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Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

Hi all,

apparently there is a type of animal which finds car cables particularly interesting. I don't understand what's so tasty about them...anyway. After having my cables chewed and cut twice in 2 weeks I would like to know how to avoid this from happening again. He just chews and cuts them but does not eat them.

I know that there are some devices which emit a high pitch noise. My neighbour placed one near his car...but it does not seem to work. Besides I think it's not so nice for cats and dogs as they have more sensitive hearing.

Now I know that this will sound weird but would it work if I cover my cables in chili paste? Or would it damage the cables? I don't want to cause discomfort to this poor animal but I'm annoyed of changing cables and not being able to use my car. Parking in a garage is not an option.

Is there anything I can do to keep him away (without harming the poor creature!!) Putting some cable pieces next to the car so it is easier for him to chew them rather than get in my engine to find some 'freshly prepared' cables
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Old 12.06.2011, 23:28
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

Ah yes.... the weasel

1) get automobile insurance for this..... it is covered
2) ask a vet if there are any sprays you could use to make the weasels (fouines in French) stay away
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

How about borrowing those 4 dogs Mrs. Dolittle now has?
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

There is a repellent but I do not know the name of it. I know that Swiss people use it. You can also insure your car against Marder damage. Since I have insured my car the Marder has never come back
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

Insuring my car is definitely a good idea Thanks
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

someone i know put a ticking clock in the glove compartment and this seems to work.
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

Hmmm....worth a try Very original remedy!
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

It's a hérisson, or hedgehog, in all likelihood
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There is a repellent but I do not know the name of it. I know that Swiss people use it. You can also insure your car against Marder damage. Since I have insured my car the Marder has never come back
This points to the mardar (like a pine Marten) having an accomplice in the insurance office. Another conspiracy: It's like the Bilderberg group with a bushy tail
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Re: Animal eating car cables - over and over again!!!

I'll agree with the earlier post that it's probably a marten. I see them quite often where I live (they climb over the wall from the Basel zoo). Insurance should cover damage caused by them, not that it stops them.

How about finding a different area to park in? I try to avoid the spaces closest to the area that I see them in. I still do spot the odd footprints on my roof once in a while, but not that often.
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Hi all,

apparently there is a type of animal which finds car cables particularly interesting. I don't understand what's so tasty about them...anyway. After having my cables chewed and cut twice in 2 weeks I would like to know how to avoid this from happening again. He just chews and cuts them but does not eat them.

I know that there are some devices which emit a high pitch noise. My neighbour placed one near his car...but it does not seem to work. Besides I think it's not so nice for cats and dogs as they have more sensitive hearing.

Now I know that this will sound weird but would it work if I cover my cables in chili paste? Or would it damage the cables? I don't want to cause discomfort to this poor animal but I'm annoyed of changing cables and not being able to use my car. Parking in a garage is not an option.

Is there anything I can do to keep him away (without harming the poor creature!!) Putting some cable pieces next to the car so it is easier for him to chew them rather than get in my engine to find some 'freshly prepared' cables
most DIY supermarkets sell a cable cover that you can put over your cables to protect them.
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Re: Marder [Martens; stopping them damaging your car]?

We have that problem here in Deutschland.

I didn't see any previous posts with this solution. Get four wooden planks - 2x4s (not sure what they call them with the metric system - 5x10cm?)

Anyway, get four of those and make a rectangle that is large enough to cover most of the undercarriage of your car.

Stape or nail chicken wire to the top of the wooden planks so the top of the rectangle made by the wood is covered by the chicken wire.

Lay it under your car and the marders will not go under it fearing that the contraption made of wood and chicken wire is a trap. Too easy...
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Re: Marder [Martens; stopping them damaging your car]?

Napthalene acts as a repellent. I bought a jar of the stuff at drogerie (in the canton of Vaud you have to sign to get the stuff) and put a few balls in a jar under the car.
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Re: Marder [Martens; stopping them damaging your car]?

The German motorist organisation is very thorough, and has a report on avoiding martin (Marder) attacks, (Google translate is useful)

http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/unfal...SourcePageId=0

These have no effect:
Not recommended are any perfumes. Whatever you have heard as a "tip" (dog hair, WC block, defense sprays, scented sachets, moth balls) - forget it. Because it is usually sufficient, after just a ride in the rain to wash away the scent. But above all marten get very quickly used to foul odors and these can therefore no longer protect. Experiments by researchers confirm this.
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Re: Marder [Martens; stopping them damaging your car]?

My little neighbor was on her way to kindergarten, and saw one of these furry critters had been hit by a car and was laying in the street. She screamed bloody marder....

Stick a clicking analog alarm clock, a little one, in your glove box - no more critters...
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