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Stone martens control
The stone marten is increasingly being spotted in residential areas these days. This hunter easily adapts to its environment. As a result, they regularly exchange their natural habitat of deciduous forests, forest edges and rocky hills for a life among humans. The stone marten may look mischievous and cute at first glance, but it is a real hunter that can also do quite a bit of damage. If you have one or more martens in or around the house, you almost have no choice but to control the stone marten to prevent damage to buildings or cars. The stone marten is an omnivore and thus eats meat as well as fruits and vegetables. An adult stone marten can grow to be about 40 to 50 centimeters long and often appears larger because of the feathery tail that is another 25 centimeters or so long. They have brown fur with a white bill on their chest. The animal is active mostly at night and at dusk. Controlling stone martens is not so easy as it is a protected species.
Martin nuisance? These are the main symptoms:
Cut power lines.
Both in cars and indoors, stone martens have a penchant for gnawing on power lines. This can lead to short circuits or the complete loss of power in your home.
Stone martens always do their business in the same place. This so-called latrine will lead to odor nuisance over time. Due to the strong smell, the latrine is often easy to find, although it can also be located between the cavity wall, in the crawl space or in the roof insulation.
Noises in the house.
As such, stone martens are not troublemakers. However, they are playful animals and when playing, they run and frolic. This can sometimes make it seem like someone else is in the house when you should be alone. Rumbling in attics, unexplained noises between cavity walls and so on. At night these creatures are more active than during the day.
Grays in the house.
The stone marten hunts smaller animals and birds but does not always eat them completely. The smell of carcasses or a collection of dead and semi-dead animals can indicate the presence of one or more stone martens.
Damage to roof or wall insulation.
Stone martens like to make their nest in a warm place. Often this is in the insulation material of the roof or walls. They make a hole or even several holes to gain access.
Dead animals in or around the house.
The stone marten is a true hunter and makes no exception between wild and domestic animals. Aviaries, chicken coops garden ponds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets can fall prey to a stone marten.
Where do stone martens come from?
The stone marten is found in almost all of Europe. Not so in the Scandinavian countries. In nature, they prefer to live in forests or rocky areas. The stone marten is a protected species. This was not always the case. Because they are now protected and thrive better, they also need a larger habitat so they also live closer to people. Finding food has also become easy near people.
What should you especially not do?
Killing or injuring a stone marten is prohibited! Because of this, fighting stone martens is not an easy job. As with any protected species, these laws also apply to stone martens. The best way to control stone martens is to catch and relocate them. So do not go to work yourself with poison or rat and mouse traps that are also absolutely not suitable for this.
What can you do?
You can seal all cracks and crevices larger than 5 centimeters during the day. Do this with sturdy mesh or some other sturdy material because if the stone marten returns it will do anything to regain access to its permanent home in your home. Contact a pest control company. Many licensed pest controllers are licensed to capture the stone marten and release it elsewhere, and they can advise you on marten-proofing your home. Repelling is the best solution. Controlling stone marten is and remains a difficult task that requires the knowledge of a professional.
How can you prevent stone martens?
Make sure there are no unnecessary gaps and holes. Periodically check that roof tiles are still in place and that there are no unexplained holes in insulation materials. If you have a rabbit hutch, a chicken coop or an aviary, make sure they are well sealed a stone marten cannot worm its way in. Also make sure garbage is in tightly sealed containers. If there is a food source nearby, stone martens are also more likely to choose your house as their home.
Controlling stone martens? Follow these 5 tips:
- Try to locate entrances and exits and seal them off during the day
- Contact a professional pest control company
- Remove any open food source
- Do not ever attempt to capture or kill the stone marten yourself. This is punishable by law
- Work with the pest controller to make your home stone marten-proof
Always have stone marten control performed by a pest controller!
So getting rid of your uninvited guest(s) is not very easy. Make sure you hire a professional pest control company. They have the proper permits and have the knowledge and experience to keep your home from returning or new stone martens. Remember, capturing, injuring and/or killing this protected species yourself is strictly prohibited.
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