There is a lot of old information circling around on the Internet about Renardine as an effective fox repellent, so to make it very clear, as of 30th June 2005, Renardine is banned in the UK and cannot be used, sold, supplied or advertised under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986.
Renardine (coming from the French word for fox, Renard) also known as Fox Oil, Bone Oil or Dippel’s Oil was a very popular, and arguably very effective, chemical repellent used for deterring foxes and badgers. A bi-product of burning animal bones at very high temperatures, Renardine was very dark in colour and had an incredibly strong smell similar to creosote, which acted as a deterrent to the likes of foxes and badgers.
A common way of using Renardine was to soak a rag and run it around the perimeter of your garden or area you wished to protect. The smell was a strong fox repellent and as a result it was widely used by gardeners and farmers alike. A product called RenCoco which was effectively cocoa shell mulch soaked in Renardine was also available until it too was banned under the Control Of Pesticides Regulations 1986. Put on your flower beds, it provided the soil with nutrients whilst also repelling foxes and dissuading them from digging up the soil.
The banning of Renardine for health and environmental concerns was lamented by many who believed it to be the best fox repellent product on the market. Indeed, the biggest UK manufacturer of Renardine, Roebuck Eyot, continued to manufacture it after the 2005 ban, leading to the company being prosecuted and ordered to pay fines and compensation of over £58,000 in 2007.
What is the best alternative to Renardine?
If you are looking for a legal alternative to Renardine, then the best product is undoubtedly Scoot Fox Repellent, which is a powder dissolved in water that can be sprayed across your garden. It achieves the same results but it’s entirely legal, eco-friendly, economical & incredibly effective, having been designed by fox experts specifically to target a fox’s sense of smell. You can read how Scoot repels foxes by reading this Scoot Fox Repellent review, or you can purchase Scoot Fox Repellent here.
If you were relying on old information and hoped to buy Renardine, then Scoot is the best available alternative for you, as well as being an excellent fox repellent in it’s own right.