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Are Urban Foxes Active In Winter?

In London, urban foxes are a nuisance for homeowners and businesses from the suburbs to the city centre. And while, for the most part, foxes pose little danger in the UK to humans, these pests destroy bins, damage property, and may even attack humans. But what you may be wondering is whether these pests ever go away. More specifically, do they hibernate, and are they less active in winter.

What happens to urban foxes when it’s cold?

Unfortunately, urban foxes do not hibernate during winter, although they may become less active. The main reason for this activity is simply because these animals need food. This food is mostly taken from human sources. A good example of this is when foxes raid bins that are left overnight outside the house. If you own a business, these animals may also attack the bins behind your shop or restaurant. Foxes are likely to be more hungry in winter when prey is more scarce than at other times of the year, so they may be more persistent in their efforts to get to your food waste.

fox in winter

When these pests get into bins they can cause a huge mess. With their sharp teeth, they tear bin bags apart and scatter rubbish all over the place. Obviously, someone has to clean this up, which is what makes these foxes so irritating. Urban foxes may also come into your garden and build their dens. This causes further damage to your property and garden.

So what can you do about this problem?

First of all, fox proof your bins by making sure your rubbish is placed into a bin. Do not leave black bags out on the street. Foxes may also knock the bin over in order to get at what’s inside. To prevent this, you may want to weight the bin down somehow. It also helps if you can get a bin that locks shut somehow.

urban foxes like rubbish

All in all, it’s better to take the bins out in the morning. We understand that taking them out the night before is more convenient, but that gives foxes a chance to get at them. Also, if you run a restaurant or other business premises, keep your rubbish secure in a commercial dumpster where possible. Using the services of fox control specialists in London is also helpful. Professionals have lots of tricks up their sleeves for keeping properties free of these pests.

Something else you should do is keep your outdoor space secure. High fences with physical obstructions on top are the best type to erect around the perimeter. Make sure there are no holes or gaps in these fences. Also, make sure the fence extends below ground, as urban foxes can dig their way under. If a fox problem is particularly bad on your commercial property, then you may even want to install an electric fence. It also helps to keep your outside areas clean and tidy in general. An overrun garden gives foxes ample places to hide.


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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