Electric appliances like microwave ovens and refrigerators emit heat and therefore attract roaches. Once the roaches establish their colony inside electronics, they act as a hotspot of roach infestation and as a source of the musty stench.
To get roach smell out of electronics,
- Turn off the appliance and remove power line
- Dissasemble the appliance
- Using a nylon brush carefully remove the source of smell (roach’s poop, exoskeleton and dead roach body parts).
- Spary isopropyl alcohol to disinfect and loose hardend poop
- Once the electronics stops emiting odor, let it dry and reassemble it.
Roaches have a typical musty smell like urine, resulting from long-term deposition and rotting of roach droppings, exoskeleton, eggshells, and dead body parts. The smell is so strong that it can get on your nerves and give an awful impression on your guest. Therefore, getting roach smell out of electronic is essential.
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Can Roach smell make you sick?
Once your electric appliances, furniture, or kitchen cupboards are harvesting a colony of roaches with desquamated skin, droppings, and tons of eggshells, it starts to smell awful. The bacteria start to decompose with the emission of gases.
Believe me! Roach smell is the worst thing to encounter. The smell of roach alone is enough to trigger vomiting and induce nausea, making you sick.
Moreover, salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumonia have been isolated from cockroaches (Source). These bacterias cause some of the worst diseases known to humanity.
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Getting roach smell out of electronics
Electronic equipment and appliances are sensitive to water and humidity. Although some blogs on the internet suggest cleaning electric appliances with water-based products, including disinfectants, I do not recommend it.
Follow these steps to get the roach smell out of electronics without damaging them.
Step 1: Remove power source
Before attempting to get the roach smell out of electronics, unplug the power supply to prevent electric shock and damage to the device. It is preferred to use an electrostatic wrist band to prevent circuit damage.
Step 2: Disassemble appliance
Using the user’s manual, carefully disassemble the appliance. Remove cover, lids, and removable ICs.
Step 3: Brush off loses roach products
Vacuum or brush off lose roach products, including droppings, skin, and eggshells. I prefer to use a nylon brush because it does not scratch the device.
Step 4: Spray Isopropyl Alcohol
Spray isopropyl alcohol over hardened roach products to make them soft. Do not use any other product because it might damage it.
Step 5: Let the circuit dry
Let the electric circuits dry once you have successfully cleaned the smell of roach products. It usually takes a few minutes because isopropyl alcohol is highly volatile.
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How do I get rid of Roach smell?
Do you probably wonder how to get rid of the roach smell from your house, including the kitchen and bedroom? It is not that hack of a job. All you need to do is,
- Remove cockroach products including desqumated exoskeleton, dead roaches and egg shells
- Regularly clean the surfaces with detergents or Lysol.
- Keep roaches at bay using natural repellents including, pepper mint, clove or tee tree oil.
- In case of heavy infestation, exterminate roaches as the exterminators do.