Investing in a security camera system for your home is a good thing, but unfortunately, you have to take care of your system regularly to protect it.
For example, getting birds in front of your security camera is one of the common and annoying issues as the birds obscure the camera view, and make the output footage of the surveillance camera unclear.
Not only that, but birds also can damage your wired system by cutting the wires, and cables that connect the camera with power and other devices to build nests.
So, if you are facing this problem recently or you are just curious about how to keep birds away from your security cameras? Then you have come to the right place.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the reason that makes birds are attracted to security cameras.
Additionally, we have also included some tips on how to keep birds away from security cameras.
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Why do Birds love to be near security cameras?
According to research, most birds are flying from place to place for one of two reasons, the first is food, and the second is to build a nest for their young birds.
1- Eating Insects and Bees
As we installed more than 100 systems of security cameras for homeowners we notice that a lot of homeowners complained about getting bees near their security cameras, not bees only but also bugs.
The reason for that is bees, and insects are attracted to security cameras because of their bright, flashing lights.
As a result of that, a large number of birds tend to stick near security camera locations to eat the bees and other bugs.
2- Build Nests
Aside from feeding on bugs, there are a few theories concerning why birds would choose to build their nests in spots near humans and technology.
The most popular theory is that birds are attracted to the heat given off by security cameras.
For example, in the winter months, when it’s become cold outside of the nest, a lot of birds prefer to stay near warm places to keep their body temperature high.
On the other hand, when summer comes, birds tend to keep their nests and young in the shadow that exists inside the camera box away from sunlight.
Best 9 Ways to Keep Birds Away From Security Cameras
To prevent birds from coming near your CCTV camera you don’t need to be an expert, there’re a few simple ways that you can apply to accomplish this task.
Here are the 9 best ways to prevent birds from getting close to your security cameras.
Method 1: Spraying out bird repellent gel around the security camera
Using a bird-repellent gel is considered one of the best methods to keep them away from your security cameras as it covers the camera body and doesn’t damage the camera view.
So, when birds decide to build a nest around your camera, simply the gel will make the surface of your camera sticky and uncomfortable for birds to stay on.
While this method is simple and effective for preventing birds from nesting near your camera, it can be the main reason for collecting dust and dirt on your camera due to the gel material.
For that, if you intend to use this way to stop birds from nesting then you should set specific days for cleaning your cameras from dust, or mud.
Method 2: Keep your Security Camera Clean
Apart from keeping birds away from your security cameras, cleaning your IP cameras regularly is important for preventing many other problems.
For example, when you start cleaning your security camera you remove any bird’s food like insects and bugs which results in stopping birds from coming to your camera.
Not only that but also cleaning your security camera regularly will keep your camera view clear.
Additionally, cleaning the camera body by removing the dust that exists around it prevents the forming of mud when rain fills.
To avoid some of these problems, then you should clean your security camera regularly, at least once a week.
It will help to remove any bird droppings that have formed on the camera previously. Plus, cleaning the camera will also make it more difficult for birds to build their nests on your camera.
Method 3: Put a lubricant on the camera body
Another way to keep birds away from security cameras is by using a lubricant and placing it on the camera body.
Without spending more money and buying new staff, you can use any lubricant that you have in your house.
However, If you’re still stuck and don’t know what to use? Well, you can use Lubricants such as silicon, or Teflon spray as they are effective materials but you should be careful to avoid damaging the camera lens with extra lubricant.
And for how to use the lubricant? All right, you can use a lubricant on the sides, top, or bottom parts of your security camera.
Once you did this, then the lubricant will make the camera body slippery which makes it difficult for birds to stay for building nests or lay eggs for hatching.
Pro Tip: If you’re gonna use this way for preventing birds from nesting near your camera then you need to clean the camera before you put any material to get the best results.
Also, this way is also effective for keeping geckos away from security cameras.
Method 4: Build Fake Nests for Birds
One of the effective tricks that we use earlier to keep birds away from our outdoor surveillance cameras is to build a fake nest for the birds near the camera.
This way make the birds use the fake nests and stop building new ones in front of the camera view.
Additionally, when birds find insects flying through the camera they eat them without leaving any dirt on the camera lens, or body.
So, if you want to deter birds away from your security cameras, you can try building a fake nest or purchase a new one from any store.
Method 5: Move the bird feeder Away from the camera Location
A lot of homeowners who love birds, and pets keep a bowl for feeding these creatures.
What we found and consider one of the crucial reasons for having birds around the camera is many customers put the food bowl for birds near the cameras.
After a short time, the number of birds that come to eat from the bowl start to increase and results in many issues for the camera.
So, if you live near an open nature place, or you have a bird feeder near your security camera.
Then you should know that this feeder will attract the birds and blind your security camera view. Not stop on these limits, your camera will constantly be bombarded with bird droppings.
To solve this, my advice to you is to move the bird feeder away from your camera location. By doing so, you can help keep your camera clean and free of birds.
Method 6: Use a separate Motion Sensor
In case you want to solve this problem and keep birds, or bees away from security cameras then you can use a motion sensor.
But what is this?
Well, a motion sensor is a type of sensor that is responsible for detecting movement, triggering the camera to start recording, and finally, turning on a sound alarm.
So, when birds come near your camera, the motion sensor will start to make a sound that alerts the birds and keep them away.
Note that you can purchase a motion sensor separately, or you can make a one-time payment and pick a high-quality camera with a highly sensitive motion sensor.
Once you do this, then you should adjust the sensitivity of the motion sensor for your camera because small insects can cause the sensor to trigger, resulting in false alarms.
Method 7: Place the Camera inside a Well Closed Box
One of the DIY methods to keep birds away from security cameras is by putting the camera in a protection box made from wood, or steel.
What I mean is when you place your camera inside the box that is properly closed from all sides, the birds find it difficult to enter the box, and as a result for that, they couldn’t build nests.
Aside from protecting cameras, there are many designs for security camera boxes that you can choose from, they only differ in material, size, and how the box opens.
So, when you decide to use a closed box for protecting your camera, then make sure that you choose a suitable box that fits your camera shape and wires.
Method 8: Set an Ultrasonic Repeller Near the Camera
While it seems an unfamiliar solution but it’s one of the best ways to keep any annoying creatures from the camera.
This way depends on using an ultrasonic deterrent that emits high-frequency sound waves that affect birds, and bugs’ nervous systems.
Once the birds or insects come and fly in the device range, the device will start to produce high-pitched sound waves that are annoying, and disruptive for birds, and bees making them move away from this area.
Note that an ultrasonic deterrent is a good device to keep birds away from security cameras but you should know that using it for a long time may harm your health.
Method 9: Make a homemade bird spray
Without the need to waste money on buying specific devices, or making a protective box for your camera, you can rely on this solution to keep birds away from security cameras.
This method depends on making a homemade bird spray, and it’s effective & simple. Plus, it doesn’t affect your family’s health like other devices. Let’s see how we can do this.
First, you will need the following:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of dish soap
- 15-20 drops of peppermint oil
Second, mix all the ingredients and spray carefully them around your security cameras. The strong scent of peppermint oil will prevent birds from coming near your camera.
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While it’s cute to see birds up close, but also it’s important not to let them get too close to your homes and businesses’ monitoring devices.
In the above words, we have discussed some of the most effective ways to keep birds away from your security cameras.
We hope that you found this article helpful and that you will use some of these methods to keep your property protected.
Finally, If you have any questions related to this topic or any other questions about how to clean the camera, adjust the sensitivity level of the motion sensor, or others.
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