How to Deter Foxes
It is fair to say that the population is split on opinion when it comes to foxes. For some, foxes are an excitement of British wildlife, for others, a real nuisance and danger. This article aims to provide advice on how to deter foxes humanely.
Top Fox Deterrent ideas:
1. Clear rubbish – Urban foxes love to consume any human rubbish that is left around. Foxes are scavengers and will happily help themselves and live off waste as much of what people throw out is edible. Keeping your property and surrounding areas clean and tidy so there is no food source for foxes is probably the top tip on how to deter foxes.
2. Secure pet enclosures – Outside pets such as rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs make for a tasty and potentially easy meal for foxes. Remember, foxes can’t distinguish between pets and prey! Ensure that your pets’ enclosure is well secure and fox-proof; install solid floors and bases, a lock and strong wire mesh around the enclosure. Potentially you may want to consider an electronic fox deterrent.
3. Fox deterrent sprays – Want an idea on how to repel foxes? Foxes use scenting and fouling as a way to mark their territory and so a way to deter foxes in by making your garden your territory by using fox repellent sprays. There are a range of repellent brands that can be found online easily. The Fox Project has further advice on this way to deter foxes.
4. Water deterrents – There are water devices that use sensors to detect a fox and then spray water, such as the Scarecrow. If placed around the edge of gardens or by fox entrances into your garden you can strategically deter foxes using water.
5. Fox-proofing – This method on how to deter foxes entails making your property and garden a fox proof place. Fox holes should be filled in, fences should be properly fitted with concrete going into the ground under fences so that foxes cannot dig under them, decking and sheds should be filled in underneath too so that they are no longer a suitable home for foxes.
Foxes are a tricky animal to prevent and get rid of as so much of the population love them as they can be classed as an icon of our wildlife yet they can also be a real pest with real threats. For further help and information on how to deter foxes use pest control services.