Badgers have become somewhat divisive in recent times in the UK; having been a favourite of the conservationists and protected for decades as their numbers dwindled, they have more recently been blamed for an outbreak of Bovine TB and hunted in a controversial cull.
Whichever side of the fence you’re on, one thing is certain. These bumbly Black & White ninjas have a voracious appetite, and can sniff out all the things they love to eat from some distance away. As omnivores, almost nothing is off-limits to them; From Insects, worms, grubs and larvae to fruits and vegetables. They are also known to take small birds and their eggs, and perhaps most worryingly of all they are considered the principle predator of hedgehogs.
By now you may be asking what all this has to do with your lawn, and the quick answer is “Not very much”. If, however, you awake one morning to find fresh chunks of your precious lawn strewn about the place, you may have a problem which goes way beyond the badger who actually dug those holes. It is highly likely that the damage has been caused by the badger (or badgers) digging in search of Chafer Grubs, which if true will be providing a whole new set of problems for you. The damage the badger caused overnight, which may resemble a war zone in no time at all, is just the tip of the iceberg. Please see our page dedicated to the menace of Chafer Grubs.
Now that I’ve made your blood run cold, let’s set about deterring badgers from your garden (see what I did there?)
Something to bear in mind with any of these deterrents is that all your intended targets are pretty cunning creatures so you may end up having to rotate a selection of the counter-measures to stay one step ahead. Be prepared for some experimentation, and perhaps a little lateral thinking as you devise a strategy to out-smart your wily opponents!
While many have reported that this self-styled ‘Ultimate Weapon’ is less than successful in deterring cats (its intended targets), others have claimed victories by using it against badgers. Now widely available online and by mail order (or ‘male odour’?), until recently we would have had to collect it in person from Zoos or Safari Parks. Now it comes in handy pelleted form, making it much less of a chore to fling around your garden.
Human Male Urine
I kid you not, many folks choose to replicate the Law of the Jungle, by marking their territory in liquid form. Like many animals, badgers are highly territorial so will be put off by a scent which marks out another male’s domain. Be sure to dilute the urine to a 1:4 ratio, and use either a watering can or spray gun to keep the obvious effects to a minimum so as not to distress your neighbours! Discretion is important, as you will need to repeat the exercise every 5 – 7 weeks. Obviously, this process requires a steady supply of the ‘active ingredient’, so ensure your donor is sustainably committed to the cause!
Like most nocturnal visitors to your garden, Badgers can be easily startled into leaving in a hurry. Motion-sensitive security lights are a successful deterrent but do make sure the beams are pointed in directions which will not upset your neighbours.