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  • Renardine was banned in 2005.

    Check your sheds and lofts and dispose of it correctly.

    It was banned due to health & safety concerns and potential environmental risks.

    It is illegal in the UK to use.

    Only APPROVED repellents are allowed to be used in the UK.

    Always Read The Label.

    We do not use or recommend any repellents on the market as they do not pose a physical threat to the fox and are soon ignored.

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    Dealing with an urban fox issue is the responsibility of the owner or occupier of the property where the issue occurs.

    A realistic expectation of what can be achieved is essential when considering options to deal with a specific, isolated urban fox issue.

    Urban foxes are now established throughout all London and surrounding boroughs and it is likely to remain so.

    Urban foxes are attracted to gardens by the food and shelter provided and created for them.

    Urban foxes become over familiar when people who enjoy viewing them from a distance take it to the next level by actively encouraging them by deliberately providing food and a reason for them to frequent.

    People that see it fit to interact with urban foxes never realise what long term impact they will be causing to the foxes they are interacting with and what potential risks this could cause if the fox being interacted with approach someone else that isn't so welcoming of its advances.

    It is not unknown for urban foxes to quickly learn how a cat flap operates or how easy it is to enter a property in search for food by entering an open window or door.

    Foxes cutting through a London garden going from A to B will always happen especially in a city that is under constant development with properties getting closer and closer together.

    Human / fox conflicts start when urban foxes become over familiar and 9 times out of 10 this over familiar behavior originates from people interacting with the foxes from a young age and people trying to 'tame' them into something they are not.

    Above: Society today encouraging foxes and other unwanted pests. The image above can be seen on a daily basis at the corner of a road, behind a parade of shops, on a piece of vacant land, in the front or back of a house. Waste management is the responsibility of us humans - not the foxes.

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    Foxes & Disease 20 September 2015 | Comments (0)

    Britain is currently and I say currently very loosely rabies-free; but in other countries where rabies occurs, foxes can contract and pass on the disease.

    We are told that our borders are well guarded and secure; however, if people manage to make it right up to the M25 on the back of a lorry in order to enter the UK; by their very nature, who says a fox couldn't stow away on the back of a lorry undetected.

    It would be harder to catch a fox jumping of the back or a lorry and running off than a human suspected of entering the UK illegally - IF SEEN.

    We are also told that the Channel Tunnel's security is water-tight although tresspassers have been reportedly found in the service tunnels trying to walk from France to the UK.

    How concerning in terms of bio-security is that?

    We can only put our trust in the UK Borders Agency and pray that the control measures in place are up to standard, maintained and improved upon.

    Foxes can carry a range of parasites relevant to the health of domestic pets and people.

    External parasites may include fleas and ticks, whilst internal parasites generally include worms.

    Foxes are also susceptible to Weil's disease (Leptospirosis) which can be passed onto other animals and humans via contact with an infected fox's urine.

    Finally, the most common disease urban foxes suffer from is sarcoptic mange that causes incessant scratching which leads to open wounds, loss of weight and ultimately death.

    This disease is easily spread given the fact that urban foxes live in such close proximity to one another. Domestic pets can also contract mange, although the condition can be quickly treated by a Veterinary Surgeon.

    Above: Some cases of mange can be very serious. The skin becomes, sore, hard, crusty and very itchy.

    Above: Toxocara canis (Round worm) is the most common parasite found inside urban foxes. For people, the most important internal parasite of them all. In humans, round worms cause hydatid disease the formation of fluid-filled cysts in organs such as the liver).

    Immature hygiene in young children (fingers in mouth & around the eyes) where foxes have been known to be active or placing objects in there mouths where there is a risk that foxes could have 'mouthed' the items is a particular risk and cause of concern.

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    I can be called to a whole host of locations and property / business types with regards to 'nuisance' fox activity.

    On most occasions, the 'nuisance' fox activity is merely a symptom of the actual problem.

    Typicle complains I receive are:

    • Digging
    • Defecating on the lawn
    • Bin raiding
    • Taking items
    • Chewing external water irrigation systems
    • Chewing Cabling
    • Harbouring under decking or buildings
    • Worrying domestic pets or livestock
    • Coming into close proximity of childrern in schools
    • Over familiar behavior
    • Unearthly 'screams' in the middle of the night (mating)
    • Entering residential / commercial premises

    The list is not exhaustive.

     

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