Exterminating bed bugs in a laptop or computer can be so tricky when you have no idea about how bed bugs live and choose a place to start their infestation. But, once you do know their habits, it is going to be easier to exterminate them. Here, you can set a trap based on their characteristics and behaviors.
First, let us start with why do they choose your laptop or computer. If you observe their movement, you will find that bed bugs cannot crawl fast. Have you observed that there are only places and stuff near your bedroom that are being infested?
Here, it is. Bed bugs to stay near with their host to make sure they can have an effective move at night when they are most likely to act and find foods. A sleeping human is the best prey they have to look for. So, they will stay as close as possible with their host. Thus, it makes the bedroom is the best place for them, including behind the mattress, wall crack, and even your laptop or computer inside your bedroom.
Second, bed bugs only look for blood which means they wait for the human to fall asleep and then bite them. If you think clearly, sometimes, you will leave your laptop or computer around you while you are in your bedroom. It can be because you feel tired or you need your stuff as close as possible to you.
Then, here comes the problem. Basically bed bugs cannot fly, so they have to crawl whenever they want to bite people from their nest. So, if it is possible, you do need to make your electronics gadgets stay away from you while you are sleeping.
Thus, do you want to eliminate bed bugs in the laptop or computer? Well, let us dive in.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in a Laptop or Computer?
Having bed bugs on a laptop or computer can be so annoying. Imagine that you are still typing and suddenly some bed bugs get out of the keyboard. Here, bed bugs can fit into a small space on your laptop or computer. So, they can come inside your laptop or computer from the keyboard or air hole.
Then, if you have read the explanation about the behavior of bed bugs, you will realize that there are some tricks to trap or even eliminate that bed bugs in a laptop or computer. They are inspection, isolation, vacuuming, the use of heat, and cheap trap. Let us check it out.
1. Removing Bed Bugs in Laptop or Computer by Inspection
Inspection is the most basic yet challenging thing to do when you want to get the bed bugs out of the laptop or computer. This trick can be done for those who are expertise in reassembling laptops or computers. Here, you need to be careful to keep all the parts work well after you disassemble and clean them up. Let us check the steps to get rid of bed bugs in a laptop or computer by inspection.
Step 1. Preparation
To inspect bed bugs in laptop or computer you need particular things such as:
- A set of the screwdriver. This tool is needed to disassemble your laptop or computer into the parts.
- Some Ziploc bags. This bag is needed to keep the bed bugs in laptop or computer parts to not escape.
- A Flashlight. This tool is needed to light the laptop or computer parts. The LED type is the best.
- A magnifying glass. This tool is needed to inspect bed bugs in larval stages.
- A soft brush. This tool is needed to remove bed bugs.
- A pill bottle. Use this to keep the bed bugs.
Step 2. Identification
In this step, use your screwdriver to disassemble the laptop or computer into the parts. Separate all the parts like motherboard/mainboard, fan, hard disk, memory, battery, processors, and etc. Make sure you are careful with LCD cables because it is quite susceptible.
Then, put the parts in different Ziploc bags; the bags for the parts that have been inspected and the bags for the parts that have not inspected. In this case, some new brand laptops or computers have a simple hardware design, so almost all of the hardware is on board planted.
Step 3. Inspection
Here, you need to use the flashlight and the magnifying glass to inspect the parts. In this case, you do need to have knowledge about the bed bugs' appearance based on the age stages. Bed bugs in larva stages can be so small. It is about 1 mm, so it looks like dust.
Use your brush to remove bed bugs when you find it. Collect the bed bugs in the pill bottle. Please be careful while you use the brush. Some laptops or computer parts such as processors and memory are quite susceptible. Please do not do this if you do not have good knowledge and experience about cleaning laptop or computer parts.
Therefore, you can use other advance tricks like vacuum and isolation to treat all the bed bugs inside the parts. Those tricks are likely safe for your laptop or computer parts.
Step 4. Elimination
Here, after you finish all of the steps and collect the bed bugs, you have to eliminate the bed bugs. Here, you do need heat to kill the bed bugs. So, you can set a fire and burn all of the bed bugs. It is your choice to reuse the pill bottle for the next inspection or burn it all. The important thing here is that you have to make sure that all the bed bugs are burnt.
However, you can ask a professional to do this job. Of course, there is some extra cost to do that. Make sure you check the warranty first because there may some after-sales service that makes you get the free maintenance services.
But, if the pest infestation is not included, you do need either spend more money on it or do other tricks to treat bed bugs in a laptop or computer. So, that is why inspection can be the hardest thing to do for treating bed bugs in a laptop or computer.
2. Treating Bed Bugs in Laptop or Computer by Isolation
Isolation technique can either protect your laptop or computer from bed bugs or kill bed bugs inside your laptop or computer. Here, there two reasons why isolation is needed; to make bed bugs suffer in desiccation and also starvation. The combination of those two conditions will make bed bugs cannot live longer.
Isolation is the easiest and most inexpensive to do. You only need to prepare some plastic bags. Here, the sealable or zippered bag works better. What you only need is just to put the laptop or computer parts into plastic bags and seal them, waiting for the bed bugs desiccated and starved.
Then, everything will be just fine. Regardless of how easy it is, here are some useful tips for you.
Isolation Tips in Treating Bed Bugs in Laptop or Computer
First, you need some clear or transparent plastic bags. The plastic should be transparent so you can see the bed bugs easily. Here, the plastic should be completely isolated and airtight. In this case, if it is not airtight, you can use duct tape. Then, as a result, you can see clearly that bed bugs are in the corners of the isolated plastic bags, trying to escape.
Second, plastic bags should be strong without any small holes or gaps. Please remember that bed bugs in the early stages are so small. It is about 1 mm. So, if there is any gap with 1 mm size, they can escape easily. See? It is necessary to select the bags carefully.
Third, researches show that hot temperature can speed up starvation and desiccation process for bed bugs. Here, the average time to kill bed bugs in the sealed plastic bags is about five months or more. But, by store the sealed plastics bags at a higher temperature, it can speed up the time. However, you do need to find out first the temperature limitation for every single laptop or computer part you keep. So, the heat will not harm them.
To be concluded, you need a very good sealed plastic bag for at least five months or more. Also, doing isolation techniques needs a quite long time to treat bed bugs in a laptop or computer unless you can speed it up. Choose this technique if you can live without your laptop or computer for a while.
However, the isolation technique is also worth to prevent any of your stuff while you are traveling. So, you can stay safe wherever you go. Or, if you find that your office is being infested by bed bugs, you can also do this technique to prevent the spread of bed bugs by carrying bed bugs inside your stuff.
3. Treating Bed Bugs in Laptop or Computer by Vacuum
Vacuuming technique is useful when people need to treat the bed bugs quickly. In this technique, surely, people need to inspect the laptop or computer first which means disassemble it into parts. Here, vacuuming works better when the laptop is disassembled into the parts.
Vacuuming the laptop or computer parts can be more effective. It is because you can make sure that every single space in the inside can be cleaned. However, you do need to use certain particular vacuum to treat bed bugs in laptop or computer. Let us check it out.
Step 1. Preparation
The best vacuum you need to do this job is the one with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters. Or, you can buy HEPA-filtered vacuum bags. This filter can prevent any particles and dust to go outside into the air. So, it is very necessary to prevent bed bugs in small sizes from escaping.
But, a regular home vacuum can be modified to works well too. Here, your vacuum is needed to catch any bed bugs eggs and their shed skins. It is because, in fact, bed bugs nymphs can hide in shed skins. So, it is hoped that your laptop parts can be completely clean after the treatment.
Thus, here is what you need to vacuum bed bugs in laptop or computer:
- A vacuum. You can use any kind of vacuum but please do not use a small handheld type because it is quite weak to do the job.
- Vacuum attachments. The attachments here including a crevice tool, crack, and brush.
- Knee-high stockings. It is useful to both protecting your vacuum from bed bugs and keeps the bed bugs in one place.
- Rubber band.
- Sealed plastic bags. Use it to isolate vacuum attachments after the uses.
Step 2. Reassembly
In this step, you do need to reassemble the vacuum and other attachments. Here are the following steps you need to do.
- Use the stocking in the hose end. It is useful to collect all the vacuumed waste including bed bugs. So, you can remove it when the vacuuming is done. Place it inside the vacuum.
- Then, roll the cuff down. Make sure it is tight and secure. Use the rubber band to secure it.
- At the last, insert the crack and crevice tool.
Here, the stocking is very useful to store all the waste, including bed bugs. Therefore, it is necessary to treat the stocking well after the use. Make sure the bed bugs cannot escape and spread from it.
Step 3. Targeting
In this step, you can vacuum all of the laptop or computer parts or just a few parts of the laptop or computer. The point is that the parts that do not go to the vacuuming process, must be completely clean and free from bed bugs.
Here, some laptops or computer parts need more attention. The parts like hard disk, motherboard, fan, and any other spaces inside are likely the best place for them to hide. Also, do not forget to vacuum the entire keyboard.
Step 4. Vacuuming
In this step, vacuum the laptop parts carefully. Do not let any single spot left. If it is necessary, repeat it a few times until the parts are clean. Also, make sure you separate the clean laptop or computer parts into the plastic bags. So, the one that has been cleaned will not be infested anymore.
Use any vacuum attachments to make your work easier and cleaner. But, do not forget to clean them after use. For example, bed bugs’ eggs can be so sticky to your brush. So, keep it clean.
After finishing the vacuuming process, you can burn the stockings. Or, if you still need it, please clean it. Washing it in hot water can help you to kill bed bugs. However, single-use can give you a better guarantee.
4. Treating Bed Bugs in Laptop or Computer by Heat
Using heat to treat bed bugs is a very effective method. If you set the right temperature, the heat will kill both bed bugs and its eggs less than 1 minute. Is it pretty impressive right? Well, let us check the temperature vs the time needed to kill bed bugs based on the recent research.
- The heat at 113°F can kill adult beg bugs in 90 minutes and its eggs in 8 hours.
- The heat in 118°F can kill adults beg bugs in 2 minutes and its eggs in 90 minutes.
- The heat at 122°F can kill adults beg bugs in 0 minutes and its eggs in 0 minutes.
Then, treating bed bugs by heat actually can be done in various ways, depending on the material that is needed to be cleaned. In this case, the thing that is needed to be cleaned from bed bugs is laptop or computer. So, the treatment is kind of more specific. Let us check it out.
Use a hairdryer to treat bed bugs in laptop
As the electronic parts, laptop or computer has a very limited condition to face heat. Here, electronic parts cannot be treated with a very high heat. So, we do need a safe tool to treat bed bugs in laptop or computer. In this case, we need a hairdryer.
The use of the hairdryer to treat bed bugs in a laptop or computer may make people laugh. But, it is better than just let the bugs infest all the electronic things you have. Also, a hairdryer can heat more than 140°F. So, a hairdryer is the perfect choice.
However, some laptop or computer parts do need to be checked first. Not all of electronic parts can stand in the high heat. So, it is necessary to find out the temperature that each of laptop or computer parts cans stand with. Please check it carefully because the recommended heat from the hairdryer is more than 140°F to kill bed bugs in a laptop or computer.
Therefore, if you find that your laptop or computer parts are susceptible to heat, you can either choose other techniques or ask professionals to treat bed bugs in a laptop or computer. Here, you have to make sure that the heat technique you use is safe for your laptop or computer parts.
5. Cheap Trick to Trap Bed Bugs in Laptop
First, if you have a lot of money, you can ask a service center to separate your laptop into pieces, clean the parts carefully, and reassemble them into a whole laptop. The problem is done. But, if you do not have much money, you can start it by putting your laptop inside a Ziploc bag.
Second, this vacuum bag can make either bed bugs on the laptop go outside or stay there. Make sure you put your Ziploc bag far away from you for a few days. The bed bugs here will look for foods that can make them crawl outside. Here, if they do not go outside, you can use CO2 gas to push them to go outside.
Third, prepare adhesive tape to make a fortress around the Ziploc bag. Here, you can make a small hole from the bag and let them go outside instinctively. Make sure the hole is near the adhesive tape.
Fourth, bed bugs cannot fly, so they will crawl. In this trap, bed bugs will crawl and cross the adhesive tape. This kind of tape is sticky enough to trap them. You can make some layers of the adhesive tape to make sure the bed bugs are trapped. Also, you can use other things to lure the bed bugs out of the Ziploc bag.
6. Cheap Trick to Trap Bed Bugs in Computer
Exterminating bed bugs in the computer seems easier because you can separate the parts inside the CPU and reassemble them by yourself. Precisely, it is not going to be as hard as the laptop assembly. Also, the technique to treat bed bugs in the computer is similar to the technique to treat bed bugs in laptops.
Here, you can fully clean the case of the computer because every single part of the CPU can be separated and disassembled again. Make sure you clean the socket in the motherboard carefully. Also, you can check power supply, DVD player, and harddisk socket to make sure the bed bugs are not there.
Then, you can also use adhesive tape as a trap while bed bugs want to enter your computer again. Just make it like a fence and you will see the bed bugs in computer cannot go anywhere. They will stick in the trap.
However, you need regularly to check and change the adhesive tape. By doing this, your trap will always be effective and stick. Also, the most important thing is that you need to put the important electronics stuff or gadget far from the bedroom.
So, can you add some suggestion about how to set the trap to catch bed bugs in laptop or computer? Please comment your opinion below.