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  • At the bottom of Ilford Lane IG1 it is hard not to notice Pioneer Point (formally Pioneer Market).

    During the construction phase I was called to removed a fox that had managed to get in to the building and had been reported to be active between floors 15-20.

    The fox was using voids running up the middle of the building to access the different levels.

    After a few hours on-site and a visit from an RSPCA worker who had been called a few days before; I managed to restrain the fox and remove it from the building.

    Failure to remove the fox would have caused serious issues for the Main Contractor if the fox had died in the building and it could not have been removed.

    Over night damage caused by the fox was also starting to mount up.

    Another job successfully carried out to add to my list of experiences.

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    Fox on drugs? 13 January 2015 | Comments (0)

    I am often used as a sub-contractor by some of the National Pest Control Companies that have prestigious contracts up and down the country.

    One morning I was called to a North London Hosptial where a fox had managed to access a high security pharmacy department.

    When I say 'high security' I think a ground floor window was left open but nobody was prepared to take responsibility.

    After alot of damaged and items flying around I managed to corner the fox in a small cupboard and place the dog handler's pole noose around the foxes neck in order to safely restrain it before putting it into the carrier cage.

    Needless to say the pharmacy was closed for the rest of the day whilst a deep clean, insecticide treatment and stock take was carried out.

    It goes to show what can happen if a window is accidentally left open and a fox manages to get in.

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    Whilst Urban Foxes do carry a number of parasites and diseases that are relevant to the health of humans, there is little evidence to suggest that human infection directly from a fox is common.

    The majority of the infections and parasites carried by foxes are also prevalent in dogs.

    Both animals carry the toxicara canus worm which can be transmitted to humans via the faeces, and which can cause blindness, amongst other serious illnesses.

    Foxes are also susceptible to Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis) which can be passed to both humans and domestic pets via the fox’s urine. Weil’s disease causes high fever, vomiting, muscle aches, chills and jaundice, amongst other symptoms.

    External parasites that live on the fox itself often include fleas and ticks.

    Fleas can infest properties leashing unpleasant bites and irritation where as Ticks are blood sucking parasites capable of transmitting Lyme disease which is a crippling and life changing disease.

    It is these reasons why fox issues should be dealt with professionals and swiftly.

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    Whilst Local Authorities still have legal obligations to rodent pests; they have NO obligation to control Urban or Rural Foxes.

    Local authorities did carry out fox control many years ago but ceased due to Government financial restraints and some public opinion.

    It is now the landowner's responsibility and right to carry out fox control on their land provided that what ever they do is legal and humane if the need is justified.

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