Foxes

  • Foxes are considered a pest or a nuisance in many cities and towns
  • Foxes are members of the dog family
  • The female fox is called a vixen and the male is the “dog fox”. The young are known as pups or kits and a group of foxes is referred to as a skulk or a leash.
  • Foxes are the only dog capable of retracting it claws like a cat
  • There are many different species of fox across the globe including in the artic and in hot desserts
  • Fox pups are born blind and deaf, neither can they walk

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  • Fox hunting with dogs is illegal in the UK
  • Foxes eat anything from berries to worms, spiders to mice and birds
  • The urban fox forages through bins at night
  • The red fox is the most common fox in Britain
  • There are thought to be 33,000 urban foxes in the UK with large populations in London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool
  • There are thought to be 225,000 foxes in the countryside too

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 5/10 MODERATE

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Nocturnal habits or the screech of the vixen can be a nuisance

Hazard: 1/10 MILD

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Prevention is better than cure

How We Treat This Pest

Our wildlife is extremely important to Combat Pest Control and foxes are no different. We offer a range of services including full fox proofing to DIY deterrent kits.

Vital Statistics

Length: Head and body 90cm, tail about 50cm
Height: About 40cm
Weight: Up to 10kg

Interesting Facts

  • They live in family groups – one dog, one vixen and cubs
  • Females from other litters will often help raise the cubs
  • Females give birth between March and May
  • Litter sizes can be between 4 and 7 cubs
  • Foxes are shy creatures