Urban fox issues in London schools on the rise

Urban fox activity in London schools is on the increase. Problems occur when foxes start persistently fouling, getting over familiar, urinating, damaging property and harbouring underneath classrooms or even in roof voids above classrooms.

The main risk of having fox activity around a school is the risk of disease transmission. Foxes can harbour many contagious diseases. Most foxes will carry external parasites such as fleas and ticks; but the most common disease which foxes are most likely to transmit to man is Toxocariasis (Roundworm).

The appeal to young children to place objects in their mouths and immature hygiene behaviour puts them at particular risk for picking up roundworm eggs.

Foxes attacking humans and pets are rare but not unheard of.

Rubbish and left-overs may be found throughout the school grounds in the morning. Being opportunistic; urban foxes will take smaller pets such as chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises; all of which are regularly kept in schools.

It is well noted that urban foxes are becoming much bolder and tamer. This is partly due to the foxes living in such close proximity to us and the abundance of food available to them. Feeding urban foxes is strongly discouraged.

It must always be remembered that urban foxes are wild animals and extremely unpredictable.

Since local Councils do not provide a fox control service; you will need to source a professional and licensed pest control contractor that is capable to take up such a job like ourselves.

Due to animal welfare and disease management; it is not appropriate to ‘relocate’ nuisance foxes from one area to another. It is a misconception that if you move a fox from one area to another, it will simply settle down. Such action could well be an offence under The Animal Welfare Act 2006 & The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

In an urban environment, due to the fact that many foxes from different parentage live in such close proximity, territorial behaviour is rarely seen in towns and cities.

Pest – Go Limited operates around the M25 and specialises in the humane control of urban foxes within educational premises. We provide a fully comprehensive urban fox management service to include urban fox control, dead fox removal & disinfection, fox proofing and exclusion, habitat management and removing ‘live’ foxes from buildings.

An appointed no obligation site inspection is always carried out before any works commence.