COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC WILDIFE CONTROL
The UK has wonderfully varied wildlife that, usually, lives and stays in the countryside. For this reason, this wildlife doesn’t tend to inconvenience humans. However, common outdoor animals – like foxes, rabbits and squirrels – that do encroach on human territory can cause various dilemmas.
These animals can damage lawns, embankments and crops – or even, if they get as far as a loft, the wiring there. At Every Season Pest Control, we can apply the right solution for removing foxes, rabbits or squirrels from residential or commercial property or land that you own.
Sign of a pest's recent arrival
Rabbits: These will burrow by digging holes in turf. They will also damage crops by half-eating vegetation and flowers, on which clean bite marks will be left.
Foxes: If you see that your fences, hose pipes or polythene tunnels are damaged and there's a pungent, musky smell lingering in your garden, this could indicate that a fox has been in the space.
Squirrels: These can damage your roof in their attempts to exploit its weak points and so reach the attic. If they do enter your attic, they could leave chew marks in wires there.
How can I prevent foxes entering my garden?
If you keep seeing fresh signs that foxes have spent time in your garden, you should try to discern what is attracting the fox to it and then take away or conceal that temptation. To this end, have any rubbish bins covered to prevent foxes scavenging.
Will a fox attack me or my child?
This is unlikely, despite the occasional report of children being involved in what the press calls an "attack". Foxes actually tend to fear humans and, for that reason, avoid them where possible. If a fox does attack a human, this is likely to be more out of fear than aggression.
Is it legally necessary to control rabbit numbers?
The simple answer is yes. This is enshrined in the Pest Acts 1954, which makes England - except the City of London and Isles of Scilly - a rabbit clearance area. Hence, you need to control rabbits on your own land in this area, though you can arrange for pest control professionals to do so on your behalf.
What if it isn't possible for me to control rabbits on my land?
In this case, to adhere to the law, you must erect rabbit proof fencing as a means of stopping those rabbits damaging adjoining crops. Otherwise, the Secretary of State for the Environment has the right to enforce control and prosecute.