How can you tell if a fox has been in your garden?
9th June 2019
Foxes are very intelligent animals. They have adapted to urban life to live happily alongside us in our ever-changing landscape. Whilst it is important to highlight the dangers wild animals can pose, there is a common misconception surrounding foxes, which are relatively docile animals.
We are accustomed to thinking the worst when we think about a fox in our garden. In reality, foxes pose little or no threat at all to humans, dogs or cats. If you have a small animal pet such as a rabbit or a guinea pig and suspect that a fox is visiting your garden, ensure that its hutch or run is safely secured and bolted to avoid any problems. That being said, foxes will more than likely leave your pets alone with no disturbances.
What are the signs of fox activity in your garden?
One key indicator that a fox has visited your garden could be that it has dug up part of your lawn. Foxes to do this to look for worms, or to mark their territory. A bin may also be overturned as a result of the fox looking for food such as fruits and vegetables to eat.
Another sign of fox activity in your garden is dug up flowerbeds and trampled plants, where foxes will be digging through soil and flowerbeds to try to find worms to eat.
More signs include:
- A strong, musty smell
- Droppings in noticeable places
- Chewed up toys or shoes
- Damage to fences, wire mesh or hosepipes
There are many ways in which you will be able to tell if a fox is visiting or has visited your garden. As they are not as vicious and unpleasant as they are made out to be, it would be great for you to learn how to co-exist with yet another version of a furry, four-legged visitor.