The original meaning of a bug in a computer system wasn’t broken software; it was actual bugs. From time to time, we’ll see critters in devices when clients bring them for repairs. In today’s post, we discuss why they take residents in your devices.

Why Bugs Move-In

There are two major reasons bugs will take residence in a device: it’s dark and warm. The cramped space of these devices makes them feel safe and is similar to their natural habitats. Another draw for them is crumbs. Many of us eat near our computers; the crumbs will draw them in, and then they will take advantage of the heat.

What Happens Once They Move-In

While bugs can’t get into the hard drive, they can still wreak havoc on your devices. Most of the time, the more that pile in, the more will die by getting zapped by the internal components. Gunk and feces can build up on the components and damage them. A tightly packed device with bugs will also build up heat, which will make performance.

What You Can Do

The best thing you can do is keep the area around your computer clean. In addition, open up your device about once a month and inspect to see if there are any critters inside. Turn off your computer and unplug it before opening it up—Vaccum out and dust or bugs inside. If you open it up and there are several in there, treat it like a biohazard and put the device in a trash bag, and take it outside. Feel free to give us a call for proper cleaning procedures from there.

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