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Old 29.02.2020, 21:02
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Re: Fouine (marten) eating car?

I used to have this problem when I lived in the country. I heard that cat hair could help, and never got them again after I put my cat's hairs in an old pair of tights underneath the bonnet. Dont know if the garage mechanics thought I was kinky or not when my car went in for a service, but I didnt get any martens thereafter.
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Ok, so here is the thing with Martin, Slammer has had his brand spanking new company car, a Passat eaten three times and each was a garage stay. I spoke with the guys at the Passat repair shop and they tell me that the only way is with a kind of electric fence mounted under the car and a regular engine wash. The Martin laughs at everything else.
Really, wow. Would make sense as the Kodiaq and Passat are the same car underneath.

Did you end up getting the electric fence?
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Old 01.03.2020, 08:01
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Really, wow. Would make sense as the Kodiaq and Passat are the same car underneath.

Did you end up getting the electric fence?
No, opted for an engine wash every now and then.
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Old 01.03.2020, 10:41
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Ok, so here is the thing with Martin, Slammer has had his brand spanking new company car, a Passat eaten three times and each was a garage stay. I spoke with the guys at the Passat repair shop and they tell me that the only way is with a kind of electric fence mounted under the car and a regular engine wash. The Martin laughs at everything else.
I had an electric device dealer installed some years ago and it did the trick. It was expensive, and although the insurance pays when there is damage, it is about the inconvenience and hassle when the car won't start.
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Old 01.03.2020, 15:17
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I had an electric device dealer installed some years ago and it did the trick. It was expensive, and although the insurance pays when there is damage, it is about the inconvenience and hassle when the car won't start.
I wish you could crank them things up to "disintegrate" and turn the bugger into ash.
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Old 01.03.2020, 17:33
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I wish you could crank them things up to "disintegrate" and turn the bugger into ash.
They are an endangered species and protected by law. If you call an exterminator they will, at best, catch it and take it elsewhere. But if it’s a youngster or a pregnant female you are on your own.

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I wish you could crank them things up to "disintegrate" and turn the bugger into ash.
The cables, right?

Did McTavge ever report back on those living in his attic? Which reminds me, OP, in that thread (can't find it just now) it was claimed they can be distracted with chocolate. I'm afraid outside your house that would raise the population though.
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They are an endangered species and protected by law. If you call an exterminator they will, at beast, catch it and take it elsewhere. But if it’s a youngster or a pregnant female you are on your own.
I know, but can´t I simply imagine going to the car on a cold wet and dreary Monday morning and finding a length of Marder poop and a pile of ash?
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Old 01.03.2020, 19:08
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Well, why not put down some fouine* food a short distance from your car. Everyone is happy, the fouine survives and you get to see the poo.

*Pronounced Ffween.
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Fouine food = hens eggs. They love 'em!

(Source: we have a b@$t@rd fouine in our attic in France.)

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Re: Fouine (marten) eating car?

I had a colleague in the greater Nyon area that was particularly hit with fouines eating car cables. She apparently had to get mesh wiring installed in the underbody of the car to prevent it from happening. This worked. Call around to some garages in the area, they know the problem, and are adept in this fix.
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Fouine food = hens eggs. They love 'em!
They also love rabbits.

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They also love rabbits.

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Indeed. Our neighbours in Belgium lost their rabbits due to them being attacked by Marten.
It was a horrific sight for their kids to see when they went out to feed them in the morning.
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