Rodents and other wildlife

Fox Pest Control

The red fox is widespread and native to the British Isles. Although foxes were once mainly found in rural areas, they have migrated into UK towns and cities over recent years.


Urban locations provide an easy source of food for foxes, who are opportunisitic natural scavengers, and are unlikely to give up this modern life that has been provided to them. This has led to some bold behaviour by foxes whereby they they repeatedly visit city gardens and may even attempt to enter properties via open doors or catflaps. This can present a threat to the lives of pets kept in gardens.


In rural locations, problems can arise where game or livestock are kept and foxes can cause significant damage.

Foxes are known to be carriers of Scabies (Sarcoptic Mange), which can be passed onto humans. Fatal to some pets, they aslo carry distemper virus.

The Best Way to Deal with a Fox Problem

Rubbish and waste provide a food source for foxes and we suggest one of the most important things you can do, is to make it as difficult as possible for foxes to feed off your waste by keeping it out of reach or securely stored in study bins.


Pets that are kept outside in hutches, such as chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs should be kept as securely as possible to prevent foxes accessing them, which also reduces the risk of exposure to any parasitic ringworm they may be carrying.

Less Pests Leicestershire and Rutland can identify the reasons why you have fox activity at your home or business premises and can advise ways to prevent access as well as steps to discourage them from returning. This may involve setting traps, humane non-lethal traps, proofing and blocking off access/ entry points to make sure you do not incur problems with foxes in the future. 

Have you got a different pest problem?

Do you have a different pest problem, such as Moles, Rats or Squirrels? See our specialist pest control advice pages.

Call us to discuss your pest problem on 07707 893 976