How to keep foxes away

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How to keep foxes away
The red fox is more adaptable than the grey species. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Gray and red foxes are common in North America. Both are about the size of a house cat at 6.8 to 9.07 Kilogram. The phrase "sly like a fox" was not invented for nothing. Foxes, of both species, will adapt to whatever their conditions in either rural or urban settings. They are known to provoke dogs and prey on small adult cats and kittens, among other things. Eradicating them from your property is not a completely easy process.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Radio
  • Sweaty T-shirt
  • Lawnmower

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Instructions

    Ridding your property of foxes

  1. 1

    Leave the foxes alone. Foxes don't migrate, but if they are visible, it means the mother has had a litter. Foxes are transient. They should move on by late August because the offspring will have left the den. Normally the kits are born in March and the whole group will be gone by early fall.

  2. 2

    Be active around your property if you see a fox. Don't panic. Human activity normally scares them away unless someone nearby has been interacting with them.

  3. 3

    Put all trash in a container with a tight fitting lid. Do not put your trash bags outside without having a receptacle for them.

  4. 4

    Bring outside pets inside at night because foxes are primarily nocturnal creatures who take advantage of anything they deem safe or abandoned during night hours. Any food for your pets, or even the pets, are fair game to the fox.

  5. 5

    Annoy them in their den. Human interaction like running a lawnmower, putting a transistor radio near their den, loud voices, or even leaving a sweaty T-shirt, will scare the foxes --- litter or not. These things will condition the fox to not come near that particular area.

  6. 6

    Put an electric fence around any gardens. Foxes are known for living in these areas without the property owner's knowledge.

Tips and warnings

  • Foxes are wary of humans, but sometimes you will see one that is "brazen" -- that doesn't mean it's rabid.
  • Overall, foxes are harmless creatures that will at least contribute to your rodent control.
  • Foxes carry the same diseases as dogs. Rabies is rare but it happens.

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