How to Scare Away & Get Rid of a Red or Gray Fox (or Den) Without Killing in Downingtown, PA
Humans have had encounters with foxes for years. Many times, foxes are portrayed as sly because they are fast learners and good at eluding hunters. They are notorious for causing damage to property and for attacking livestock. In recent years, they have gotten more comfortable around humans as they scavenge for food in urban areas and crowded cities. We need to remember that foxes are wild animals and need to approached with caution.
Behavior & Characteristics of Red & Gray Fox Species
Red and gray (or grey) foxes are found throughout Pennsylvania. They are smaller than a medium-sized dog, growing up to 3 feet in length and weighing up to 15 pounds. Foxes have pointed ears and narrow elongated snouts with relatively short legs. The fur of the red fox is a red-orange color. They have a bushy tail with a white tip and black legs. The gray fox has black and gray fur with a tan under fur with a bushy tail that has a black tip. They have a keen sense of smell, sight and hearing that makes them agile and intelligent predators. They are nocturnal but is not out of the ordinary to see them at dusk and dawn. They prefer to hunt live prey like rodents and other small animals, killing prey very quickly with their pouncing technique. Foxes can be considered an ally by controlling rodent, mole and gopher populations but this benefit will most likely not outweigh the damage they can cause. Foxes will also eat insects, birds, fruits and eggs.
What Diseases Do Foxes Carry & What Damage Do They Cause?
Foxes can be carriers of ticks, fleas and parasites. They can also carry rabies, distemper and mange that can be passed onto humans and pets. Red foxes are likely to be found in urban areas. New housing developments can force foxes closer to us as their natural habitats are destroyed. Foxes will use areas on our property to breed and live temporarily. They have learned to adapt to live among us. They will leave tracks behind when they come out at night and will most likely come onto your property when they find a source of food. The will rummage through trash cans searching for nourishment. When they go through trash cans and compost piles they can cause damage to property. If you happen to see a fox acting aggressively and erratically, extreme caution needs to be taken as they might be rabid. Avoid coming into contact with fox feces as it can put you at risk of contracting diseases.
Fox Control Methods
Foxes are difficult to control with their cunning nature. Exclusion can be effective by putting fences up and removing potential food sources. Trapping and removal are effective. Foxes are cute but will bite if they feel threatened, so do not approach them. Professionals have the experience and knowledge to safely take care of removing them with trained technicians ensuring eradication is humane. Do not feed them and do all you can to prevent them from finding your property appealing. If you should have issues with them, contact a pest control company that specializes in wildlife removal. Give Pest Control Technicians, Inc. a call when dealing with foxes and other pests.
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