Seven ways to protect your camcorder from cobwebs and insects

Seven ways to protect your camcorder from cobwebs and insects

Outdoor CCTV cameras are not only exposed to the atmosphere. Insect damage can often do much more severe damage. In this article, we will analyze seven ways to protect your video surveillance system from insects.

How do insects harm the video monitoring system?

Infrared illumination attracts midges, mosquitoes, moths, butterflies, which cover and stain the lens. Therefore, at the most crucial moment when observation is necessary, the image may be indistinct. It is also possible for insects to enter the camera and damage the electronics.

Where does the cobweb come from? Spiders are attracted by tiny insects that flock to the backlight. Accordingly, spiders begin to weave webs around the equipment.

Threads reduce the camera’s visibility and block entire objects. And if the camera reacts to movements, there will be problems with constant false alarms.

TOP-7 ways to protect video equipment

There are hundreds of insect control methods, but here are the simplest and most effective ones.

Special grease

You will need silicone, Teflon spray, or petroleum jelly. You need to apply lubricant to the camera body after covering the lens with paper or napkins not to get dirty.

The listed means will make the camera slippery for insects and prevent them from sitting on it for a long time. Because of this, spiders will not weave webs around the equipment.

Aroma wipes

Perfumed wipes give off an odor that is too strong for insects. You need to fix the product on the camera itself and not next to it.

Zoo collar

A flea collar for dogs and cats can be found at any pet store. It is designed to scare off parasites, including insects with spiders. The collar can be adjusted to fit and fixed to the camera. It is a convenient and straightforward way. It is essential to keep track of the expiration dates of the device.

Insect spray

The spray drives away the insects with its pungent odor. Any product that you can buy at a pharmacy will do. The only drawback of the method is that the spray evaporates quickly, so the camera will have to be processed once every 1-3 days.

Turn off the backlight

Since it is the infrared illumination that attracts insects, it would be logical to turn it off. The method works only for those cameras that will have enough artificial light to maintain the quality of the shooting.

Mechanical cleaning

You can do without special tools altogether. It is enough to clean the lens and camera body from dirt and insects once a week. It is essential to use a soft brush that will not scratch the optics.


Small and budget desktop fans and computer models can blow all the parasites off the case and drive away the arachnids. Mount the device so that it blows directly onto the camera.

Additional Information

If your cameras suffer from more than bugs, then read our additional materials: 

All tips are suitable for wired and wireless models. And about which one is better to choose, read our article “Can camcorders work without electricity? TOP-3 solutions ”.


When purchasing a surveillance system, you need to be prepared to care for it. But to minimize this time, purchase cloud monitoring systems. For example, the Faceter service does not require complex editing, periodic system settings, and all updates are downloaded automatically.

You can easily connect any number of cameras to the video surveillance body at any time. All restrictions are set only by your chosen tariff and additional functions.

Александр Вебер

Alexander Weber

Specialist in video surveillance, video analytics, cloud storage systems. Consultant on the integration of video surveillance systems and tools in various business sectors. Over 10 years of industry experience.

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