I'm a gardening expert and my 70p hack repels foxes from your garden for good | The Sun

IF you are fed up with foxes coming into your garden, we’ve got just the thing for you.

A gardening expert has revealed his simple, yet effective tip that instantly repels the pests from your garden, for good.

Fox cubs will dig in soft soil, often in borders, and to mark their territory you might find foxes leaving excrement on your lawn.

But thanks to Callum Maddock, a gardening expert from HomeHow, here’s how to say goodbye to foxes, and their mess. 

And don’t worry, this hack doesn’t involve any harsh methods which could harm or injure these wild animals.

What’s more, you won’t have to go out and spend lots of money on any fancy tools or sprays either.

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With this hack, all you’ll need is a simple item, that the majority of Brits will have in their home already.

All you need is an old tea bag – yes, you heard that correctly. 

Instead of chucking your used teabag in the food recycling bin after making a brew, your used tea bags are a “genuinely effective way of deterring foxes from your garden”, according to Callum Maddock.

The gardening expert explained: “All you need to do is spray or dip your old tea bags into peppermint, eucalyptus oil or deep-heat muscle treatment – anything strong-smelling that uses natural derivatives.

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“Then, plant your scented tea bags into problem areas of the garden where foxes tend to cause havoc and cover them with soil to hide them.”

Foxes have an incredibly powerful sense of smell and so this quick and easy method will instantly deter them from entering your garden. 

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Callum added: “Strong yet natural scents, such as eucalyptus or peppermint, act as a natural deterrent for the foxes, without causing any harm to them or your garden.

“Simply put, foxes are repelled by such strong scents.”

If you fancy giving this hack a go, but have run out of teabags, fear not, as tea bags retail for as little as 70p in Sainsbury’s.

If you need to get your hands on some peppermint oil, you can order a bottle for just £2.19 on Amazon and you'll also find eucalyptus oil there for only £1.97.

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If gardeners don’t have the rub-on muscle treatment to hand or any essential oils in their cupboard, then don’t fret.

Callum continued: “This trick is not just reserved for peppermint or eucalyptus to repel them as you can also use other essential oils or strong scents to keep foxes away."

The gardening guru explained that gardeners can use lemon juice, boiled water infused with chopped garlic or chilli peppers to deter foxes.

However, it's important to note that these methods should be used with caution, in order to prevent harm to animals.

The expert warned: “While eucalyptus is perfectly safe, you should be cautious when using peppermint oil.

“If not diluted, peppermint oil can be toxic to foxes and other frequent garden visitors such as cats, especially if ingested.”

As a result, the tea bag trick is the best method as it won’t cause harm to foxes.

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Callum explained: “However, soaking peppermint oil in a tea bag and burying it a few inches deep, will weaken the intensity of the oil and will therefore avoid causing any harm to foxes.

“In addition, as this is still a natural method, this will not cause harm to your plants, garden, or the environment, as these are all completely natural materials that will only deter pests rather than cause harm.”

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