between the two of you. If you startle the skunk, it may spray you.

Skunk Trapping and Removal

All the above being said, most of the time there's really no reason to bother trapping and removing skunks. They usually do no harm, and they actually do some good by eating destructive insects, grubs, and small rodents. So if you have a few skunks walking across your yard or garden at night, our advice is to consider just leaving them be.

There are some times when skunks need to be trapped an removed, however. One of the most important times is when the skunks appear to be ill. Skunks have a fairly high incidence of rabies, and the symptoms can take two different forms. One is commonly known as "furious" form, in which the animal acts very aggressively; and the other is the "dumb" form, in which the animals seems confused, unsteady, or even friendly. Another possible sign of rabies is a mature skunk being out and about in the middle of the day.

A much more common situation in which skunks have to be removed is if they're living in or under your home. Skunks often nest under porches or in crawl spaces, where they usually do no particular harm. The problem is that if they spray an animal while they're out and about, the stink will stay with them for a few days; and if by some chance they actually sprayed while they were under your porch or in your crawl space, you'd have a serious stink situation in your house.

So if you have skunks living in or under your home, give us a call. We can remove them and then animal-proof your home to keep skunks, along with other wild critters, from getting back in.

Muskrats

A muskrat swimming through the water

Muskrats occasionally make a nuisance of themselves in our area

Muskrats are semi-aquatic rodents that are somewhat bigger and stockier than a Norway rat, and have a distinctive, knife-shaped tail. They live along streams, ponds, and other bodies of water and build "lodges" out of mud, twigs, and grass. They're excellent swimmers and use their tails as rudders while swimming.

Most of the time, muskrats are harmless and can be left alone. Although some people are afraid of them, they're not aggressive animals. They can cause problems, however, when their lodges impede the flow of water in a stream or through a drainage ditch or culvert. This can cause localized flooding at and upstream of the blockage.

Muskrats can also be agricultural or garden pests because they like to nibble at vegetable crops. Typically they'll take a nibble or two from many different vegetables, thus destroying a great deal more of the crop than they actually eat. They'll eat almost anything, but they seem especially fond of squash, yams, and eggplants.

Muskrat Control

Muskrats aren't the kind of animal we can exclude from your property permanently. We can trap and remove them if they're causing a problem, but there's nothing we can do to prevent "new" muskrats from moving in to replace the ones we removed. The aim of muskrat control, therefore, is to remove the muskrats that are causing problems. We can't guarantee that new muskrats won't move in and taking their place.

Other Miscellaneous Animals

The Macon regional office of Rid-A-Critter occasionally comes across other animal problems that are uncommon enough that they don't rate their own section on this page, much less a page of their own. We've trapped and removed gophers, turkeys, chickens, and many other unusual animals. So whatever critter is causing you problems, please call us. Chances are that we can help.

you have a problem with any animal problem, and we'll let you know if we can help you out. Most likely, we can.

 

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Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Our technicians are repairing rat damage to a drain line at a house in Macon, Georgia. The rats also got into the house itself, so we'll be non-chemically trapping and removing them and rat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2021 10:59:15 am.

Bats in Roberta Ga, Rats in Macon Ga and Mice in the walls in Warner Robins Ga. call for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 09, 2021 11:43:49 am.

Exclusion quote done in Eastman Ga this morning now I’m headed to Thomaston Ga for another exclusion quote. Customer hearing noises in the wall.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 08, 2021 01:10:45 pm.

Cold and windy day like today reminds me why animals like the warmth and safety of an attic and or crawl space. It’s cold outside stay warm everyone, but if you find yourself hearing scratching noises in the attic/walls give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 04:49:14 pm.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
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Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

We have a team in Macon Ga finishing up on a flying squirrel exclusion job. Local and dependable give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 18, 2021 01:41:30 pm.

Scratching in the attic, noises keeping you up at night, you might have animals in the attic. Squirrels, flying squirrels, rats, bats, raccoons etc. Call us for a free quote today. We will be happy to remove them and keep them out for good.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 18, 2021 10:19:58 am.

Just finished up on a warranty call in Concord Ga. Now I’m gonna head over to Barnesville Ga to help a tech on a exclusion for Bats.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 15, 2021 11:28:21 am.

In Cordele and Tifton Georgia today quoting exclusions for squirrels. Time for these critters to go.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 14, 2021 12:02:36 pm.

Had the opportunity to give 2 quotes in Barnesville Ga today for Bats. Customers are both scheduled for the exclusions in a couple of days.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 13, 2021 02:56:28 pm.

Just completed a warranty inspection at a home we sealed last yr. in Perry Georgia. Gave them the all clear.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 12, 2021 02:49:18 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

We have a crew trapping and removing roof rats from a warehouse in Macon, and sealing the edges of the corrugated metal roof to keep them out. Corrugated roofs require a lot of detailed work to animal-proof.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2021 09:13:07 am.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

Gonna wrap this day up early making people smile and animals relocated. Hope everyone has a great and prosperous New Year!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 31, 2020 09:54:56 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Guys are in Fitzgerald Ga this rainy day doing an exclusion for squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 16, 2020 02:57:45 pm.

Wildlife exclusion techs are in Griffin Ga doing a rodent seal up then headed to Albany Ga for a Snake call.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 15, 2020 10:40:48 am.

Was headed home but had a customer in Fitzgerald Ga call the office and has squirrels in the attic and concerned about them chewing her wires. Told her I’ll turn around and be there around 6pm. Customer service is our goal.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2020 04:23:04 pm.

Nice day for a exclusion. Customer in Warner Robins Ga just called our office. Headed over to give a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 10, 2020 11:14:27 am.

Just completed a squirrel job in Zebulon Ga and will be headed to Gray Ga to finish up a bat exclusion.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 09, 2020 10:28:42 am.

South side technicians finished up on a bat job in Concord Ga. Techs are now headed to Jackson Ga. to remove some rats out of the traps that were set during the exclusion. Keeping customers happy is our main goal.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 08, 2020 11:34:56 am.

Hearing scratching in the attic or walls. We’re here to help and we’re local. Macon, Albany, Cordele, Valdosta Ga. Give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 12:44:10 pm.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

The colder weather starting to set in has the critters looking for warmth and safety in homes and businesses. Give us a call if you need a wildlife exclusion or hear scratching in the attic or walls.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 02, 2020 10:28:57 am.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides animal control and animal proofing in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia and the surrounding areas including Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon.

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