Foxes are a medium-sized wild canine found throughout the UK. As opportunistic scavengers, they've adapted to life in suburban and urban environments, where they feed off people's food scraps, gardens, rubbish and, sometimes, pets. If you have a fox that's been scavenging in your garden, you don't have to use chemicals or deadly measures to get rid of it; many foxes will be deterred with natural remedies.
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Things you need
- Secure food containers
- Trashcans with lids
- Wire coops and cages
- Predator urine
- Spray bottle
Remove any food sources from your yard that might be attracting the fox. Pick up fruit or nuts that fall from the trees. Don't leave out bird feeders. Only put out your garbage the morning it's going to be picked up, and leave it on the curb in a rubbish bin with a secure lid on top. Bring in or securely lock food you might have outside for your pets or livestock. If foxes can't find or get to any food, they'll leave your property and begin searching somewhere else.
Take your pets inside at night to keep them from being preyed upon. Also, make sure animals that live outside are safe and secure. Chickens, ducks, rabbits, geese, turkeys and young farm animals can all make a meal for the opportunistic fox. Your animals' cages and pens should have a wire barrier at least 1.8 m (6 feet) high that extends about a foot into the ground. If the fox isn't able to get to them, it won't have a reason to stay and will leave your yard.
Use the urine of other animals to "scentmark" your property and naturally deter foxes from entering. Foxes, like many creatures, mark their territory and let their presence be known through their urine. You can buy fox urine and other predator urine from online retailers and garden stores. Spray the liquid around the perimeter of your garden. The problematic fox will smell this new scent when it approaches your land, feel threatened and leave.
Tips and warnings
- Keep your yard clean and free from debris so scavenging foxes aren't tempted to "move in."
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