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Author Topic: Does anybody know how to get rid of a family of foxes living in the attic?  (Read 667 times)
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« on: August 29, 2013, 05:02:53 PM »

This is for Ironrod/Kracken just in case.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2013, 05:08:00 PM »

Have you tried reasoning with them?
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2013, 05:20:18 PM »

Quote from: dbt1949 on August 29, 2013, 05:02:53 PM

This is for Ironrod/Kracken just in case.
If you're serious, you may want to contact your local Animal Control for advice. My understanding is most don't handle wildlife cases like this (only domesticated pets), but they could likely provide some guidance.

This Arlington, VA Animal Welfare League's site suggests a concoction to try to clear wildlife from an attic (not sure it applies to foxes per se, sounds a bit more about birds):
http://www.awla.org/animal-control/wildlife-control/
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Evicting Wildlife from Your Home

Here are some tips on evicting unwelcome residents. Before taking action, however, make sure that baby birds are able to fly and young mammals are old enough to be relocated by the mother. Your intention should be evacuation, not extermination.

For safetyís sake, donít try to remove an animal with your hands. The tips below are usually very effective, but if you donít have success with them, call us for advice or to ask about borrowing a humane trap.
In the attic

Ammonia works wonders. 1/3 of a cup in a shallow pan coupled with a loud radio and/or bright lights will prompt your furry guests to leave. If there are babies, give mom a few days to move them out, then find and seal the openings to keep new tenants from moving in.

Birds donít have a good sense of smell but are very sensitive to noise. A loud radio will make nesting at your house very unpleasant.
If you're in fact joking about your in-laws being in the attic and not going away, I don't really have constructive advice.  icon_smile

When I was about 13 (around 1978), two squirrels got into our family's house via the chimney one afternoon when I was alone, home from school. I kept using a flashlight to scare them off. Eventually my mom the teacher arrived home, and she instructed me to use a blanket to block off one aisle from our kitchen while she chased the two squirrels through the other aisle and out the kitchen entrance. I wish we had video of that. icon_razz Not that squirrels are all that scary, I just did worry about rabies and the like if they bite. I think they just wanted some peanuts...
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013, 05:22:31 PM »

Steve Martin and Rick moranis might be able to help?
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2013, 05:51:15 PM »

Squirrel urine seems obvious to me.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2013, 06:00:11 PM »

Trap the foxes up there.  They will begin to get hungry, and then one by one... <cht cht cht> They start eating each other, until there are only two left. The two survivors. And then what - do you kill them? No. You take them, and release them into the trees. Only now, they will only eat foxes. You have changed their nature.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2013, 06:03:15 PM »

Why not just have Ironrod crawl up there and starve himself until he eats the foxes, then release him into the wild?  We've effectively killed two birds with one stone at that point.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2013, 06:42:56 PM »

Trick them into pulling one last caper.
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2013, 07:10:52 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2013, 07:20:39 PM »

you unleash the kraken!
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2013, 08:17:11 PM »

From wikipedia:

...Although the red fox tends to displace or even kill smaller predators, it is nonetheless vulnerable to attack from larger predators, such as wolves, coyotes, golden jackals and medium- and large-sized felines.


So, clearly, you need to get some wolves or jackals and put them up there.
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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2013, 08:21:04 PM »

Raise their rent.
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2013, 08:30:32 PM »

Quote from: GargoyleBoy on August 29, 2013, 08:17:11 PM

From wikipedia:

...Although the red fox tends to displace or even kill smaller predators, it is nonetheless vulnerable to attack from larger predators, such as wolves, coyotes, golden jackals and medium- and large-sized felines.


So, clearly, you need to get some wolves or jackals and put them up there.

and when the wolves start acting up bring in some tigers.  and then bears to deal with tigers. 

of course after that you may just want to move.
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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2013, 08:48:05 PM »

The King, the Mice and the Cheese

Mice invade, eat the cheese. King asks his wise men for help.
Cats gets rid of mice. Cats are annoying.
Dogs get rid of cats. Dogs are annoying.
Lions get rid of dogs. Lions are annoying.
Elephants get rid of Lions. Elephants are annoying.
Mice get rid of Elephants.

King says screw it and makes peace with the Mice.

Moral of the story: stick with the squirrel, it's probably not going to kill you.
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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2013, 02:40:00 AM »

Quote from: coopasonic on August 29, 2013, 08:48:05 PM

The King, the Mice and the Cheese
Moral of the story: stick with the squirrel, it's probably not going to kill you.
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« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2013, 03:34:37 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on August 28, 2013, 05:28:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 28, 2013, 05:25:35 PM

it's time to escalate.  bring in a bobcat.


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