does fox urine repel birds

Many small mammals, including squirrels, rats, skunks, and chipmunks, are repulsed by the urine of red foxes. Fox urine’s potent scent and unstable chemical composition make it an especially effective repellent. Thus, a lot of people use fox urine that is readily available to them commercially to naturally keep pests out of their gardens.

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Fox urine primarily contains water, urea, creatinine and excess minerals. Throughout the year, the fox’s urine’s chemical composition varies based on its diet and hormonal fluctuations. The precise ingredient in fox urine that prey animals pick up on is unknown. Many animals respond well to fox urine deterrents, even if they have never encountered a fox before.

Smaller animals are generally more effectively deterred by single-molecule scents found in the urine of predators. Predator urines, however, appear to work better if they contain remnants of the prey animal, particularly in the case of larger animals. For instance, the urine of Tasmanian devils only caused eastern gray kangaroos to react if the devils had been fed kangaroo meat prior to the urine samples being taken.

Commercial fox urine does not effectively keep foxes themselves out of a garden; in the wild, foxes use their own urine to warn and deter other foxes from their territory. Conversely, it’s claimed that male human urine helps keep foxes out of gardens. Foxes can be deterred by chemicals such as aluminum-ammonium sulfate salts or carbonyl methyl nonyl ketones scented with citronella. Other well-liked natural fox deterrents include electric fencing, netting, ultrasonic devices, guard dog ownership, and putting spicy marinated meat close to chicken coops to scare away foxes.

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What does fox urine keep away?

Red fox urine is the all-natural, organic and humane way to deter most yard and garden pests including deer, rabbits, skunk, ground hogs and small rodents. Long used by gardeners, this proven non kill method utilizes 99% pure red fox urine predator scent to trigger the fight or flight response in small animals of prey.

Will coyote urine keep birds away?

What does it repel? Coyote urine is best used for pests that are prey species of coyotes. Think rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, and, in some cases, white-tailed deer. Some also claim that it works to deter raccoons, skunks, birds, and other smaller mammals.

Does fox urine deter squirrels?

In the woods and fields foxes are a very efficient predator. They stalk like a cat and kill like a machine. So if you have a rabbit, squirrel, skunk, chipmunk problem, you need a natural squirrel and chipmunk repellent. Fox urine for squirrels and chipmunks is the deterrent that works.

How bad does fox urine smell?

Fox urine in particular has a strong “skunky/musky” odour, the intensity of which varies with season and appears to be caused by two sulphur-containing compounds, ?3-isopentenyl methyl sulfide and 2-phenylthyl methyl sulfide. Foxes have an acute sense of smell, and scent plays a pivotal role in vulpine society.