Skunks are a common sight here in Prescott Valley. Even though they are extremely cute and shy, being mostly nocturnal by nature, having skunks around your home can present health and safety hazards. Aside from their noxious musk spray, skunks are known carriers of rabies and other diseases that can harm your family or pets.
Skunks can spray their musk up to 10 feet. The smell can last for days and even weeks. There are several things you can do to dissuade skunks from hanging around your property. Remove food sources such as pet food bowls and low-hanging bird feeders. Place all trash in cans with tight-fitting lids. Remove piles of debris in your yard where skunks could hide. Use wire mesh to seal any openings around your home that skunks could use to enter crawlspaces, basements, or other areas.
Prescott Valley Animal Control Officers will not pick up or remove skunks due to the risk they carry to the domestic animals that officers place in their vehicles. There are several businesses in the area that offer skunk removal services. If there is a dead skunk on the roadway that needs to be removed, please call the Public Works Department at 928-759-3070.
If you, your pet, or a building needs to be deodorized, here is an easy and effective recipe: mix 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 tsp liquid soap (blue Dawn Dish Soap or other liquid detergent) in a bucket and wash the object or animal, be it human, dog, cat, or a structure. Just be careful not to get it in you or your pet’s eyes, nose, or mouth.
Any questions regarding animal control issues can be directed to the PVPD Animal Control Office at 928-772-5154.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. As always, if you see something, say something.