Foxes are petite mammals, about the size of a small dog, that vary in color from the well-known reddish orange, to brown, gray, or white. The Red Fox is larger than the Gray Fox, measuring up to 35” in length. Preferring the outdoors, they will often be found on farms and in suburbs, particularly where there are open meadows and fields. When near a home or farm, they may make a temporary den beneath decks and similar areas, where they are a noisy and unwelcome guest. They may also terrorize easy prey, such as small pets, chickens, or baby livestock. In addition, they may cause damage to valuable landscaping and transmit pathogens, such as rabies.
Because of these risks, quickly identifying and addressing an infestation is critical. Signs of an infestation include pets or livestock with rabies symptoms, yipping and scurrying noises under a porch or deck, hairy droppings among nearby bushes, rocks, and logs, and a noticeable musty odor. To safely and effectively evict these animals, trust your pest control professional.