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How To Keep Foxes From Eating Pet Food And Keep My Pets Safe?

So, foxes keep attacking your pets and eating their food? Well, you’re not alone. Even though foxes are harmless to humans, they are known to cause losses when they invade a property. They can attack small animals, kill some, and perhaps feed on others. Fortunately, you can keep them away using a few straightforward methods. Ready to get started? Well, let’s get straight into the ways of keeping foxes away from your home and keeping your pets safe.

 

  • Invest in secure fencing
    Having a fox-proof fence is the best way to prevent foxes from eating your pets’ food and perhaps preying on them. Even though it might cost you some bucks, it goes a long way in keeping your pets, livestock, and kids safe. There are two types of fences that you can use.
      • Electric fence: This type of fencing is powerful and effective at not only keeping away foxes but also other wild animals such as opossums, raccoons, and bears. It can be a bit expensive, but when it’s installed, you can rest easy that no fox will ever come hunting in your compound. Some of the electric fences that you can use include:
        • Electric net fencing: This is great for protecting small-sized enclosures such as a small band of goats or free-range chickens. The fence should be a few feet high to prevent the foxes from jumping over.
        • Fladry: This type of fence consists of a strand of electric fence wire with red flags fitted at the interval of 11-inches for deterring coyotes and 18-inch spacing for deterring wolves and foxes. The strand is strung around the pasture or at the perimeters of the property to be secured. The flags attached to the wire strand are spooky. Therefore, they flap in the wind to scare the wild animals while the electric wires deliver a reinforcing shock.
      • Chain link or chicken wire: This type of fence is less expensive compared to the electric fence. If your budget is low, then this can be your best bet. All you have to do
        is ensure that your chain-link or chicken wire is at least 6 feet high. Since foxes are excellent diggers, they can dig under the fence and get their mission accomplished. To avoid providing such opportunities, bury chicken wire, hardware cloth, or rabbit fencing. These three materials are the cheapest alternatives.
  • Install LED flashlights to scare off foxes
    Since foxes fear the light, installing a flashlight with motion sensors can be one of the best options. You can install the flashlights near a rabbit hutch, guinea pig house, and around a poultry coop. If you can get solar-powered LED lights with motion sensors, it can serve throughout the year. As an alternative, you can use water sprinklers with or instead of flashlights.

 

  • Keep your vulnerable pets indoors
    Feeding pets indoors can help keep them safe from being preyed on by hungry foxes. Also, you can use an automated light-sensing door to ensure the door remains closed at night and opens in the morning.

 

  • Keep guard animals
    Their smell alone can keep foxes away. Such animals include large dog breeds or a Llama.

 

  • Use fox repellants at the perimeters or around target areas
    You can spray chili pepper or garlic solution at the perimeter. You can also buy a commercial fox repellant from a nearby store.
    With the above ways, you’re sure to keep foxes at bay.