What you might need to know about Virginia skunks

Cheryl E Preston

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Virginia Skunks can be a nuisance

There are two known types of Skunks in Virginia the small spotted skunk that resides in the mountains and the skunk with the white stripe that can be a pest. The stripped skunk is only found in the eastern part of the state and enjoys bushy areas. They are most often active between dusk and dawn and within two miles of a water source.

Skunks may be drawn to your property because of food sources like garbage or a bird seed feeder. They may also eat earthworms, grubs, and other larvae that they may find in the soil in your yard during the nighttime. If you or your pets are sprayed you might experience nausea, vomiting, or temporary blindness if the spray gets in your eyes. News 10 recently spoke with two local wildlife experts who shared beneficial tips regarding skunks.

Christie Wills, Virginia Department of Health Communication Officer for Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, said this year two rabies cases have been found in Botetourt County and one in Salem.“Rabies is endemic in our area,” Wills said. “Anytime a case is confirmed, it’s noteworthy and a good reminder for people to make sure that their pet vaccinations are up to date.”

Tim Nininger, the owner of Star City Pest Control and Wildlife Services, told News 10 that if you see a nocturnal animal during daylight it does not necessarily indicate that it is rabid, and the best thing you can do is not take chance and go near it.

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