Sector

11 February 2013

British Pest Control Association comments on fox attack

Technical Manager Richard Moseley said "although fox attacks on humans are very rare, this doesn't mean we should dismiss the recent incident of the baby boy being attacked as an isolated incident."

When asked there would be a call for a cull he said "A cull would be very expensive and an awful lot of work. Public opinion is very divided over foxes. If you ask the public there is probably a 50/50 split between those who love them and those who want them eradicated." Richard added "what we are finding is that as people feed foxes and encourage them to come closer to their properties, they are becoming bolder. People do have to remember that at the end of the day they are still wild animals."

Foxes carry a range of nasty diseases such as lungworm and mange which can affect domestic pets, and toxoplasmosis which is especially dangerous for small children and pregnant women.
Urban foxes also dig up flower beds, make a lot of noise at night during their mating season, and may set up home under garden sheds.

The latest research from BPCA shows significant pressure on local authority pest control service budgets, so in many cases the public may need to contact a professional pest controller to deal with the issues. Similarly, as Richard Moseley points out "in leaner times waste left out is a magnet for foxes, who learn quickly about food sources such as nearby takeaways or bins"

The British Pest Control Association would recommend that if you have seen foxes on your property and you're worried, you should either contact a your local BPCA member (via www.bpca.org.uk), or your local council if they still carry out pest control.

Source: BPCA.org.uk

Highlights View all news

05 August 2020

Latest news

GALLERY: PPC magazine all 100 covers

SPECIAL | PPC100 August 2020   And here we are today with our 100th issue! Thanks

Read more

19 June 2020

Latest news

Six general licences re-issued by Defra for the control of wild birds

Defra has announced that six general licences for the control of wild birds will be reissued on a temporary basis ahead of new licences coming into force on 1 January 2021. The 

Read more

11 June 2020

Latest news

CHSA warns of shortage of cleaning, hygiene and PPE supply

The Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has warned Covid-19 will have a further impact on the cleaning, hygiene and PPE supply chain. In an bulletin dated 10 June 2020,

Read more
Latest View all news

10 August 2020

Latest news

New pesticide labels toolbox talk released for BPCA members

A new pesticide labels toolbox talk template, for BPCA members and their employees to use, has been uploaded to the Member Documents Area (login required). It is important that

Read more

06 August 2020

Latest news

Rodenticide resistance survey appeal to farmers

Rats resistant to rodenticides are breeding in the UK and more information from farmers is needed to reduce their numbers. A new survey will compile data to establish the extent to which r

Read more

06 August 2020

Latest news

VIDEO: Terms and conditions, contracts, force majeure and cancellations - BEB Consultancy

Learn about the importance of water-tight contracts, terms and conditions. In this video, BEB Consultancy will cover subjects like: What contracts and terms and conditions you need?

Read more