If you have a fox or a family of foxes living under your patio, porch, deck, or shed, Custom Pest Solutions, can help! We provide safe, humane, reliable, and effective fox removal, trapping, control, and exclusion services.
When it comes to animal control issues, foxes can be one of the most persistent and clever pests. Foxes are opportunistic hunters and foragers, and as voracious omnivores, they will eat just about anything. They can smell prey animals like rabbits, kittens, guinea pigs, chickens, and ducks from a very far distance which makes these predators very dangerous to domesticated animals. They also eat some plant material, especially berries and other fruit and given the opportunity they will eat pet food and even break into your garbage cans to find anything they consider edible. They live among us in cities and towns because finding food is much too easy.
Foxes are also classified as a nuisance animal species due to their habits of living under patios, porches, decks, or sheds. Foxes will dig holes for their burrows under your house which can damage the foundation and support beams causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage. They also mark the territory around their burrow in a process called fouling. The fox will defecate and urinate leaving their extremely potent scent all around.
Florida is home to two types of foxes; the native gray fox that can be found almost anywhere in the US, except the northern plains and The Rockies and the red fox may have been native only in the northern panhandle before being introduced to the rest of Florida by hunting clubs. These two fox species are similar in size and can be difficult to tell apart. Both are primarily nocturnal but can be active in the daytime usually during the summer months when they are raising and feeding young kits.
The gray fox is a predatory species of canine that is about 40 inches long including a 12-inch tail and weighs about 5-14 pounds with long bodies and fairly short legs. Their fur along the middle of the back and tail is tipped in black and has the appearance of a black mane. The face, sides, back and tail are gray, while the under parts are white and the sides of the neck and underside of the tail are a rusty-yellow color.
The gray fox mates from February to March and has an average of 4 to 5 kits born from April to May. Foxes can live 6-8 years in the wild. The gray fox has earned the nickname “tree fox” because it is one of the only North American members of the dog family capable of climbing up a tree. The gray fox is less likely to raid chicken coops, as it prefers to live in more wooded areas with wilder, denser brushy cover.
Foxes, like most canines, carry rabies. Canine distemper is also a huge risk to fox kits that are three to six months old. Foxes carry many parasites and bacteria like leptospirosis, ringworm, roundworms, hookworms and are vectors for the diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit. Sick foxes are identifiable by behavior such as walking in circles or swaying with their head hung very low. Regardless of behavior, foxes should never be approached, and it is illegal to feed them.
If you suspect you have a fox problem, you should contact Custom Pest Solutions immediately. We use only the most up to date fox removal equipment and techniques to eliminate your problem so you and your pets can live in peace.
Our priority when we first arrive on your property is to perform a thorough inspection to determine where the fox’s den is located and how much damage it has caused. Each situation is different therefore each situation must be carefully inspected so that we can develop a custom fox removal solution to fit your needs.
We then start the fox removal process by setting traps to remove it. Traps are checked and monitored by our staff until we are satisfied all foxes have been removed from your property.
What can be done to prevent problems with foxes?
Secure all possible food sources, including pet food and garbage. Do not directly feed foxes or other wildlife. It is illegal to feed foxes in Florida. Even if a fox is not eating the food you put out for birds or other wildlife, feeding stations can draw predators to your property while foraging for food
Which animals have been reported with rabies in Florida?
According to the Florida Health Department, raccoons have been reported to have rabies most frequently, followed by bats and foxes.
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