5 of the best fox deterrent tricks around

Having trouble keeping foxes away? Follow these useful tips and tricks to find the best fox deterrents for you.

Updated 23 September 2023


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Key steps:

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    Tidy up your garden! Overgrown flowerbeds are ideal vulpine hiding places.

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    Don’t leave food outdoors – pick up fallen fruit if you have fruit trees, and keep an eye on your pet’s food dish if you feed them outdoors so that you can move it inside when they stop eating.

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    Use fox deterrent sprays – these are usually ammonia-based and mimic the scent of fox urine, making any would-be visitors stay away from what they’ll perceive as another fox’s territory!

Whether they’re scraggly urban ragamuffins or distinguished country gentry, chances are you’ll have seen a fox or two around wherever you live. Like pigeons, foxes are cunning, hardy creatures, known for their ability to adapt to a great variety of conditions. Also like pigeons, your feelings on them might be anything from fondness (or grudging respect) to outright disgust. Love them or hate them, foxes can be a nuisance sometimes – going through the rubbish, scaring the cat, even attacking small animals if you have them. So, if you’re wondering how to keep foxes out of your garden, we can help. Here are our top five effective, humane fox deterrent tips.

Humane fox deterrents aren’t just better for your local wildlife population – they’re also the most effective long-term solution to any fox problem! Extermination or trapping and releasing foxes will solve the immediate problem, but we guarantee another fox will move in sooner or later. Find a fox deterrent that works for you and stick with it.

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How To Deter Foxes From Your Garden: Tips and Tricks

There are plenty of fox deterrents you can use in your garden to keep any unwanted visitors at bay. Here are five of the best fox deterrent methods:

1. Mark Your Territory

Scent marking (usually with urine) is one of the number one ways foxes know which areas are free to claim as territory and which patches already belong to someone. You might try using human hair clippings to leave “human smell” around your garden. Alternatively, there are chemical fox deterrents available on the market that you can spray around your lawn and flower beds and which mimic the scent markers that foxes use to mark territory. These are especially useful if a fox has been fouling your flowerbeds in an attempt to claim them!

2. Tidy Up

If you’re wondering how to keep foxes out of your garden, an important thing to keep in mind is that one of the things any wild animal looks out for in its territory is places to hide – so the more overgrown your garden is, the more inviting it is to foxes. Trim back your lawn, pull up any weeds and clear away any garden waste sitting around.

3. Check Your Bins

Foxes are known scavengers, restrict their access to things to scavenge! Keep your rubbish in tightly sealed bags and make sure that any rubbish that goes out for collection is in a closed bin. Make sure you put your rubbish out for collection regularly, so that you don’t have any overflowing outdoor bins on your property.

4. Feed Pets Indoors

Cat or dog food is equally delicious to foxes, so if you’re wondering how to deter foxes from your garden, consider feeding your pets indoors. If you must feed them outside, make sure you take the food dish away once your pet has finished eating – even if there’s still some food left in it. Your furry friend will be sure to let you know if it wants more later on, and in the meantime, keeping the food dish indoors will ensure that nobody else gets to it! Similarly, make sure that any animals you keep out of doors, like chickens or guinea pigs, are shut away safely at night.

5. Use Flashing Lights & Sprinklers

The key to keeping foxes away is to make your garden an uncomfortable environment for them. Removing hiding spaces in the form of overgrown weeds or plants is one way of doing that; artificial scent marking is another. If all else fails, though, another thing you can try is setting up your garden so that it’s an unpredictable place for foxes to be. This can be done with motion-activated LED lights or sprinklers, which you can find at most garden centres. Be careful when you set them up, though – you want to make sure that you won’t spray yourself with water as you stroll across the lawn, so look for places that foxes are more likely to go than people!

Can foxes damage my property?

Foxes can potentially cause damage to your property, although it is less common compared to some other animals. They may dig holes in lawns or gardens while hunting for rodents or seeking shelter. Foxes might also chew on items left outdoors, such as garden furniture or loose cables. Additionally, they may scavenge through garbage bins in search of food, leading to a mess. However, property damage by foxes is usually minimal and rare. It's important to secure your bins, keep outdoor areas tidy, and consider measures like fencing or deterrents to discourage foxes from frequenting your property.

Do Foxes Attack Pets? A Closer Look at Fox Behaviour

Foxes are generally not aggressive towards humans or pets. They are more likely to run away when they see a human than to attack them. That said, foxes can become aggressive if they feel threatened or cornered. For instance, if a pet approaches a fox's den or food source, the fox might feel threatened and respond with aggression. In most cases, this aggression is in the form of growling and snarling rather than an actual attack. Foxes are opportunistic feeders, which means they eat whatever they come across. If a fox comes across a pet that is not on a leash or is left unattended, it might see it as an easy prey item and attack. This is especially true for cats and small dogs that are of the same size or smaller than the fox. Foxes usually hunt in pairs or small groups, so they may often work together to take down a larger prey. This is why it's important to keep your pets supervised while you're outside. Another factor that may influence fox behaviour towards pets is the time of day. Foxes are primarily nocturnal animals and are more active at night. This means that pets that are left unattended in the yard at night are more vulnerable to fox attacks. Additionally, if you hear foxes making a lot of noise at night, it could be a good idea to keep your pets indoors until the noise subsides. Foxes are also territorial animals, and they may view your pets as a threat to their territory. If they see your pet as an intruder, they may attack it in an attempt to defend their territory. Therefore, it's important to keep your pets away from areas where foxes are common. If you live in an area with a high fox population, it's a good idea to build a fence around your yard and keep your pets on a leash when you take them for a walk.

There you have it – everything you need to know about how to keep foxes away from your home and garden. Keep your garden clear, remove any potential food sources, and relax in the knowledge that your garden is fox-free! If cats invading your outdoor space is a problem, we have tips for keeping your garden cat free!

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