Bug inside LCD Screen

July 14th, 2007

Argh, help! I’ve got a living bug crawling around inside my LCD computer monitor! It’s actually walking around which is quite annoying. I’ve no idea how it got in there but it’s small enough to have fit through the small holes at the back of the monitor.

On the bright side, there only seems to be one so they won’t be making babies in there any time soon. Has anyone ever had bugs inside their monitors and how did they get rid of them? The advice I’ve had so far is to wait for them to die and hope that they die off screen or somewhere where it won’t affect the picture too much.

Update (July 2010): Incredibly, this article has had 10,000 hits since it’s been published (most of them being in July each year which seems to be peak season). Please read the comments below for tips and discussion. In my case, I found that the bug disappeared after a few days providing that you don’t squish it or anything. You don’t need to do anything elaborate like taking your screen apart (and would not be advised to). Please do drop a comment below and let us know what’s working for you.  – Ken

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  1. valennes said:

    Laptop fix:

    1.) If the insect is behind the screen of a laptop it entered from the bottom part of the screen.

    2.) Press your finger into the screen several inches above the bug. Don’t press hard enough to do damage and DO NOT CRUSH the insect or you will forever have their remains smeared on your screen.

    3.) Play with how close your finger has to get to the intruder / how much pressure you have to apply in order to halt the bug from moving away from the bottom of the screen.

    4.) Apply and release pressure on the bug until it is corralled toward the bottom of the screen, which is probably the bottom part of the screen. The top and sides are tucked into plastic.

    4.) Once it has exited the screen part and is behind the plastic part, CRUSH IT before it has a chance to crawl back.

  2. mebee said:

    55″ lg led…recently removed and baked the board to reflow bad solder, so the back has been off the tv. 3 days or so ago i noticed ant in lower half mid screen. no movement, assumed to be dead.

    tried suction cup…nope
    tried vibration using hand held massager plus suction…nope

    read comment about using cameras video flash or flashlight app to move live bug using light/heat…used phone light directly on ant for 2-3 minutes to dry out body, then suction plus vibration, and ant fell to the bottom, off screen.

    yay!

  3. Danielle said:

    I have had this tablet for only TWO days and theres was a little black dot moving around on or well in my screen I tried the tabling thing but it didn’t work I tryed the suction cup it didn’t work I even tried tosmush the tiny thing just to get it to stop moving but that won’t even work. And that was almost TWO MONTHS ago and the damed thing is still crawling on my dang scree. Like right now its crawling over the words towards the top. Plllllllzzzzzzz someone help me its driving me nuts👿🙎🙅

    If ya got something to say bout it thanks.

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