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One way of deterring badgers from your lawn is to give them an alternative. Badgers slurp up the worms there and only dig around in long, dry periods. At times like this you could try to distract them by feeding them yourself. Leave out some water in an upturned dustbin lid or any receptacle sunk into the ground, peanuts, fruit, honey sandwiches or any food scraps, and perhaps they will leave your lawn alone. But do not feed them too much or they may become dependent on you, or bring other badgers and still have a go at your lawn.

As Renardine is no longer available, there is no substance at present licensed to be used as a deterrent. If you have a sett in your garden, do not put anything down, near, or in it - this is against the law. If you are needing to protect a lawn, a vegetable patch, or a particular part of your garden, two or three-strand electrical fencing could be an answer. This can be placed low down, so it is not unsightly, and not the orange net fencing used for sheep or chickens. It need only be turned on at night and can either be run off the mains (through a transformer), or by battery. It can be purchased at agricultural merchants.

It is natural for you to resent the badger for your lawn looking the way it does after hard work, and possibly expensive attention to the garden itself. But remember that badgers are good pest controllers, and their digging of lawns indicates there is a problem with grubs eating the grass roots. They eat many other pests, slugs and snails, mice, rats, rabbits, and even wasps. But if you are still troubled by them, contact your local badger group (details on back page) and ask for a visit from a member near you, who may be able to make further suggestions by seeing the problem on the spot. However, we can only advise, and sometimes problems cannot be solved, although we do the best we can for everyone who asks.



Last Updated ( Friday, 02 March 2012 )