Urban Fox Pest Control
Urban fox pest control has become a significant issue across the Greater London area in recent years. Whilst foxes have always been a part of the urban landscape, foxes have become a major source of concern for residents, businesses and councils in recent years and it appears that the trend is set to continue at a faster pace in the future. In spite of popular opinion, foxes are not designated as a pest within the United Kingdom. As a consequence, local councils are not legally obliged to deal with foxes in the same way as rodents or insects. However there are still ways to minimise the issues that foxes can sometimes cause.
With the population increase in Greater London, the need for urban fox pest control has increased too. It is unsurprising to hear about foxes been a cause for concern as they are a cunning and persistent animal. Fortunately there are ways to control urban foxes and prevent them from becoming a nuisance in the long term.
Why are urban foxes a pest control problem?
There are a variety of reasons as to why urban foxes are considered a problem. Perhaps one of the most obvious reasons is foxes propensity to rifle through rubbish bags and waste bins in search of food. Whilst foxes are not the only guilty party when it comes to this type of behaviour (cats and even dogs are guilty of this too), they are often the source of strewn rubbish bags across gardens and pavements throughout London.
With this behaviour, other pests – such as rats and mice – benefit from the mess created by foxes. With loose bits of food waste lying around, it’s not just the foxes which thrive as a result and an urban fox pest control problem can turn into a rodent pest control problem rather quickly.
The mating season
Besides the mess that foxes can sometimes create, their behaviour can generally cause a nuisance in other ways. During the mating season, which starts in January, foxes use loud screams to signal to one another. Along with these screams, male foxes will often fight with one another for the attention of the females. Altogether, the ruckus created by foxes, especially in the winter months, can be a major nuisance for densely populated urban and suburban areas. Finding an effective solution can be tricky, but is achievable with the right methods.
When it comes to diseases, foxes are susceptible to being carriers for a number of parasites and diseases which can affect both humans and domestic pets. Amongst the most prevalent of these are roundworm and tapeworm. This is spread through fox droppings which can contain eggs, which if ingested, can quickly infect domestic pets or even humans. As foxes are well known to use their droppings as markers for their territory, the chances of pets or even humans from coming into contact with these parasites is increased.
Foxes are also known to be carriers of sarcoptic mange, otherwise known as scabies in humans. This disease is common amongst foxes and can lead to the death of the animal if left untreated. The form of mange that is prevalent amongst foxes is also transmissible to domestic pets and, by extension, humans. By this definition, the chances of a mange outbreak are increased amongst urban foxes due to the close proximity of territories and the large populations that can be found in a city such as Greater London.
Urban fox pest control: How to manage it
Whilst foxes will find a way to live within an urban environment such as London, it is also possible to manage them, especially if they are becoming a particular nuisance to residential and commercial properties.
Managing your own territory
Perhaps one of the more obvious methods to tackle foxes is applying common sense to your own environment. Leaving easily accessible waste bags in unprotected areas will always attract the attention of foxes and addressing this will make life harder for any cunning fox. Keeping rubbish bags full of food waste in a more protected and sheltered area (a wheelie bin being the more suitable option), will diminish the opportunities for urban foxes. Along with simple security measures such as keeping doors and windows closed during the summer months will also prevent foxes from extending their territory.
Foxes can pose a threat to domestic pets and even children. Whilst they are nervous creatures, foxes will attack if cornered and there are plenty of cases of foxes attacking pets and humans. In Greater London, the chances of this occurring are significant and it is important to monitor your property for intrusions by foxes.
How we can help
At Pest Control London, we use a variety of methods for urban fox pest control. Each case is unique, so we provide a number of options to tackle the issue. Our methods provide fast and efficient results and are flexible to any situation. Our services are available 24/7 and we are able to deal with any emergency should one arise.
If you believe that you have an urban fox problem, then get in touch with a professional pest control company today.