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Foxes coming into your garden is a common issue, especially in urban areas in the UK. While some people count foxes as rather endearing, fox pest control may be a serious issue in the garden. Express.co.uk tells you all you need to know about getting rid of foxes in your garden.
Before talking about getting rid of foxes, it’s worth looking at why they enter your garden in the first place.
While some are quite obvious, there could be factors you were unaware of that encourage foxes to keep returning time after time.
A fox that feels unsafe or at risk will not hang around to see if the threat becomes reality and would rather retreat to somewhere safer, away from your garden.
Below are the most common reasons foxes come into your garden.
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Foxes coming into your garden is a common issue (Image: GETTY)
Fox pest control could be a series issue (Image: GETTY)
Feeding the birds: The food scraps won’t just attract birds, they’ll also attract foxes.
Dog and cat food: The more you can reduce the smell of the food, the less tempted a fox will be to enter your garden.
Chickens and small pets: Foxes can be tempted by the smell of chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets you keep in your garden.
Wooden constructions: Foxes love dark and enclosed spaces because they’re perfect places to set up a permanent den or a hidey-hole in case of emergency.
Overgrown or junk-filled gardens: Foxes take advantage of secluded areas created by overgrown or cluttered gardens.
Open patches of soil: Foxes love to dig and may come into your garden purely for this reason.
Bone, fish or blood meal fertilisers: Consider switching to something different that won’t be so attractive to foxes.
There are many reasons foxes come into your garden (Image: GETTY)
How to get rid of foxes in your garden
According to Home Guide Expert, you can get rid of foxes in your garden in just a few steps. These are:
Keep your garden clear of rubbish and keep it tidy.
Hose down any animal faeces you find in your garden daily. You can add a little citronella to the water as this will neutralise any smells they leave. Please note, if you have a cat or dog citronella can be toxic so do please check before you use it.
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Every other day move things around the garden, this will disturb a fox as they like their territory to remain the same.
Keep hedging/bushes and trees trimmed and the grass cut regularly.
If you can see an area where they like to hide or sleep, place something large in front of it, keep disturbing the area. Eventually, they will not want to use it.
Invest in a humane water-based deterrent.
Pour male human urine in the areas where the fox congregates with other foxes or where they defecate.
There are a number of ways you can get rid of foxes in your garden (Image: GETTY)
If you are unsure as to whether or not your garden is receiving nightly fox visits, these are the signs to look out for:
- A pungent, musky smell
- A fox smell in your garden
- Droppings in prominent places
- Trampled plants
- Dug up flowerbeds
- Holes in the lawn
- Chewed up shoes or toys
- Half-eaten fruit (if you have fruit trees or bushes)
- Damage to fences, wire mesh, hose pipes, polythene tunnels
- Trash was strewn across your garden
- Your garden looking like a freshly ploughed field, foxes will dig up entire gardens if there is an abundance of beetle grubs