Foxes, especially red foxes, commonly live in close association with human residences and communities because of diminishing habitat and increasing numbers.
They frequently inhabit areas that adjoin suitable, undeveloped habitat. Foxes can grow accustomed to human activity but are seldom aggressive toward people. Foxes can be a health hazard because of the numerous transmittable diseases they carry. Their direct threat is to small domestic animals especially cats and livestock.
There are two species of foxes found throughout New Jersey: the red fox and the gray fox. For both species, male foxes are called “dogs” and females are known as “vixens.” The red fox is the size of a small dog with orange-red coloration weighing no more than 12 or 13 pounds and prefers agricultural habitats. It has pointed ears, slender muzzle, slanted eyes, and an unusually long tail. Gray foxes are similar to red foxes except for their coloration. The grey fox is a seldom seen, secretive carnivore. If there is a fox control issue in your area and they're entering your property, it is most likely a red fox. Foxes feed on rodents, rabbits, and other small game as well as birds, but they will also eat fruits and vegetables, fish, and even worms. If living in human habitats, similar to raccoons and opossums, foxes will eat from garbage and pet food left outdoors.
One of the biggest reasons fox control is necessary is because they can harbor many parasites and diseases. The major concerns are rabies, fox tapeworm, and sarcoptic mange mites. Rabies is a viral disease of mammals, which infects the central nervous system, and ultimately causes death if not treated. It is transmitted through infected secretions, typically from bites. Foxes are major vectors of rabies.The fox tapeworm is a parasite that causes a serious or even fatal liver disease in humans. The parasitic mite causing sarcoptic mange in foxes can infect both foxes and domestic dogs. Other diseases transmitted by foxes include canine distemper, parvovirus, roundworms, canine heartworm, and other parasites.
Homeowners should remove attractants and exclude foxes with fencing. Cowleys Pest Services provides expert fox exclusion fencing services, along with other wildlife removal solutions. In some cases, fox trapping or fox removal is necessary, especially where fox populations are especially high and natural food sources are scarce. Fox removal by trapping is also needed when a fox is suspected of being rabid or otherwise ill.
In addition, fox removal should immediately take place if they have become too comfortable around people because they may attack when unintentionally threatened by humans, especially small children, who may try to pet them.
Cowleys Pest Services wildlife technicians have extensive experience trapping foxes and other nuisance wildlife. If you have a fox on your property that is coming too close for comfort, contact Cowleys Pest Services and we’ll outfox them. Never try to capture a wild animal by yourself! We work with homeowners and their wildlife removal needs throughout New Jersey, including Lakewood, Woodbridge, Edison and the surrounding area.