How to get rid of Foxes

Foxes are beautiful creatures to look at and the majority of us would never want to see them come to harm, however they can be very unsociable neighbours. The population of foxes is rising with many now present in urban areas, feeding off our rubbish. While it may seem impossible to get rid of this canniest of creatures, we’ve put a guide together to help you get rid of foxes for good using humane methods.

Remove the attractions

The key to avoiding all pests is to put your rubbish in a secure bin and close the lid. This will deprive them of a source of food, removing the main attraction for them.

For foxes specifically, it is important to secure your livestock and pets. Chickens should be enclosed in coop and guinea pigs/rabbits in a hutch.

Don’t leave food out for other animals, especially cats or dog food. Birdfeed should always be put up high in specialised containers, inaccessible to rats. Animal-derived fertilisers, such as bone meal, can also attract foxes.

Remove the Habitat

You can make your garden less appealing to foxes through keeping your garden tidy, removing garbage and sources of shelter. Foxes’ curiosity will be piqued by discarded rubbish such as old gardening gloves. Overgrown gardens provide excellent shelter and holes in the ground can be used as dens, which foxes will return to again and again.

Dens are common in urban areas under sheds and garages. Any holes you do find we recommend you fill in. This is best done in late autumn when there are no cubs. You can lure a fox out of a hole by using ammonia. New garages should always be built with a concrete base.

Restrict Entry

Securing your property is always worthwhile. A partially buried fence will make it difficult for a fox to dig under. A fence 6ft above ground level will be difficult for a fox to scale. Fence spikes can secure your property from both pests and intruders.

Deterrents

While all the above methods can help secure your property, you can’t control your neighbours, of which, some will inevitably attract foxes. This is why it is useful to first try ultrasonic devices, before resorting to more expensive solutions.

Ultrasonic Repellers

Ultrasonic repellers work by emitting ultrasound, which is inaudible to humans, but unpleasant to foxes, causing them to leave the area. Ultrasound is preferred as it functions as a permanent deterrent to foxes and causes no inconvenience to humans.

Some models are fitted with a sensor and will only activate in the presence of a fox. This ensures that a fox will associate its presence with the noise. Our devices also emit at random-timing intervals in a wide range of frequencies, which ensures the fox doesn’t get used to the noise. 

Jet Spray Repeller

Similar to ultrasonic devices, the jet spray repeller is fitted with a sensor and will spray any warm body within 10m in a 120-degree arc.

Installing one of these deterrents or repellers is simple and will start deterring foxes immediately. The time it takes for the fox to learn the new behaviour may vary, it's best to test your repeller in a variety of places in your garden to make sure it's working to its maximum impact.

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