Fox Pest Control: Tips On Getting Rid Of Foxes In The Garden
Many of us are familiar with wildlife pilfering our gardens’ bounty, usually any number of birds and deer are the culprits. In some areas of the country, however, the outlaw’s name is — the fox. Let’s learn more about how to prevent foxes in the garden.
While some people count foxes as rather endearing, cute even (that’d be me) fox pest control may be a serious issue in the garden. Foxes are often an introduced, non-native, species that can disturb the delicate balance of an ecosystem. Over time, escapees introduced for the purposes of fox hunting and fur farming roamed free and comfortably settled in coastal and valley ecosystems. Prey for the fox are rodents, rabbits, reptiles, bird eggs, insects, waterfowl and other ground nesting birds, and they make no differentiation between imperiled species.
There are several types of fox found in North America: the swift fox, kit fox, Arctic fox, gray fox and red fox — with the latter usually being the trouble maker. The red fox is the most widely distributed carnivore in the world, adapting easily to a variety of habitats.
Why Prevent Foxes in the Garden
Keeping foxes away from gardens may be important for safety and fiscal reasons. Although the fox is a solitary animal and usually eats small mammals and birds, piglets, kids, lambs and poultry ranging and foraging amongst your garden are just as enticing, especially when this may seem to be a fairly easy meal for these opportunists. Replacing the hen house occupants over time can be costly.
Rabies, although on the decrease, is also a concern and can potentially affect humans, domestic livestock and wildlife. Not forgetting, of course, the effect a fox in the garden will have on the songbirds you awaken to. So, our question stands, “how to deter foxes from gardens?”
Getting Rid of Foxes in the Garden
Getting rid of foxes in your garden can be accomplished by the simplicity of fencing. A net wire fence with openings of 3 inches or less and buried to a depth of 1 or 2 feet with an apron of net wire extending one foot outward from the bottom is a definite fox deterrent. You may take it a step further and include a roof of net wire as well. Additionally, an electric fence, spaced 6, 12, and 18 inches above ground will also repel foxes or a combination of both the net wire and electric fence.
With repetition, foxes adapt to loud noises, however temporarily. Noise making devices can deter the fox activity as will flashing lights (strobe lights). In conjunction at irregular intervals, they are satisfactorily effective in the short term. The barking of the family dog will also be of some assistance in getting rid of foxes.
Lastly, if you can really make no headway in ridding the garden of foxes, call in an expert who can safely trap and remove the animal.
Additional Fox Pest Control
Foxes in the small home garden are really a nuisance and the above solutions will probably solve the issue. There are other more deadly options that are not necessarily recommended for a home gardener. They are normally utilized by commercial producers of livestock and poultry, whose livelihood is directly affected by fox predation.
These methods include shooting, fumigation with gas cartridges, poisoning via sodium cyanide, trapping, and den hunting. Most states allow the taking of foxes to protect private property but check with your state wildlife agency for regulations.
What Do Foxes Not Like That Repels Them?
Do you have a problem with foxes visiting your garden on a regular basis? Knowing what do foxes not like may help you to repel them. Foxes love to chew, dig and poop all over our lawns. They also cause damage to our bins, hoses, flowers and lawns.
Foxes are fiercely territorial. So getting rid of one doesn’t mean another won’t move in to take its place. There is a way to prevent foxes by knowing what foxes do not like. All you have to do is read our step-by-step guide on deterring foxes. Soon you’ll be free of this four-legged pest, and you’ll be able to enjoy your garden once again.
The #1 Way to Get Rid of Foxes for Good:
And I don’t mean marking your territory around the chicken coop or run. That won’t deter these foxes- though it’s probably a good idea to still do that.
What you have to do is search out the actual den and urinate directly into it.
This can be quite fun for any young boys you might have at your place. Send them on a fox hunt and let them mark any areas that look like they might be fox dens.
The foxes on our property like to move into old groundhog holes, so we mark all those as well.
Before we started using this tip, we would see foxes all through the day. We would see them on our front walkway and they wouldn’t run even when we came onto the front deck. We had to physically chase them off.
We haven’t found all the dens in our area- there are a lot! But we have drastically reduced the amount of foxes we see during the daytime when our birds are out roaming.
Foxes are stubborn, especially in the winter when food is more scarce, so you have to be diligent in searching out any new dens. But foxes are nomadic and if you consistently deter them they will move on to an easier place to hunt.
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Out Foxing the Fox from Back Yard Chickens and Chicken Tractors
It’s one of those questions that almost seems like an old wives tale. Some say weeing in your garden definitely works, while others say it’s rubbish. So what’s the truth? Does urine work as a fox deterrent or not?
Well there’s a reason why there’s a divide on whether it works or not to keep foxes away. When approaching the issue of an urban fox coming into your garden, you must understand that to make them go away, you’re going to have to spend some time to dissuade them and change their behaviour. Foxes are creatures of habit, so to make them change their ways you’re going to have to put in a sustained effort. It’s very possible to do it, but don’t expect it to be easy.
Regarding human urine, foxes rely heavily on smell and they are very wary of humans. So if you urinate in your garden, it is technically possible that it may be enough to put the fox off briefly. The main problem however is that you are not able to produce enough urine required to put off a persistent fox. What if the fox gets into your garden in several different places? What if there is a period of heavy rain? You physically won’t be able to produce it in the quantities needed to really make it work. You can hear David Tennant explain how he tried weeing in his garden to put off foxes but couldn’t sustain it in an amusing radio interview.
If you could produce enough urine, the reason it would work is because the fox would view your constant aroma as a threat to it’s territory. However there is a product on available on the market that does the same thing and it doesn’t require you to drink gallons of water to try and fight a battle you couldn’t possible win!
Scoot Fox Repellent is a scent based deterrent that you make up into a solution and spray around your garden. Scoot actually covers up the territory-marking urinations of the fox and gives the impression that a larger creature has taken over the territory, effectively doing the same thing as you tried but on a larger and more effective scale!
For further information, You can read a Scoot Fox Repellent Review here »»
Use A Repellent
According to Jeff Schalau at the University of Arizona Extension, many repellents work because they taste or small bad to unwelcome visitors. Miller Hot Sauce, a repellent made with 2.5% Capsaicin extract concentrate, is effective on ornamentals, bushes, vines and fruit trees. Make your own fox repellent by adding four tablespoons of hot sauce to a quart of water. A solution of soapy water sprayed on plants is sometimes effective. Though they may not be as effective, you can try deterrent sprays made for domestic dogs. Items with a strong human scent, such as a sweaty tee shirt, can also discourage foxes from lingering on your property.
If foxes are a persistent problem, consider installing a motion-activated light, sprinkler or noisemaker. Banging on a pot or pan, shouting or playing a radio are all good methods for discouraging an occasional fox visitor. The Wildlife Society says that fladry flags tied to the top of the fence that repel foxes by fluttering, may be effective.
Invest in a Guard Pet
Animals tend to be wary of other animals in the area.
Investing your money into a house pet can be an effective method at warding off any critters.
Small critters will easily be scared off by dogs or cats.
That said, you’ll need to avoid getting household pets if you’re facing predator critters like foxes or wolves.
Dogs generally work well for scaring off larger breeds of animals, but can sometimes cause a mess in your garden.
Training your pet to be a guard dog is recommended, or else, you’ll end up with dug up plants.
Cats, on the other hand, make less of a mess but tend to ward off smaller animals.
Their urine gives off a specific smell that can scare away voles, gophers, or rabbits.
The only downside is that they aren’t as effective as dogs and will less likely guard the area.
The best repellent isn’t actually a repellent at all, but simply means you secure your chicken coop better. If you still have problems, the following recommendation might help:
Ultrasonic animal deterrent
This small machine is simply to set-up and works by emitting flashing lights and sounds that we can’t hear but are irritable to foxes and other pests. You can buy this on Amazon.
There’s a solar panel on it which means you can leave it out to charge by itself. It has a range of 9 meters, and an angle sensor letting it have a wide coverage.
It doesn’t just deter foxes but is also said to work on other pests you want to get rid of such as rats, moles, squirrels, and coyotes.
Remove any food sources
Another reason that foxes will frequent your property is if they have a readily available food source. To prevent this, keep your dog’s food out of your garden or yard, as it will attract hungry foxes. Some people will even leave dog food out for foxes to eat. Don’t do this if you want them to leave your garden alone.