If you have a garden where you grow different crops and keep domestic animals, a fox can visit you. They are capable of attacking pets such as cats or rabbits, undermining burrows under buildings and fences. There are no stray cats and dogs in the UK, but they are more than replaced by 150 thousand urban foxes. The urban fox population has been actively growing since the 90s, especially in the south of England. By the way, do you know what noises do foxes make? Foxes don’t bark or howl. They do it together with barking and howling, and it turns out to be a sound unlike anything else.
What attracts a fox to a garden? Odors and food residues, food waste in compost pits, some organic fertilizers for the soil, ornamental ponds, small pets (hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits) and poultry.
How to get rid of a fox away from the garden?
- Do not leave food in the area, including pet food and low-lying bird feeders. Make sure that garbage cans, food waste tanks, compost pits and barbecue grills are tightly closed.
- Equip the top of fences with non-sharp plastic spikes, special rollers or an electric fence. Block the existing tunnels under the fence. To prevent new ones, use special studded plastic nets.
- Install floodlights and water sprinklers with motion detector to deter animals.
- Install ultrasonic deterrent devices to ward off animals. Aim them precisely at the places where foxes hit your site.
- Use industrial or home-made (solutions with chili pepper, garlic, vinegar, drunk coffee, etc.) means to beat off the smell to knock the fox off its own trail.
- In hard cases apply the chemical repellent against cunning animal.