Foxes usually stay away from places inhabited by humans as they have a natural fear of people. If they come in contact with you, you do not need to be alarmed; the Fox will most likely run back into the forest once he detects your presence. If for some reason the Fox comes toward you, this is probably because it has been fed before by someone and is looking to find more food. Foxes can easily be scared away by making loud noises such as yelling or blowing whistles, throwing objects at them like tennis balls or by spraying a hose or water gun at them.
Foxes under your house, deck, or shed
Foxes will build dens for raising their babies (known as “kits”) and also for shelter against severe winter weather. Kits are usually born in the spring, mostly in March or April, and will venture out of the den within 4-5 weeks after their birth. They will begin to hunt at around nine weeks. Once the kits have started to leave the den, it is the ideal time to start the process of getting the Foxes out from under your property. If you have a Fox family under your property, consider letting them stay until the kits are old enough to accompany their parents on foraging outings.
Foxes and pets
It is understandable that you may be worried about your pets being outside if you have noticed Foxes creeping around your property. Since cats are usually skilled at self-defense and are almost the same size as an adult Fox, they will usually not even bother taking cats on. However, a kitten and small adult cats should not be outside since they would be considered easy prey for a Fox. One of the easiest ways to keep your cats safe from encounters with Foxes is to keep the cats inside. Keeping your cats inside will also keep them from other potentially deadly encounters such as traffic, disease, and run-ins with other predators.
Dogs are typically not seen as a threat to Foxes unless the dog threatens the Foxes family or are small such as a chihuhuha, pug, or dachshund. Miniature dogs are especially vulnerable to harm from any number of predators. As a precaution, do not let your animals be around wildlife since you never know if the wild animal has rabies. Again, the easiest way to keep your animals safe from all wildlife predators is to keep them inside and away from all potentially deadly encounters.
Typically, Fox removal is handled by initiating a trapping program with a Wildlife Removal Company. All Wildlife Removal companies will handle the removal of the animal as humanely as possible. The Fox should be removed and the Wildlife Technician should take the steps to ensure that all access points for the animal to enter back in are repaired. It is always recommended that you let a specially trained Wildlife Technician handle your Wildlife problems so that the problems can be fully resolved.