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Are Foxes Dangerous In The UK

Believe it or not foxes are actually one of the biggest pests in the UK. But the question is this: are foxes dangerous? Well, the answer is yes and no. You see, it’s not really a question of whether or not foxes are dangerous to people. It’s more about whether they are dangerous in terms of  other animals in your care. And also the damage they cause to your property in general if you are unable to deter foxes from your garden successfully.

Are foxes dangerous to other animals?

You’ve probably heard of the expression, “like a fox in a henhouse.” There’s a reason why this expression came about. Anyone who lives in a rural area will know that foxes are extremely dangerous to livestock. And with more and more urban families catching onto the trend of keeping hen, this issue is coming to more built up areas of London too. Foxes are cunning and tenacious predators. They can be vicious killers and can cause immense amounts of damage to livestock like chickens.

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Foxes have also been known dangers to people’s pets. There are reports of them attacking dogs and cats. If they manage to get into your garden while your pet is around, then there is likely to be a confrontation. While bigger dogs are able to ward off an attack, cats can sometimes come off worst. Are foxes dangerous to other types of pets? Sadly, sometimes they are. They can break into outdoor pet hutches like guinea pigs and rabbits.

Foxes can spread some diseases to pets

The worst of these diseases is mange. This is a skin condition caused by parasitic mites. It results in a painful rash that covers your pet‘s skin and eventually causes extensive hair loss. As well as this, foxes are also capable of spreading fleas and ticks.

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Are foxes dangerous in the UK to humans? Well, the biggest danger that foxes present to us is something called toxoplasmosis. One sign of foxes in your garden is droppings. Toxoplasmosis is a disease that is spread by a parasite found in these fox faeces. It’s easy to become infected if the fox defecates in your garden (or you come into contact with their droppings). This disease causes symptoms such as muscle pain, fever, and headaches.

Finally, are foxes dangerous in terms of attacking humans? Very occasionally yes. There have been reported instances where they have entered homes and bitten people, including small children. However, this is extremely rare. While foxes do cause problems, this is not something most people need to worry about too much. The main thing foxes are is a nuisance. That’s why Diamond offer a fox control service. In order to protect your property, these sometimes need to be dealt with by a professional. animals.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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