Has your PlayStation 4 been acting up lately? Give it shake and you might find a surprise: cockroaches.
According to Patrick Che of Manhattan-based XCubicle, a console repair shop, the pests are one of the most popular causes for PS4 crashes.
As it turns out, the pests are rather fond of warm dark places, which makes Sony's game console a prime location to take up residence, Che said in an interview with Kotaku.
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Most Common Household Pests
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Although homeowners throughout the country are concerned about the rising threat of bedbugs, household pests are nothing new. But according to a recent study, some areas seem to be more prone to certain pests invasions than others.
Sperling's Best Places ranked the Top 10 cities where homeowners are most likely to use pest control services. See if your city made the list -- and what creepy crawly things and critters you may need to watch out for.
Bark scorpions are not native to the Las Vegas area, but hitched a ride on replanted palm trees from New Mexico and Arizona that hadn't been treated, said Jason Mayers, officer manager for Progressive Pest Control Las Vegas.
"Desert landscaping creates a perfect harborage site for scorpions to hide," Mayers said. "Then they expand and end up inside the house living in the walls and things like that." Fun Fact: The bark scorpion is actually most venomous scorpion in North America.
Forget about your everyday mice and rats. For Phoenix homeowners, packrats and roofrats are the common rodent home invader, said Ashley Lemons, customer service representative for Sexton Pest Control. Packrats are smaller than regular rats, and sometimes have bushy tails. Roofrats have tails that are longer than their bodies and big ears."They usually like the wiring in the houses," Lemons said. "They will eat wiring on your car, too."
These common house bugs have always been lurking around homes, said Terry Ware, president of Ace Termite and Pest in Jacksonville. The company uses baits to get rid of them, which he said is more user-friendly and works better than spraying.
For the last decade and a half, Tampa homeowners have been dealing with ants, ants, ants, said Russ Barnes, Central Florida Division Manager for APEX Pest Control. "And just when we think we've got a handle on them, a new one pops up," he said, such as the Caribbean Crazy Ant, the Argentine Ant and the White Hooded Ant, he said.
"Ants aren't so much a public health problem, but when you have half a million ants coming into your house, its very upsetting," Barnes said.
While ants may be the number one call for Atlanta-area homeowners, termites are also a major problem, said Trey Scarborough, co-owner of Zone Pest Solutions. These wood destroying pests enjoy Georgia's warm, humid weather, which provides a great deal of moisture which termites need to thrive, Scarborough said.
Throughout the past 60 years, Lewis Cobb Pest Control technicians have gotten calls for every pest from roaches to ants to spiders, said Roger Lewis, president of the family-owned company. They all have the "ick factor," he said, but in recent years, termite calls have increased significantly because of a change in building practices.
"We're using wooden studs inside walls, wood in the roof rafters such as that, base boards, door jams, baseboards," he said. "They are a readily available food source for them."
Although ants would usually be the biggest problem around New Orleans, Julien Foy, associate certified entomologist, has noticed an uptick in calls about fleas lately. "The reason I think I get a lot of calls about fleas is because people don't realize that fleas go through a complete, four-stage life cycle and can live dormant for several months in the pupa stage," said Foy, owner of Advanced Pest Control Services.
Foy said its not uncommon to get calls from new homeowners of previously empty houses wondering why they have fleas. "The pupa stage is activated by vibration and temperature," Foy said. "That signals the adult fleas to come out of the pupa stage and start biting people."
Pests follow seasons in Memphis, but while spiders and ant calls usually increase during the spring and summer, with the current drought, exterminators at James Pest Management are getting more calls about rodents moving in.
"Right now, with as dry as its been, they have to come inside for moisture and homeowners usually provide a good source of moisture," said Shane James, vice president of the company.
The new housing construction is Dallas is great, except when it upsets a spider's natural home. That's why Marcus Poole believes that spiders have become the number one pest problem for Dallas-area homeowners. "A lot of these insects and arachnids habitats are being disturbed, so then they are looking for new places to live," said Poole, operations manager and licensed technician with PROZ Pest Control. "These houses that have been built, they say, that looks like a good place, they move in and take up residence."
Because of the console's wide ventilation grate at the bottom, cockroaches have an easy time entering the device. Not to mention, many gamers arrange their machine horizontally and close to the ground, which leaves the base exposed for critters to settle in more smoothly.
Che says the problems has gotten so pervasive that his stores have retrieved garbage bags full of dead cockroaches from PS4s, and are even enforcing a $25 "roach fee" to repair infested consoles.
Another repair console repairman told Kotaku that the majority of people in these cases aren't even aware of their bug friends lodging in the console.