“Foxes are a pest and a menace, particularly in our cities.”
– Boris Johnson
“Foxes are beautiful and, for many, they’re the only opportunity to see a wild mammal in the UK.”
– Chris Packham
Much like other divisive issues, such as Britain’s membership of the EU, the England football team or whether Jaffa Cakes are a cake or a biscuit, urban foxes have the ability to polarise communities right down the middle.
However, in similar fashion to British and German troops downing guns to play football at Christmas 1914, the thing that bridges the urban fox divide is the very pungent issue of fox poo.
It stinks, it contains germs and it seems to reappear immediately after being cleaned up.
Everyone hates it.
And, if you’re reading this article, it’s pretty safe to assume that you’re looking for a way to make it stop.
“We have a ‘pet’ fox in our new back garden. We need to get rid of it as our dog likes to eat the poo and it makes him very poorly. Desperate for some advice.”
– Laura, Kent
Fox poo – the #1 urban fox complaint
You’re correct if you think that fox poo is the most common complaint people have when living among urban foxes.
Not only does it smell bad, but foxes always seem to choose the most inconvenient places to commit their fecal crimes against humanity.
Common targets include things like patios, paths, the centre of the lawn, freshly-dug flower beds, garden furniture and even children’s toys.
I have problems with a male fox which is fouling shingle paths in the garden, and elsewhere. I keep treading in it and it’s driving me insane!
– Pat, Devon
In order to successfully put a stop to this irritating habit, it’s important to understand a little about why foxes poo so much.
Why do foxes foul in the garden?
It’s very likely that your garden forms part of a fox’s territory and, in an urban area where space is tight, the fox will constantly need to assert itself and protect your garden from neighbouring foxes.
The way that foxes do this is by using their poo and urine to ‘scent-mark’ prominent parts of their territory.
This serves two important purposes.
Firstly, it lets other foxes know your garden is occupied and unavailable. The more prominent the scent-mark, the more likely other foxes will smell the message, hence the reason foxes often poo on top or in the middle of things.
Secondly, the presence of it’s own scent reassures the fox that another intruder is not trying to take over. A fox equivalent of a (very dirty) comfort blanket, if you will.
Knowing the relevance of fox poo to the everyday life of a fox can be of great help when it comes to stopping it.
Disrupt the fox’s normal habits
The most effective way to stop a fox pooing in your garden is to make it feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
A fox that feels unsafe is not going to hang around your garden and wait for the danger to materialise. It’s going to get out of there as quickly as possible.
Below are two very important tips that will transform your garden from a safe haven into a foxy Fort Knox.
1. Clean up the fox poo with Wash & Get Off instead of a normal detergent
No doubt you’ve wasted valuable time cleaning up poo from the fox’s favourite part of your garden.
You’ve been down on your hands and knees scrubbing with your regular household detergent to get rid of the smell and any trace of the germs, only to find a freshly-laid one waiting for you the next day!
Surprisingly, the reason this happens is actually often to do with you cleaning up too well.
As we discussed above, a fox likes to have it’s own smell around it’s territory because it makes it feel safe and secure.
If you remove the poo and scrub the area with a normal detergent, you’ve completely removed the fox’s scent.
This means the fox will come back to that area as part of it’s territory-checking routine, discover that it’s scent has completely disappeared and then scent-mark the spot again.
This creates a cycle of pooing-cleaning-pooing-cleaning that leaves you more and more frustrated and desperate to find a solution.
To solve this problem, remove the poo as normal, with a bit of newspaper or using a poop bag, but instead of scrubbing and using a regular cleaning product to clean the area, spray a few squirts of a specially-formulated cleaner called Wash & Get Off.
Wash & Get Off will clean the germs and neutralise any odour, but will leave enough of a recognisable scent to the fox, stopping it from feeling the need to scent-mark again.
Additionally, Wash & Get Off will leave it’s own scent, tricking the fox into thinking another animal is threatening it’s patch.
As a result, the fox will treat your garden with much more caution, not only solving your fox poo problem, but starting the process of keeping it out of your garden altogether.
2. Use a low maintenance fox deterrent
Foxes are persistent animals and in order to keep them out of your garden, you need to be more persistent than them.
A product like Wash & Get Off is excellent at dealing with poo in the short term, but if you’re like most people, it’s unlikely you want to engage in a long drawn out battle involving daily attempts to keep the fox away.
The best way to avoid foxes being a nuisance in your garden is to stop them from entering at all.
And fortunately there are a select few products that deal with long-term fox deterrent without any effort from you.
The best of these low-maintenance, long-termers is the FoxWatch Ultrasonic Deterrent.
It’s a small mains or battery-powered device that sits in your garden emitting bursts of very high pitched noise every time a fox crosses it’s motion sensor.
This fox burglar alarm gives the impression of danger and scares the fox, making it run to a place of safety and away from your garden.
The FoxWatch is so popular because it takes less than 5 minutes to set up and acts as a persistent fox deterrent whether you’re in or out, day or night.
You can see how easy the FoxWatch is to set up in the video below:
The fact that I can put the FoxWatch out into the garden and forget about it is great. It’s kept my back garden clear of foxes for nearly a year now.
– Mr Longman, Croydon
Installing the FoxWatch facing the point the fox gains entry to your garden will get you the best results.
It means that the fox will trigger the alarm before it has even come into your garden and will quickly learn that entering your garden is too risky to come into.
Great results and without you wasting time and energy chasing it away yourself.
Make your garden unwelcoming to foxes
In summary, the key to successfully stopping a fox fouling in your garden is to create an atmosphere that is as unattractive to foxes as possible.
Foxes are constantly on alert and will always gravitate to a place they can feel safe.
By disrupting the usual habits of a fox and making it consider its safety every time it tries to come into your garden, you’ll force it to change it’s behaviour and cause it to seek refuge elsewhere.
FoxWatch Ultrasonic Fox Deterrent
The ultimate fox deterrent which does the hard work on your behalf. Simple to set up, easy to use, inaudible to humans and not harmful to children or pets.
We sell the FoxWatch in our online store, complete with mains adapter, 2 year manufacturers warranty and free delivery to all UK addresses.
Wash & Get Off Spray
The cleaner/neutraliser that gets rid of the germs and bad smell, but leaves enough of a scent to satisfy a fox’s sensitive nose.
Creates it’s own scent that tricks a fox into thinking another predator is trying to claim it’s patch, making it feel unsafe in your garden.
The best option to use when cleaning up fox poo.
Other Recommended Products
Biodegradable Scented Poop Bags
Fox poo does not make a good fertiliser so it’s best to remove it from your garden completely.
These biodegradable poop bags make a horrible job slightly better by being fragranced, easy to tie and suitable for throwing in your outside dustbin.
A box of poop bags is very handy for anyone with foxes regularly pooing in their garden.
Scoot Fox Repellent
Scoot Fox Repellent is a powder to be diluted with water that can be sprayed on areas where you have seen foxes fouling and the point where they get into your garden.
It is specially formulated to trick the fox into thinking another animal is taking over it’s territory.
It doesn’t have the cleaning properties of Wash & Get Off, but it can cover a much larger area if applied with a watering can or sprayer, making it suitable for larger gardens.
Use your fox deterrent product the right way
To ensure you’re using your fox deterrent correctly to get the best results, please be sure to read the very simple 3 Step Fox Deterrent Strategy.