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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  • The problem with just leaving it (ie – not crushing it but leaving it to exit by itself) is that if it meanders about & then ‘expires’ within the display area of the screen it’ll be there forever. I’ve had this a few times. I try to get it to the very edge of the screen & then attempt to er….. ‘pressurise’ it into staying there….

  • 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

    • 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

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