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    Pest - Go Limited was established in 2002 by Steve Barron (Pictured on the left !!)

    Before Pest - Go Limited, Steve worked with one of the largest national pest control companies as a Pest Control Technician and a Surveyor.

    Pest - Go Limited prides it's hard earned reputation, professional standards and working within the realms of the Law.

    As one of London's leading Urban Fox Management Companies; Steve is used on a consultancy basis by some Local Authorities within London.

    Steve's client portfolio includes Schools, Colleges, Universities, Construction Companies, Managing Agents, Landowners, Housing Asssociations, Commercial and Residentail properties.

    Due to the fact that not all pest control companies in London, Essex and Hertfordshire can facilitate Urban Fox Management; Steve is regularly used as a sub-contractor for these companies both small and national.

     

     

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    It is clear that a strict  hierarchy exists within social groups of both urban and rural foxes.

    Very little is still known about the structures and ecology of Vulpes vulpes as a species although there are plently of books and limited information on the internet about them.

    A sub-ordinate fox that could be a vixen from the previous year would approach a dominant vixen with her entire body held low nearly touching the ground.

    Sub-ordinate foxes are often used as nurses in raising the cubs and also do their fair share of hunting to provide food.

    Fox cubs start to establish a dominance hierarchy even before they emerge from their earth, when fights are particularly vicious.

    Some cubs may die underground, often as a result of fighting with siblings. At this age the fox cub's teeth are like needles. Dead cubs are usually consumed by others in the litter.

    Once hierarchy is largely established within seven or eight weeks from birth, serious altercations are rare.

    Dominant cubs have preferential access to food and thus grow much faster.

    In larger litters, dominant cubs may look four weeks older than subordinates, often leading to the mistaken impression of two vixens sharing the same earth.

    Dominant fox cubs receive more social grooming from adults, are more strongly integrated into the social group and less likely to disperse in autumn.

    As the fox cubs get older, they fight by standing on their hindlegs and placing their forelegs on their opponent’s chest.

    The loser is often chased and may be badly bitten on the rump or base of the tail.

    This will explain why you sometimes see foxes with half or missing tails.

    Fox cubs that are not dominant often become sickly and are more likely to be subject to disease such as mange and will almost certainly be riddled with both internal and external parasites.
     

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    Urban foxes are naturally wild predators with specific hunting instincts.

    Attacks on domestic pets are usually reported around the months of April-September possibly due to vixens becoming more protective over their young.

    In urban areas where there is a higher population of people, pets and foxes; human/pet/fox conflict is more likely to happen as we all try to get on in perfect harmony.

    Fox cubs naturally need to be fed as they are reliant of the dog fox and vixen to supply them food until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

    Once weaned of the vixen, the fox cubs develop continuous hunger as they quickly grow.

    This hunger placed greater demand on the dog fox and vixen to provide food.

    Domestic pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and other small pets are all prey to foxes and should be safeguarded as best as possible from possible predator fox conflicts.

    Adult foxes will also take the young foxes with them to teach them the hunting basics.

    Adult urban foxes that are familiar to a particular area will plot on a map which gardens, schools or small holdings to visit in search for food as part of their night time patrol.

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    Foxes breed once a year, with cubs being born during March and April.

    The average litter size is 4 or 5.

    The cubs begin venturing into the open from late April onwards, and will stay with the vixen until the Autumn.

    Urban fox cubs usually disperse between 3 and 8km (2-5miles) of their birthplace.

    Foxes born in towns rarely move into rural areas.

    The fox year begins in January, the start of the mating season.

    At this time of year foxes will travel around the most and can be heard calling for a mate.

    This barking can be extremely disturbing, however this will only continue until the fox has found a mate.

    In February, having mated, the vixens begin looking for suitable dens. After a 53 day pregnancy, the vixen gives birth to her litter of cubs in March.

    The cubs start emerging from the den in April and moulting begins in the adults. By May the rapidly growing cubs are learning by play and begin eating solid food.

    The vixen and cubs leave the den in June and may be seen lying above ground during July.

    In August the cubs begin foraging for food themselves and sleep separately from their mother.

    By September it is difficult to tell the cubs and adults apart.

    The cubs leave their mother in October and seek out their own territories.

    During November, younger adults fight weaker older foxes for territory, or take over the territories of dead adults.

    As the mating season approaches, newly acquired territory is defended in December.

    Foxes can live over 8 years, however this is rare.

    The average life span of urban foxes is about 18 months; most are killed on the roads.

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