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Why would anyone want to get rid of such adorable little animals? However, the truth is those adorable faces are just a disguise for what they really are; sneaky predators who’ll feed on your farm animals or dig through your garbage. In fact, they will even destroy your property without a problem. They feed on turkeys, chickens, geese, lambs, baby pigs and more. Oh, and they won’t feel bad about it. Foxes can cause so many problems for a homeowner that they’ll find themselves getting ready to sell their dream home in an attempt to save their animals and property. The best way to protect your land is by getting rid of them completely.
Eradicate All Possible Food Supply
While some of us just can’t help feeding those sad faced stray dogs and cats that tend to linger around the house, this good deed will actually draw in another stray such as the fox. Some foxes eat pet food and once they know that you’re supplying it to the neighborhood animals for free, they’ll certainly be by more often to get their share - and everyone else’s. Protect your livestock by using a wire fence to keep foxes from getting to them. Position the wire below the ground; at least 10 inches. The wire surrounding your livestock and poultry should be about 6 inches high. You can also use an electric fence. If the fox gets closer than he needs to, he will get a shock that he definitely will not be happy about. However, keep in mind that other animals (and humans) may also get a shock they won’t be too happy about either. Electrical fences really shouldn’t be used to deter foxes.
Send Them Running Scared
Fox repellant can also be a good temporary solution. The repellant delivers an offensive smell to foxes that discourage them from coming around the area. When purchasing repellants, it is best to obtain them from garden stores so that you know they are approved for repelling foxes. Although they may have strong chemicals in them that drive foxes away, it is not harmful to other animals. In fact, it won’t even bother your garden, plants or flowers. It is perfectly safe to use. However, some foxes often become immune to the scent and eventually return.
Set Fox Traps
The fox traps used today are pretty simple when it comes to design and usability. Be cautious of the traps that you buy because some of them contain grease or oils that ooze a strong scent which may persuade the fox not to come near it. Foxes often return to spots where they have previously been or close to their normal travel and hunting routes. This is where you should set up the trap. Take two coil traps and place them apart by 36 inches. Between the two coil stakes that you have set up should be a stake in the ground. This stake will secure the trap, but you must make sure that it is sturdy in the ground.
Disguising Your Trap
You’ve gotten your trap set up and you’re ready to catch a fox. The only thing to do now is disguise the trap. Foxes are pretty smart creatures and they’re not just going to willingly walk into a trap for you – you’ve heard the saying ‘as cunning as a fox’. You can disguise your traps by using hay. Place hay all over the trap area so that there would be no reason for the fox to be suspicious. Not much hay is needed; just enough to cover the metals of the trap and the opening. Everything is set and all you have to do is check the trapping spot every day. However, it’s important that you check from a distance so that you don’t get a scent in the area. If a fox picks up a scent from a human on their normal route, they’ll switch up routes quickly.
The main thing to do to get rid of a fox is to eliminate their source of food in the area. When a fox visits a place a few times that never seems to have a supply of food, they normally don’t make their way back there anymore.