Keeping your electronics insect free

Posted on: March 25, 2023, in Blog

Insects can damage your expensive electronic devices by ruining internal electrical components. When insects move around inside a console or a TV, they touch high voltage components which can short out your product and lead to costly repairs or replacements.

From your stereo to game console, electronics and general appliances offer an enclosed, warm environment for insects to create a nest. 

We had a look at how you can identify if you have insects in your electronic devices and ways you can prevent them from ruining your expensive gadgets!

Where and what to look for

Check all openings, especially the power supply port. If your device has been infested with insects, there will be signs of insect droppings. Other signs are egg casings or egg clusters, that resemble brown capsules. Also, keep an eye out for the critters themselves. Often they can be clustered together inside your electronic item or under a power supply.

Prevention is better than cure

Keeping your electronic devices clean and doing regular insect infestation inspection is key to ensure your equipment stays bug free. Unplug the device, use a screwdriver to open it up and remove all the eggs and fecal matter from the device. We do not recommend using water or liquid cleaner. Instead, use brushes and a soft cloth or ear buds.

Use compressed air

Grab a can of compressed air with a thin spray tip and blow the dead insect bodies out of all the nooks and crannies of your electronic device. This will likely be a messy job as there may be live critters that will be flying out and they will start to scatter. We suggest doing this outdoors.

If your device can withstand cold temperatures

Most insects cannot withstand freezing temperatures. If your device is small and  can handle freezing temperatures, put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in the freezer for 3 to 5 days.

The Cure

Service Master’s crawling insects control solutions include Gel Bait Treatment, Residual Spray, Dusting Powder and Thermal Fogging. Using our services means that your crawling insects control needs are adhered to completely and you are safeguarded against harmful crawling insects that damage your electronic device. Contact Service Master today for the best pest control solutions!

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