Where does that age-old phrase, “sly as a fox” come from? Well, if you knew anything about the species themselves, you would understand. Foxes are stealthy, cunning, and agile. These attributes, combined with their incessant curiosity and devotion to survival, make them a common nuisance pest in rural and urban areas. If you are noticing an increase in fox activity and tampering on your property, it is not too late to intervene.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about Fox removal and control, including where to get safe and professional critter abatement services in the Smoky Mountain region.
Spotting a Fox
It is common for people to confuse a coyote or stray dog, and sometimes even a cat, for a fox. Although similar in size to a medium dog, foxes have narrow heads, long snouts, and bushy tails. Here in the Tennessee region, the most prevalent species of fox is the Red fox (Vulpes vulpes), which gets its name from its rust- colored fur coat. As for behavior, foxes can climb trees just like cats and bark like dogs. They use their barking skills to communicate with one another or to defend themselves in threatening situations.
Foxes tend to be a nuisance for home and business owners because they like to use man-made shelters as their own. They often choose things like dog houses, sheds, pool houses, jungle gyms, barns, and even gaps below, porches and patios as shelter. This can cause a lot of structural damage, plus pose certain hazards for children and pets. As notorious diggers and burrowers, they can also do a lot of lawn and foundation damage.
Foxes also pose safety and health threats. Not only are they carriers of diseases, potentially Rabies, but they are also known to attack children and pets upon provocation.
How to Get Rid of Foxes
Fortunately, deterring nuisance fox activity is simple. There are many strategies to choose from, but combining more than one typically generates the most successful results. These strategies include environmental modification, animal proofing, and professional animal trapping and removal.
As for a fox repellent, one of the key essential ingredients is urine. You can use your own urine, or you can purchase predator urine, which is typically made from coyote or Bobcat. Simply apply the urine to the perimeter of your property to create a barrier or invisible fence for foxes.
Tips for environmental modification include sealing up or blocking off any areas that foxes can use as shelter. It is also helpful to remove any type of edible material or food from your property, including pet food, livestock feed, birdseed, and squirrel feeders.
Professional critter control for foxes is the best approach to solving a nuisance fox problem. They have the proper resources, equipment, training, and permits to get the job done promptly, and most importantly, effectively.
Choose a service that adheres to safe and responsible animal removal and trapping, such as Smoky Wildlife Control of Tennessee! Contact Smoky Wildlife Control at 615-610-0962 for prompt and professional fox removal and control in Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding counties. We serve residential and commercial clients at the most competitive prices around.