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Key facts about foxes

Red foxes live around the world in many diverse habitats including forests, grasslands, mountains, and deserts. They also adapt well to human environments such as farms, suburban areas, and even large communities. The red fox’s resourcefulness has earned it a legendary reputation for intelligence and cunning.

Like a cat’s, the fox’s thick tail aids its balance, but it has other uses as well. A fox uses its tail (or “brush”) as a warm cover in cold weather and as a signal flag to communicate with other foxes.

Foxes also signal each other by making scent posts, urinating on trees or rocks to announce their presence.

Where will you find them?

Foxes are solitary hunters who feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small game—but their diet can be as flexible as their home habitat. Foxes will eat fruit and vegetables, fish, frogs, and even worms. If living among humans, they will opportunistically dine on garbage and pet food, so you will need to find ways to fox proof your outdoor bins.

In winter, foxes meet to mate. The vixen (female) typically gives birth to a litter of 2 to 12 pups. At birth, red foxes are actually brown or grey. A new red coat usually grows in by the end of the first month, but some red foxes are golden, reddish-brown, silver, or even black. Both parents care for their young through the summer before they are able to strike out on their own in the autumn.

How do you know if you have foxes?

Foxes are generally docile wild animals. That means they don’t attack like other animals unless they are threatened, provoked, or cornered. However, they can be destructive to your garden and property, and the following are signs that foxes have infested your home. There are plenty of signs you have foxes in your garden, so read on

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  • Look out for paw prints in your garden if you don’t have a pet, and you have fenced your property properly. The intruder could be a fox that came through the garden during the night.
  • Foxes are known for digging holes. If you see digging and holes in your flower beds, you could have a fox problem. They also dig shallow ones in lawns, as they hunt for grubs, earthworms, or beetle larvae. You can fill up the holes in your garden, but if you discover new ones springing up, then the culprit could be a fox.
  • Foxes feed on fruits, so if you notice half-eaten items in your garden and plants have been trampled on, they might have invaded during the night.
  • You can also notice droppings in the garden or pavements, as well as a strong musky smell in the morning. Foxes leave urine and faeces to mark their territory. Therefore, you are likely to experience excessive fouling when they are a lot of foxes in the area and they are competing for space in your garden. When they create a territory or through route in your garden, they are unlikely to vacate it voluntarily.
  • Foxes make awful screeching noises when  they are calling out to each other, warning off rivals, or during the mating seasons.
  • They have similar playful and inquisitive behaviours to dogs. They will often scent-mark objects in their territory as they play with or chew them. For that reason, you are likely to see chewed toys, gardening gloves, balls, and shoes that were left outdoors at night.

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How do we control foxes?

Foxes are wild animals and therefore unpredictable. They are common in towns and cities as humans provide them with a constant source of food and shelter. Foxes carry internal and external parasites; fleas, ticks, parasitic worms etc which are transmittable to humans, they can also transmit Leptospirosis (Weils’ disease) via their urine. There are various methods of deterring foxes from your garden. However, in some cases that is not enough and you need expert help.

If you have foxes in your garden, we would need to carry out a control and prevention program to remove any foxes that have become over familiar. Fox cage traps are delivered at the weekend and pre-baited with food to encourage foxes to enter the traps. On the first working day the traps will have food placed and will be activated and set to trap.

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The cages will be inspected on a daily basis during the week and if any foxes are trapped they will be humanely put to sleep and any non target animals will be released unharmed. Foxes cannot be relocated in line with The Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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