Dodging Those Doxies!

Due to the onset of winter, many esteemed Magizoologists are warning residences against the threat of Doxies in their nearby gardens. After rigorous research, the Quibbler has decided to compile their findings in the hopes of safe and efficient interaction and extermination of these household pests.

Please be advised that the Quibbler is not responsible for any injuries sustained during their extermination process.


What Are Doxies And How To Recognise Them?
Doxies are quite small creatures, similar in appearance to Pixies and Fairies. However, they have very distinct characteristics from these creatures. For example, Doxies have earned the nickname “The Biting Fairy”, due to their obvious defense mechanisms.

They resemble small humans, around 5-6 inches in height. However, unlike fairies, a Doxy has thick black fur covering their entire body, along with an extra set of their 4 limbs. Five fingers and five toes on each hand, along with thick, curved and shiny wings, similar to that of a beetle.

What Dangers to Watch Out For & Treatment?
It is recommended to exercise caution when approaching these small fiends as they can be quite dangerous if not given appropriate treatment. Doxies have double rows of amazingly sharp teeth, being incredibly venomous. Having typically between 7 to 12 puncture marks, Doxies typically only bite using their front teeth, which contain the most venom.

If bitten, an antidote is required. The bite will not swell but turn a sickly green colour. If left unattended, the bite will scar, colour included. The venom has the ability to cause intense muscle pain. After the pain ceases, the bite typically will sprout thick, black hair around each puncture wound, which can only be resolved by visiting St. Mungo’s, who will administer a hair growth degenerating potion.

How Do I Get Rid Of Them?
Doxie Queens often lay up to 500 eggs and bury them in the snow. Due to this, late December is usually a prime time to investigate your household and rid yourself of these pests before they hatch. Do it soon, however, as the eggs will hatch fourteen to twenty-one days later, hatching mid-January. These eggs are often useful in Girding Potions, being black in colour with purple spots. These eggs need to be extracted whilst the parent is asleep, otherwise your chances of escaping without injury drop drastically.

Doxycide is a popular method of dealing with these creatures. Created by Zygmunt Budge, this concoction paralyzes the creatures for a short time, allowing for easy removal. You can purchase this reagent at your local Apothecary, or alternatively, the recipe can be found in Zygmunt Budge’s “A Book of Potions” for easy home-brewing.

Many Apothecaries and business alike use Doxy Eggs and Doxy Venom for their various products, so I’m sure you won’t have much trouble finding a new home for those pesky Doxies. We at the Quibbler hope these pointers were proficient enough to help you keep control of your home. Stay safe!

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