Scare away martens from the car. Twice in one year I had the misfortune to be a victim of marten bites in the car. The stone marten went on a rampage in the engine compartment and caused four-digit damage.
But what means of marten repellent in the engine compartment should I use?
Finally, after a lot of trial and error, I found an effective combination for marten defense.
Since then I never had problems with marten attacks on my car again. How I did it, I will tell you in this article. Let’s go!
Scare marten away from the car.
Scaring martens away from the car – Are there any remedies that help??
Yes, there are means with which one can scare away martens from the car. The repellents should be used in combination to increase the deterrent and repellent effect.
In the following section I have compiled for you the 5 best means with which any marten will leave your car alone.
The 5 best means to scare away martens from the car!
1.) Carry out an engine wash
After a marten damage in the car one should absolutely carry out an engine wash. You have to banish the scent of the marten from the engine compartment.
Without cleaning the engine you will not succeed in the long run. The resident marten will be triggered again and again by the scent of the foreign marten. Renewed marten bite is the costly consequence.
To get the scent of the marten safely out of the engine compartment, special cleaning agents for the engine like SONAX 543200 engine cleaning spray* should be used.
2.) Use of a wildlife camera against martens
If the car is parked in a fenced lot or garage, you can place a wildlife camera near the car.
With the help of the camera you can find out whether you are dealing with a single marten or several animals. For this you should choose a camera with night vision function.
If you discover different martens in the pictures, it is possible that you live in a border zone between two marten territories. In this case you should look for a new parking place.
I use the SECACAM HomeVista Full HD professional outdoor wildlife camera* with night vision function. It has a triggering time of 0.4 seconds and will incl. SD card and batteries. The camera has over 2000 positive reviews on Amazon.
At regular intervals, I check whether my measures to scare away martens are still effective!
3.) Neem oil and marten repellent spray against martens in the car
Neem oil is very effective against martens. The smell of neem oil irritates the fine olfactory organs of the marten. Neem oil is a herbal repellent obtained from the seeds of the neem tree.
Neem oil is a pure vegetable oil and has no negative impact on the environment. Pre-mixed neem oil mixtures* can be sprayed with special pressure sprayers* in the engine compartment and around the car.
You should spray neem oil into the engine compartment at regular intervals. In my car I had renewed the neem oil every 5 days.
marten repellent spray
If you do not want to use neem oil, you can also use commercially available repellent sprays for the car. The DFNT marten repellent spray* should be renewed every 2-4 weeks to ensure effective protection.
4.) Ultrasonic driver for the engine compartment
I have installed a so-called “marten deterrent” in the engine compartment of my car. This is connected to the battery of the car and emits ultrasonic waves at regular intervals.
Martens hate these sound waves that are inaudible to humans. The installation of the device is feasible for everyone even with hardly existing manual knowledge.
Considering what garages charge for the installation of these devices, the 26 euros are a real bargain. I have chosen the Gardigo Marder-Frei Auto Vertreiber* and am very satisfied with the device.
5.) Marten grille
Every day in the evening hours I lay out two layers (differently bent) of rabbit wire under the engine compartment.
The amount of work is minimal and I increase the marten protection (I live in a rural area with a very high marten population).
One peculiarity of stone martens is that they don’t like to be not to climb off solid undergrounds. The rabbit wire prevents the marten’s paws from finding a stable grip and prevents the stone marten from climbing into the engine compartment.
I have built my own marten protection out of rabbit wire.
If you want, you can also purchase prefabricated marten grids*. The Mardergitter is laid out under the engine compartment. Ready!