If you have foxes in your garden, then the following advice can be considered:
Remove the attraction
This method can produce the greatest control over the fox population at little or no cost.
Urban fox populations are far greater than those in rural areas, mainly due to the fact that a far greater amount of food is readily available. The most likely reason for a fox to enter your garden is in the search for food, removing the food source will make your garden less attractive to the fox.
Suggestions of action you can take:
- Keep all domestic refuse in wheelie bins or closed containers, NOT plastic bags
- Only put your refuse out on the morning of collection
- Protect all animals and livestock
- Do not leave food out for other animals, eg: cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. Be extremely careful where you put food to feed birds (which should be in approved containers)
Another reason for foxes being attracted to your garden is that it can provide a safe place to shelter by day or night. This may be overgrown or neglected areas or a void beneath a building. Voids can be protected using heavy-duty mesh (weld mesh). Holes measuring 2" (50mm) square are ideal, making sure that it is securely fixed to any building and buried to a depth of 12" (30cm) into the soil to prevent the fox burrowing under the mesh.
Making it unacceptable
If you decide that having foxes in your garden is genuinely unacceptable, then there are ways of discouraging them, although none are fool proof.
To prevent foxes using your garden, you can try an animal repellent. A range of products are available from garden centres, hardware and DIY stores but please note only approved products can be used and they must be used in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions. The use of non-approved products such as creosote and diesel oil is not permitted by law. The use of these types of non-approved products can be very dangerous to other pets such as cats and dogs. Prosecutions can result against anyone who is found using such products.
Your local garden centre, hardware or DIY store should be able to provide you with the correct advice on the most suitable product to use.
Any chemical used as a repellent is covered under The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 where it states, that only approved chemicals may be used.
All chemicals must be used safely and in accordance with the manufacturers' recommendations.