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Skunk Nest Identification and Removal

skunk nest identification and removal

Do you think you might have a skunk burrow in your yard, under your porch, or shed?

That is the kind of unwanted guest nobody wants on their property!

Skunks are not usually aggressive or dangerous, but if you cross paths at the wrong time, they sure can be stinky.

A skunk might not spray you, but you might still end up wondering what to do when your dog gets sprayed.

In this post, we discuss how to identify a skunk nest and what you can do to remove a skunk from your yard.

 

Skunk habitats

Skunk prepared to spraySkunks are native to the Chicagoland area and to much of North America. Many estimates say that there are more skunks in the Chicago area than ever before because of a series of mild winters and early springs.

Stripes skunks originally were most often found in rural, wooded areas, but skunks are fairly tolerant of humans and can be found in suburban and urban areas.

They will live anywhere there is a shelter with access to food and water. Skunks rarely travel farther than 1-2 miles from their den, so they will be found nesting near food and water sources.

 

Where do skunks nest?

Skunks will often move into the abandoned den of another animal such as into a hole dug by a woodchuck or fox. If an existing burrow or shelter is not available, skunks are capable of digging their own.

They will also build a nest in hollow logs, under brushes, woodpiles, culverts, and even open prairies and lands.

Skunks will also move into human areas, especially under porches and sheds, but also garages or abandoned buildings.

Related: What animal is digging in my garden?

 

Skunk burrows

Skunk Removal ServicesThe entrance to a skunk burrow will usually be around eight inches in diameter. Usually, there will be more than one entrance, sometimes as many as four or five.

The burrow will often have more than one chamber, sometimes up to three or four. Skunks will use grass and leaves to line the den.

Sometimes the skunk burrow is identifiable because of that unmistakable skunk odor. However, that is not always the case, which can sometimes make finding the den a challenge.

Related: Skunk Spray FAQ

 

How to locate the skunk nest

First of all, use caution when seeking out the skunk nest! You don’t want to startle the skunk at close range and find yourself the victim of its foul spray. A skunk can hit a target up to ten feet away.

Skunks are most active at dusk, so the best time to do your search is during the afternoon when it is likely to be asleep.

Sometimes the hole may be visible and identifiable by its smell. If you cannot find the burrow by following the skunk smell to its nest, you will have to use another way to search it out.

One trick that people use is to leave out a food source as bait, for example, peanut butter because of it’s strong smell, and then surround the bait with flour all around it. If the skunk comes for the food, you may be able to follow the tracks back to it’s home.

To confirm the den is occupied, you can lay or lightly tape a sheet of newspaper over the hole during daylight hours. If you come back the next day, you should be able to tell if the newspaper was disturbed by the skunk exiting the burrow.

Once you have confirmed the skunk residence, you can then plan how to have it removed.

Related: Protecting your yard from skunks

 

Skunk removal

Record number of skunks in ChicagolandOnce you have identified a skunk nest, your next step will be to try and figure out a way to remove them.

Keep in mind that skunks are a protected species in Illinois. They may only be removed with a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It is not legal to poison skunks.

Related: Permit to remove wildlife in Illinois

If you want to attempt to drive skunks away on your own, try to make their living environment unpleasant.  Skunks do not like loud sounds, bright lights or strong smells. Use these to your advantage.

Shine a bright light onto their den area. Find an old radio and set it to a talk radio station and place it by their entrance playing loud enough for them to hear it all day. Soak a rag in ammonia and place it near their nest entrance to irritate them with the odor. Ironically, skunks are irritated by strong odors.

After removal, take steps to deter skunks in the future: remove food and water sources, mow overgrown grass and brush, and remove wood piles that could be attractive dens. Fence or screen areas under porches, decks, and sheds.

Make sure after the skunks have left to fill in the den with rocks and soil. As we said earlier, skunks are fond of premade burrows, and if one skunk found it attractive, it’s very likely another one will.

 

Professional skunk removal

Skunk Removal Service Chicago AreaFor professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

Contact us online or call 847-464-1861


 

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

If you’ve just found this blog post by doing a Google search, then we bet you’re in a hurry!

We better just get to the point and give you our expert-approved skunk spray removal recipe. You can use this to get skunk smell off of your dog.

If you need skunk removal in Chicagoland, call us at: 847-464-1861

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

The most effective skunk smell recipe requires only three ingredients:

  • 1-quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (for example Dawn dish soap)

Skunk smell removal recipe ingredients

How to use the skunk smell removal mixture

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible, the sooner the better to get the smell out.
  • Mix these three ingredients together in a bowl or bucket
  • Use the mixture and thoroughly rub it into your pet’s fur.
  • Let sit for five minutes and rinse with tap water afterward.
  • Don’t leave it on your pet for more than five minutes because it can cause bleaching.
  • You may need to repeat the process more than once to get rid of the odor.
  • For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

NOTE: Do not mix ahead of time and save it for when you need it. The mixture is unstable and ineffective when stored. You should store ingredients separately and save them for when needed.

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell on pets, on you and in your home

How to Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog Video

Learn how to make and use this skunk removal recipe in just two minutes.

Skunk smell removal recipe tips

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible – The longer the skunk spray is on your dog without cleaning, the harder it will be to remove.
  • Make a skunk spray removal kit – If there’s a chance your dog could encounter a skunk in your area, you should keep the spray removal ingredients on hand at all times, as well as a bucket or tub for cleaning. Have your ingredients and plan of action ready. DO NOT, however, mix the ingredients ahead of time and store for later. It will lose its potency.
  • Clean your dog outside if possible – Bringing the dog inside the home means bringing the smell inside the home. Dog owners have regretted bringing their dog inside and then seeing her roll around on the carpet or jump on the couch.
  • Rinse with shampoo afterwords – After you have used your skunk removal recipe, wash your pet with pet shampoo and conditioner and rinse clean.

For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

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Skunk Spray FAQ

Skunk FAQ Facts

Ugh. Is there anything stinkier than the smell of a skunk?

If you think about it, maybe you can come up with one. The thing is, that smell probably won’t go walking through your yard, spray your dog or move under your porch.

You definitely know what that skunk spray smells like. How much more do you know about skunk spray?

Because we are asked a lot of questions about it, in this post, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about skunk spray that we hear.

Skunk Spray Frequently Asked Questions

What is skunk spray?

Skunk spray is a weapon employed by skunks to provide defense. It’s an adaptation that helps protect skunks from many would-be predators in nature. The oily spray is produced by two glands. There is one on each side of a skunk’s anus. These glands produce the spray, which is a mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as thiols, which produce an offensive odor. Thiols are also present in decaying flesh.

The science of skunk spray

Is skunk spray bad for you? Can skunk spray kill you?

Skunk spray is not poisonous; it will not kill you or your pets. A direct hit to the eyes has been known to cause temporary blindness. The extreme odor can cause nausea and even vomiting, as well as watery eyes, and itching. It also causes people to avoid you, even your family. You can’t blame them though; it stinks!

Is skunk spray poisonous to dogs?

Skunk spray is not poisonous to dogs or humans. It can make your dog nauseous and cause them to hack and vomit, but it will not kill them.

Skunk Spray

How far can skunks spray?

You don’t want to find out! Seriously though, skunks can easily spray 10 feet and have been known to spray up to 20 feet. Not only can they spray you from up to 20 feet away, they can do it with great accuracy. One good thing though; a skunk won’t spray you without warning, so you won’t get sprayed unknowingly by a skunk sneaking up on you.

How far away can you smell a skunk?

If a skunk is not threatened and hasn’t sprayed, it’s possible you might not even notice the odor until it gets very close. You’ll often smell a skunk if it’s within 20 feet of you, the same distance at which you’re in danger of getting sprayed. The skunk spray is so powerful though that it’s possible to smell a skunk spray up to a mile to a mile and a half away, and even farther on a windy day.

How long does it take for a skunk smell to go away?

The length that a skunk spray will linger can vary and depend on other factors. If you or your dog gets sprayed, the sooner you can wash it off the better. If left untreated, it’s possible the skunk smell can remain 2-4 months. Don’t wait to clean and don’t let your dog (or you) run around the house getting the smell on things.

If the spray is in a very concentrated or contained area, it can last longer. People who have had a skunk spray the wood on their house have said it can linger for years. Skunk smell can be eliminated very quickly under the right circumstances if you act quickly. That’s why if you have a dog, it’s a good idea to keep skunk spray removal items in your house at the ready for when you need them.

How do you get rid of skunk spray on a dog?

For many years, people have repeated the myth that tomato paste can get rid of skunk smell on a dog. It doesn’t really work though.

The best way to get rid of skunk smell on your dog is to wash immediately with a mixture of 3%  hydrogen peroxide, a ¼ cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish soap.

Home remedy to remove skunk smell from dogs

Keep those ingredients on hand for when you need them. Time is important if you want to get rid of that skunk smell and not have it linger for months. Don’t mix it together ahead of time though, because the chemical nature of the mixture will not last and it will be ineffective.

Related: What to do when your dog gets skunked


For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

Contact us online or call 847-464-1861 


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How Do Animals Get Into Your Home?

How animals get into your home

As more and more animals learn to adapt to living near humans and our suburban landscapes and gardens support more wildlife, your home starts to become more of a potential target for animal invaders.

Many of us don’t mind having animals nearby and sharing our environment with them. None of us want them in our homes though. Wild animals need to be left wild, not allowed to move into our homes.

It does happen though. Bats and raccoons will move into your attic, skunks, and raccoons can move under your deck or shed, and mice can move into your basement or walls.

Beware of raccoon feces in attic

Animals in your home can create all kinds of problems, from squirrels chewing electrical wires to raccoons and bats leaving behind disease ridden feces. You can also expose you and your pets to rabies and other hazards.

Getting an animal out of your home can be done, but it is challenging, stressful and an unwanted expense. Cleaning up after an animal in your attic can be hazardous.

Your best option is to keep them out of your home in the first place.

 

Where animals enter home

  • Soffits
  • Chimneys
  • Attic exhaust opening
  • Attic & soffit vents
  • Pet doors
  • Window wells
  • Basement or foundation
  • Decks & porches
  • Roof corners
  • Roof and shingles
  • Overhanging trees
  • Holes around pipes
  • Weather stripping
  • Where to materials meet

Common points animals enter the home:

Interactive common animal entry points diagram

To prevent animals from entering your home, make sure you inspect the interior at least once a year, checking all the common entry points.

Check your home after winter to make sure the harsh weather hasn’t created a small opening for animals. Most of them don’t need much space. You should also inspect the home at the end of the summer before the cold weather hits. If you find any weak points you’ll still have time to fix them before unwanted critters are looking for places to get out of the cold.

Animals that will move into your home

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Skunks
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Wasps

Rodents are the most likely wild animal that will move into your home. Mice, rats, and squirrels account for about 75% or more of all unwanted critters in houses.

The favorite place for animals to take up residence is in your attic. It’s an inviting habitat for a wild animal because it’s low traffic, warm, dry and usually has nice out of the way places to hide.

Related: What animal is in my attic?

If you need professional animal removal services in the Chicagoland area, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.

Skunks invading Chicago and Suburbs in Record Numbers

Skunks Invading Chicago and Suburbs in Record Numbers

Have you been noticing that unmistakable skunk smell more often lately?

It’s not your imagination. Wildlife experts and animal control workers are all saying the same thing: they’re seeing more skunks than ever in the suburbs, Kane County, DuPage County, Cook County and even in Chicago.

Experts say the suburbs are in the middle of a “skunk epidemic.” It was so bad in Vernon Hills last year that the city offered to reimburse homeowners for skunk removal services.

 

Why the increase in skunks?

Skunk populations naturally go through “boom and bust” cycles because of environmental factors which affect their numbers.

The skunk populations in the Chicagoland region are growing because of many factors.

One reason is that there have been a couple of very mild winters. More skunks have been able to survive the winter and have been having litters of skunks earlier in the year, giving the offspring a better chance at survival.

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell

Record number of skunks in Chicagoland

Wet, buggy summers have given skunks a steady supply of insects to feed on and support a growing population.

There has been a decrease in the number of great horned owls, the primary predator of skunks. This has been attributed to the use of rodenticides, which poison not just rodents but the animals that feed on them.

An economic recovery and increasing home values has also meant that people are spending more on their lawns. Healthy lawns can mean more lawn grubs in the soil, a favorite meal for skunks as they prepare for winter.

Another reason is that diseases that held skunk populations in check over the past decades have decreased. Both distemper and rabies in skunks have reduced in the past few years.

Skunks also seem to be growing more adapted to the urban environment. They’ve been spotted more and more right in the city. They’ve been captured in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, in the very urban heart of Chicago.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources keeps track of the skunk population by measuring the number of skunks captured by licensed skunk removal companies and the number picked up by city and state workers as roadkill.

Licensed animal control companies captured 6,700 striped skunks in the Chicago area in 2010. Just six years later, the total doubled to nearly 13,000 in 2016.

That’s a lot of skunks wandering around through the Chicago area.

It means more holes in lawns from skunks hunting grubs. It means more encounters with skunks and dogs, which can be a really stinky and challenging situation to deal with.

It also can mean more human and skunk encounters, and skunks searching for homes under people’s patios and porches.

Related post: What to do when your dog gets skunked

 

Is there anything that can be done about the skunk population?

Homeowners can make sure they don’t make their homes and properties attractive to skunks. By implementing a grub control program on your lawn, you can remove one of their favorite food sources.

Related Post: Repel skunks

Other than that, at some point nature will probably take over. Animal populations move through cycles of lower and increased numbers. At some point either weather, disease or predators will bring the skunk population back down.

For now, though, watch out for these stinky neighbors.


Attic Solutions - Contact Us Today For professional skunk removal services in the Chicago suburban area, contact Attic Solutions for humane removal of skunks and other pests.

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Illinois Rabid Bats and Animals Warning 2017

Rabid animals in Illinois warning 2017

Watch Out For Rabid Bats & Animals

In this post, we discuss Rabid animals in Illinois and the methods for treatment of bites and removal of bats.

A bat and his fangs - Does it have rabies?

More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has sent out a public announcement stating that people need to be aware of rabid animals, including bats because they have become more active than normal at this time of year.


IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. says “Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost always found in bats, you can’t tell just by looking at a bat if it has rabies so it’s important to avoid handling bats and to make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in.”

Rabies - How it spreads, symptoms and common carriers

People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. The nervous system is affected by the rabies virus. You can also contract the virus when saliva from the rabid animal gets directly in your eyes, mouth, nose or an open wound.

Because of the size of a bats mouth, people may have difficulty finding the actual bite mark. If you are not sure if you were exposed, but were within close proximity, and wake up to find one in your room, don’t kill it, or release it before calling a doctor, or local Department of Health to make sure you haven’t been exposed to rabies and needing immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of Rabies

Similar to other illnesses, rabies will produce a fever, headache, and general discomfort and weakness. With the progression of the virus, specific symptoms will show up: Such as anxiety, confusion, insomnia, partial paralysis, hallucinations, and excitation. Within days of the onset, death usually occurs.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have been bitten by any animal!

A bat that is active during the day, on the ground, or unable to fly is more likely to have Rabies. An animal doesn’t have to be aggressive or exhibit symptoms to have Rabies. Changes such as these can be early signs of Rabies. Even though these creatures are approached with ease, you should never handle them.


To prevent the spread of Rabies, follow these tips:

  • All vaccinations should be kept up-to-date on all cats, dogs, ferrets, and any other animals you may own. Contact your veterinarian if your pet is exposed to a rabid animal.
  • Do not unintentionally attract wild animals by touching, feeding, or leaving garbage cans or litter exposed.
  • Never bring them into your home, or adopt them. Do not nurse sick, or wild animals to health. Call Animal Control or an animal rescue agency to handle them.
  • Children should be taught to never handle unfamiliar animals, (wild or domestic), even when they seem to be friendly. A good way to explain this is “Love your own, leave other animals alone”
  • To prevent bats from getting inside your home, maintain homes and buildings.
  • Do not release the bat outside if you find one in your home until after speaking with animal control or public health officials.

You may need to capture the bat after consulting with animal control or public health officials, for Rabies testing to determine if preventative treatment is necessary.

Related: Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

Steps to take to capture the bat:

 

  • While wearing gloves, place a box or coffee can over it when it lands.
  • Trap the bat inside by using a piece of cardboard underneath the container.
  • Secure by taping the cardboard to the container and make small holes in the cardboard to allow the bat to breathe.

Related: How to Get Bats Out of the House

 

To have a professional remove bats or any unwanted animal from your home or business, call tel:847-464-1861 

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What Animal Is Digging in My Garden?

What Animal Is Digging in Garden

Are you having a problem with animals digging in your garden?

It’s an ongoing problem that all gardeners have to deal with. To a wild animal, your garden could be like a supermarket is to us; rows of food lined up to enjoy and take home.

I doubt you planted a garden so that you could feed all the neighborhood critters. You would prefer they stop pulling veggies off the vine right before they are perfectly ripe.

 

How to identify who is digging holes in garden

striped skunk

If you want to stop those critters from digging in your garden, it helps to know who the guilty animals are so you can take the right steps to prevent it.

Is it kids or pets?

Most of the time you’ll know the answer to this already, especially if you don’t have any kids or pets. You do want to eliminate suspects though so it’s good to make sure. Young kids love to dig in the dirt and your kid could have done it without you noticing. A stray dog could also be responsible for digging holes too.

Is it happening at night?

skunk hole in yardIf the holes keep occurring at night, then you know it’s a nocturnal animal. If it’s only happening at night, that will eliminate birds and squirrels as suspects. In that case, it’s more likely to be a raccoon or skunk.

Raccoons and skunks are often the most likely suspects because they love to eat insects in the ground just below the surface, particularly grubs, which could be in your garden or lawn turf.

Animals that dig holes in gardens

We’ll review some of the animals that may dig holes in your garden. Most of the time though, it will end up being a raccoon or a skunk.

 

Birds

Some birds will dig holes in your garden but they generally won’t be too noticeable. Blue Jays and crows will both dig holes in order to hide nuts for the winter. Because they are stashing food for cold months, they will cover up the hole. In winter you may notice them trying to dig up items they’ve buried. Their memory is not as good as squirrels so they may dig a few more holes.

Because they are stashing food for cold months, they will cover up the hole. In winter you may notice them trying to dig up items they’ve buried. Their memory is not as good as squirrels so they may dig a few more holes.

During the spring, summer and fall through, any noticeable damage from birds digging in your garden should be minor.

 

Ground Squirrels (Chipmunks), Gophers, and Rabbits

All three of these animals will dig holes as entrances to their dens.  Rabbits will usually dig a single entrance/exit hole. Ground squirrels and gophers will dig separate entrance and exit holes to their homes.

The roots and vegetables found on the surface will be eaten by these animals.

If the hole goes is deep enough that you cannot see the end, then you probably have a ground squirrel or gopher.

Gopher holes will have noticeable piles of dirt surrounding the hole. Rabbits and ground squirrels will have slightly neater holes.

 

Raccoons and Skunks

Raccoons and skunks are both active after dark and will dig holes in your garden while searching for bugs and food.

When you see digging and holes which appear scattered about and the hole is more irregularly shaped, then you likely have raccoons or skunks digging in your garden.

If have a lot of earthworms, grubs or bugs in your garden, then you could very well be attracting skunks.

Related: How to keep raccoons away from your home

 

Squirrels (Tree Squirrels)

As you are aware, squirrels will dig holes so they can stash food for winter months. But just like birds, unless it is the winter, they are usually going to conceal the hole they dig in your garden or yard.

Related: How to get rid of squirrels

 

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We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

Satisfaction guaranteed!

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Do I Need a Permit to Remove a Nuisance Animal in Illinois?

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You may not realize it, but that nuisance animal in your attic, shed, garage or on your property might be legally protected in Illinois.

Most wildlife is protected by law and cannot be killed or even removed without a permit.

Raccoons carrying disease into your home

The Illinois Department of National Resources is tasked with conservation and management of wild species in Illinois. By Illinois law, a property owner or tenant needs a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

By Illinois law, property owners or tenants need a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit (PDF) to trap and remove most species of wildlife.

Is the animal you want to remove a protected species? We’ve listed the most common nuisance animals in Illinois below. 


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Mice, Norway rats, moles, voles, gophers, and shrews

dangerous rats, are rats dangerousThese small mammals may all be removed with no permit needed.

Exceptions to this rule include the eastern woodrat and rice rat, which are endangered species in Illinois. These two species may not be removed.

Related: Rat and Mice removal and control

Ground squirrels and chipmunks

The eastern chipmunk and the thirteen-lined ground squirrels may be removed without a permit.

Franklin’s ground squirrels are listed as threatened in Illinois and may not be removed.

 

Raccoons, skunks, opossums, beavers, muskrats, red foxes, gray foxes, mink, river otters, badgers, weasels, woodchucks, coyotes, and bobcats

striped skunkThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove fur-bearing animals. If you want to remove a fur-bearing animal yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, the IDNR encourages removal of most furbearers during open hunting and trapping seasons whenever possible. All Illinois hunting regulations must be followed. For more information on hunting and trapping regulations, visit the IDNR Licenses & Hunting site.

Related: Common animal entry points

Gray squirrels, fox squirrels, red squirrels, and southern flying squirrels

Tree SquirrelThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove squirrels. If you want to remove a squirrel yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, gray squirrels and fox squirrels may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Related: How to Squirrel-proof your home

Rabbits

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional wildlife removal service to capture and remove rabbits. If you want to remove a rabbit yourself, contact an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist to see if you qualify for a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit.

In rural areas, rabbits may be taken during open hunting seasons.

Bats

The (IDNR) recommends hiring a professional bat removal service to capture and remove bats.

Bats inside rooms will usually exit on their own. Close off exits to the room and keep windows open overnight.

Related: How to get bats out of the house

White-Tailed Deer

white tailed deer fawnWhite-tailed deer are protected under the Illinois Wildlife Code as a game species. It is illegal to take live deer from the wild unless you have received a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) or are a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

IDNR Deer Removal Guidelines (PDF)

In rural areas,  deer hunting is permitted in season. All state hunting regulations must be followed. Outside of hunting season, or in situations where hunting is not allowed, a deer removal permit may be issued by an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist.

A person who hits and kills a deer with a motorized vehicle can legally claim the deer to salvage the meat, hide, and antlers.

For more information on hunting and trapping in Illinois visit the Illinois Department of National Resources.


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Attic Solutions can provide you humane live animal removal services in the Chicagoland suburbs. 

We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

Satisfaction guaranteed!


 

What to do when you dog gets skunked

What to do When Your Dog Gets Skunked

Something smells….. skunky.

Uh-oh!

So your dog just got skunked. Bad news. Now what?

There are over the counter skunk odor removal products. You can start there if you have some already on hand. You may not want to make the trip to the store right now. What are your other options?

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell

Step One: Keep your dog outside

If you’ve already let your dog into the house, then sorry. Sometimes your dog comes inside the house before you realize what has happened.

We’ve heard the horror stories about how a dog will run inside that then immediately start rolling on the carpet or couch to get that smell off. You do not want that happening!

If you do notice that your dog has red, irritated or swelling eyes, immediately flush them with cool water.

You may want to get a towel over him to help try to keep the odor off of you and help sooth him.

Related: Protect your yard from skunks


For professional skunk removal in Chicagoland, please call (847) 464-1861


Step Two: Homemade skunk odor removal solution

A popular home remedy people have heard of is tomato juice. It’s not actually the most effective method, though. It will help cover up the smell in the short term but tomato juice will not actually remove it.

Here is a better skunk odor removal solution, and you may already have all these ingredients in your home.

Skunk rinse recipe:

  • 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing soap

For a larger dog, you may need to double or triple this recipe.

Mix your ingredients together. DO NOT make this mix ahead of time because this solution can become unstable over time when stored.

Use a wash basin or tub if possible. If you have dishwashing gloves or some type of work gloves you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause, we recommend using them to protect yourself from the skunk smell.

Get your dog into the wash tub and rub the mixture through their fur, and over their entire body, but be sure to avoid the eyes. Rub and lather the mixture well into your pet’s coat and skin. Rub the solution around for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate.

Be careful about leaving it on too long because peroxide could bleach their fur. Rinse thoroughly.

You may need to repeat the lather and rinse process up to three times for it to be most effective, but it’s a very good method for removing the skunk smell from your dog.

Step Three: Rinse solution and then shampoo

After you have thoroughly washed your dog with the homemade skunk rinse, wash all the solution off of them. Then get the shampoo that you would normally use to wash your dog and give him a good shampoo followed by another water rinse.

Give your dog a good towel dry and he should be better now.

No matter what you do, it will be a challenge to completely remove the odor from your dog. It’s common for dogs to get sprayed right in their face and this can be a very challenging area to wash fully and completely because it’s sensitive and your do will probably fight it.

We hope this helps!

Cleaning a skunky dog is not fun, for either of you. It has to be done, though.

Be careful about letting your dog into the yard at dawn and dusk when skunks are most active. Don’t leave out any food or trash which could attract them.


For professional skunk removal, contact us online or call (847) 464-1861


Photo credits: Skunk image | Dog in washtub

What Do Animals Do During Fall?

Where do animal pests go when the whether becomes chilly? Surprisingly, many of them stay active before the snowy, winter months hit. Read more to discover what do animals do during fall.

what do animals do during fall

What Do Animals Do During Fall: Migration

Many birds and insects migrate to warmer areas during the chillier months of fall. Because temperatures begin to drop during the fall season, these creatures begin to find more suitable conditions. For example, swallows migrate south once the weather begins to cool and their food sources dwindle. You may think that since some animal pests are leaving during this season you’ll see less activity, but it’s far from the truth. In fact, you may see more activity in your home at this time of year.

What Do Animals Do During Fall: Hibernation Preparation

Other animals prepare to hibernate during the fall. Squirrels, chipmunks, and groundhogs will gather food to store for the winter. Although chipmunks and squirrels do not go into a true hibernation state, they a relatively inactive during the winter. This leads them to frantically stockpile leftover food near your garbages or from your bird feeders. These small mammals can be quite pesky during the fall.

Bats will also hibernate during the cold months. You can expect their presence to taper off as the insect population dies down with the cool weather.

In addition, wasps and bees will still be active during the fall. They do not hibernate until winter. If there’s a nest near your home that needs to be removed, unfortunately the cold weather won’t be enough to detract them. Make sure to call pest control for assistance moving wasps or bee nests.

What Do Animals Do During Fall: Stay Active

Many other animals stay active during this time of year. Skunks, for example, stay in their dens but are awake during winter. You’ll see (and smell) plenty of skunks during the fall. Raccoons behave similarly, and will stay active year round. This means, you still have to be vigilant and remove outdoor food sources for these pests. In fact, you may notice more pest activity because homes have plentiful opportunities for food, while the cool weather limits natural sources.

Opossums are also active during the colder months. You may be surprised to know that they’ll even become active during the day, though they are nocturnal. Nonetheless, you should never take a chance with an opossum behaving strangely, as it may be infected with rabies or another disease.

Lastly, rodents remain highly active during the cold months. You may see more mice and rats in your home during the fall, as fields are plowed and they escape to your safe home. In addition, homes are full of food sources and provide shelter from the elements. Your rodent problem may be highest during the fall. Call Attic Solutions to remove your pests safely and efficiently, so you can enjoy the fall season without pests.