It is a scary moment to come across a fox anywhere but if it’s in your garden, that’s a whole other kind of nightmare. If you have pets or children, it can feel worse. Pets like chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs might be at risk from these wild animals.
And if that’s something that’s possible in your neighborhood, it is always a good idea to know what you can do to diffuse the situation easily.
And luckily, there are quite a few things you can do to get rid of them in a humane manner. Let’s not forget that this planet belongs to them just as much as it does to us. Now, what can you do?
There are plenty of smells and water deterrents that you can use to get rid of them. And even before that, you can use motion detectors and other commercial products to make sure you know when a fox has entered your space…like your garden or your backyard.
What’s the Problem with Foxes?
Apart from the obvious one that foxes are not meant to be wandering in and around your home, here are some other issues to consider.
In urban areas, foxes are usually found because they wander away in search of food. Strictly speaking, they are not much of a risk but they are not little puppies. So, it is always wise to err on the side of caution. And let’s not forget that if they poop or pee on your property, the smell can be intolerable. That’s not easy to get rid of either. You are going to have to put some serious effort into the clean up.
They also destroy everything that is in their path. So, if they make it to your garden, kiss those pretty plants a sweet goodbye unless you get very lucky. Foxes are also known to dig up holes and go through your trash cans looking for food. If you have left a hose unattended, foxes will chew through that too. They are curious and they are hungry. That is a lethal combination.
So, let’s look at ways in which you can avoid the situation entirely. But we will also look at how to get rid of them should the moment arrive.
What They Like and What They Don’t
Let’s look at what is attracting these foxes so that we know what to keep away from them. Foxes are survivors which means they are intelligent creatures. So, you need a little bit of that too when you are trying to get rid of them.
And the first thing to know is that they don’t have great eyesight. So, if they feel threatened even in the slightest, they will attack you. So, confronting them, no matter how macho you are feeling, is not a good idea.
- Foxes are very territorial and like to spread their scent everywhere. That’s how they make themselves at home and feel safe. As wonderful as that is for foxes, it’s not all the same to you. That is why smell deterrents can be rather helpful.
- Foxes love places that are quiet. That doesn’t mean you yell at them because that’s not going to be enough.
- Foxes also love dark places, which makes sense because they are nocturnal creatures. If you get a motion sensor light that might just do the trick.
- Foxes hate to be startled. They feel threatened and act on it.
- Foxes hate vibrations of all kinds.
- Foxes hate spaces that are well lit and feel unsafe.
What Smells Do They Hate
Foxes are very good with their sense of smell. So, you might want to use that to your advantage. There are tons of things you can make at home to deter them from entering your garden or backyard. Garlic, chili peppers and capsaicin are perfect starters. And here’s how you can use them.
Step 1: Boil some water.
Step 2: Chop some garlic and chili pepper finely or put them in a blender.
Step 3: Add it to the boiling water and let it boil along for a minute.
Step 4: Pour it into a spray bottle and cover the areas where you suspect foxes to enter.
If you have had this problem before, you might want to focus on the areas where you found their poop.
Products That’ll Help Get Rid of Foxes
If you are going for humane solutions, here are a few options.
Lights and Motion Sensors
As mentioned earlier, foxes really don’t like to be in well-lit areas. In fact, if they see sudden light, they tend to run away. So, you can use that to your advantage by installing some lights and connecting them to motion sensors on the fences of your property.
This way, when a fox is about to your property, the lights get activated. Most of them flash like lightning and that is just what you need to get this wild animal out of your space.
And instead of having to deal with the aftermath, you get to nip the problem in the bud. These flashes will no doubt make them uncomfortable and they will find their way away from the lights and your garden.
But before you get any of these products, make sure you read the reviews. This is because you need sensitive light so that you are not bothered whenever there is any kind of movement in the garden but that it is bright and sharp enough to get those foxes out of your way.
There are plenty of commercial and humane options too. Take this one, for instance. The jet sprays made for this purpose are actually pretty easy to set up. You just need to connect them to a garden hose and rest assured that your fox problem will be solved.
Typically, you will find that they have a sensor and are battery-operated sprays. They let out a burst of water for five seconds when the sensor is triggered which makes sure that the fox (or any other animal for that matter) stays away. After a little while, the animal gets the hint and leaves the property because they feel a little attacked even if not hurt and unsafe.
You can also use these sprays to keep your garden watered in the summer while you are away. Just make sure that your pets are safe from the motion sensors.
By the way, if you are wondering how to stop foxes from pooping in your garden, well this one solves that problem too.
Those who don’t have pets themselves will greatly appreciate it. It is the perfect way to get rid of foxes without actually causing them any pain.
Battery-Operated Motion-Activated Animal Repellent
If you don’t have a hose, then this is your next option. These kinds of animal repellents are a very effective device and it is also a humane solution to your fox problem.
In fact, it is also a good choice if you are looking to keep unwanted pests and cats out of your garden area. Some of them come with infrared motion detectors. Get a good one and you will have yourself a device with a sensor that can detect motion along with body heat. This way, you won’t have to worry about false alarms.
These sensors are equipped to detect motion for a few meters and some of them also emit a high-frequency sound. You almost can’t hear it because it is not meant to alarm or disturb human beings (your neighbors will thank you for that).
They also come with a stake and a tab so that you can fit them on your fence or a wall. Check and make sure you get a weatherproof model so that you can rest assured all through the year.
You will most likely need four AA batteries to keep them running. The battery lifespan depends on how often the device is activated. Typically, the good ones last anywhere from six weeks to a few months.
Then there are some tough measures. You can install a fence roller that goes on top of the wall or, well, a fence. What it does is that it kills the grip the foxes might have on the fence when they are jumping over it.
They will have nothing to hold on to and end up falling right off the edge. You don’t hurt them, but you definitely get rid of them. The fox is just going to give it a few tries and then give up. You just wear them down without putting any physical effort. Isn’t that just great?
And it is quite easy to find these products too. Just do a search on Google for anti-climb fence rollers and you will find plenty of options. However, the installation process can seem a bit tricky, so read the instruction manual and get some help if you need it.
Otherwise, you might not get the results you are hoping for. When you do install them well, it is almost fool-proof. These are also an expensive alternative to the likes of spikes.
Wall Spikes for Foxes
Speaking of spikes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sometimes, adding a layer of spikes is all you can do. It is not ideal but you have to do what you have to do when the situation turns into a mess.
Having said that, we want to let you know that while they are called spikes, they don’t actually hurt the foxes too bad. So, don’t beat yourself up for trying them. All they do is irritate the animal to an extent that it gives up on jumping across the fence.
These are very effective because the foxes are most likely jumping through your fence and entering the property. Adding a few spikes to the top of the wall or fence is a very good deterrent. And it works for cats and birds too that want to poop all over your lovely fence.
These kinds of spikes come in a whole range of length and width. You can buy them in packs of 10 or more. They are designed to fit well on walls and window sills too. Just make sure you take the measurements of the place before you go shopping.
A little bit of a mismatch can be handled by cutting the spikes to size. So, don’t get all worked up about it. And it gets better. Almost all of them are good for all seasons. This is an important point because foxes are quite active in the winters.
Taller Gates and Fences
And finally, there is the simplest measure of them all. You have to stick to the limits of your local governmental body’s rules but if the spikes and the fence rollers aren’t doing the trick, you might want to think about getting the walls and gates replaced with taller ones so that you make it difficult for the wild animal to jump over them.
Typically, a fence, wall or gate that is about two meters tall should be able to stop them. It is easy, quick and bloodless even if a bit expensive.
We’ve given you a lot of solutions in this post to help you with your jumping fox situation. Hopefully, one of them is going to come through. It is unlikely that the sprinklers and the motion sensors don’t work because they are designed with a lot of thought. Make sure you pick the right spots to install them and you can scare the beast away.
And also, all of these above solutions are animal friendly so that you don’t have to deal with the moral conflict of hurting the animals. A fox invasion sounds like a dangerous thing and it can be if you come in contact with the animal face to face, but the solutions are rather simple.
You just need to figure out where they are entering your property from and you’ll be able to sort it out with not much effort. Takes a small shopping trip is all.
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