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Getting Rid of Badgers

Badgers are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 so we need to take extra care when encouraging them to move on

How do I get rid of badgers?

Getting rid of badgers in gardens and areas around industrial buildings can be very challenging. Luckily, badgers are quite rare visitors in the UK. They normally only come out at night and, being a large heavy animal, we usually only really see the damaging results of their visits, for example:- trampled plants, various dug up areas, as they search for food. This includes getting into your kitchen compost or general waste bins which can be fixed by “locking” the lids down, for example with bungee cords.

Normally the best way to remove a pest from your garden is to remove the food source. This includes stopping feeding other animals in the garden like birds. However that’s very difficult when a badger will eat almost anything - fruit, vegetables, flower bulbs, worms, grubs, slugs, snails and even hedgehogs.

A badger consumes it's recent catch in a sandy clearing, next to a tree stump Badgers roam towns and cities in search of food sources

Most damage is normally caused when the weather turns and its cold or frosty. This makes their natural food harder to find, and this is when they damage flower beds and lawns etc, in a more desperate search for food.

Keeping any badgers out of the area is normally the first line of defence but not everyone wants to put up fences with underground mesh to stop them digging under, especially with all the costs involved. Putting some wire mesh over areas they tend to dig up during springtime while they are at their most active with their digging, is a low cost option but quite unsightly.

Other low cost options are an electric fence or ultrasonic badger deterrents. As badgers are nocturnal, you only really power the fence or ultrasonic device at night.

PestGo2 ultrasonic badger repellers can help deter badgers in two distinct ways.

The main deterrent is targeted ultrasonic soundwaves. This just simply annoys the senses of the badger so much that it moves the badger on to an area where they don’t get annoyed by the sound. One of the neat features of our devices is that they also change the ultrasonic frequencies while keeping them within a band of frequencies that the badger hates so the badger doesn’t get used to the same sound.

Additionally, there are a couple of red “Eyes” LEDs that flash at various times. This has the effect that the badger thinks there could be another predator within the area so it quickly moves on to avoid a confrontation.

PestGo2 ultrasonic devices are designed and built in the UK and can be powered via a mains adapter or even run from a 12v (car type) battery if you’re in a remote location, away from mains power. Both options are available at the time of purchase.

Best regards

Sean Gunston