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As the huge popularity of TV series such as David Attenboroughs Life and Planet Earth shows, we all love a bit of wildlife and wildlife surveillance. What none of us are very keen on, however, are pest problems. Wildlife can cause problems in surprising places and in amazingly destructive ways. Business owners, homeowners, large companies and even local authorities have to tackle problems with unwanted animal activity on a regular basis. But what problems do animals cause around buildings and infrastructure? And crucially, what can technology do to help? Lets take a look at a few of the most annoying and destructive wildlife problems and how gadgets such as spy cameras can help solve them.
As any cat owner will tell you, our feline friends can be strong-minded, independent and very stubborn. Theres just no keeping them indoors sometimes, which inevitably means that they wander into your neighbours gardens. If you happen to be one of those neighbours, you may find that catty visitors leave unwanted presents in your garden. Even more annoying, cats tend to be very destructive in digging holes to bury these unwanted presents. They can end up digging up plants and virtually destroying your garden. Stray cats can be even more destructive. The most irritating thing about these cat attacks for homeowners is that you almost never see it happen. Cats often visit at night when youre asleep, so you wake up to the chaos theyve left behind. There are a few ways you can use tech to solve your cat problems. Motion-sensitive ultra-sonic and reflective cat repellent devices are available, but you can also detect individual culprits and patterns of behaviour using a surveillance camera. Install a motion-activated one with a good view of your garden, and review the footage the next day to see if its your next-door neighbours cat thats causing all the damage or a visitor from another neighbourhood. More importantly, the footage can tell you how cats are getting in and which areas of your garden they prefer. You can strengthen fences, block up holes and place deterrents in the cats favourite areas of the garden. Hopefully these steps will solve your cat problem!
Can you hear scratching or scrabbling somewhere in your house? Or perhaps you keep finding tiny droppings? These are all signs that you have a mouse or rat problem. Most rodents sneak about at night to eat all of your cereal and leave droppings everywhere, and they can be very furtive. You may never see them, only the evidence that they were there. This can be very frustrating! If you want to know what exactly youre dealing with and how its getting into your property, installing a motion-activated night vision camera in each affected room could be very helpful. As mice in particular are so small, you may even want to go as far as getting hold of a thermal imaging camera so you can see them. Once youve identified the entry point using your camera footage, you can try blocking it up or leaving humane traps there to catch the rodent as it makes yet another night-time raid.
Its not just cats, rats and mice that cause problems in homes and businesses. There have been some more unusual cases reported, such as otters paying night-time visits to a riverside B&B in Pickering. Luckily in this particular story, the owners of the guesthouse didnt mind their unexpected visitors and have even used wildlife surveillance spy cameras to record the footage to show to their guests the following morning. This isnt always the case, as animals can cause some very serious issues indeed. Wildlife problems can be expensive, disruptive and sometimes dangerous to humans and other animals. Here are just a few examples:
Whatever the animal problem, surveillance cameras are the vital first step to a solution in many cases. The footage they record can help you establish the facts what the animal is, how it is getting in and what damage or destruction it is causing, as well as behavioural patterns. All of this information can help you to research the problem and find an effective solution. Its an essential bit of detective work, but the footage of the animals behaviour can also be fascinating to watch, especially if youre an animal lover yourself.