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Things That Foxes Are Most Afraid Of

Keeping any kind of pest out of your garden can be notoriously difficult, and, when it comes to foxes, that is particularly true. The effectiveness of DIY options does tend to vary, and some methods prove to be more successful than others at getting rid of pests. Foxes aren’t particularly dangerous in the UK, but can be a real nuisance for homeowners. In this post, we are going to look at some of the deterrents that foxes are most afraid of.

Ultrasonic devices

There are a lot of different types of ultrasonic devices available on the market. Sometimes they work well, and sometimes they don’t. Some animals aren’t especially affected by them, but they do work fairly well on foxes as they have very sensitive hearing. Be careful though, as foxes belong to the dog family, which means your household pets might be bothered by these ultrasonic devices as well.

Visual deterrents

Another deterrent option that foxes are most afraid of is visual deterrents. A variety of visual deterrents exist, ranging from flashing LED lights to realistic statues of foxes. A fox stature or sculpture makes the fox think there is a rival already in your garden.

flashing led lights

The one thing that you need to keep in mind is that foxes will get used to the visual deterrents. Simply moving visual deterrents like a fox sculpture will help to keep them effective.

Motion activated sprinklers

A great way to keep foxes and other larger pests away from your garden is with sprinklers that detrct motion. The spray from these sprinklers effectively scares foxes away and keeps them from coming back. You might want to opt for this idea to deter foxes from your garden, as you can easily turn the device off during times when you want to let your pets out.

Boundary deterrents

Some pests can be kept of a property by installing spikes on perimeter boundaries. For foxes, you can get spikes that go on top of the garden wall or fence. Foxes are also not big fans of certain condiments. And vinegar is said to be one of the more effective deterrents for these pests. It can be sprayed around the perimeter of your garden. It has the advantage of keeping other types of pest at bay as well.

Radio noise at night

Believe it or not, the sound of a talk radio station can deter foxes from your property. They get spooked by the constant chatter and are more likely to stay away from your garden.

radio fox deterrent

Leave a water resistant radio on in your garden at night (at a low volume so as not to disturb the neighbours) will convince foxes there are humans around. This can effectively keep them away.

Combine things foxes are afraid of

The best way to deter foxes is to combine multiple things that foxes are most afraid of. Every fox has a unique personality and multiple options work in tandem with each other to ensure all bases are covered. They also help to prevent the foxes from becoming too comfortable with the deterrents. If nothing you try works, you can rely on our humane fox control services to solve the problem for you.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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