skunks are no more likely to have rabies than any other mammal, such as a cat or dog or horse or rabbit. they can live and be infectious for about 90 days if they did have rabies, but that is highly unlikely in united states. in mexico yes. but in usa is doubtful.the main reason to remove them is the smell they have... very stinky. if one dies under your house it takes about 2 years to dissipate. give us a call to remove them   310 325 0619