Get Rid Of Fox Problems | Fox Removal Specialists
Foxes are an increasing nuisance in towns. They cause problems of noise, digging, fouling, going through bins, leaving food debris lying about. Foxes will attack pets. Mange is carried by foxes which can be picked up by dogs but more seriously Roundworm is a parasite in foxes that can cause blindness in children.
For the above reasons, foxes need to be controlled. There are 3 methods that we use: repellents, live trapping or shooting. Due to the complexity of all fox treatments, there are no guarantees.
In some cases, repellents can work depending on how desperate the foxes are to be in an area. If they have a choice then repellents can make them move to another area but if fox population pressure is high then this is unlikely to happen. Due to the low cost of applying repellents compared with the high costs of shooting and trapping it is often worth trying a repellent treatment first.
We use live catch cage traps for trapping. When the trap has been set we ask the customer to check the traps at least once a day (the trap must be ‘unset’ if it can’t be checked for 24 hours). The customer must then call the office as soon as a fox is caught. The fox will be shot and removed.
Shooting is done at dusk. Unfortunately due to strict rules about firearms use and safety concerns not all sites are suitable for shooting.
Repellents – Prices for repellent applications start from £75.00 + VAT, depending on the area to be covered.
Trapping – If the customer requires the trap to be re-set then an additional charge is incurred. The trap is left down for a maximum of one month. If after this time a fox is not caught then it is highly unlikely to do so in the future. Foxes that have had experiences with traps and have either been released or escaped will avoid traps entirely. Trapping is charged for the initial set-down and pickup which is £200 + VAT or £240 + VAT and then £100 + VAT or £110 + VAT per extra visit, depending on geographical location.
Shooting – Before any shooting program is started we may need to carry out a survey to see if the site is suitable. The survey fee is £50.00 + VAT or £60.00 + VAT, depending on geographical location.
There may also be a period of pre-baiting prior to the start of any control program and we may ask for a diary to be kept of times and dates of sightings. The technician will discuss any matters on the site visit. The price for one shoot is £170.00 + VAT or £204 + VAT, depending on geographical location. This is for a dusk or night shoot.
Foxes – General Information
The Fox is a member of the dog family and is found in country and urban areas throughout Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America. In towns, the population density of foxes can be high particularly around areas that provide shelters such as cemeteries, railway lines and waste ground.
They will hide up during the day and forage for food at night. Foxes live in Earths. These may be dug especially or they may enlarge rabbit burrows or badger setts. Foxes mate in January and February. At this time of year, they cause a nuisance with their barking and screaming. Litters are born in March with an average size of 5. Cubs are weaned at 5 weeks but may stay with the mother for 3 – 4 months.
In captivity, foxes can live up to 14 years but in the wild, the average life span is 2 years.
Food depends on where the foxes live, in urban areas they will eat a mixture of wild food (berries, small mammals, insects, worms and fruit) mixed with bird food, refuse and carrion.
Complaints about foxes include noise, smell, digging, bones and other refuse, killing pets/ livestock and killing cats. Killing cats is very rare and often exaggerated. Foxes carry roundworm (Toxocara Canis) which can cause blindness in children. Cats also carry these worms. Control is by shooting or live cage trapping.