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Laptops, Gaming Consoles, and Roaches? Oh my!

January 25, 2018

How Your Electronics Could be Harboring Bugs

With several weeks left of the winter season, it is important for households to continue to be aware of the steps they can take to prevent their home from becoming a safe-haven for pesky pests.
In this twenty-first century world filled with technology, our electronic devices have become more than just a luxury- they have become, for many, a necessity for everyday life.  A recent study found that 66% of Americans own at least two electronic devices- whether this be a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or gaming console.
These devices connect us with the world. They take us to the scene of our favorite movie. They constantly keep us informed of the news happening around the globe. They allow us to call and make appointments and plans or defeat the latest level of Pacman.
But what would you say if you were told pests and rodents could make your electronic devices their home? They can…and your laptop or your child’s Xbox could be next. For bugs small enough to get inside, laptops and gaming systems have become a cozy, warm hideaway and breeding ground for pests.
For instance, cockroaches have been known to be found hiding away in the deep depths of a Ps4. There have even been reports of finding these nettlesome creatures in the back-side of desktop computers. In this blog, we will address the warning signs and solutions to ensure your devices- and our kid’s- remain pest free!

Be Aware.

The biggest sign that you may be dealing with a bug problem related to your electronics are the trails and paths they make. If you happen to see ants in formation moving to and from your laptop, television, the kid’s gaming console, or any other household electronic, be sure to do a thorough examination to ensure that bugs have not chosen to hideout in your necessities.  


If roaches seem to love running from behind your computer every time you turn on the console, that too may be a sign that a problem may be forming related to the warmth of the electronic devices and the bug’s desire to avoid the cold temperatures outside during this winter season.

Be Proactive.

The important thing to remember is this- it is harder for bugs to thrive in an environment that is not easily accessible and is taken well care of. Here are some of the steps you can take as a homeowner to make sure your electronics are only serving their purpose- and not serving as a home for unwanted visitors:


Keep Electronics off the ground.

When gaming consoles or central processing units of desktop computers are left on the floor of your home, they become more easily accessible for bugs to enter.


Be sure to pick up all of your devices and display them high off the ground- after all, you should be proud of your electronics- display them with pride for all to see!

Keep Electronics Clean

Canisters of compressed air can really come in handy for this one. Blasting away dust from your devices can not only keep them running more smoothly, but can also prevent conditions from being more favorable for an infestation to occur.

While doing this, you may come to find an infestation or nest in one of your favorite devices. Therefore, regular inspections of devices and awareness of possible problems are important.  If a problem does arise, have no fear…that’s what we are here for.

Be Responsive. 

Cold Air.

Keep in mind, the bugs are hiding out in your electronics to escape the cold. What better way to combat the ever so irksome cockroach than with what they are afraid of?
For small electronic devices, one can place the item in a bag and into the freezer to help fix the problem. Temperatures of below zero degrees Fahrenheit can be detrimental to their survival.
Before you take this step, however, be sure that whatever item you are placing into cold temperatures are made to withstand such conditions.


Dusts, sprays, and bait stations are common ways of fighting bugs. These items are directly sprayed onto the culprit or are placed in the suspected path of the insects.

Call a Professional. 

While there are steps you can take to limit bug activity in and around your house, specifically in your daily-used electronic devices, the average homeowner does not have access to the tools or knowledge necessary to completely pest-proof their home.

Trust a certified, reputable pest control professional to ensure that your home, laptops, gaming consoles, and other electronic devices are bug free for you and your family to enjoy year round.