How to Keep Foxes Out of Your Garden
Have you been finding yourself outfoxed by some wild foxes recently?
Dealing with foxes making use of your lawn and garden area can be a tricky subject to tackle for any homeowner. On the one hand, you certainly don’t want to be cruel to the foxes. It isn’t their fault that they think your home is a good place for them to settle down as well. Modern society has encroached on former wildlife hotspots for some time now, and so it should come as no surprise that, lacking their former wildlife homes and hunting grounds, they should expand into suburbia and farmlands.
On the other hand, you don’t want those foxes rooting around your property, either. However “cute” they may look, they are still wild animals. You don’t want them bringing possible disease with them, and you certainly don’t want them scratching or biting you or anyone else on your property. What’s more, you don’t want them digging and rooting around your property.
Making matters worse still, foxes can be quite difficult to get rid of once they’ve decided that your lawn and garden area is “home.”
Thankfully, there are a variety of ways you can try to turn the tables and outfox those foxes.
Make Your Yard Less Attractive
The easiest way to not have to deal with a fox infestation is, of course, to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. That’s why you’ll want to make sure that you do everything in your power to make your home less “attractive” to foxes. After all, foxes don’t just pick on any old lawn or garden area. While they may not be the pickiest of property hunters, like anyone hunting for a home, they have a wish list of things they’d like to see in a place before they set up a den there.
Removing some of those qualities can make foxes turn up their noses at your home as a potential den location, causing them to look elsewhere – which is a win-win for both of you.
Some of the things you can do to decrease the attractiveness of your home to foxes are:
Keep compost in your garage when you are not using it
Do not leave food scraps outside
When possible, do not leave animals which might become “fox food” (that is, rabbits) outside
If you must keep these animals outside, make sure they are secured in locked cages
Remove standing water or keep it covered at night
Do not leave shoes or objects which might become “fox playthings” outside
In addition to those measures, you’ll want to consider erecting some fencing. You probably already have some fencing around your property, so step one here is to check the integrity of your fences at present. Are there any holes or weak points? If so, make it a priority to shore those up.
If that isn’t enough, you’ll want to erect some new fencing. These new fences can go around your home as well as around animal cages to give them another layer of added protection. A chain link or strong wooden fence is often enough to keep foxes out. You should not have to resort to something more extreme, such as barbed wire or an electrified fence, as this can hurt the foxes.
If the problem persists even after you have erected these fences, try metal meshes and other barriers.
Use A Fox Repellent
Foxes operate by way of tracking and responding to scent. Adding odours or altering the way your property smells can throw them off the scent and cause them to turn their noses up at your property – literally. Animal urine and special fox repellents can prove quite useful here. Make sure that the new scent is spread evenly around your property.
If you still have fox problems after having done all of this, it’s likely less your fault and more that there are simply lots of foxes in the area, or that the foxes in question have a special reason to be so determined to stay on your property in particular. Seek out help from Wildlife Services, and they’ll work to remove the foxes in a humane fashion.
Armed with these facts, you can keep foxes from settling on your property.