Before launching into a review of the Strikeback Advanced Animal Repeller, I must stress (as I have done on countless occasions) that deterring a fox from your garden requires patience. Too many people expect instant results and therefore decide they must have bought a bad product if foxes appear the day after they implement a deterrent product. Foxes need to learn to change their behaviour and the best way to do this is by repeatedly showing them that your garden is not a place they want to keep coming back to. The best way to do this is to use a combination of a couple of different repellents such as Scoot Fox Repellent, which scares the fox via it’s scent, and a sonic-based repellent device like The Strikeback Advanced Animal Repeller. As with any fox deterrent, identify the point at which the fox gains access to your property and strategically place your repellents close by.
A Fox Repeller With Sonic & Visual Features
The Strikeback Advanced Animal Repeller is manufactured by the Lancashire-based company Group55 Ltd, who produce a range of animal care products. The Strikeback brand is their range of pest control products, a market they have been active in since 1999.
Employing a passive infrared (PIR) detector, the Strikeback Repeller differs from regular sonic fox repellers because, in addition to a high pitched sound, it also triggers the flashing of a strobe light. This means that the fox will receive both an audio and a visual fright once the Repeller detects the fox (or other small animal). For those interested, the passive infrared sensor works by detecting a Star Wars-style ‘disturbance in the force’ (essentially a change in heat caused by the animal’s movement across the sensor’s area). The passive part means that the repeller doesn’t give out an infrared ray, but it is able to detect changes in the energy levels.
The sonic sounds has 2 different settings, so play around and see which one works for you. Importantly, the repeller has an on/off switch so it doesn’t have to be on constantly (when you’re in the garden, for example). Some sonic fox repellers do not have this function, which means you have to remove the batteries each time you turn them off. Fortunately, the Strikeback spares you this annoyance.
A Fox Deterrent That Doesnt Eat Batteries
The unit slots into a chunky plastic casing, which helps to protect it from the elements and runs on 2 x 9v batteries or a mains adapter (not supplied). Another pleasant surprise about the Strikeback Repeller is how good it is on batteries, with a good brand able to last for several months. Although a little more expensive than some other fox repellers, the fact that this is good on batteries plus using light and sound to scare the foxes means it has to be considered as a solid purchase.
It is worth noting that Group 99 Ltd also provide their provided ‘white label’ or unbranded versions of their products to some retailers. So depending on the retailer, you may receive a unit that says ‘Strikeback’ on it whilst others may not. This is not a problem as the components are the same and the repeller works in exactly the same way.
Always Be Patient When Using A Fox Repellent Product
So if you do decide to buy the Strikeback Advanced Animal Repeller, use it in conjunction with a scent based repellent like Scoot and you can be safe in the knowledge that the fox will face disruption to it’s eyes, ears and nose. Remember to be patient and over time, the fox will soon realise that your garden is not a comfortable place to be.