How do I stop Pests nesting in my roof?
Prevention in the first place is the best option and providing a thatch roof is kept in a good state of repair and the necessary prevention measures are taken, pests rarely pose a problem.
Identifying problems sooner rather than later will help prevent wildlife moving into your beautiful thatched roof and becoming your new neighbours.
Inspecting the roof every week or so will enable you to spot any unwanted intruders early and this will prevent extensive damage. Look for holes or clumps sticking out as this is a good indication that animals or birds may be nesting in the thatch. Rats and pine martins make obvious runs and their holes can be easily spotted.
Vermin such as rats and pine martins should be removed as soon as possible as they can quickly devastate a roof. It is important to understand how they got into the thatch in the first place so they can be prevented in the future.
Pine martens taking up residence in thatched roofs is unusual, but not unheard of, especially in buildings in remote areas, close to forestry or buildings that are unoccupied for lengthy periods.
They are generally shy creatures that tend to avoid human activity. A pine marten may well move on of its own accord if the house becomes lived in again. If not I’d contact your local National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger for advice as they will be able to offer guidance on the best approach to relocate the family of pine martens.