Festive food is being blamed for a call to cull of urban foxes in London. As leftovers spill out of overfilled bins, the number is foxes on the streets of the capital is expected to spike, meaning a rise in call outs to London pest control companies.
With over 10,000 foxes living London itself, many residents regard them as a pest and a danger, despite their striking appearance. Others, however, are against the cull and are petitioning to stop it.
Dangers of Urban Foxes In London
Although an urban fox can look soft and cuddly as it sits in your London garden and can even become tame enough to feed out of your hand, the fact remains that they are a wild animal and there are numerous dangers that are associated with them.
Without even considering the rise in reported attacks on humans, foxes can pose serious health and safety issues due to the fact that they foul and urinate in places in close proximity to London residents. A reservoir for parasites and harmful bacteria, foxes carry and transmit several serious diseases, one of them being roundworm which can leave children blind.
In addition, foxes can cause expensive damage around your London property by gnawing on decking, electrical cables and even trees, as well as leaving highly unpleasant odours behind them that can linger for months.
Petition Against London Fox Cull
Despite all the risks that urban foxes bring, many people fight for their protection and a petition has been put forward to the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, in an attempt to prevent the London fox cull going ahead.
Thousands of Londoners have already signed the petition, deeming the cull as unnecessary and claiming it will be ineffective given that as foxes are killed, more will move in and take their places.
Many other solutions have been put forward in an attempt to control London foxes, while protecting them at the same time. These include:
- Keeping bins securely closed or locked to prevent foxes accessing food
- An increase in rubbish clearance and collection from councils
- Holes around property, including access to voids under decking and sheds should be closed up to prevent foxes establishing dens
- Food for pets and wildlife should be left in gardens for limited periods each day rather than permanently
- The length of grass and vegetation should be regularly maintained to avoid it being used as shelter by foxes during the day
Above all, advice from experts is to stop feeding urban foxes. As foxes have become less fearful of humans over the past decade, some London residents are actually encouraging them into gardens by leaving food out for them. Not only does this entice foxes into residential areas, it also leads to them losing their natural ability to scavenge for food, and can actually cause harm to their health as they are not accustomed to human food.
Professional Fox Control in London
The fact remains, that however much effort is put into deterring urban foxes, there will still always be call for professional fox control in London.
Londoners are urged to never attempt to control foxes themselves and to always call in the qualified and trained experts at Top Dog Pest Control. Not only are our technicians industry-trained experts in fox control, they are also fully abreast of the wildlife protection laws and regulations, which rule against poisoning foxes.
Following strict guidelines, Top Dog Pest Control can remove foxes on or around your premises, using their in-depth knowledge of fox behaviour in combination with baited traps.
Call outs for London fox control will always be treated with urgency, due to the risks that surround them, especially where children are present.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control who provide London fox removal services.