Eight legs bad
Well, that’s one little problem solved.
For the last couple of weeks my little security setup has been useless to the point where I was almost on the point of binning it.
The problem was simple – every night my camera in the front garden just showed a spider’s web. Every day I would wipe the web off the lens and every night the little fucker would build a new one. Having built his web the little shit would spend his time crawling around it and each time he did that the camera would start recording.
Come the morning, I would check the night’s recording and all I would get was a solid eight to ten hours of fucking web.
Some of the recordings even showed the spider sucking the life out of an unfortunate wayward moth. Not an edifying sight. I hated that spider. It became personal.
Now I had tried various options like cutting all foliage back and even spraying citrus juice around the camera [which apparently is supposed to be a deterrent] but all to no avail.
The other day I decided on some drastic action. It worked for Saddam Hussein so why wouldn’t it work for me? I liberally doused the whole area with nerve gas. Well, actually it was an industrial sized can of flyspray I brought back from France but what the hell. I doused the whole area and muttered a few incantations against the entire species of spiders.
Far play to Saddam. It worked. Since then the camera has been working perfectly. Not a web in sight. The camera was only tripped on a few occasions by a passing moth. And the postman. And Penny.
Now I just have to find a way of stopping rain and wind.
Truly, a webcam.
Come on, it wasn't that bad.
Oh, it was?
You beat me to it: my thoughts exactly. So if BOTH of us thought it, surely 'tis the epitome of drollery.
The citrus thing is to keep away cats, surely? It’s conkers for spiders!
Well, cats didn't build a nest over the lens, so it obviously worked?
Yup, happens on a regular basis on our cameras as long as it's above freezing (we have some spiders that must have antifreeze in their veins). We do a regular "spider patrol" before we go to bed during the warm season using an extendable duster. Damn things always come back right after. I swear they're learning our anti-web schedules.