MBC Bird and Pest Solutions is definitely the first choice when it comes to dealing with fox problems throughout Dorset and Hampshire, Many pest control companies refuse to deal with foxes simply because opinions are usually divided – People either love or hate them! Many problems start with people feeding urban foxes; they then set out territories and become a nuisance to others that don’t want them. Whether your business or home is in a rural or urban area, you could be subjected to the fox’s nocturnal activity and the problems they can cause; general fact is that fox populations and associated problems are becoming higher in urban areas than in rural areas. These animals are adapting to living along side people, they are highly efficient scavengers and can find a plentiful supply of food in today’s throwaway society, although primarily a carnivore, foxes will eat almost anything including berries, fruit, snails ,and slugs. They will never turn away a free meal and are often seen eating from discarded takeaway or general food waste from rubbish bags.
They are attracted to living in gardens in dense shrubbery or by excavating beneath garden sheds and out buildings, they breed once a year and can have anything between 3 and 8 cubs, this is normally when they get seen and the problems begin
How can foxes affect you?
- Foxes can be extremely noisy
- Vixens and cubs can be destructive and destroy gardens
- Droppings and spraying
- Prone to carrying parasitic worms
- They carry the sarcoptes scabiei mite, the cause of and spread of mange
- Occasional instances of a fox becoming trapped in buildings
- Have been known to enter houses attack children, dogs, cats and domestic pets
Some examples where MBC Bird and Pest have helped customers in the past are Farms, warehouse/storage facilities, golf clubs, sports stadiums, hotels, garden centres, housing associations, country parks and residential gardens.
Schools and colleges are popular with foxes particularly those with portable classrooms, the raised buildings provide adequate shelter and the discarded meals or sandwiches often provide a ready food source.
What signs indicate fox activity?
To the trained eye it’s easy to spot early fox activity and not so easy for the unsuspecting. Here are a few pointers to help you identify activity from foxes.
- Distinctive runs across the lawn, field or tracks through fences and hedgerows
- Dark coloured faecal deposits or musty urine smells
- Digging under sheds or buildings
- Food cartons, bones, or dead animals partly eaten
- Noisy howling and yelping at night
What is the Solution?
If you suspect fox activity, contact us free of charge for a survey, our technician will call and confirm whether you have a problem or not, should we be unsure at this point we will set up a night vision camera system with messaging capabilities and confirm the results with you.
We will then offer you a choice of control methods and carry out the work humanely, ethically and professionally, giving you peace of mind and a satisfactory solution to your problem.
Rural Foxes and their Control
Rural foxes are not quite as intimidating as the urban fox and are rarely seen on farms because of their nocturnal instincts, in many ways they can be helpful by keeping down vermin such as rats, mice mole, rabbits and small mammals, they also tidy up dead and decaying carcasses when they come across them. However they can start to become a problem particularly around lambing time or on poultry farms, game farms or piggeries where free range husbandry is being practised.
We have carried out fox control on many of the above situations. Often the cost of losses to any business can be substantial and we have a specialist team that works out of hours on and around farms or smallholdings to control and manage rogue foxes that kill or injure valuable live stock.
If you have a problem with foxes Please contact us for a free survey and a definite solution to your problem on Tel 01202 604011 or mobile 07968 052219.