Spiders vs. CCTV: The Unseen Battle In Night-Time Surveillance

by | Dec 13, 2023 | News

In the world of night-time surveillance, a small but significant issue often goes unnoticed – the battle between security cameras and spiders.


While CCTV systems are designed to provide round-the-clock monitoring and safety, they inadvertently attract arachnids, leading to obscured vision and compromised security. This article delves into the causes of this problem and explores practical solutions to keep your surveillance clear from these eight-legged intruders.


The Attraction Factor

Why do spiders find CCTV cameras irresistible? The answer lies in the design and operation of these cameras. Most security cameras emit infrared light to capture clear images in low light conditions. This light attracts insects, which in turn attract spiders looking for an easy meal. Additionally, the warmth produced by the camera serves as a cosy spot for spiders to reside.

The presence of spiders and their webs can severely impact the effectiveness of a CCTV system. Webs can obscure the camera lens, rendering footage useless. This is particularly problematic during night-time, when visibility is already limited. The motion triggered by spiders can also trigger false alarms, leading to unnecessary checks and wasted resources. At Glevum Security, our CCTV Monitoring service has been interrupted by these eight-legged friends in the past. To combat this issue, several preventative measures can be employed.

Technology also offers innovative solutions. Some companies have developed spider-proof CCTV cameras with built-in vibration mechanisms to dislodge webs and spiders. Others have incorporated self-cleaning lenses to maintain clarity. The issue of spiders on CCTV cameras is more than a mere nuisance; it’s a security concern that needs addressing. By understanding the attraction factors and implementing both preventative and innovative solutions, we can ensure that our night-time surveillance remains uninterrupted and effective. This small step can make a significant difference in maintaining the integrity of security systems and the safety they are designed to provide.


The Use Of Spiderex

Spiderex and citronella oil are known to be particularly effective, so why not soak a cloth in scented oil and attach it to your security system? Otherwise, you could simply add a few drops of the oil to the camera equipment itself, but be careful to avoid placing directly on the lens or this could obscure the image.


Deny Spider Entry

Making the surfaces of your camera too slippery for spiders to take hold is a more ecologically-sound way of handling the problem, but it can be surprisingly efficient, too. This can be easily achieved with a dab of Vaseline on the casing of your security kit, but you should check with your installer and any maintenance professionals first, to ensure you aren’t applying to areas which could heat up and cause damage to the system.

SpiderEx spider spray dramatically reduced false alarms in CCTV systems that can be caused by spiders and other insects, Designed to stop spiders spinning webs and nesting on CCTV cameras. Make sure to contact us for any more information surrounding this common problem found in winter.