FOXES

 Foxes are very resourceful animals and manage to thrive in a diversity of  environments. They are mostly active at night, when they forage for what ever food is available, scavenging from carcasses or killing small animals, especially voles, mice or rabbits. In Summer they will catch large numbers of beetles and in the Autumn will feed on fallen fruit.

Foxes will often live in a den or 'earth' but can also be found living above ground in a variety of places.

The Problem - The urban fox

There are foxes living in most towns and cities across the United Kingdom. They can often be seen in the day time and are not at all worried by the presence of man. The diet of the urban fox will consist largely of foraging scraps and rubbish, worms, beetles, windfall fruit or raiding bird tables but occasionally also taking a pet rabbit, guinea pig or poultry.

The urban fox although being the same animal,  will lead a totally different lifestyle from the rural fox.

The problems with the urban fox can be numerous (and can often be prevented) but the main ones include:

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Raiding and disturbing bins
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Damaging lawns and gardens
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Raiding bird tables
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Their presence can be intimidating

The Problem - The rural fox

Foxes are natures opportunist hunters which take chances at catching  prey as the chance arises. Stories of foxes raiding chicken pens and killing large numbers of birds are to numerous to mention.

 

Like most predators, foxes will 'cache' or bury much of their food in times of plenty. This can then be dug up and eaten at a later date, when food sources are not so easily found.

A fox that raids a chicken pen will often return- and soon!

Lambs at lambing time or young pigs will prove irresistible to a fox. Once the fox has learnt that an opportunity will arise, it will take it, again and again.

The solution

Preventing a visit from foxes is always the initial, preferred option. If the customer can explain or show me the circumstances then I will try to offer a solution. Controlling foxes can be a very emotive subject. I offer a totally discreet service using unmarked vehicles and working with the concerns of the customer.

The use of live catch cage traps consists of a large cage which will be baited  so as to lure in a fox. The traps are positioned in a discreet location and any foxes caught can be removed.

The other main method of control involves calling foxes in and humanly culling. This is used only in a rural area and only after producing a risk assessment.

Please feel free to contact me if you require any further help.

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