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Remove Food Sources
Foxes are another one of those animals that will eat just about anything they can get a hold of. By eliminating possible food sources from your yard, you may be able to repel them, forcing them to look for their meals somewhere else. If you use outside trash cans, consider using metal cans with a lid that screws on. This way, if the fox knocks it over, they still won’t be able to get to what’s inside. Never leave pet food outdoors. Not only will this welcome foxes, it will also encourage other mice and rodents to pay your yard a visit, which is also adding another food source for the fox. Clear your yard of any fallen fruit and seeds and if you have a chicken coop, make sure that it is securely latched tight. Consider investing in a wire roof; because foxes can climb, just locking up your chicken coop is not enough.
By bordering your lovely garden with yellow onion plants, hot pepper, garlic and making a spicy spray, some people believe this will repel foxes against feeding on the foods in their garden. To make the spray, you would need to cut up a pepper, onion and a head of garlic. Boil the veggies all together in two quarts of water. Use a sieve to drain the veggies and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Supposedly, you can spray this mixture every two weeks on any plants in your yard, trash cans and other areas you don’t want the fox bothering. While this option is not very expensive, it doesn’t repel the fox from coming into your yard and you have to continuously maintain it for it to be effective. It just keeps them from eating plants and veggies you don’t want them to eat. Besides, if it rains you’ll have to reapply the mixture again.
Scent repellants can also be used to repel foxes because they are often created with the ingredients citronella or ammonium which let off a strong smell. This smell gives the fox the impression that another animal is fighting for the same territory. These repellants can be bought as a powder or spray that you would put down around the perimeter of your yard and garden. They can be effective in repelling foxes but some of these repellants often have chemicals in them that would cause some serious health issues if your children or pets got a hold of it. Besides, you have to continue to reapply the repellant which can cause you to run through your savings pretty fast.
Electric fences are another option that people might consider to deter foxes. In order for this to work, you must dig a trench around your yard or the area that you’re fencing in. The trench should be about 1 foot wide and 2 feet deep. Position a mesh fence of wire inside of the trench letting some of it extend out from the bottom. The openings in the fence should not exceed 3 inches and once you’ve positioned it as needed, you can bury the trench. If the fox even touches the fence, he’ll soon discover that his intentions will need to be re-evaluated. The only problem with this is that if you don’t really know what you’re doing, you can waste valuable time and money on installation. And let’s not forget that the foxes may not be the only ones getting an uncomfortable jolt; you pet, children or other animals and humans can become injured as well.
Regular wire fences are also an option but they must be buried at least 10 inches under the ground and 6 feet high. However, who’s to say that the fox won’t try to climb that high?
Foxes can be very difficult animals to deter because they are less afraid of us than smaller animals. Repellants may keep them away for a while but eventually they usually come back.
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