The best and easiest way to keep foxes out of your garden is to stop feeding them and to make sure all food bins are closed tight.
This fox is suffering with mange and will die within four months if left untreated. Meanwhile spreading the disease to other animals including your pet dog.
Feeding the fox will not cure the problem but will prolong the agony.
I have tested these fox repellents myself. Follow the instructions on the pack and they really do work in their different ways to deter and repel foxes.
Scoot, described in more detail below, works by mimicking the scent of foxes, cats and dogs ignore it.
The other two methods a motion activated water spray and the ultrasonic pest repellent with strobe light, again more detail below, work by scaring foxes away from your garden. However, will also scare pet cats and dogs.
Motion Activated Animal Deterrent
Ultrasonic Pest Repeller with Strobe Light.
Mange treatment can be given to foxes that have been cage trapped and taken to a vet and are usually successful. The treatment by a vet involves either a single 'spot-on' dose of Stronghold or Advocate (5 - 10k) or two injections of Ivomec or Panomec (.125ml) given over a two-week period. Both treatments are best applied in conjunction with a broad spectrum antibiotic such as Baytril, Synulox or Noroclav to combat skin infection.
To avoid the stress of capture. Providing, you can obtain veterinary support. A fox suffering from minor mange could be treated in its own environment from your garden with Ivomec, Panomec or a single 25k Stronghold or Advocate applied orally in food.
However, these treatments may be dangerous to pets and to suckling fox cubs, so this is risky during the fox breeding season, which is between mid-February and early April, or if you have domestic pets using or visiting your garden. The veterinary surgeon would certainly require your assurance of a predictable feeding pattern.
If neither trapping nor treating on site with veterinary medication is possible,
NFWS National Fox Welfare Society
Online. Go to https://www.national-fox-welfare.com/homeopathic-potion-request
I have no association at all with the NFWS. However, I know they do a great job and are short of funds. So, make sure you donate at least a tenner when ordering the mange treatment.
The mange treatment is a homeopathic remedy that works againstMange in foxes. Since the remedy is made up of natural ingredients there is no fear of overdosing and nothing to worry about if a non-infected fox or other animal or bird takes the treatment.
To avoid cats stealing the treatment meant for the fox, we, well my wife added the drops daily to jam sandwiches. Foxes love jam, cats don't! We had more than one fox suffering from mange visiting our garden so we scattered several treated jam sandwiches around the garden each day.
Dosage. Four drops daily for each fox you are treating.
Treatment. After three or four weeks, you should see less scratching and biting and eventually new hair will start to grow back. At this stage treatment can stop.
Follow the instructions that come with the pack.
Make sure to donate at least a tenner to the National Fox Welfare Society when ordering the mange treatment.