• Fox Deterrents 05 March 2018 | View comments

  • We have commented before on the use of various 'fox repellents' on the UK market and their effectiveness in and around London.

    The definition of a 'deterrent' is "a thing that discourages or is intended to discourage someone/something from doing something".

    Urban foxes very much become creatures of habit and once a habit has started, it is very difficult to break the cycle.

    The problem with 'fox repellents' whether they are odours, sonic, flashing noises or motion sensor squirts of water is that they pose NO PHYSICAL THREAT to a fox that has become over familiar with a specific area.

    Some fox repellents are supposed to (on paper) mimic 'other foxes territory' and scare them away in the belief that another fox has 'taken over the area'.

    The problem with these types of 'fox repellent' is that as there are so many foxes around the London area living in close proximity to one another; territorial behaviour is diluted.

    These repellents generally contain the active ingredient 88% aluminium ammonium sulphate.

    Using a chemical to mimic another fox can become counterproductive as the foxes causing a problem in the specific area treated may return more frequently to investigate the new scent mark placed and to find out who the 'new kid on the block' is.

    So what is the best 'Fox Deterrent'?

    Not deliberately feeding foxes will be the best fox deterrent.

    Foxes only visit for two reasons. 1) Food 2) Shelter

    Not giving the foxes a reason to visit will be the best fox deterrent - Food on the ground.

    Housekeeping & Hygiene play a big part in Fox Deterrent.

    Not giving the fox a place to live/harbour will be the best preventative deterrent (Proofing & Exclusion).

    We can help proof sheds, decking, buildings, home office where foxes may be living under or at risk of being used as a artificial fox earth.

    Do we recommend a particular 'Fox Repellent'

    No.

    We will never recommend a product that is not going to 100% benefit our customers.

    In a city like London, there are to many environmental factors that encourage the presence of urban foxes.

    We recognise that most would prefer to use a 'Fox Repellent' first to try and deter fox activity causing a nuisance; however, these efforts can be expensive, time consuming and often in vain.

    DIY'ers must take note that only APPROVED 'Fox Repellents' are allowed to be used in the UK and you MUST READ THE LABEL before doing anything with your chosen product.

    Pest - Limited provide professional Urban Fox Control across London.

    Speak to us for help and advice on 07930573934

                                   

    Above: Renardine was once used as a 'Fox Repellent'.

    Renardine was BANNED in the UK since 2005 having been produces since 1896.

    Only Approved Products may be used to 'repel' foxes.

    Always Read The Label.

     

     

     

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