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  • On occasions I am called to removed dead foxes discovered in all types of locations across London, Essex & Hertfordshire; my main working area.

    It can never be clear why a fox has died where it has fallen unless it has obviously been hit by a car and is lying at the side of the road (local authorities responsibility) or has misjudged a pickett fence and hung itself.

    Due to the fact that urban foxes live in such close proximity to each other, disease is more likely to spread quicker as opposed to their 'country-cousins' that live a more secluded life rarely coming into contact with other foxes.

    In urban foxes, diseases such as mange can be easily transmittable and once the mites have taken hold; incessant scratching can lead to open wounds leading onto infection and septicaemia with a painful death inevitable.

    Other issues urban foxes with have to content with is internal & external parasites.

    Due to the  fact that foxes are natural scavengers; eating foreign objects that get stuck or pierce internally may cause peritonitis which is another complication.

    Rubbish poses big issues to foxes. I have removed a dead fox with bright orange safety barrier wrapped around its head and another with its head wedged in a drinks bottle which leads to suffocation.

    Smashed glass bottles and barbed / razor wire is another daily hazard urban foxes have to contend with.

    On other occasion's I have removed a dead fox with a restricting bandage wrapped round its leg and another with a restricting 'flea collar' around it's neck which must have cause strangulation, presumably put on by someone thinking that they were doing good when the fox was a young cub.

    Until you get out in the field you do not realise what damage people can do by interfering with wildlife and what their actions can do to cause such unforeseeable harm.

    Due to the 'urban' areas that foxes find themselves in; broken bones, fractures and other injuries caused by falls, cuts and fighting also have there toll.

    Poisoning is another issue that foxes could die from in such a heavily populated area when individuals with rodent problems think that it is fine to dangerously place unprotected rodenticide in their garden having notice a rat with no consideration of other wildlife, birds or domestic pets/livestock.

    It is illegal in the UK to poison foxes. This clearly is not getting through to the general public as I am asked time and time again over a telephone enquiry if I can attend to "come round and poison the foxes" or " what will happen if our cat goes into your trap and eats the poison?" or "Is the poison you use humane?".

    The fact that you can easily buy poison in hardware shops makes the general public feel that they can kill anything with it that is causing them a nuisance.

    How many people that buy poison from a hardware shop do you think actually READ THE LABEL?

    Any suspect poisonings of foxes or dangerously place poisons / slug pellets should be immediately reported to Natural England's "Campaign against Illegal Poisoning" unit.

    Of course, foxes age and will die at some point though this could happen at any location or at any time.

    As a leader in Urban Fox Management we have honed in our dead fox removal procedures to:

    • Attend / Contain / Isolate
    • Manage Risks using appropriate biocide/disinfectants
    • Remove carcase / bodily fluids / debris
    • Manage waste via incineration

    As a professional urban fox management company we hold a Waste Carriers Certificate issued by the Environment Agency, we are registered with the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratory Agency and have a contract with a highly reputable animal incineration company that provides us with the necessary "Certificate of Destruction". 

    Our client bases using the service ranges from:

    • Residential
    • Facilities Management/Managing Agents
    • Commercial Premises
    • Industrial
    • Leisure Amenities
    • Local Authorities
    • Educational Establishments
    • Building & Construction
    • Hospitals
    • Other Pest Control Companies that do not provide such a service.

    www.urbanfoxcontrollondon.co.uk

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    Beware of Ticks 19 September 2015 | Comments (0)

    Ticks can be a serious health & safety issue.

    Ticks can transmit crippling illnesses.

    Most foxes I come across have external parasites such as fleas and ticks attached to their bodies such as the ears and under carriage.

    Please read artilcle below for more information:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3143677/Ticks-Invasion-tiny-ticks-bite-wreck-health-years.html

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330361/Schoolgirls-horror-wakes-fox-jumped-chest-bared-teeth-her.html

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    Newspaper Article 18 September 2015 | Comments (0)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9862866/Fox-attack-council-criticised-for-calling-the-animals-playful.html

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