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What else could help against martens?

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Marten

Be sure that you allowed to do what you see in the video below!

Once a marten settles in your home it is not always easy to get rid of the animal (watch this). In addition, the expelled marten leaves a territory that is all the more interesting for other martens. In order to not even deal with the problem of having to drive away the unpleasant guest, you should take preventive measures. If you successfully put an animal to flight use the same measures to protect yourself from another marten visit.

Getting Started:
Clog up all the ways that could allow the marten to enter your house. In order to find these ways, you can, if an animal has already settled in, work either with a motion detector and camera or sawdust. If you scatter the sawdust around the house in the evening, the marten marks are visible the next day. Now you can see exactly where the manhole of the marten is located.

Close the entrance:
At dusk, as soon as the marten foraging outside your home, get to work and clog the manhole. It is best to use cement for this. Do not rely on the marten knowing only one way into your home, but try to close similar approaches as well.

Blocking the way up:
If you have closed all cracks and slits, you should block the climbing marten from the high route at the same time. Cut all the branches that reach up to two meters to the house. Remove any existing flower palisades and other climbing opportunities.

Remove scented marks:
To arm yourself against a second visit to the marten in the engine compartment you must remove the scent marks of the first marten. You can either spray a special spray from a specialist or have a thorough engine wash done in the garage.

If a marten lives in your attic, the nocturnal disturbance in the night is a minor issue. Especially for hygienic reasons it is not advisable to live together with the small predator in the long term. Finally, the loners mark their territory every day anew with their excrement. In addition, they haul prey in their nest, which decay there. This not only leads to the odor nuisance, but also attracts vermin that you do not want to have in your house.

In addition, in turf wars, which usually do not fail, often human property is damaged. In the house, this can lead to gangrene if the electric cables are bitten. It can also come to car accidents due to marten bites in the break hose. Because you cannot just kill, catch or hunt the marten, you either need professional help or you try to drive the little predator by various means.

Marten

Get rid of martens by professionals

The marten is subject to hunting protection. Meaning he can only be killed or caught during the hunting season. This also requires that you are a hunter and do have all the necessary papers. If you do not have a hunting permit personally, you can contact a local hunter to clear the marten. The expert knows when the marten has a closed season and is also experienced in dealing with the small predators.

The help of the professional also ensures that no unnecessary suffering is inflicted on the animal. You can find his number in the yellow pages or via the search function on the internet. If you do not comply with the hunting law and set up a trap yourself in order to relocate the stone marten, you will maybe brake laws.

As an alternative to the hunter, many pest controllers have adjusted to the expulsion of martens. They also have experience and work with specially formulated fragrance blends to distribute the small omnivores in a legally way even during the close season from your house. You can also contact pest controllers by phone. Helpful telephone numbers are available in the yellow pages and on the Internet.

If you are struggling with a marten in the engine compartment of your car, you should contact the garage of your trust. Part of the service of a good workshop is that the mechanics can deal with marten issues. They will first remove the scent marks and replace any damaged cables. Subsequently, the specialist company takes care of various precautions to ensure that the marten cannot strike a second time.

In order to contribute everything necessary to prevent a bite in the engine compartment, you should follow the advice of the mechanic. As an alternative to the car repair shop, you can obtain information about effective measures against the marten at the automobile club. Also, car insurances provide advisory brochures on marten defense in the car.

Another way to get advice on driving the little omnivore is the local animal welfare association. In some places there is a marten club and also the otter protection club may be able to assist you with good advice.

Drive marten from the attic (click here)


If you do not want to use the help of the professional and prefer to drive the marten off the attic yourself, you have two alternatives. Either you are the noise-sensitive predator by noise pollution in the run. Or you pass it off by odor nuisance. Because as much as you dislike the fragrance brands of omnivores, the stonemason’s strange smells are repugnant:


• Hair:
If you lay human or animal hair in the loft near the manhole or next to the animal’s sleeping area, this simple home remedy can irritate the marten so much that he volunteers to clear the field.

• Toilet Fragrance Stone:
Even the strong scent of a toilet block can set the stone marten to flight. Bring the strong smelling scent stone near the boarding entry and the unwelcoming roommate will flee.

• Diesel:
If your own nose is not sensitive to odor, you can alternatively use diesel. Soak several old rags with diesel and spread the scented towels in the attic. The marten can be so disturbed by the strong smell of diesel, that he seeks the distance.

Note: Although diesel is not as flammable as gasoline, even diesel fumes can ignite when heated! In addition, if children live in your household, you should stay away from this possibility, also as a pet owner.

• Pepper:
Another home remedy that bothers the marten is ground pepper. With this alternative it is not the smell, the pepper, that disturbs the small omnivore, but the stimulus that the pepper exerts on the mucous membranes. If we get a bit too much pepper dust into the nose, we have to sneeze. Likely with the marten. Sprinkle as much ground pepper as possible on the paths of the marten and in and around his sleeping place, the animal is plagued by a constant sneezing and takes flight. Be sure to apply the spice only in a way will not affect yourself.

Attention: DO NOT apply pepper in the engine compartment of the car because the fine dust can get into the car through the ventilation. Pepper spray is not a proper alternative as well since you will also avoid your attic when using the spray.

• Loud noise: If you want to drive off the stone marten through noise pollution, it often helps to enter your attic as often and noisily as possible during daytime while the nocturnal marten is sleeping. In addition to disturbing the rest of the unwelcome roommate, you can slip furniture or listen to loud music.

If you do have any questions or suggestions (maybe about some tricks you know) please don’t hesitate to write a comment about! Let me know it!
I love to hear about “special tricks” how to fix something or so… sometimes they are really helpful but in any case mostly funny! 🙂

Yours, 
George

How to catch a marten – but don’t break existing laws!
And always think of the animal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “What else could help against martens?

  1. (5/5)

    Hello George,

    I have been plagued for several years, in SW France, by quite a few pine martens in and on my roof. Two of them are large and at least three are small. I know they are not supposed to live in groups but I have seen 5 of them playing; they make a gigantic racket, turn over my roof tiles, run in the gutters, fight one another, scream, and burrow in my insulation.

    My house is about 60′ above ground except in the front (close to the road) where it is only 12-14′ high on the lower roof section. There is no attic and I have no access. Until this year, the martens preferred the low roof section and accessed it by way of overhanging trees on the 60′ side. Initially I tried noise generators, throwing tennis balls at the ceiling, playing loud rock music, and throwing things onto the roof. These ideas failed, but when I cut the access trees down, the martens left.. for a year. Incidentally, the big ones left first leaving confused little ones not so capable of getting down. I was about to feed them when, I believe, one of them was eaten. It certainly sounded like it… could that be? Anyway, they all left after that.

    Unfortunately, this year, they discovered they could climb up the one remaining tree on the other side of the house.. run over the roof and jump down to the lower roof (clattering over sliding tiles as they brake their momentum). It ‘s clear how they got to the roof but not at all clear how they could get down. I guessed they were jumping off the front of the house – only 12-15′, but I was wrong. They were returning the way they came. I was shocked to spot them jumping 6’ plus from the lower roof towards the upper roof, clinging and clambering madly over the gutter overhang. It looked impossible but they are very athletic.

    Unfortunately, I did not want to cut the remaining tree which is a large cedar. So, wondering vaguely, if I could get them habitualized to coming down in the front of the house where I could at least film them, I put out a lot of lamb rib bones. The next morning they were gone. I did it again; but this time both the bones and the martens were gone. Truly! Amazing! Coincidence? New predator in the area feeding on the bones? Lamb bones killed all the martens? No idea but very happy. For a few weeks… when they returned.

    So I tried it again. This time putting bones down both next to the one tree they can climb and in the original spot. All bones gone. Martens gone too! They haven’t returned yet. It hasn’t been long but it’s baffling. Additional bones are disappearing but no martens are on the roof.

    I am happy to cook and put out bones if that’s what it takes to save my roof.

    What do you think is going on? Is there a predator that would scare away martens? Is it too much trouble to climb the roof and return to get bones.. have they moved to a more convenient spot for easy access? If this continues to work, I think there are many many people living here who will try the same. But, I am interested in the mechanism. I hope you can shed some light.

    Thank you so much,

    1. (5/5)

      Dear Susan,

      thank you very much for your comment!
      That’s a very interesting story! 🙂
      I knew that martens are very attracted to the same place ones they found a nice area for them.
      But your martens really seem to be stubborn and loving your house 🙂

      Honestly I don’t know if martens are actually cannibals but it certainly can be.
      The idea with the bones seems to be really great! Obviously a bigger animal, maybe natural enemy of martens, were
      attracted by the bones and chased away the martens.
      Natural enemies of martens are:
      bears
      wolves
      foxes
      Birds of prey, such as eagles
      I’m curious which animal that could be – entering a compound or house area. Do you know if one of them are habituated in your extended area?

      I made good experience with “toilet balls” (the blue one, don’t know if you know that) and “magic trees for cars“. Following the
      track of the martens, applying these trees (very smelly), and I didn’t see martens any more. They really hate that chemical smell. 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing your “trick”!
      Do you know if your neighbors (or people even further away from your house) are also affected? Or if “your” martens moved to another house?
      Would be nice to know.

      All the best,
      George

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