Foxes are notoriously crafty and clever. Trapping can be an effective method of fox control, but you must go about it properly to achieve the desired result. Below, Havahart® provides baiting suggestions as well as other fox baiting tips.
Best Fox Baits
Foxes may have a reputation for being opportunistic feeders that will eat anything, but luring one into an unfamiliar cage will take extra incentive. Foxes favor strong-smelling or super sweet foods like fish (fresh or canned), chicken, meat, and sugar-coated vegetables.
How to Bait a Fox Trap
Foxes are extremely wary and cautious animals, so luring them into your trap will take time and strategy. Baiting a fox trap is usually a process that takes several days:
TIP: When baiting your trap for a catch (Night 3) it’s critical that the bait is positioned carefully behind the trigger plate to ensure that the fox engages the trigger.
Expert Baiting Tips
- Foxes are most active during twilight. Bait your trap just before dusk to minimize the risk of trapping an unwanted critter.
- Tie your trap open during night 1 and night 2 of baiting. This will prevent any false triggers from prematurely snapping the door closed, which can cause a fox to avoid it.
- Some foxes need more time to get used to a feeding area. If a fox does not take the bait on night 2 or 3, begin again at night 1 and repeat this step a few times before moving onto the next.
- For more trapping information, read How to Trap a Fox »