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February 6, 2008 11:11:35 AM

I live in a less than friendly home where roaches can crawl through. I try sprays and whatnot and it helps a little but my parents don't want to bomb the place, dirty people they are. Anyway, I got the centurion 5 and it seems like it has very big holes for vents, so I don't know what to do incase of bugs crawling in which they can easily do.

I ordered this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... because it seems to have less holes just on the back. Anyway, if you guys know how I may be able to keep this case I'd be grateful. Is there anything I can put that can repel them? Is putting a little gate or plastic wrap over the holes with tiny holes popped in the wrap ok? Any ideas?

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February 6, 2008 11:34:55 AM

Put a mothball or two in your case. You really don't want to reduce airflow. Of course, that might create a smell problem (so don't use too many). You could put pieces of ladies' stockings over all openings, but you'd really cut the airflow. You could put a sticky trap in the bottom of your case and catch the buggers that crawl in, changing it every month or so if there are bugs on it.
February 6, 2008 11:35:24 AM

Illuminate the interior of your case.
Roaches avoid light.

And, wtf, your parents like living with roaches?

You can also try placing a few mothballs (naphthalene) around your room. It might keep the roaches away from you and your computer.
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February 6, 2008 11:37:00 AM

Take a dry Swiffer pad that you can buy at the grocery store and cut it into sizes that will fit. Then secure it to the vents of your case. Many people do this to prevent dust from getting in their cases. If it stops dust, it'll stop roaches unless they eat through it.
February 6, 2008 11:47:09 AM

thanks guys
February 6, 2008 11:54:58 AM

also, how would one illuminate their case? I never modded my case with light before.
February 6, 2008 12:24:41 PM

sources said:
I live in a less than friendly home where roaches can crawl through. I try sprays and whatnot and it helps a little but my parents don't want to bomb the place, dirty people they are. Anyway, I got the centurion 5 and it seems like it has very big holes for vents, so I don't know what to do incase of bugs crawling in which they can easily do.

I ordered this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... because it seems to have less holes just on the back. Anyway, if you guys know how I may be able to keep this case I'd be grateful. Is there anything I can put that can repel them? Is putting a little gate or plastic wrap over the holes with tiny holes popped in the wrap ok? Any ideas?


GAK!!, EWE!!, Roaches, I hate them. First off, if your parents wish to live in a roach motel thats their call but that doesn't mean you can't bomb the room or office that the computer is in, just close it off from the rest of the house if possible and keep bombing on a regular basis to keep from reinfesting your living quarters...ewe., I get the whillies thinking about that.

I'll tell ya'll a story. I was once asked to "fix" a computer that had quit working from this really nice lady I knew. She is a dear so I went to her house and met her daughter, son-in-law and two little kids along with 3 or 4 fat dogs. All of them the nicest sweetest people you would ever want to meet. This did not explain why their home was a total disaster area HEAVILY infested by garbage, piles of clothes and ROACHES! This was the middle of the day and there where roaches crawling on the walls, the tables and every single item in the house. I could hardly sit down for fear of roaches crawling on me, I almost ran out the door. I told them I needed to a look at the computer more closely and figure out the various problems they where having. Fortunately I had a large hefty bag in my car, (a classic Porsche928S and put the computer in the bag and sealed it tight for fear of spreading roaches in my car.

I got the computer home and in the driveway, I got a can of raid and sprayed half a can of it into the bag and computer and sealed it back up. Hours later still outside in the driveway I opened the bag back up and carefully began prying into the computer. There were still some live roaches inside the computer. I took the whole thing apart, I mean everything, all the drives, removed the motherboard and had to actually take the floppy casing apart because so many roaches had crawled inside that their excrement, to put it nicely, had clogged up the heads and moving part of the drive. There was roach excrement ALL inside and all over every part of the computer. It was possibly the nastiest thing I have every seen. I pressure washed the whole case outside and cleaned it out outside wearing gloves. I would never do this again for anyone but these folks. As i said they are the kindest people but their living habits leave much to be desired. I fear for their children. They have since moved to Kentucky or somewhere like this.

Don't every allow yourself to get to this point, it just isn't sanitary. :pfff: 
February 6, 2008 1:49:50 PM

Claa Child protection services, and health and human services. They will make your parents clean. Thats gross.
a b ) Power supply
February 6, 2008 2:09:22 PM

deuce271 said:
Take a dry Swiffer pad that you can buy at the grocery store and cut it into sizes that will fit. Then secure it to the vents of your case. Many people do this to prevent dust from getting in their cases. If it stops dust, it'll stop roaches unless they eat through it.
Scotch Brite scouring pads work well for this too and don't restrict flow very much.

Also, as a temporary solution, you could elevate the case some. for example, you could use 4 pieces of 2" PVC plumbing fittings. Then, you could put those insect sticky pads at the base of each of the 4 PVC fittings as that would be the only way the little monsters could climb to the case.
February 6, 2008 2:35:50 PM

sources said:
I live in a less than friendly home where roaches can crawl through. I try sprays and whatnot and it helps a little but my parents don't want to bomb the place, dirty people they are. Anyway, I got the centurion 5 and it seems like it has very big holes for vents, so I don't know what to do incase of bugs crawling in which they can easily do.

I ordered this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... because it seems to have less holes just on the back. Anyway, if you guys know how I may be able to keep this case I'd be grateful. Is there anything I can put that can repel them? Is putting a little gate or plastic wrap over the holes with tiny holes popped in the wrap ok? Any ideas?



Call your local health department for help.
February 6, 2008 3:16:41 PM

i agree, fix the problem at the source and call local health. You deserve better then that!


Unless you are one of those punks hacking COD4.
February 6, 2008 3:30:24 PM

THAT..............IS..............NASTY
February 6, 2008 3:40:20 PM

MOVE !
February 6, 2008 4:13:38 PM

OMG! stop posting this. you are obviously a roach fanboy.
February 6, 2008 4:16:34 PM

Just surround the PC case with:

February 6, 2008 4:43:22 PM

Dude... sell your computer and buy some stuff to clean the house. FFS, roaches inside the computer are the least of your problems...
February 6, 2008 4:47:41 PM

Well first, stop throwing the roaches in there... There's still a little left.

Get a roach clip to finish it off.
February 6, 2008 4:50:08 PM

sources said:
I live in a less than friendly home where roaches can crawl through. I try sprays and whatnot and it helps a little but my parents don't want to bomb the place, dirty people they are. Anyway, I got the centurion 5 and it seems like it has very big holes for vents, so I don't know what to do incase of bugs crawling in which they can easily do.

I ordered this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... because it seems to have less holes just on the back. Anyway, if you guys know how I may be able to keep this case I'd be grateful. Is there anything I can put that can repel them? Is putting a little gate or plastic wrap over the holes with tiny holes popped in the wrap ok? Any ideas?


Sorry but.........LOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOL
February 6, 2008 5:04:45 PM

I agree... you've got to remove the source of the roaches.

Covering the vents to your computer is like putting a bandaid on a severed limb.

Call someone. Living in those conditions is atrocious.
February 6, 2008 5:21:43 PM

Get a RAID card...nyuck nyuck...get it?
February 6, 2008 5:32:27 PM

Your problems are much bigger than roaches in your case.
Just having roaches inside your house is a big enough problem.

^ Get a RAID card.. Maybe a 1000w PSU & a P4 can cook a few.
February 6, 2008 5:40:42 PM

Or get the nV 9800GX2, nothing will be able to survive your case when you turn it into an oven.
February 6, 2008 5:43:44 PM

I would say. Be pro-active and start cleaning the whole house without being asked. If there is garbage, throw it away. If it is a bunch of clutter and junk that isnt yours, put it in trash bags and tell them to put it up someplace. Vacuum all carpets , then rent a carpet shampoo machine. Then go to Home depo or some place like that and buy roach poison. There are some powder type stuff that works great. It stays in place in the cracks of the floor and such. Sprinkle the poison around the entire interior perimeter of the house.

Clean out/vacuum all of the furniture cousions. Remove all crumbs/food from areas. Dont want to keep them fed.

Then buy bombs, read the instructions and use them when your parrents are away. just do it. If they complain tell them if they don't let you, you will report them to CPS.

Step up to the plate and take control. If you make their living experience better and it doesn't cost them any time or money because you are doing it all , they shouldn't care.

Have fun!
February 6, 2008 5:47:44 PM

SpinachEater said:
Get a RAID card...nyuck nyuck...get it?


LOL! That was one of those classic lame-but-yet-funny puns.......
February 6, 2008 5:51:39 PM

I sure hope the OP is joking.....
February 6, 2008 5:52:13 PM

Thanks, I'm here every Wednesday and Friday...don't forget to tip your wait staff.
February 6, 2008 5:53:01 PM

What about getting a couple of geckos.
a b ) Power supply
February 6, 2008 5:55:32 PM

SpinachEater said:
Get a RAID card...nyuck nyuck...get it?

That's a good one!
February 6, 2008 5:55:44 PM

apprentice25 said:
What about getting a couple of geckos.


That's actually not a bad idea. I think one problem would be that he seems to have a great many of them in his house, so he'd need like 10-15 geckos or something like that. Not to mention that the gecko waste would be more disgusting and in greater quantities than the roach stuff!
February 6, 2008 5:55:47 PM

Aw dude, roaches will kick some gecko @ss in there. They have ninja skills.



Print this out and stick it up inside your case as a warning.
February 6, 2008 6:06:26 PM

no, thats YOUR roaches, which you have clearly been experimenting on
February 6, 2008 6:17:32 PM

Mmm...that is after I cooked them over the 9800Gx2...extra crispy
February 6, 2008 6:18:59 PM

apprentice25 said:
What about getting a couple of geckos.

Geckos are badass...they hunt nonstop all night long and lay eggs to hatch as many more Geckos as the food supply will support.

Years ago I was a manager at a wholesaler and we had some Geckos that got lose...a few of them grew rather large feasting on the crickets in the warehouse.
They are heavy feeders and when they bite they do not let go.

We also had a tree rat problem for awhile and laid out glue traps.
One trap with a rat also had a 6" Gecko that had become stuck trying to eat the glued rat!

Anyhow the roaches that live in your computer are they same breed that live inside the TV ...you can also try Boric Acid mixed with bait. Works wonders for ants when mixed with a bit of water,sugar and fat as they take it back to the nest and the Queen dies.
a b ) Power supply
February 6, 2008 6:21:09 PM

WOW! Thats a first (not really). There was some on on the forums here a while back (when the C@Ds were just on the market). Some one found out that their PSU died/shut downed randomly was because they had a small scorpion (i think) that was stopping the PSU fan from rotating.
February 6, 2008 6:28:32 PM

cnumartyr said:
Well first, stop throwing the roaches in there... There's still a little left.

Get a roach clip to finish it off.

I dunno ... I thought this was funnier than the "Raid" card joke ... say La Vee
February 6, 2008 6:32:12 PM

I found this instructional video on how to defeat a super cockroach..

February 6, 2008 6:32:19 PM

Yeah bugs have been the nemesis of computers since they were invented. Most people probably know this but the term "bug" was started when a moth flew into a system and fried it.

This could be my favorite thread of all time.
February 6, 2008 6:33:13 PM

Time to move out.
February 6, 2008 6:49:47 PM

I'm trying to get my parents to let me bomb the apartment. Anyhow, I gathered some things from this topic and I think I'm going to put a mothball inside the case, ordered this light: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1680... , and put Scotch Brite scouring pads over the vents to let it vent through the pads without having the bugs get a chance to enter. I will work more on fixing the apartment up, but how does this sound for the PC?
February 6, 2008 7:00:22 PM

I would google what color of light they hate the most. They might actually like blue. You never know !
February 6, 2008 7:19:32 PM

cah027 said:
I would google what color of light they hate the most. They might actually like blue. You never know !


I dunno, its not so much the light as the brightness of it and it also depends on what kind of roaches. The roaches that where in that one house I told about where running around in the middle of the day, the light didn't seem to bother them at all.

February 6, 2008 8:47:27 PM

Roaches don't like being on fire either. You should set them on fire when you see them.
February 6, 2008 8:49:32 PM

rgeist554 said:
Roaches don't like being on fire either. You should set them on fire when you see them.



http://youtube.com/watch?v=strKBSyKNUQ

Edit: If you watch the entire thing you'll see where I'm going..

Also, a preemptive SHUT UP to wirelessfender....

He's the ultimate Orkin Man. Who needs Terminex?
February 6, 2008 9:31:54 PM

SpinachEater said:
Get a RAID card...nyuck nyuck...get it?


That’s just funny
February 6, 2008 9:33:00 PM

A guy in my office was proudly showing off his brand-new PC to a bunch of people when a roach crawled out the front of the case. Everybody started laughing their arses off. After the embarrassment subsided, the guy went out and bought 4 quart cans of Roach-Pruf (mainly boric acid which causes a roaches guts to explode after they eat it). He emptied all 4 quarts all over the carpet and furniture, then had to evacuate to a temporary office after the building inspector visited him and locked the place down. And when he came back, the IT dept. had confiscated his new PC to test it for malfunctions. Whatta bozo!! :) 
February 6, 2008 9:35:15 PM

To: OP

You live in an apartment?

Your apartment landlord is responsible for the common areas of the apartment (landings, stairwells, storage areas. basements etc) and should be aggressively treating those areas. Treating the common areas will isolate the roaches to a single apartment and over time will reduce or eliminate the bugs in that apartment.

Even if your apartment is dirty and attractive for roaches, we can pretty safely asume that your entire apartment complex is infected.

Your local goverment agencies (Health Dept, Housing Dept etc) can help with this issue.

BTW, bombing the apartment will do little good as the noxious fumes will just cause the little guys to move to another apartment temporarily and then return to your friendly confines at a later date.
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