What can I do to prevent insects from getting into my LCD?
Autor: Johannes Post
07/24/2006, 01:38 CET
In summer, the bright backlight of modern LCDs often lures small insects into the housing of one's LCD. When working with windows open, it is advisable to install a fly screen. Also having an air conditioning system in your room is most of the time going to keep insects away, as they rarely fly from the warm into the cold.
A bright lamp set up next to the LCD for attracting stray little flies keeps them from entering your display instead, letting you swat them quickly. Always make sure that the LCD monitor is not the only source of light in the room! Whenever you leave the room (with the lights out or dimmed) for longer than just a moment, be sure to turn off the display, too.
Although there are these special insect zapper lamps available for this purpose, they mostly don't make for particularly nice room decoration and also produce rather unpleasant sounds every time an insect gets caught in the trap.
By contrast, perfumed candles, which are available in gardening shops and the likes, are a less expensive and more elegant solution to this problem. It keeps insects at distance without killing them. The smell of this candle is not perceived as annoying for humans. However, due to the formation of fume, it is best to use these candles in rooms that are adequately vented.
Alternatively, the following old homespun remedy might do the trick, too: Pour equal amounts of water and vinegar into a bowl until it is half-full. Then, for the finishing touch, add to this mixture a small amount of dish liquid. The small mayflies will be attracted by the scent of this mixture, flying into the bowl. The dish liquid reduces the surface tension of the water, thus making the flies drown in the fluid.
Gardening shops also offer ready-made "liquid traps" of this kind, which, by adding some sort of funnel, also prevent the insects from escaping.
More detailed information on the topic of 'Insect Inside LCDs' can be found in our Special.