How to Deter Foxes from your Garden or School Grounds
Foxes can be a problem in urban areas, particularly in residential gardens or on school playing fields. There are some specific things you can do to try and reduce how attractive an area is to foxes, but if you need help, contact us for personalised expert advice.
A variety of fox deterrent options are available to prevent foxes causing a nuisances at your property, but there are also some things you can do to reduce the attractiveness of your garden or outdoor space to foxes. If you need help, contact us for personalised advice - we’d be delighted to help.
Remove access to food and water
If you have a pool or pond in your garden, it provides ready access to drinking water, something foxes will be keen to exploit. Use a secure cover wherever possible to remove the temptation.
Feeding the birds is something that can attract foxes if you throw the food onto the ground. Even on a bird table, large pieces of bread, fat, or nuts can be dropped by the birds and attract foxes (as well as other pests, including rats and mice). You don’t have to stop feeding the birds, but you should use netted hanging nuts or hanging fat balls to reduce scattering.
If you feed your pets outside, or leave food for stray cats, this will also attract foxes if it’s left out. Don’t leave food unattended. If you have fruit trees, clear dropped fruit as often as possible, as foxes will help themselves - in the summer, fallen fruit is also a popular destination for wasps.
Food waste can also be a draw to foxes, so ensure you have covered bins that are secure enough not to easily be knocked over and scavenged through.
Clear undergrowth and rubbish
Foxes are relatively skittish creatures and prefer gardens with plenty of places to hide. If your garden is overgrown or contains rubbish, they may be attracted to the opportunities to hide. Clear undergrowth and remove rubbish and junk - not only will foxes be less enticed, your garden will also be less appealing to rats and other pests that like to scurry around out of sight.
According to The Fox Project, research has shown that up to 75% of fox cubs in the London area are born beneath garden sheds. If you have a shed on your property, or a portacabin or other raised structure, this may attract foxes looking for somewhere to make a den. Appropriate fox proofing measures may be required to prevent them moving in.
Fix your fences
If you have fences around your garden, check for any holes or areas that foxes can push through. They are great at digging, so foxes can dig underneath fences - if you have a persistent problem you may need a different kind of barrier. Talk to a professional pest controller and we can help get the right approach for your garden.