What do skunk droppings look like?
Skunk scat typically measures around 1/2" in diameter and 1–2" in length and is often compared to cat feces. Due to the wide range of foods that skunks eat, their droppings can vary widely in appearance. Other conditions like the weather and the length of time since deposit also affect the look. The omnivorous eating habits of skunks allow for a variety of food sources to be spotted in skunk droppings, such as insects, seeds, and fur.
Signs of Infestation
As with many pests, skunks are nocturnal creatures and it is rare to see them venture out during the day. Finding secondary clues of their inhabitance, like feces, is typically the best way to identify a skunk infestation. Noticing the presence of skunk scat nearby is a sign that they may be living close to you. In addition to feces, holes dug into the ground, destruction of garden plants, and — of course — the distinct skunk smell usually points to the animals living in close proximity. Critter Control of San Jose specializes in professional removal of pest animals, Contact Us to schedule an appointment!
Hazards of Skunk Feces
As with any biological waste, to avoid contracting disease when coming into direct contact with skunk scat, it is imperative to follow adequate sanitation procedures. When cleaning up skunk excrement, it is extremely important to wear protective gear, including gloves, eye protection, and respiration masks. Any cuts or open wounds should be covered, as well.
To properly dispose of skunk poop, place the excrement in a tightly sealed bag and simply toss it into the trash. Follow feces disposal by disinfecting the affected area where appropriate.