Wildlife “Nuisances”

If sodded areas are smaller in size, the use of long wire pins, wooden stakes, or nylon netting can be effective in holding the sod down until it is able to take root.

Red foxes, like the coyote have demonstrated their ability to adapt by showing up in urban areas. In contrast, Gray foxes prefer more dense areas such as thickets and swampland. However, the Gray fox has been known to inhabit urban areas. Cage traps can be utilized to catch baby foxes without harming them and the mechanical wire ferret has also seen some success in removing babies from the den without harm. Foxes feed and control the population of small animals like rats.

It is important to note that in some states like Illinois it is illegal to transport a wild animal unless the animal is secured in a suitably sized trap and the trap must be secured in a vehicle that has more than one compartment to avoid contact between humans and the animal.

Many government funded animal control agencies will not make calls for wildlife nuisances, however even in the states that do not offer those services, there are a number of wildlife removal businesses that, for a fee, can take care of the job without harming the animal.