Foxes are known to invade chicken coops and kill chickens. The can also be a threat to household pets. If a mother has a litter of pups on your property, she will be very aggressive if she feels threatened. Foxes will also seek shelter and food in residential areas. The will make dens under decks, porches, and sheds, and eat from garbage cans and gardens.
The Health Risks
Foxes are a common carrier of rabies. As with any wild animal, you should get medical attention if you come into physical contact with one. Rabies is fatal if not treated with the vaccine in a timely manner.
Foxes also carry tularemia, which is transmitted to them by insects. Humans can contract tularemia from an infected fox through contact with it or its fecal matter. Always wear gloves when dealing with a dead animal, and never touch a live wild animal. A skin ulcer appears at the site the bacteria entered the body. It is accompanied by swollen lymph glands. It can eventually lead to a cough, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.
The Modern Solution for Red and Gray Fox Removal and Control
Most people will suspect they have a fox issue when they see foxes on their property. Dead domestic poultry can also be a sign of foxes invading chicken coops and barns. Once it is determined that you have foxes, a Wildlife Team member will take steps to exclude them from entering structures by sealing up access points with wire mesh. Foxes can also be trapped humanely and relocated.
When you partner with Modern Pest Services, you’ll never have to worry about a pest, rodent or wildlife issue again!
Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildlife Damage?
Since every homeowners insurance policy is different, it’s important to talk with your agent and find out exactly what is covered by yours.
Most standard home and mobile home insurance policies will cover damage to your home by a wild animal if the animal is not a rodent. Some common nuisance rodents are mice, rats, chipmunks, flying and ground squirrels, groundhogs, and porcupines. Bats, birds, raccoons, and weasels are not rodents, and are often covered.
Usually, the damage must have occurred in a single, identifiable event. If it occurred over a gradual period and preventable action could have been taken, it might not be covered.
When you’re shopping for a policy, talk with an agent about possible wildlife damage scenarios you could face. They will be able to inform you on whether the policy offers coverage in each scenario.