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By Dorjac

Essex, United Kingdom Gb

Any suggestions for dealing with a sneaky fox in the garden. It has dug up nearly all the tulip bulbs I planted. Scraped soil out of pots on the patio. Chewed the ends of the fingers off a gardening glove, the other glove vanished. Anything moveable on the patio has been dragged around. Foxes have been in the garden for years off and on. I saw it in silhouette one evening walking over a shed roof. Small, big bushy tail, so probably a healthy vixen. Used chemical fox deterant and a wide angle battery device but she can avoid that. Any ideas?



Knowledge and avoidance of every deterrent humankind has conceived of has now most probably been imprinted in the foxe's genetic makeup. So now with nothing new under the sun to make it avoid your garden, answers to your problem are many but ones that are truly effective are rare and costly.

1 Jan, 2017


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2 Jan, 2017


I seem to remember there's a device that senses an animal's presence and directs a spray of water at it but that's all I know about it including whether it would work with foxes. Sending sympathy - I had to replant a couple of tulip bulbs just a few days ago.

2 Jan, 2017


Another alternative is to block off its entry point but this isn't always practical, depending on what sort of boundary you have.

2 Jan, 2017


We've got one that scales six foot fences and which gave my husband the shock of his life a couple of weeks ago when it nearly landed on top of him.

2 Jan, 2017


I am so amazed by this fox's behaviour. It is persistent and very mischeivous indeed. I thought I was going to have a blaze of tulips colour. Some years ago we had 3 sets of Cubs under the shed over time. Even when they played they did not disturb things as much as this persistent vandal. They can jump anything. Are so agile too. I think I have seen the water jet device on the Internet. Thanks for your concern.

3 Jan, 2017


I would love to see a fox, at least once.

3 Jan, 2017


Sounds like a candidate for the fox Olympics Dorjac!

3 Jan, 2017


Hi, shooting them is the best solution, they don't come back!!, the link below tells you what you can do, and what you can't.
A lot of people, {in particular people who live in towns and cities} don't like the idea of killing them, but they are vermin and need to be controlled, Derek.

4 Jan, 2017


How about beginning with some practicalities if you consider to shoot. First you are going to need a gun, lets say a 12 ga shotgun (200-300 dollars USA for a used one) short range forgiving on point of aim and less likely to kill someone who may be smelling the roses a half mile a way if you use a 22cal firearm when you miss or ricochet. Before that you may need permit to purchase, permit to own(which can take months to obtain), a police recommended gun safe in your home with a visit by the cops into your house to see if it is properly installed (UK requirement). Perhaps insurance might be required to own a firearm. Then you have the gun and of course you will want instruction on its safe use and handling. After that you will want some experience in killing foxes or other vermine which can be had at a private hunting preserve for a fee. Now you're ready somewhat to kill your pesky critter. Of course it won't walk up to you at 2:00 pm and hold still for you so you can put down your cup of tea and pick up your gun. You will have to lure it to your chosen kill zone somehow and you will have to wait some time for it to come if ever. All this over loosing a couple of plants. In my opinion it's not worth the risk and hassle.

4 Jan, 2017


I don't like to see them killed but for the life of me can't understand why people feed them. They stink, have mange which dogs and humans can catch, they take over people's gardens by building dens under their sheds and can be dangerous to small children and babies. A friend's old mother used to feed them all the time and was horrified when one came into her sitting room and refused to budge, baring it's teeth. Another, who loves all wild life, fed them in her garden and woke up one morning to find all her geese had been slaughtered. Nasty animals, but I agree with the hunting ban nevertheless.

5 Jan, 2017


sorry I don,t agree with the shooting of any animal and can never understand they pleasure people get from killing them in the name of sport, and no I don't live in the city, I can understand it must be very disheartening to see you pride and joy destroyed by this animal and I hope you find a solution to discourage this mischief fox and save your garden without doing her any harm,

8 Jan, 2017


I hate the idea of shooting but if you decide to go that route you could always ask a local farmer if you know one.
But there may well be a family of cubs depending on her right now if its a female.

8 Jan, 2017


I had a family or squirrels invade my attic once. They are extremely smelly, destructive, noisy & persistent. A couple of them died up there. They become aggressive and territorial when setting up house. Of course when one comes in, others follow. As a last resort, I took my gun and shot them all dead. They did about $3,500 in damages to electrical equipment and roof repair.

10 Jan, 2017


Sorry I have been changing over from an old Acer computer to a new Acer, and foxy has been less active recently apart from a few holes scratched here and there. I have 2 litres of pee on standby in a 2 litre coke bottle! When it gets less frosty I shall try to plant the bulbs soaked in the above liquid. The water spray item would not work in this weather! I do know of an expert lamper of foxes for local farmers, I would not dream of asking him as the garden is too small for shooting. I know from long experience of foxy visitations that only dogged persistence in blocking denning works. Our neighbour was a dedicated blocker, but they have moved recently. My husband used to be an expert den blocker. At 86 he is too frail now to dig and put wire in. As pointed out, once they den you just have to wait and see the garden trashed by frisky fox cubs! This time I will open the side gate and let them go one dusk. Then block the den with heavy pots if they have a den under the shed. My fingers are crossed as these 2 foxy guys are super crafty. I saw the dog fox walk along the wall recently, a bit grubby, so in earth somewhere. Thanks for the answers and discussion. Even maybe one from USA?


22 Jan, 2017

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