Many homeowners, pet owners and parents have heard about foxes carrying mange and the protection of ourselves, our pets and children are one of the main reasons we seek to buy an effective fox repellent. Understandably, we have all heard rumours of the horrors of mange and automatically associate it with foxes, therefore causing the deterrent of foxes from our gardens to be of top priority.
Although most people have heard of mange and even use the word ‘mangy’ as an adjective to describe something dishevelled and unpleasant, there are surprisingly few simple explanations of mange given in the fox repellent industry that help people to understand exactly what it is.
Symptoms Of Mange In Foxes
The most common form of mange in foxes is sarcoptic mange which is caused by a parasitic mite burrowing into the skin of the fox. This in turn causes an itching sensation resulting in the fox scratching and scratching resulting in infection and hair loss. The effects of sarcoptic mange can be quite severe and can lead to the death of a fox within 6 months, if the infection is not treated. The hair loss means the fox will no longer be able to keep warm and eventually no longer be able to hunt for food effectively, leading to quite a sad, slow and painful death. Foxes can be infected with mange in a variety of ways, including direct contact with another animal or via walls or fences that another infected animal has brushed past, leaving a trail of parasites.
While it is important to note that foxes can pass mange onto dogs, you should not unduly panic as transmission between these two animals is relatively rare. However, making use of a good fox deterrent such as spraying Scoot Fox Repellent around your garden, or placing a sonic device such as the FoxWatch Fox Deterrent at the point where you believe the fox enters your garden, should be enough to keep foxes away. It is also worth noting that most fox diseases cannot be transmitted to cats. Should your dog catch mange from an infected fox, a trip to the vet and a course of medication should resolve the issue fairly quickly.
Mange can in rare cases be passed onto humans, but usually the symptoms are very mild and usually only involve a slightly itchy rash. Slightly more cause for concern would be young children catching toxocariasis, which is also harboured by foxes.
Use A Fox Repellent To Keep Mange Away
In general however, mange is a disease that is easily treatable, but it is sensible for you to take precautions. If you are looking for an effective fox repellent to make sure that foxes keep out of your garden, then please take a look at Fox Repellent Experts Top 10 Fox Repellent List for reviews and further information on the effectiveness of the repellent.
As always, when trying to repel foxes and stop the danger of mange, you may find that you need to try a few different fox repellents before you find one that suits you. So please be patient and persevere because a fox’s behaviour cannot be changed overnight. They need frequent reminders that your garden is out of bounds and eventually they will learn to stay away.