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    Angry Spider Webs vrs CCTV Camera

    What can I do to keep webs from obscuring my camera view?
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    We had this issue really bad at one of the sites I worked. It's really difficult to combat. We had spiders continuously building webs outside our primary PTZ camera which covered the front gate. The maintenance guys would go and tear the web down and by the next shift it was back up.

    I found it is really bad when the camera is next to a light. This was the only camera next to a light and was the only one that got webs on it. I assume its because 1. It's warmer and 2. The bugs that hover the light get caught in the web. The camera was already hardwired into the building so there was really no fixing it at that time.
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    You may want to look into a Residual surface insect spray, speak to a pest control specialist as there are some very good products that may only need to be reapplied a couple of times a year, the off the shelf stuff is a waste of time on external cameras. If its maintained its probably the least costly remedy.

    You can also look at a non-contact wiper and washer assembly they use a washer solution or compressed air to clean the dome or housing. (but of course there is a cost involved).Wiper assemblies are not too affective for spider webs as they smear them onto the glass.
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    If the smell won't bother anyone, mothballs. I've used them to keep ants out of gate control equipment, photo beams, etc. I think it will work for spiders too. As a matter of fact, that reminds me. I saw some ants on the downspout. Time to throw a couple in the rain gutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by integrator97 View Post
    If the smell won't bother anyone, mothballs. I've used them to keep ants out of gate control equipment, photo beams, etc. I think it will work for spiders too. As a matter of fact, that reminds me. I saw some ants on the downspout. Time to throw a couple in the rain gutter.
    Great idea. That's exactly what I'm going to try - simple & inexpensive.
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    Gents I would be most interested in hearing back if this works, sounds like a great idea.
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    BTW, don't they look cool, and huge, when they're crawling on the front of your housing? Gives me the willies sometimes though.

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    Ha! Funny thing. I had a tech go out today to add some IR illuminators on a customers cameras, and she called and said the junction box for 2 cameras at the top of the tree trunk (residential install, not covert, but blended) was full of ants. Guess we need some mothballs. Now where'd I put those tweezers?

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    Mothballs??? ha ha ha never thought of that!!!! I was going to say regular maintnence.... what do you do when it rains and you get water spots on the cam????

    (I am going to try that... shhhhh)

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    Default Spiderex Spider Deterrent for CCTV

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