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#339761 - 31st Jul 2009 12:28pm B***** Foxes
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Over the last few weeks I have been noticing small holes in my lawn. They are about 2-3 inches diameter and a couple of inches deep. They are easy to spot because there is usually a tuft of dug out grass by the side.

I thought it was the magpies digging for grubs etc but last night I was up a bit late and around midnight I heard the cctv recorder clicking on and off a lot so I first switched the screen on and then looked out of the window. I saw the culprit - a fox. Bold as brass it was roaming up and down the lawn and every so often it would scratch the surface and dig a bit.

Sure, I could "shoo" it away but no doubt it will be back if the problem has been going on for a few weeks.

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What on earth can it be digging for? There will undoubtedly be the odd beetle or grub in the lawn but that is hardly a meal for a fox. There is no sign of mice in the lawn and no moles or the like.

How to I deter the thing? I will guess that often it visits very late at night or in the early hours so personal involvement is not practical

Anybody else had this problem

- incidentally I an not located in a rural setting. I am towards the edge of the estate in Wallasey but there are lots of houses in the area.

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#339770 - 31st Jul 2009 12:50pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: Snodvan]
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Maybe its just marking the ground?

You can get pellets that smell horrid - Scent Off?



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#339772 - 31st Jul 2009 12:53pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: MissGuided]
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Ask the RSPCA?


I wouldn't recommend following the best answer from here
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#339776 - 31st Jul 2009 12:55pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: Snodvan]
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I would phone the RSPCA. I presume they won't be interested unless it is hurt but they might point you to the right people to talk to.

Or maybe a ranger from one of the parks, Wirral Country Park?

We have seen them around the roads off Egremont prom, when taking an evening walk.

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#339779 - 31st Jul 2009 1:00pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: topofthepops]
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we got that to keep the cats out,wast of money. snob



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#339780 - 31st Jul 2009 1:00pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: ]
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have you tried chilli pepper? devil
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#339782 - 31st Jul 2009 1:04pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: MissGuided]
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not yet will give that a go grin tried everythink eles raftl

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#339784 - 31st Jul 2009 1:09pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: ]
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it worked on our front wall - i have to bleach it, then sprinkle it on - puts dogs off stopping for a wee on the wall.
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#339788 - 31st Jul 2009 1:15pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: MissGuided]
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A fox did this:



Bent a crossmember that had to be scrapped because it couldn't be straightened!
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#339790 - 31st Jul 2009 1:33pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: DavidB]
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Why worry, sit back and enjoy nature, on the other hand if its joined by 100 hounds and 20 horses you have a problem.
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#339791 - 31st Jul 2009 1:55pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: bert1]
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I'd like to know where they all go during the daytime?
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#339797 - 31st Jul 2009 2:30pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: bert1]
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I think a 50cal might work nicely.

Stick o dinomite leading to a pressure pad?

Lend someone's large wrotweiler?

I hope this helps smile

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#339802 - 31st Jul 2009 3:07pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: Wheels]
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Block gaps in fence, gates etc
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#339853 - 31st Jul 2009 7:03pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Hummm

The lawn concerned is 90 ft x 20ft and the thing digs (seemingly) random places all over, so chilli pepper or any other material put down would be expensive / impractical

The house is on a corner and the lawn runs alongside one road - with just a 2 - 3 ft brick garden wall and a big double gate sized opening to the driveway. So, no way can we have a fence to keep it out. I have watched the b***r on the cctv and it tends to come in through the driveway opening and leaves over the wall.

I handed my shotgun in years ago, anyway, to say the least using that is a wee bit impractical in a built up area.

I think I will try spreading the odd patch of something nasty smelling that I have ("old" Jeyes fluid before it went all Health & Safety approved) to some of the areas I have seen it visit more often. If I soak a rag in that stuff, tie it to a string and then walk up/ down the grass it should leave enough there to be a deterrent. It will not harm the grass because I have used it years before to clear leather jacket grubs out of a lawn. I know the smell will also likely deter the neighbours, although personally I quite like the carbolic smell.

Apart from that I guess I am stuck with the visits.

Snod
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#339861 - 31st Jul 2009 7:18pm Re: B***** Foxes [Re: Snodvan]
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Ok this sounds stupid but I remembered something a friend done some time ago and just googled it! Human hair tied in socks or something similar around the garden. You can get it from a hair-dressers or barbers!
No harm in trying it?

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