Whether you live in the city or a more rural area, you’re more than likely to have spotted a fox at some point. In the wild, foxes are normally shy and reluctant to approach humans. But fox control may be needed when they get a bit too close for comfort.

After having her babies in the spring, fox mums will be out looking for food for themselves and for their young. This is when they become especially bold.

Foxes can attack and eat livestock and outdoor pets. Some foxes have even been known to attack cats and dogs when threatened.

If you’ve seen a fox lurking around your property, you might want to try and keep it away. A great way to do this is to create a barrier. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also install a barrier under your fences to create an extra line of defence against burrowing foxes. Check all of your fences and gates are intact and can withstand a fox trying to get through them. If you have gaps and holes in your fencing, get some chicken wire and block access to the area.

You can also try fox deterrent sprays to keep foxes away. Another great method is to use items with a strong human scent. So things like sweaty t-shirts can discourage foxes from visiting your garden. If foxes are becoming a common problem, consider getting a motion activated light, sprinkler or noisemaker. Making a lot of noise or blasting the radio will normally scare a fox off pretty sharpish. Although you might not want to annoy your neighbours!

Foxes are naturally going to be attracted to food sources. So remove the possibility of them getting an easy meal, and they probably won’t want to return. Small animals penned outside will be a huge attraction for foxes, so you need to make sure their cages are secured with a lock, and make sure their structure is strong.

Don’t leave any food outside for foxes. This could include rubbish, pet food and even bird feeder seed. Keep all of your bins securely closed and sealed. If you have bird feeders, clean up the spilled seed often (this also discourages other pests too) and if you have a compost bin, keep it fenced off.