How to prevent/deter foxes from your property

by | Wildlife Fact Sheets |

Though many children’s books frame the fox as a sneaky creature, in reality they are typically shy, secretive and nervous by nature. In an effort to coexist together, here are some tips on preventing/deterring foxes from your property.

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Avoiding conflict with foxes

Foxes are adaptable and opportunistic, so the main way to avoid conflict is to proactively take steps so that they are not attracted to your home in the first place:

  • Dispose of garbage in secure containers that cannot be opened by wildlife
  • Do not leave garbage or food waste outside in accessible areas
  • Use securely enclosed compost bins and do not dispose of meat, dairy, or egg products in compost
  • If you have fruit trees, pick fruit as soon as it is ripe and remove any fallen fruit from the ground
  • Consider installing outdoor lights that are motion activated
  • Clear away bushes or weeds close to your home where animals might seek cover

Precautions if you’re concerned for the safety of your pets/family

If you are worried about the safety of your family and pets because of foxes in the area, there are several precautionary measures you can take:

  • Never feed foxes or attempt to ‘tame’ them
  • When foxes are in your yard make them feel unwelcome with loud noises
  • Keep your pets current on their vaccines in case of an accidental encounter
  • Teach children to respect wildlife and keep their distance
  • Do not allow your dog outside at night unsupervised
  • Keep cats safe inside
  • Fence your property to make it less accessible

For more tips visit our factsheet Living with wildlife – Foxes.