Virginia Fox Removal Techniques

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide fox removal services in Virginia.

Your Fox Removal professional will set the most humane traps available for the situation.  Local laws vary from town to town.  Humane padded foot hold traps or humane foot snare traps are the preferred traps, but not all localities will allow their use in urban environments.  Professional grade single door humane live cage traps can be used in urban environments, but do not solve the problem fast.  Like cage traps, padded foot hold traps and foot snares do not harm the fox and allow us to remove non-target animals without harming them as well.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides fox removal, fox control, can get rid of a fox, and fox infestations in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Two red fox pups in live cage traps

Adult gray fox in a padded foot hold trap

Virginia Fox Health Concerns

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. deals with fox health concerns, such as canine rabies and canine distemper, in Virginia. 

Other health concerns related to foxes include mites, ticks, lice, fleas, fly larvae, roundworms, tapeworms, and flukes.  The common diseases are coccidiosis, distemper and rabies.  Mange, caused by a mite, is a frequent problem with foxes.  Foxes are one of the most commonly reported rabid animals in Virginia. 

If you suspect that you have been bitten by a fox, have a rabid fox, or a fox with canine distemper in the counties, cities or town of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Virginia Fox Damage and Damaged Areas

Foxes pose a mental threat to most people because of their presence on their property.  They generally will come close to homes or buildings when other nuisance animals are in large numbers, occasionally looking for poultry and livestock, pet foods or other small domestic animals.  Controlling the other nuisance animals around the home or building, securing fences, barns, and buildings, or removing pet food dishes can eliminate most fox problems.  The fox prefers a vacant woodchuck den as close to his prey or hunting grounds as possible.  Old barns, low laying decks, and storage sheds have been used for den sites as well.  The fox is actually beneficial, in that it is hunting the animals that are a nuisance on your property.  Simply controlling the foxes prey species or food source around your home or property will help eliminate the presence of a fox.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. has been preventing fox damage on residential and commercial properties in Virginia since 1998.  If we can help prevent fox damage by providing fox removal or get rid of a fox in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia. 

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Live cage traps set near a fox den.

Virginia Fox Identification

Description: 

Both species very similar in appearance.  Sometimes mistaken for a domestic dog. Red fox is generally larger in size.

Body Size (Averaged both species.):

  • Average Length (Adult):  35”-46”  Tail:  11”-16”
  • Average Weight (Adult):  5-15 lbs.
  • Young at Birth: 3-3 ½ oz., blind, helpless, grayish brown to black.
  • Young 8-12 Days:  Eyes open.
  • Young 4–5 Weeks:  Stay in general area of den & playful.  Develop trait colors.
  • Young 8-10 Weeks:  Full trait color.  Leave den to hunt with parents.
  • Young 16-20 Weeks:  Milk teeth gone.  Leave parents and on their own.

Voice & Sounds (Both Species): 

Short yaps or barks followed by a single squall.  Long yells, yowls, screeches, and churrs. 

Tracks: 

Oval with 4 toes and claws with a small heal pad behind.  Front track is 2 ½” in diameter and the hind is 2” in diameter.

Other: 

Red foxes are capable of climbing trees and are not native to our country.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. has been providing fox identification in Virginia since 1998.  If you need fox dentification in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to solve your fox problem.

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Gray Fox Pup

Red Fox Pup

Virginia Fox Reproduction

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. considers both the time of year and the reproductive life cycle of foxes within their respective geographic region of Virginia prior to removing the fox from your property in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia.  

Time of Year:  January – March            

Gestation:  Ave. 53 Days

Young Born:  March – May                    

Number of Young:  3-6        

Ave. Repro. Age:  1 Year                         

Weaning:  8-10 Weeks

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Other Information About Foxes in Virginia

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide removal and control of foxes from residential and commercial properties in Virginia.  It is not always important to know everything about foxes, but often clients need to know other information about foxes in Virginia.  Below is some additional information about foxes that you may want to know.  If you live in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia and would like to know more about foxes, please give us a call.

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Fox Habitat: 

Mixed woodlands and open pasture.

Fox Home:

No special home throughout the year.  Sleep mostly on the ground outside of breeding and rearing the fox pups.

Fox Den Home: 

Several entrances at times, 8”-15” in diameter,  up to 75’ in length, 4’ under ground with a chamber lined with grass for the young.  Usually a woodchuck den that the female will dig out.  There are other chambers for food storage.  Other dens may be located nearby to move the fox pups in case of danger.

Fox Home Range: 

3-10 Miles.

Fox Food: 

May travel up to 3 miles hunting food every night.  Rabbits, mice, rats, woodchucks, birds, etc.

Fox Habits: 

Mostly Nocturnal.  While raising the young the male will hunt during the day to feed the female while she is nursing.

Average Life Span of a Fox: 

6-10 Years in wild.  15 Years in captivity.

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Fox Poop

Virginia Dead Fox Removal

​​​​Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide dead fox removal services in Virginia. If you have a dead fox on your property in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to remove the dead fox from your property.

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Virginia Frequently Asked Questions About Fox Removal

​​​​Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is frequently asked questions about foxes in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to answer any questions you have about a fox on your property.

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Do you charge for fox services?
-    Yes.  We are not funded by your local, state or federal government.  We are a private business and must charge for our services.

Do you guarantee your fox service?
-    We guarantee that you will receive the most courteous, honest, and professional fox management service in Virginia or its FREE!

What does the fox service fee cover?
-    The fox service fee covers us coming out, inspecting the damages, setting traps if necessary, and keeping them baited for the time period stated on your fox service agreement.

What does the price per fox fee cover?
-    Cost effective to the customer knowing that we may not catch two or more foxes every trip.
-    The price per fox fee covers us coming out, removing the contaminated trap and fox from your property, re-setting a clean trap with fresh bait, disposal of the fox, cleaning and disinfecting the contaminated trap for the next customer.

How do you prevent from catching non-target animals?
-    We use species specific baits and lures, but they do not always work the way they should.
-    We try our best to set the traps in the area where the foxes are traveling.

Do you charge for non-target animals?
-    Yes we do.  We still have to come out, release the non-target animal if needed or remove the contaminated trap and animal from your property, re-set a clean trap with fresh bait, disposal of the animal if needed, clean and disinfect the contaminated trap for the next customer.
-    It is the customers’ decision to have us remove or release non-target animals.

What if the fox trap is stolen?
-    The customer is responsible for the fox trap.  If the fox trap is set in an area that you feel like it will get stolen, please let us know so that we can move it.
-    There is a replacement fee for stolen traps stated on your fox service agreement.

Can I release non-target animals myself?
-    No.  There is a chance that the animal could turn and bite you.

Do I have to sign a service agreement?
-    Yes.  In order to protect you and Your Wildlife professional a service agreement must be signed.
-    Our fox service agreements spell out the services to be provided, as well as our guarantee and warranties.
-    You should not do work with a company that is not willing to back up their work in writing.

How many fox traps will you set?
-    We set a minimum of two professional grade humane live capture foothold traps or cage traps.

Why are the cage traps covered?
-    We have rigid metal covers fabricated to cover the top, sides and bottom of the trap for several reasons.
-    The top and sides are to protect the fox from the weather.
-    The bottom is covered to help reduce any urine or feces from being left on your property.  It also reduces damage that the fox can create by trying to dig its way out of the trap.
-    This cover prevents curious people that may pass by from seeing the fox in the trap.
-    It reduces stress to the fox while it is in the trap because it feels protected and unseen.
-    We do not use cloth material to cover our traps because the wind may blow it off and the fox will usually pull the cloth into the trap leaving it uncovered. 

Do you put enough food and water in the traps for the fox in case you cannot get to it right a way?
-    Yes.  There is plenty of food for the fox.
-    Yes.  In the warmer months we will attach water bottles to the traps if necessary.  We like to place the traps in shaded areas to reduce heat and dehydration. 

How long is the fox service fee good for?
-    Your fox service agreement will specify the time period that it is good for, which is usually a minimum of 5 days.
-    If the fox has not been caught in 5 days, which is rare, we will leave the traps out as long as it takes to catch the fox or foxes for the additional weekly fee stated on your fox service agreement.

How long does your standard fox service last once you pull the traps?
-    Our standard service fee is usually a minimum of 5 days.  Once we pull the traps or after the foxes have been captured, we will re-set the traps if another fox is seen for the additional weekly fee stated on your fox service agreement.

Why did you pull the traps before the service term ended?
-    Once the foxes have been captured and we have not had any captures or you have not seen any activity in a wcouple days we will pull the fox traps. 
Leaving the traps set will only increase the chances of capturing non-target animals.

How often do you re-bait the fox traps?
-    Every 1 to 5 days depending on the time of year and weather.
-    We like to keep the bait and lure as fresh or not dried up as possible.  If you feel like the fox trap needs bait or lure call us and we will send someone out to re-bait it as soon as possible.


How soon can you set the fox traps?
-    We will typically set the fox traps the day you call.
-    We always have fox traps available.
-    We carry the necessary fox traps needed in our trucks daily on a seasonal basis to better service the customer the day they call.
-    We do not like to put anything off until tomorrow.

How often do you check the fox traps?
-    State law requires that the fox traps are checked daily.
-    We ask you as the customer to check the traps and notify us when we have an animal in the trap.
-    By the customer checking the traps, this will eliminate additional costs to the customer and it will also speed up the fox removal process.

How do I get in touch with the technician once an animal is trapped?
-    The fox service agreement has our office number on it as well as our business card.
-    Our office manager will notify the technician.

We live out of town and cannot check the fox traps everyday?
-    We can provide a complete service to you.
-    If this is a rental property we can contact the tenants and ask them to check the fox traps if necessary.

We are going out of town next week and do not have anybody that can check the traps daily?
-    We will make arrangements to have our technicians check the fox traps for you.
-    An additional cost may be incurred.

Will you pick up trapped animals on the weekend and holidays?
-    Yes, we work on the weekends.
-    We typically shut the fox traps down for holidays so that the customer does not have to be bothered with checking them.

How long does it take for a technician to pick up an animal once I have called it in?
-    We will make every effort we can to pick up the animal and re-set a trap as soon as possible.
-    We often have two to three trucks out at a time and the office manager will notify the closest technician to your property. 

Where do you relocate the animals?
-    Our permit only allows us to relocate squirrels.

What do you do with the animal after you catch it?
-    Our permit allows us to transport the live animals to another location to be euthanized.
-    Foxes are one of the most reported animals with rabies in Virginia.
-    Relocating a fox may risk the chance of spreading rabies or other disease to an uninfected area.

How do you euthanize the animals or put them to sleep?
-    There are several ways to euthanize an animal.  We use the most humane methods approved by the American Veterinary Association.

What if a fox is trapped when you come out to re-bait?
-    We will call you or leave a note on your door that we picked up an animal.

What types of fox bait do you use?
-    We use specialty paste baits and lures that are formulated for foxes designed by professionals in our industry for professionals.

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Virginia Red Fox & Gray Fox Removal & Control Services

In human environments, foxes can adapt easily due to the abundance of food and shelter. Humans provide food sources, such as trash cans and pet food bowls that are replenished regularly. Urban landscapes provide a great food supply for foxes because they attract prey or other wildlife species that foxes are looking for. Once a fox has found this prevalent food source, it will look for a den site that is relatively close to that food source. Homes or the area around your home can become a den site due to increases in urbanization or land development in fox inhabited areas, and the steady increase in prey species in these areas does not help. The fox prefers a vacant woodchuck den as close to his prey or hunting grounds as possible. Old barns, low-lying decks, and storage sheds have been used for den sites as well. As long as we continue to urbanize and provide an abundance of food to the fox, they will continue to adapt to human environments and pose a threat to human health.

Early to late Spring you may see a fox during daylight hours.  There is no reason to be concerned.  This time of year foxes are feeding their pups and will hunt day and night to provide for the family.  However, if the fox is showing unusual behavior, you should contact Your Fox Removal Professional.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides fox removal, fox control, can get rid of foxes in your yard, and fox infestations in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Southern & Southwest Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologists on Staff
Roanoke, Bedford, Blacksburg, Covington, Radford, Smith Mountain Lake Areas
540-776-1769
Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg Areas
434-234-4445
Bristol, Marion, Wytheville Areas
276-200-0074

Central & Northern Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist on Staff
Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro Areas
540-520-0474
Charlottesville
434-422-4024
Richmond
804-210-3091
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Loudon, Manassas, Winchester, Washington D.C. Areas
571-308-6701

Eastern Tidewater Virginia

Cornwell's Wildlife Control, LLC
Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Sufolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Yorktown Areas
757-238-2439
 

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