Thunder Flies Inside My Monitor


“You have thunder flies crawling around inside your computer monitor?” She laughed down the phone. “I’m sorry sir, I don’t believe your insurance covers such an occurrence, this would be classed as an act of god!”

Yes it was a hot day and yes these little bugs were everywhere, but when I first saw one crawling across my screen and having tried to remove it with my finger only to realise that it was trapped underneath the actual plastic of the screen, I must admit I was a little shocked.

How on earth did that get in there I wondered? One thunder fly quickly turned into many, they were behind the backlight, on top of the backlight, in the backlight! Some were clear to the eye, some were just smudges wondering around like the pixels of my monitor had decided to get up and rearrange themselves.

God didn’t want thunder flies or thrips or thunderbugs (or whatever you call them in your part of the world) crawling around inside my monitor, she knew this and I knew this… but it seemed my arguments were falling on death ears, I was going to have to try and remove them from the monitor myself…

Now this might not seem like it’s a problem that would require one to go and get their tool kit and rip the monitor apart with an approach of “I’ll either fix it or break it, but I can’t continue with it as it is”, but I’m not talking about 1 or 2 of these little thunder flies inside my monitor, there were at least 20 of these little pests crawling around and they were driving me mad.

It didn’t end well.

I opened up the monitor without issue, thinking I had been really careful in doing so. I managed to remove as many of the thunder flies as I could and upon putting it back together… well take a look at the picture, I obviously hadn’t been as careful as I thought I had been.

How Thunder Flies Got Inside My Monitor

How Thunder Flies Got Inside My Monitor

So now not only do I have a big black mark on my screen, but I turned it back on this morning to find more thunder flies had crawled inside as if to taunt me!!! I’m £159 poorer with the cost of a new monitor and if I may offer a little tip to everybody who gets thunder flies stuck inside their monitor, it’s probably best not to open it up unless you know what you’re doing.


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  1. James Drummond

    This happened to me only the other day and I still have them crawling around inside my monitor and it definitely looks like some of them have died as they aren’t moving around anymore.

    I’ve read loads of advice online like using a suction cup to separate the front plastic and tapping the screen to try and knock it off to the bottom, nothing seems to have worked for me so far.

    How can the manufacturers get away with allowing this to happen? I know they need vents in the monitor but it seems sloppy from them and from what I have read online it happens quite a lot!

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