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You do actually have a lot of options open to you when you need to look at keeping foxes away from your property. It’s usually food that draws them in closer, or shelter. Sometimes, it might even be water. When you know what is drawing them to your property, you can take steps to eliminate them from the equation.
Food bowls that are left outside for cats and dogs are often what brings these wild critters closer, and it’s not a rule that just applies to foxes. People may leave food, milk, or water out for their pets, or even other wildlife, often not getting to the intended animal at all. Other animals — opportunistic hunters like the fox — will get there first. Foxes are often the biggest predator of the animals you could be trying to encourage into your yard too.
Leaving food anywhere on your land is a very bad idea. Bowls of food left for pets (or other animals) will be sniffed out and eaten by the fox, and if it senses a regular source of food, it will just keeping coming back for more. Foxes are omnivores, and this means that they will happily eat both plants and animals, often mixing between the two depending on the territory in which they find themselves.
Food can come in the strangest of places, and often in places that you don’t recognize. Your bird feeder, for example, might attract birds, but there’s also a good chance it will attract squirrels and foxes. Again, foxes will prey on squirrels AND birds if they get the chance.
Food can also come in the form of garbage bags left out in the back yard. You should have a metal garbage can really, because this is a durable material that can’t easily be chewed through. If it has a lid, the animal can’t easily knock it over and get to the leftovers or trash inside. The raccoon is well known for doing this, and foxes are too.
If you have food growing on your property, you can protect them with fencing, and this is actually a really great and simple way to protect all of your property from potential animal invasions. Chicken wire or hardware cloth can be used underground, attached to a wooden fence panel above ground. As long as it’s above four feet, and the below-ground protection goes down to about a foot or two, you will be protected both above and below ground. You must remember that these creatures can dig very well, so having an above-ground protection layer only will not benefit you.
You can actually use fox-repelling plants to keep these nuisance animals from your property, but they repellents and deterrents, as a whole, are generally known to NOT work. They definitely don’t work half as effectively as they are marketed.
Spiky plants and bushes can be planted around the edges of your land, or around the area you wish to protect, to make the spot difficult to get to. If you have a spot where you like to grow fruit and vegetables, for example, with some flowers around the outside, that outside ring of flowers could easily have some spiked plants thrown in for good measure. The fox is said to not like the feel of the spikes as they are pushing through the low-lying shrubbery.
Of course, you could always get some advice from the professionals who will know all about those fox-friendly hiding spots, and also how you can avoid your land, as a whole, from being too nuisance-pest-friendly. We’re on hand for free advice, 24/7.
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