What is a good fox deterrent?
If a fox puts its mind to getting into an area where there is a suitable food source – especially if it’s hungry – there aren’t many ways to stop it.
They can climb. They can dig. They can work out ways to get through most obstacles, and they’re determined enough to try.
So, you need something that will scare them off, that will deter them from even trying in the first place. There are several different types of fox deterrents which do this:
Illuminated fox deterrent - Foxes are typically scared away by humans, and they associate lights with humans. These FoxLights emit random LED flashes, shining in different areas at different times, to recreate the movement of a torch and confuse foxes. They will help deter them from getting close.
Ultrasonic fox deterrent – Like most animals, ultrasonic noises are an irritant to foxes, and if they hear a sound at a specific ultrasonic range, they will turn away and avoid an area.
Illuminated and ultrasonic fox deterrents
If you want to protect any area from foxes, then an illuminated fox deterrent is a great place to start. Foxlights can be set up around a large outdoor field – or positioned right next to a chicken coop.
They will deter foxes immediately when they sense any movement and are battery operated, so you don’t need a mains connection. This is ideal if you want to position them in a distant field. Activated automatically at dusk, they’ll trick any attacking predator into thinking there’s human movement nearby.
But if a fox soon realises the lights are just lights and there isn’t anyone around, they’ll learn to ignore them. They don’t offer a physical barrier against fox attacks.
The same is true for ultrasonic fox deterrents. They can be placed anywhere – on existing fence posts, on trees, or at the side of animal shelters. They can be configured to emit a sound that only affects foxes too – so any other wildlife won’t be disturbed.
However, some foxes may choose to ignore the irritating noise and overcome any discomfort to still attack, especially if they’re hungry.