Artificial lawns – the best solution to urban fox problems

fox problems in gardensAround 13% of Britain’s fox population live in urban areas, this equates to 33,000 individuals.  Spacious suburban gardens provide the ideal habitat for them.  Contrary to what you see on TV, they rarely scavenge through litter bins.  However, they do love to dig up lawns.

Foxes often dig small holes in lawns when they’re hunting worms in wet weather.  In the Spring and Summer months, fox cubs are the culprits.  They dig playfully, with an annoying tendency to reopen the holes once they’ve been filled in.

It’s very difficult to foxes out because an adult can squeeze through a 10cm gap, as well as scale a 2m high wall or fence.  When it comes to prevention, there are not many options.  You can use a commercial animal repellent.  This comes in liquid form and you water (or spray) the areas most affected.  It works by creating an artificial scent mark, as foxes are territorial they get nervous when they cannot identify the scent and are scared away from the area.  It isn’t always effective and unfortunately, some people resort to putting down broken glass and metal spikes.  This is against the law and you can be prosecuted if an animal is injured under the animal welfare act.

What’s the best solution?  An artificial lawn.  It’s impenetrable, so even if they try, they won’t be able to dig.  Plus, you’re eliminating the worm problem.  Foxes don’t just eat small rodents, rabbits and birds.  Worms and insects make up over 15% of their diet.  This can be higher depending on what food is available in the area, and the time of year.  By installing an artificial lawn, you’re eradicating the food source too.

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