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What do foxes eat?

Foxes are omnivorous animals, which means they eat both meat and plants. Their diet varies depending on the availability of food in their habitat, but some common foods that foxes eat include:

  1. Small mammals such as rabbits, rodents, and hares.
  2. Birds and their eggs.
  3. Insects and other invertebrates.
  4. Fruits, berries, and other plant matter.
  5. Fish and other aquatic animals.

Foxes are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will eat whatever is available to them. They are also known to scavenge on carrion, or the remains of dead animals. Overall, foxes are adaptable animals with a wide-ranging diet.

Are foxes dangerous?

Foxes are generally not considered to be dangerous to humans. They are shy and elusive animals that tend to avoid contact with people. However, like any wild animal, they can become aggressive if they feel threatened or cornered. In rare cases, foxes have been known to attack humans, but these incidents are extremely rare and usually occur when the animal is sick, injured, or protecting its young.

It is important to note that foxes can carry diseases that are transmissible to humans, such as rabies and mange. To avoid potential encounters with foxes, it is recommended to keep a safe distance and to not feed or approach them. If you do encounter a fox, it is best to make noise, stand tall, and slowly back away.

How can I deter foxes from coming to my property?

If you want to deter foxes from your property, there are several things you can do:

  1. Secure your garbage: Foxes are attracted to food, so make sure your garbage cans have tight-fitting lids to prevent them from scavenging.
  2. Remove potential food sources: Foxes may be attracted to pet food, birdseed, and fallen fruit. Make sure these items are cleaned up or stored securely.
  3. Install fencing: Foxes can climb over or dig under fences, so make sure the fence is at least 6 feet high and extends at least 1-2 feet underground.
  4. Use deterrents: There are several commercial fox deterrents available, such as motion-activated sprinklers or ultrasonic devices.
  5. Make noise: Foxes are shy animals, so making noise by clapping your hands or banging pots and pans can scare them away.
  6. Use scent deterrents: Foxes are sensitive to strong smells, so using things like mothballs, ammonia, or citrus peels can help deter them.

It’s important to remember that foxes are wild animals and should be treated with caution. Never attempt to feed or approach them, as they can become aggressive if they feel threatened.

Are foxes endangered?

The conservation status of foxes varies depending on the species and their geographic location. Some species of foxes are considered to be endangered or threatened due to habitat loss, hunting, and other human activities, while others are more abundant and not considered to be at risk.

For example, the Arctic fox and the Island fox are both considered to be threatened or endangered, primarily due to habitat loss and invasive species. The Fennec fox, which is found in North Africa, is also considered to be a species of conservation concern due to habitat loss and overhunting. However, other species such as the Red fox, which is found throughout much of the northern hemisphere, is not considered to be at risk.

It’s important to remember that all wild animals play an important role in their ecosystem, and it’s our responsibility to protect them and their habitats.

What should I do if I see foxes in my garden?

If you see foxes in your garden, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Enjoy them from a distance: Foxes are fascinating animals, and watching them from a safe distance can be a rewarding experience.
  2. Do not feed them: Feeding foxes can habituate them to humans and may cause them to lose their natural fear of people, which can lead to conflicts.
  3. Secure your garbage: Make sure your garbage cans have tight-fitting lids to prevent the foxes from scavenging.
  4. Remove potential food sources: Foxes may be attracted to pet food, birdseed, and fallen fruit. Make sure these items are cleaned up or stored securely.
  5. Make noise: Foxes are shy animals, so making noise by clapping your hands or banging pots and pans can scare them away.
  6. Use deterrents: There are several commercial fox deterrents available, such as motion-activated sprinklers or ultrasonic devices.

Remember that foxes are wild animals and should be treated with caution. If you have concerns about foxes in your garden, contact Pestcure today for advice.

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