Anyone who has experienced foxes coming into their garden or even somewhere in their neighbourhood will be familiar with the sound of foxes screaming. It is loud, incredibly unsettling and is one of the main reasons people buy fox repellent to keep foxes away from their garden.
So why do foxes scream?
There are several reasons why foxes scream and bark so loudly. It is not usually foxes fighting or crying out in pain as many assume. Often it is used to contact each other as although their defend a joint family territory, the fox is usually alone and uses the scream to locate another family member. It can be used to protect the territory and ward off potential intruders and enemies.
Most commonly however the screaming can be heard most during December and January as part of the mating season. In his book ‘Wild Fox: A Complete Study of The Red Fox’, Roger Burrows states that the screaming is done prior to and after copulation attempts. Often it is the vixen looking for a mate and is a normal part of fox behaviour, but nevertheless can be annoying to the human ear.
What can I do to stop foxes screaming?
As previously mentioned, screaming is part and parcel of the social interactions of foxes, so there isn’t anything you can do to keep a fox quiet. Even keeping foxes out of your garden will not necessarily stop you from hearing them. If the foxes are in a neighbouring area then, as you are probably already aware, the screaming is so loud you are likely to still hear it.
Will fox repellent help?
Fox repellent will definitely help keep foxes away and therefore minimise the impact of the blood curdling screams, if not completely eradicate it. Placing a Foxwatch Fox Repellent Unit at the place the fox enters the garden will act as a successful deterrent and will scare the fox away. Alternatively, dowsing your garden with the eco-friendly ‘Scoot Fox Repellent’ is a very cost effective way at confusing and repelling foxes.
An incredibly popular and successful fox repellent that more and more people seem to be buying to deal with keeping screaming foxes out of their garden is Contech ScareCrow Fox Repellent device, which uses a motion sensor and sprays out a jet of water which startles and frightens the fox.
There are various ways to keep foxes away to keep the annoyance of their screaming to a minimum. However frustrating the screams are however, please remember that the fox is a wonderful animal that we are lucky to have in our country and it is a normal part of a fox’s behaviour. Show a little tolerance please!
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