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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaglePuss View Post
    I wouldn't feel comfortable selling the systems to someone else after the fact, and I most certainly wouldn't want the consoles in my house (bagged up or otherwise).
    My buddy has a second hand video game shop, the bug stories I could tell. He has no issues cleaning a console out and reselling it.
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    I'm not too Craigslist savvy, but shouldn't you have noticed this when you picked the items up? The first thing I would have done was inspect every inch of the consoles before I even considered handing my money over and I'm sure I would've noticed the smell in the process. I'm not trying to criticize you or anything, since I don't know the entire story, but this really seems like something that should have been noticed from the get go.

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    How common is this exactly? Is it possible that there are roaches in (most) every game console?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belmont008 View Post
    How common is this exactly? Is it possible that there are roaches in (most) every game console?
    God, please don't say that. I don't need to freak out and open every system I own, even if I bought them new lol

    Usually when buying a console second hand, I wrap that sucker in a few bags just to make sure nothing gets out and about. But I've never had and infestation thankfully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belmont008 View Post
    How common is this exactly? Is it possible that there are roaches in (most) every game console?
    There needs to be roaches present in the environment (the home) and they will seek out any warm tight spot (that's what she said) to nest.

    Electronics, as it has been mentioned in this thread are a welcome home for them. In most cases the electronics tend to kill/cook the little buggers as well.

    XBOX360: roaches log in, but they don't log out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie_Says_Relax View Post
    XBOX360: roaches log in, but they don't log out.
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    Well, at least it kills them I suppose. I'm just a little concerned because I have recently been acquiring used game consoles, not from craig's list mind you, but until I saw this thread roaches were never something I had even dreamed of considering.

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    A cable box I got from a Comcast installer had a roach colony living in it. I didn't notice it until I saw the front panel LED (for time and channel display) "flickering". I took a closer look and saw something crawling behind the plastic.

    "No...it couldn't be!"

    I peered down through the vents of box and saw more movement until finally a german cockroach crawled out of one of the vent slots and onto the top of the cable box.

    Needless to say, I quickly unhooked the box and threw it into a trash bag. I called up the installer (who was a contractor for Comcast, btw) and demanded a new one.


    So yeah. I had always heard that bugs and roaches like the heat being generated by the internal PSU of electronic devices. I've never seen roaches chillin' on a 360 power brick though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damaramu View Post
    I've never seen roaches chillin' on a 360 power brick though.
    No, that's because when they see it, they turn around 360 and walk away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oobgarm View Post
    turn around 360 and walk away.
    Ahem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oobgarm View Post
    No, that's because when they see it, they turn around 360 and walk away.
    I'm pretty sure you mean 180. 360 would send them right back in the same direction after circling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor Megas View Post
    I'm pretty sure you mean 180. 360 would send them right back in the same direction after circling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor Megas View Post
    I'm pretty sure you mean 180. 360 would send them right back in the same direction after circling.
    Google that phrase...it's not meant to be serious. Hence the
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingzrow View Post
    Put it in a giant sealed ziplock bag, more than one if possible. Then throw that thing in a freezer. I THINK that should kill them.
    I like this idea.

    Try that and open the cases.
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    I've dealt with this before your best bet would be to put a more costly system next to these systems. If you put say; a Neo Geo, Turbo Duo, Pippen or a LE system(eg Panzer Dragoon XBOX) or the like next to the Wii or 360, the roaches will naturally move to the more expensive(some are also attracted to the vintage interior) system. Thats what worked for me at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDiablo View Post
    I've dealt with this before your best bet would be to put a more costly system next to these systems. If you put say; a Neo Geo, Turbo Duo, Pippen or a LE system(eg Panzer Dragoon XBOX) or the like next to the Wii or 360, the roaches will naturally move to the more expensive(some are also attracted to the vintage interior) system. Thats what worked for me at least.
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    Someone asked how I couldn't notice this before i bought it. Well, the thing is, they look FANTASTIC. They are super clean and look like new, that's what's unusual. There isn't bugs crawling out of it or anything, and I don't typically smell the systems I purchase beforehand. Of course if I had I would have noticed the roach smell.

    Upon further investigation, the Wii seems pretty clean, it has a very faint odor but after leaving it outside for a few days it's nearly gone. There aren't any living bugs inside of that one from what I can tell.

    The 360 on the other hand, no matter how much I shake it, bug bits still fall out and I can still see a bug here or there living inside of it. I've since wrapped it and it's power brick up in bubble wrap, super-taped the hell out of it, and put it in a trash bag and super-taped the hell out of that. I wish I had a large ziplock bag but I don't. I live in an apartment so I can't go into my backyard and clean it or anything, so now I have the choice of cleaning it myself, finding someone to clean it for me (which is preferred), or trashing it. I'm NOT putting it in my freezer. I'm sorry, but to me, that just seems insanely disgusting.

    So here's the bad news, which I hope is just a coincidence. I seen a bug in my apartment today similar to the one inside that system. My apartment complex offers free extermination visits so I'm going to schedule one tomorrow. I've been having dreams of finding roaches in my house lately, and any time my cat goes after something I jump up expecting to find one of those nasty fuckers. I have a bug phobia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmosfm View Post
    So here's the bad news, which I hope is just a coincidence. I seen a bug in my apartment today similar to the one inside that system.
    It would be funny if a similar incident is what caused the infestation in the home/apartment of the guy who sold you those systems. He purchased a seemingly unsuspecting, but in fact infested GameCube for example which in turn spread throughout his home, eventually making its way into his newer systems - the Wii and 360 you purchased. Maybe some roach family has been hopping from apartment to apartment since the '70s, hitching a ride on the Console Express.

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    ah this is the same issue my brother is going to through. Infact our backyard is full of pests like roaches, ants, cockroaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmosfm View Post
    So here's the bad news, which I hope is just a coincidence. I seen a bug in my apartment today similar to the one inside that system. My apartment complex offers free extermination visits so I'm going to schedule one tomorrow. I've been having dreams of finding roaches in my house lately, and any time my cat goes after something I jump up expecting to find one of those nasty fuckers. I have a bug phobia.
    Two days later and console is still full of bugs!

    Just break the seal and dump all the bugs in the trash outside! Its not like you have an option of a factory warranty.
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    Could have been worse...could have been bed bugs.

    Seriously though, just take the console to a place where you won't have to worry about any strays coming back with you, say a park with a picnic table. Take with you a can of Raid or whatever bug killer you have handy and some canned air. Once you have it disassembled, blow the bugs out and put the individual pieces (case pieces and pcb) into a big enough Ziploc bag. Then you can take it home and throw the case pieces into the dishwasher, or failing that, a tub of soapy water and soak. The PCB can be cleaned with copious amounts of alcohol.
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    Gross, I think I would cut my losses and dump the systems. Everyone's stories freak me out a bit. As far as bugs go, I don't envy anyone living in warmer environments. I know there are cockroaches up here in Washington, but they must be less common. I've never known anyone with a problem, unless they're in the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Buster2184 View Post
    As far as bugs go, I don't envy anyone living in warmer environments.
    Oh I totally agree. The one benefit of haveing to deal with New England winters is that the cold kills everything before it gets big.
    Roaches/Palmetto bugs are friggin gross. So glad I dont have to deal with that.

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    my friend had roaches, and then we had to move in for a bit. cleaned the FUCK out of his place but they wouldn't go away.

    couple weeks later after we moved out his neighbors got evicted, roaches went away.
    they come through work from time to time bitching about how it was unjust that they got evicted but I'm pretty sure the landlord was tired of getting roach calls.
    my friend is pretty messy but never really leaves food out. hes broke as fuck usually so no food to leave out situation it was so baffling for the longest time, that and the cat that would be inside the apartment at random. it wasn't his but it was a nice cat at least so that was kinda meh, pet the cat and what ever.

    luckily nothing took up residence in any of our electronics, in fact the majority of the collection was in storage during these few months

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    Wow... I cant believe you would risk a roach infestation for what? A 80$ value 360? Just throw it away ffs and get your money back and/or punch the guy in the face. This is beyond stupid, and the fact that you dont want to void the warranty on old consoles probably already expired.to salvage them is stupider. Dont want to be rude, but man get your priorities straight...
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