Keeping your plants and flowers in good condition is a never-ending battle against the pests and animals that love to eat them. One such creature is the fox, which can be quite a problem if they start using your garden as their personal latrine.
It’s not uncommon for foxes to poo in people’s gardens – especially if there’s a lot of food around. Being a gardener, you’ll know the frustration of finding fox poo in your flower beds.
While it might seem like there’s nothing you can do about it, there are ways to deter foxes from visiting your garden and leaving you their calling card.
Why Do Foxes Foul in Your Garden?
If you’ve ever found fox droppings in your garden, you may be wondering why they do this. After all, it’s not exactly the most hygienic habit!
There are actually a few reasons why foxes might foul in your garden.
- Foxes mark their territory with their urine and faeces. By leaving their droppings in your garden, they’re essentially claiming it as their own. This is especially common if there are other foxes in the area that they’re trying to keep away.
- Foxes sometimes use faeces and urine to attract mates. So, if a fox is looking for a mate, it may leave its droppings in your garden as a way of signalling its availability.
- Foxes may also simply relieve themselves in your garden because they’re already there snooping around and it’s an easy and convenient place to do so.
7 Ways How to Stop Foxes Pooing in the Garden
Here are seven different ways you can stop foxes pooping in your garden.
1. Remove Any Food Sources
One of the main reasons why foxes poo in gardens is because there’s food around. If you leave out pet food or scraps, foxes will be attracted to your garden in search of a meal.
To deter foxes, make sure that you don’t leave any food out. If you have a compost heap, make sure it is securely covered so that foxes can’t get to it.
Keep your fruit and vegetables picked up and put away, and don’t leave any edible treats out where they might be tempting to a fox.
2. Keep Your Garden Tidy
Another reason why foxes might poo in your garden is that it’s a good place to hide their food. If there are lots of places for foxes to hide food, they’re more likely to use your garden as a larder.
To stop this from happening, keep your garden tidy. To keep your garden tidy and fox-free, here are a few tips.
- Keep your lawn clipped and free of long grass. This will not only make it harder for foxes to hide, but also make it easier for you to spot them if they do decide to sneak in.
- Keep your bushes and trees trimmed. Again, this will make it harder for foxes to hide and make it easier for you to spot them.
- Get rid of any junk or debris in your garden. This includes things like old tires, building materials, or anything else that might provide a hiding place for a fox.
3. Block Up Gaps in Fences
To block up gaps in fences, you can use a variety of materials, including chicken wire, hardware cloth, and even old rags or towels.
Simply stuff the material into the gap, being sure to pack it tightly so that there are no spaces for foxes (or other animals) to squeeze through. If you’re using chicken wire or hardware cloth, you may want to secure it in place with staples or wire ties.
If you have a particularly large gap to fill, you may need to use more than one piece of chicken wire or hardware cloth. You can also make your own DIY fence gaps filler by cutting a piece of plywood to size and attaching it to the fence with screws or nails.
4. Strong Odours
Foxes have a keen sense of smell, and we can use this to our advantage. There are several things that give off very strong odours that foxes will not like.
Sprinkle a strong-smelling spice, such as curry powder or chilli powder, around the perimeter of your property. This will create an unpleasant scent for foxes and deter them from entering.
Place a few drops of essential oils, such as peppermint or citrus, on cotton balls and scatter them around your yard. The strong smell of these oils will mask the smells that attract foxes and keep them away.
Soak some rags in vinegar and place them around the perimeter of your property. The sharp smell of vinegar will deter foxes from entering.
5. Ultrasonic Deterrent
You may want to consider using an ultrasonic deterrent (amazon link – opens in a new tab). Ultrasonic devices emit high-frequency sound waves that are designed to deter animals from entering an area.
Place the ultrasonic device in your garden and turn it on. Most devices have a range of up to 30 feet, so you may need to experiment with placement to find the best spot. You should also make sure to keep the device in any areas where you do not want animals to go, such as near your vegetables or flowers.
Check the device regularly to make sure it is working properly. If you notice that the foxes are still pooing in your garden, try moving the device to a different location. You may also need to increase the frequency or intensity of the sound waves.
Note: Ultrasonic deterrents are not a guarantee that foxes will stay out of your garden, but they can be a helpful tool in deterring them.
6. Motion-Activated Lights
Foxes are notoriously skittish creatures, and one way to deter them from your property is to install motion-activated security lights (amazon link – opens in a new tab). These lights will illuminate whenever the foxes come into your garden and immediately make them uncomfortable.
These lights will startle foxes and they will learn to avoid the area altogether. You also have the added bonus that the lights are likely to keep other pests away too.
7. Motion Activated Sprinklers
Motion-activated sprinkler systems are another way to keep the foxes at bay. They work in much the same way as the security lights and capitalise on the fox’s skittish nature.
Instead of a bright light illuminating the area, the sprinkler will spray the fox with a jet of water until it leaves – which isn’t usually very long!
Again, this device will also keep other pests away from your garden which will keep the area clean and poop free.
Foxes pooing in the garden can be a nuisance, but there are a few things you can do to deter them. By making your garden less attractive to foxes and taking steps to prevent them from getting in, you can help to keep your garden clean and safe.
Note: If you are not sure if it is a cat or a fox doing their business in your garden, we have an article explaining how you can tell.
Garden Doctor Tips
“When using ultrasonic devices, it is a good idea to point them at entry/ exit points!”
“Keep motion-activated sprinklers pointing into the garden and not towards the house!”
“Keep your garden clean and clear of debris to prevent foxes using your garden to hide in!”
“Once you’ve blocked up the gaps in your fence, be sure to check it regularly to ensure that the foxes haven’t found a way around your barrier!”
Frequently Asked Questions
Do foxes poo on grass?
Foxes will poop on the grass, and this is often in an open space like a field or a garden so that the scent can be carried away by the wind. Foxed also like to poop in an elevated spot like a tree stump.
Do foxes bury their faeces?
No, foxes do not bury their faeces. They defecate out in the open because they need to be able to smell their droppings so they can identify and defend their territory.
Do foxes poo in the same place?
Yes, foxes will often poo in the same areas in their territory, known as latrines. These latrines are often located near the edge of their territory and serve as a way for foxes to mark their territory.
Hi, I’m Trev and I’ve been growing things since I can remember. When I was younger, I grew up on a farm, so I have always been around plants and animals. After studying horticulture at university, I decided to start my own nursery which I have run now for 25 years. In my spare time, I run this website – which is a resource for people who want to learn more about their gardens.