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  • Habitat Management is a very important aspect of any Urban Fox Prevention measure.

    If you have an over grown garden or piece of land; over growth will almost certainly attract urban foxes.

    Pest - Go Limited has invested in heavy duty machinery in order to tacle dence over growth such as brambles, nettles and over grown grass.

     

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    Sarcoptic mange is caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a microscopic mite that burrows under the skin of many animals, including dogs, foxes, and humans!

    It can cause severe itching, crusting and inflammation of the skin.

    Due to the fact that urban foxes live in such high promimity with other foxes; this terrible disease is quickly passed on.

    This is another reason why it would NOT be appropriate to trap and relocate nuisance urban foxes else where as they will simply pass the disease onto other foxes.

    Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious disease most effectively transmitted by direct contact. Luckily for us, the mite does not survive off the host in the environment for more than a few days.

    Human infection with Sarcoptes scabiei is called "scabies" and usually goes away in healthy individuals without treatment, unlike infection in wild animals.

    Young or debilitated foxesare more susceptible to disease because their immune systems aren´t functioning at full strength.

    Most of the foxes with mange seen by Urban Fox Control London are young, usually less than a year old.

    Sarcoptes mites have a preference for the skin on the face, ears and feet. In the wild, foxes quickly become malnourished as the crusting around their eyes and face impairs their ability to see and find food.

    Secondary skin infections are common as the crusts start to crack and bleed.

    Many foxes with mange die of starvation and exposure.

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    These type of premises are usually situated on a large plot surrounded by residential properties or neglected waste land.

    These make idea places for urban foxes to harbour and scavenge in search for food.

    Being opportunistic, foxes will often venture further and further pushing their inquisitive nature.

    I have removed foxes from hospital basements, ward kitchens, false ceiling and cavity walls.

    Open doors and windows make easy access for foxes to enter these building's and once someone closes the door or window that the fox (es) entered through they will become trapped and have the potential to cause havoc.

    I have found in my experience that foxes like chewing cables.

    A fox chewing the base of a door may be a minor issue but a fox chewing the cables of a life support machine, anaesthetic machine or heart monitor is really expensive inconvinience.

    As well as having a wild fox running around the building or a sensitive area damaging and chewing objects; fleas, ticks and other parasites will be dropping of it's body in the meantime.

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    Getting called from an angry Site or Project Manager is an all to frequent occurance.

    In the early stages of a build when there are no windows or doors in place, foxes tend to sneak in, sleep on top of insuation materials, chew the cables of lighting and power tools, foul and urinate all over the place and damage construction materials.

    General Construction Site hygiene and housekeeping has improved in recent years with emphasis honed in on Health & Safety. Food must only be eaten in designated areas in order to prevent rodents and other pests.

    Foxes will still scavenge and access voids and placed they are not wanted.

    Pest - Go Limited can provide a full Urban Fox Management Service in London, Essex and Hertfordshire on Construction Sites.

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