- How to deter foxes
Red Fox - Vulpes vulpes
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foxes? Like some other wildlife that frequents our gardens
from time to time, foxes are fabulous if a rarity, but can
be a real nuisance if they get too over-familiar.
They can dig
up plants, tear up lawns and make a mess in the way that
dogs do. They are very territorial and have a regular "round",
so they probably see you as as much of a problem on "their"
territory as you see them on yours, the longer they've
been around, the more settled they are and the more difficult
Coleus canina - Pee-Off / Scaredy Cat
- First of all make
your garden unwelcoming for them:
- Don't put food
out for the birds for instance unless it's on
a high difficult to get at bird table.
Don't leave dustbin bags out in the open,
get some kind of fox-proof container for them.
Don't use "blood, fish and bone" or
bonemeal fertilisers, use seaweed-based fertilisers
if you want to be organic, otherwise use manufactured
- Check your garden
fence or hedge for gaps where they're getting
in and close them off. They may find somewhere else
to get through or may just take an easier route avoiding
your garden altogether. They are particularly good at
squeezing under gates.
canina - Pee-Off / Scaredy Cat
Intended to keep
cats away, but effective with foxes too.
in containers, that way they'll grow quicker to
an effective size and you'll be able to move them around
and experiment with the best place to put them. I found
out recently that over 9 million plants were sold across
Europe in the first two years of it being available!
Repels cats, dogs, foxes and rabbits.
Best inserted amongst other plants as
they are "functional" rather than pretty.
Six pests banished by one repellent. Unique MAFF approved
repellent, which keeps unwanted cats, dogs, rabbits, foxes,
moles and badgers away from gardens, small holdings etc.
Used as directed, renardine is safe and harmless and has
been in continuous use since 1896.
I have grown coleus canina for several years on the
corners of the front of my property, tucked into
a perennial bed near the roses. I bought it as "Dog
be gone," and it is also sold as "Bunny be
gone," so must work on rodents.
Because the leaves are fleshy, like a succulent, it
takes rather arid conditions and can live in full sun,
unlike any coleus I've seen. (I live in Southern
California, USA and we get summer weather of over 100
degrees F for up to a week at a time)
It spreads somewhat freely but not with long runners
like my favorite pest plant, common mint. Spreading
does not occur unti
l it is established. I end up trimming back the
edges, like a stand of dusty miller, to keep it within
the three foot circles I have given it. I've lost
it twice, due to garden makeovers, but it comes back
very easily from cuttings.
Dogs cannot stand it, and "snufft" when they
put their nose in.
It smells much stronger than marigolds when bruised.
It should be put somewhere that won't receive constant
touching by legs or feet passing by.
Because the leaves are not variegated, just medium green,
the four-inch long, 3/4 in wide, fleshy bright purple
flowers, which are very unusual, are attractive in a
sort of way. They are unlike other coleus I've
seen. I get good comments from passersby every
year, as though I made them unusual and not God. Because
of their blooms I keep them, but because of their smell
they definitely should not be something one would put
at the back door!
the coleus canina: IT WORKS!!! I tried
it, and in a few days, no more cats and dogs around
Ultrasonic and motion sensor
devices that make a noise inaudible to humans or spray water
when something moves into the range of the device - very effective
so I've heard.
Outdoor Pest Repeller -
A pest repeller that is designed
to keep your garden clear of unwanted visitors, such as rats,
cats, squirrels, rabbits, foxes, badgers and deer. There are
three different settings so you can set it to the sound frequency
you want. The high frequency setting is used to repel rats but
is also effective against squirrels and cats, medium frequency
for cats and small dogs, and low frequency for larger dogs,
foxes, badgers and deer.
The repeller comes with a wall/fence
mounting adapter and rod adapter for placing it on a pole. It
is battery operated (4 x D Cell batteries), with option to run
it off a 12c AC/DC adapter. Coverage approx 70ft x 50ft in a
fan shape from the unit.