How to Keep Bugs Away From Security Cameras

Backyard Garden Attracting Insects

While insects are part of a balanced ecosystem, they can also be a detriment to your home security system by negatively affecting your security camera’s performance. Unchecked insect activity on and around your camera can trigger false alarms, obstruct the lens or sensors, or reduce the lifespan of the camera itself.

Knowing how to keep bugs away from security cameras will help ensure that your security system can perform optimally to keep your property safe.

Are Bugs Drawn to the Camera Itself?

A video feed obscured by bugs is more than just a happenstance. Yes, there are some elements of a security camera that actually attract bugs.

While many sources will tell you that insects are attracted to the infrared light cast by night vision cameras, it is far more likely that LED lights and the ambient heat of the electronics in a security camera draw insects nearer to the camera. Infrared is still slightly visible to some insects, but the increased activity around your camera at night is probably more of a consequence of the absence of natural light.

Use Prevention to Reduce Insect Interference

To create the optimal conditions for your security camera’s video feed to remain clear and free of pests, take the necessary preventative measures before a problem arises.

  • Clean the environment around your cameras. Maintaining your property, ensuring it's free of anything that might attract insects, is the first step to ensuring a clear picture. This can include the removal of uncovered garbage or standing water.

  • Choose an appropriate installation location. In addition to the above, certain vegetation also attracts insects. So, if you already have an established garden, you may want to factor this area into your location selection process.

  • Apply a chemical repellant or natural alternative to the area around your camera. Do not spray the lens of your camera, any peripheral microphone or speaker, or anywhere else that might not be weatherproof. This includes air vents or ports, such as those for power, USB, or SD card slots.

  • Repellants can be effective for around 6 months, depending on weather conditions.

  • Clean the camera directly. Doing so can remove moisture and debris, including previous insect residue, that could attract more insects. More insect activity can lead to increased spider activity. Gently wipe the lens with an appropriate solution and clean off the rest of the camera’s housing.

  • You can set up physical barriers. Insect-resistant housings are specially designed enclosures equipped with gaskets and seals that prevent insects from entering. Insect screens or guards could otherwise be used if there are any camera openings. Just be sure that these do not obstruct normal camera functionality, such as any required ventilation.

Respond Promptly to Intrusive Insect Activity

Some of the preventative steps above can also be taken while addressing an existing issue. If you already have an infestation, there are additional steps you can take to get your security cameras back to having clear, insect-free visibility.

  • Install motion-activated lights near your cameras. This not only improves night vision but also deters insects, as they are typically attracted to light sources.

    • If you are using a system that has smart device integration, smart lights can be used for this instead of older models of floodlighting.

  • Place insect traps strategically around the camera area. These can help reduce the insect population and minimize their presence near your security devices.

  • Conduct periodic inspections of your cameras to identify any signs of insect activity. Promptly address any issues to prevent further damage.

  • If insect infestations persist, consider hiring professional pest control services. They can provide specialized solutions to eradicate pests and implement preventative measures.

  • If insect activity is triggering false alerts, including excessive text or email notifications, you can adjust motion detection sensitivity and video analytics settings. Advanced security camera systems come equipped with software features that could limit notifications based specifically on activity from vehicles, people, or family pets, which might help reduce insect-triggered alerts. Familiarize yourself with these features and adjust settings accordingly.

Selecting a Camera, Adjusting Camera Install Location, and Updating Settings

By implementing a combination of preventative solutions and responsive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of insect-related issues. Along with regular maintenance and being thoughtful about the installation location you select, using some of the tools and techniques mentioned can significantly improve your security system’s reliability for years to come and provide the protection your home deserves.

Whether you are planning to install a new security system with security cameras or have a security system already in place, a professional security monitoring company can offer support and technical expertise when dealing with equipment selection, installation, and ongoing protection.

If you’re looking for a home security system, including those that best pair with video security cameras, contact us today to work with a security consultant who can provide you with solutions to these problems and more.

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