How To Deter Foxes In Your Garden

Can you discourage foxes from your home and garden? We provide some advice and guidance on how to keep a fox away.

Created by Nathan James Dodd on Monday, 11th of February, 2013.


Garden Fox Deterents

A fox attack this week in London, involving a baby, has got the nation talking about the merits of the urban red fox. Although a rare occurrence (risk of injury from domestic dogs and cats is very much higher) the fox divides opinion.

Some say that foxes are a menace that needs to be controlled as they live under sheds, make a noise, foul on the lawn, dig up plants and eat everything and anything from dolls to plastic bins that are left outside.

However, others blame humans for encouraging these animals for making the urban environment their home, by leaving out food and destroying hedgerows in the countryside where they normally live and forage.

How to Discourage Foxes

There are several ways you can discourage foxes from coming on to your property by:

  • Using Chemicals
  • Adding A Fox Ornaments
  • Remove potential food sources

Chemical Fox Deterrents

There are several products on the market that you can obtain from a garden centre to deter foxes. The most popular products we sell to customers in our garden centres and online are 'Scoot Fox Repellent' (recommended by The Fox Project) and 'Bayer Cat A Pult Animal Repellent'. Both are safe to foxes, animals, humans, plants and the environment. These products work by basically  creating and artificial 'scentmark' within which the problem fox's territory that deters the fox from returning to the area in order to avoid potential conflict. In effect the repellents use the animals own way of marking a territory against it. These products can also be used on and around borders, fruit and vegetable crops, lawns, trees, shrubs and hard surfaces.

To view our chemical fox deterrents Click Here.

Vivid Arts Fox OrnamentFox Ornaments

Recently we received an email from a customer in Glasgow who had purchased a Vivid Arts life sized fox that she put in her garden. As a result the local fox was discouraged.

"...it is now in the garden in the pouring rain and looks SO!! realistic, so much so, that at lunch time our resident fox appeared and obviously thought it was real, he circled and arched his back at the ornamental fox, but was not brave enough to approach...". Dilys from Glasgow

To see our Fox ornament Click Here.

Remove Food Sources

Make cat, bird or other food unavailable to foxes will make a garden less attractive to foxes or using fertilizers that do not contain fish, bone or blood products will stop foxes from digging in flowerbeds or lawns in search of a non-existent carcass.

Foxes Under Your Shed

If foxes are denning (living in a hole) under your shed, just soak some rags or straw with a deterrent (available from our garden centres) and loosely block all the holes, which are the entrances to the den.
 
Do not block the holes with bricks as this will prevent the female from getting to the cubs and they will starve to death. Each morning replace the rags and straw in the hole. Once the rags or straw have not been moved for a couple of days, there will be no foxes left under your shed and you can permanently block the holes.

It is important to ensure that all holes around a shed/house are adequately blocked with sturdy materials. Foxes can use holes all year round, but denning with cubs is largely restricted to the period from March to June. As above, it is important to lightly infill holes and to only block holes properly once the infill is not disturbed for a few days. It is important to make doubly sure no foxes are under your shed/house before permanently blocking holes.

Fox Facts

The male fox is called a 'dog' or 'tod'. It hunts alone rather than in packs, hence the saying 'on one's tod', meaning going alone.

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