The dog-like martens are particularly active from spring to late summer, because during these months it is the mating season. And the predators have often completely lost their innate shyness of humans. Instead, they use the abundance of consumer society, like to feed on our nutrient-rich garbage and live in our warm attics - the perfect place to set up a nest for rearing, for example. The catch: martens are strict loners and regularly set scent marks to mark their territory - also in the warm and protected engine compartment of the car. If you then unconsciously park the car in the area of another marten, the misfortune can take its course and the robber bites into hoses and cables in blind rage over his competitors. This can result in expensive damage, especially if the attack goes undetected at first and the engine may run out of cooling water and the head gasket boils before the warning light comes on. That is why you shouldn't automatically think of a harmless cat when there are paw marks on the paintwork, it could also have been a marten who nibbled on the ignition cable or V-belt. A closer look under your bonnet is therefore a good idea in such a case.
Methods for marten defense in the car
Cheap, but also good? The home remedies such as dog and cat hair, marten sprays or powder, all of which should keep the marten away by a deterrent smell. The same applies to toilet stones, strong-smelling cleaning agents or mothballs. And all these means have one thing in common: the proof of their effectiveness can not be provided. Even so-called marten defense mats do not really hold up a marten in Rage. Because the agile and climbing-talented predators get into any engine compartment, if they want.
The passive protection of sensitive parts: Selling a marten completely can be complex. Sometimes it may also be sufficient to provide special protection for cables and wires. Specific Corrugated pipe conduits from the trade serve as a coating - the marten cannot simply bite through it. However, assembly can be expensive if you do not trust yourself to do the work yourself and have it done in a specialist workshop. And often they cannot be attached always and everywhere due to the construction-related obstacles.
drive the marten by electronics?
In the field of electronics, a distinction is made between purely acoustic systems and those that rely on electrical contact defense. In the acoustic defense measures sounds are sent in the ultrasonic range, which are extremely unpleasant for the extremely sensitive ears of the Marder. While a human can not perceive these high-frequency signals, they keep the marten at a distance from the noise source. Such an acoustic Marderschreck can also be installed for a layman under the hood. Usually it is either powered by extra batteries or connected to the 12-Volt car battery, but the latter should keep an eye on the remaining voltage. Especially in winter. The big advantage of the acoustic signal is that the marten is not seriously injured or is in greater pain, it is simply uncomfortable. Disadvantage: The habituation effect, over time, the animals can get used to the penetrating noise or simply hide it, for example, when they meet an aggressive competitor and go into combat mode.
electrocuted the marten?
Defense by electricity: the so-called marten shock. Basically, this is the only permanent solution to keep the marten away from your own car. In this method, electrodes are distributed in different places in the engine compartment. You know the method of the electric fence on the cow meadow or paddock. The animal touches one of these electrodes, it gets a slight electric shock, frightens and seeks the distance. Since the experience was so scary, a return is almost completely excluded, the place is now avoided. The installation of such a set is relatively easy, but you should be careful in handling despite the low currents. And of course you have to be careful to attach the electrodes so that the marten has to touch them. Otherwise, of course, the system makes no sense.
The garage is not a safe place
Important for all measures: If the marten had already settled in the engine compartment, the set scent marks must be removed as far as possible by means of a motor wash. We hope that you the info report on the topic / term Marderschutz (further names / keywords: Antimarder spray, cat repellent, marten repellent mat, marten repellent, marten fruit rug, marten grate, marten shock, marten fright, martenspray, marten stop, marten merchant, marten warner) from the field of autotuning. Our goal is that the largest German-language tuning dictionary (Tuning Wikipedia) and to explain tuning terms from A to Z easily and understandably. Almost every day we expand this encyclopedia and how far we are already can you HERE see. Soon the next one will be Tuning scene concept be illuminated by us. Incidentally, you will be informed about new topics if you have ours Feed subscribe to.
in summary the options for marten protection and marten defense:
- Marten (often the stone marten) bite into wiper water hoses, ignition cables, cooling water lines, power cables, insulation material, etc.
- Martens are particularly active from March until late summer, as it is mating season. In autumn, the rodents look for warm winter quarters and are also a problem; martens are generally active for the rest of the year.
- Why is there damage to the car?
- Marten settles in the engine compartments of cars
- Martens are loners and also put scent marks under the hood, other martens smell that and a duel ensues. Especially when the car is not always in the same place. Nesting material in the form of leaves, branches, old newspapers, etc. can catch fire at the high temperatures and also clog water drains, etc.
- Marten damage can be recognized by scratches on the insulation wool, hair, bite marks on hoses and cables, leaking cooling water hoses, paw prints on the body
- only electricity really scares off rodents -> dog or cat hair, various sprays or pastes, toilet stones, mothballs, a wire fence under the car does not keep the marten away
- Defense methods:
- Ultrasonic: High tones in the ultrasonic range are uncomfortable for the marten
- Electricity: As a permanent solution to keep the marten away, the use of electrical current is possible. Various places are equipped with electrodes and act like the electric pasture fence in the meadow.
Marderschreck / Marderstop assembly instructions
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