Gecko Ruining My Security System Detection

I have a gecko (or maybe more) doing a tap dance every night on my security camera front, triggering the motion detection, sometimes every minute.
Any great ideas of a deterrent?

Thanks

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  • +8 votes

    a snake.. and then to get rid of the snake you need a (insert slightly larger animal here)

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    xiaomi AI human detection

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    Spray dettol everywhere it crawls that annoys your camera.

  • +3 votes

    If the camera has an LED light then it might be attracting insects (hence the gecko who comes to eat them).

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      Indeed it has (IR but you can still see them lighting up red at night) and you are probably right… but how do I make the dance/hunt stop?

  • +2 votes

    How exactly does this ruin the system? Seems like system is doing exactly what it should be

    • +6 votes

      I get thousands of snapshots every night of some various body parts of the gecko.
      Sifting though that to find an intruder is a pain.

      I would expect to get a few false positive detection snapshots a night if the system would be behaving as expected.
      So the gecko must either die or be kept away.

  • +3 votes

    Put a small light elsewhere nearby, that might attract the insects away from the camera and the gecko will hopefully follow.

  • +1 vote

    Buy some bitcoin, go on the dark web and hire an assassin.

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    Could it be that the camera is emitting infrared light, on top of being a beacon of light the electronics might also be providing a nice warm place for the gecko to sleep on? The nights are cold after all…

    You could simply spray something the gecko dislikes (maybe something that smells bad, or something hot/spicy like Tabasco sauce) and see if that will deter it

    • +2 votes

      I reckon OP's joint has been cased by reptile man and a heist is about to unfold.

      Step 1 - obscure cameras with gecko army.

      Now we wait…

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    My bug zapper (aptly gecko brand) occasionally fries a gecko or two, but they keep coming back regardless.

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    I wonder is putting strong double sided tape just around the camera would stop them…

    Their feet would be stuck and unable to reach the camera.

    Like a mouse glue.

    After a few dead dried up gecko corpse , surely their friends would smarten up and keep out

    Would work?????????

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      That is a very interesting suggestion - and easy doable

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      Same idea is used in moth traps: there is a bait which attracts them and a sticky surface surrounding the bait that they get stuck to and eventually die.

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    I agree with the poster who suggested Dettol as a deterrent. I've also found the heavier duty Surface spray type insect spray seems to to deter them or the insects they seek out.

    I stumbled on the Dettol thing while spraying cane toads in summer and sprayed some asian geckos just outside my back door where they leave an incredible pile of shit overnight, every night, all over my entertaining area, dining table and more.

    I used surface spray subsequently to see if I could deter them repopulating that specific area and it seems to have worked. I try to catch the ones that get into the house and toss them outside, but if too hard I use a fly swat to stun, or kill if necessary. They can cause major dramas in electrical stuff like computers, air con systems, entertainment systems, you name it.

    Asian geckos, like cane toads, are an introduced species and don't seem to have too many predators and breed like flies. So please, no bleeding heart rants about sharing my home with nature's creatures ;-)

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    lovepub 8 hours 36 min ago new

    I wonder is putting strong double sided tape just around the camera would stop them…

    Their feet would be stuck and unable to reach the camera.

    Like a mouse glue.

    After a few dead dried up gecko corpse , surely their friends would smarten up and keep out

    Would work?????????

    Also highly illegal. Native animals are protected. Can attract a fine if $10,000

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      I’ve seen plenty of native geckos in the bush, or growing up on a farm, but around our house in town I’ve only ever seen Asian geckos. More geckos each year and less of the small native lizards. They’re a pest.

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      Doubt if council will gove out penalties even if they see anyone doing it

      It's getting into a stage jts almost out of control.

      20 years ago, I still see red backs every day under my chair…
      Now they are NOWHERE to be seen

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    @ wabster' How do you know they are Asian geckos?

    There are 18 different Australian native Geckos in Australia.

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    I think thats halarious

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    Loved reading this, had exact issue at a previous work place.
    It was fixed by rubbing eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil around the base/walls/ceiling of the censors.
    Sorry I can’t remember which one.

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    lovepub on 16/05/2019 - 19:07

    "Doubt if council will gove out penalties even if they see anyone doing it"

    Nothing to do with council. If they are natives it's comes under the National Parks.

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    Rubbing Vicks Vaporub around and behind the detectors worked for me.

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