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. Jake said:

    I just had one that was gradually making its way from the right side of my laptop screen inwards.
    I crushed it initially thinking i’d killed it, but i hadn’t and i managed over about 20 minutes of tireless squishing to get it out of to the right side of the screen.

    The final pushing of it to the right along with covering my finger overlapped on the edge of the raised plastic edge of the panel i think made it want to go under for shelter. It seemed interested in going underneath my finger when it was just on the surface of the panel but without pressing.

    but hopefully now i have crushed it hard enough that it won’t come back fingers crossed. I can only crush it so hard as i don’t want to damage the thin laptop panel.

    Mine is a glossy display but i doubt that makes any difference

    1. Jake replied:

      he came back alive for me and i’ve now squished him harder. over to the rright side ofthe screen he’s a gonner. but it is annoying that his corpse remains

  2. Ramin said:

    Hi all,
    Are you sure that it’s an actual bug and not a computer bug?
    How long can a bug live inside a screen with nothing to eat? 🙂 Also, suddenly disappearing may suggest that it’s a virus infection!

  3. 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.

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