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#1 chaosprincess

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:19 PM

I bought a microwave from ebay, stated it was brand new and a not needed present.... scored it for $51 and thought great, bargain.

Go pick it up, they show me it works, get it home and plug it in, all's good....

But all is NOT good, a day later I notice a filthy little cockroach in the digital display screen sick.gif

I know the cockroach hitched a ride to my place because we don't have cockroaches, haven't noticed one single one here in the 6 months we've lived here...

I unplug it and take it outside, thinking I'll deal with it later and in all honesty I don't know what to do anyway.

I've left it too long now to really contact who I bought it from because they could just argue the filthy little critters moved in after I bought it and why didn't I contact them as soon as I noticed... I know stupid me should have....

It says you shouldn't take the cover off given it's a microwave and you shouldn't be fiddling with it. So should I just right this off as a $51 loss? The thought of the cockroaches in there grosses me out and I don't think I could use it unless it was opened up and cleaned out... and that would probably cost more then I paid for it!

As things turn out I don't need a new microwave now anyway... it seems a shame to waste a perfectly good new microwave though... but cockroaches sick.gif sick.gif

Edited by raveness, 31 March 2009 - 04:20 PM.


#2 Red_Sparkles

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:28 PM

i have them in mine too and i cant get rid of then even thou ive had pest control out twice now  cry1.gif
i was also considering to remove the outer case too and spray it with spray but dont want to damage it.
already lost one to those bloody things cant afford another one

where i live its rife with them too oomg.gif

#3 voldemort

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:29 PM

Hi,
this is a real sore point with me...!
I bought this oven brand new:
http://www.sharp.net.au/product-catalogue/products/R330JS/
and within days of getting it home, our local bugs (earwigs and some small fly-things) had invaded the display area.  This had NEVER HAPPENED with my previous microwave oven (not a Sharp oven).  Since it was within 7 days of purchase, I took it back to the shop; they weren't interested and passed the buck to Sharp.
Sharp refused to do anything and for good measure, also informed me that the 'ingress of insects' had invalidated the 12 month warranty, so that if I had any problems with the oven that they decided were due to the bugs, they wouldn't honour the warranty!
I took it to the Office of Fair Trading but they didn't get any joy either.

I had to keep the oven, it looked disgusting (I even took pics of the bugs in the display LOL), and when it eventually stopped working (nothing to do with the bugs), I bought a Samsung oven and hey, how amazing, no bugs have ever got into its display...

Grrrr.  I will never buy Sharp again.  Their response was appalling, all over a $180 microwave.

So you're not alone. I wouldn't worry about it hygeine-wise, its only the display, but I share your pain!

#4 pegasus77

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:29 PM

Ewwwww !!!


I had a similar problem after getting a secondhand fridge given to us. It sat in our dining room for 2 days while we sorted out the kitchen. I started pulling out  the shelves in the door to clean it and there was at least one cockroach behind every one of them, all different sizes.

Oh it was horrible, I laid cockroach baits all around the house just in case some of them escaped.


Not sure what you should do though, maybe at least let the seller know, the fact that it was inside the digital display to me suggests it has been living there for awhile.

#5 chaosprincess

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:35 PM

I think I will send off an email just to see the reaction of the seller... I won't expect my money back or anything. But what do I say - oh just thought you'd like to know the microwave you sold me was infested with filthy disgusting cockroaches, thanks for that laughing2.gif

Pegasus77 - funny you mention that, I sprayed all "around" the microwave hoping it would seep in and kill the little f*ckers, but the display one is still there happy as larry. I did find 2 dead though, both looking to be different types of cockroaches! Apparently several colonies have decided to coexist in there sick.gif

The fact that I can see the cockroach in the display bit, and also the fact that he would have to come out to find food just makes me shudder sick.gif

I really, really hate cockroaches, given I used to live inner city and they'd come out of the drains and through this small hole in the wall of my unit sick.gif The real estate boarded it up with chip board and they ate through it sick.gif Was glad to get out of that cess pool...

Edited by raveness, 31 March 2009 - 04:40 PM.


#6 lockie001

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:40 PM

Can you get a big garbage bag, put microwave in, spray and seal the bag up for a few days?

Just an idea.

#7 chaosprincess

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:43 PM

I was actually thinking of something along those lines, but would it wreck the microwave? I guess it's already wrecked anyway... I was even thinking of buying a cockroach bomb and sealing the microwave up in a room of the house with that set off...

But then the cockroaches have done their business all inside the machine anyway sick.gif

#8 voldemort

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:44 PM

I'd be interested to know if this is only happening to the Sharp ovens?

For me, it did.  I have had a Panasonic and a Samsung oven in the same place and they never got them in the display.  The Sharp had a stupid design so that the earwigs could easily get in.  Sharp of course denied it was a design fault!

#9 chaosprincess

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:49 PM

Mine is not a Sharp one, just Homemaker or whatever the Kmart brand is I think. But this thread has been informative in that respect, I'll steer clear of Sharp in future too!

#10 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:54 PM

Hi i have a Sanyo microwave that i bought brand new and it too has been cockroach infested sick.gif

I have bombed the house and it has also been pest controlled.. i havnt seen them since the pest control but i cant stand them and i am aware its due to the house and they way its built being its raised off the ground (older style cottage).

I figured that cockroaches would be deterred by the radiation but i was told i had 2 sorts... the brown ones and German ones, I am sure its the German ones who love radiation. Our next door neighbour only gets the big daddy ones while we get the mother and babies   rant.gif

#11 X5-494

Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:56 PM

I have just had my place fumigated, and the pest contrl guy that came out told me to put all the electronics i had in black plastic bags and put them out into the sun for a few days to make sure that the pests were all dead.

Have you tried this yet ?

#12 chaosprincess

Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:01 PM

I just emailed the seller letting them know what's what, see if I get a reply. Won't hold my breath, I already left positive feedback for them before I realised.

I was wondering about the radiation thing! The one in the digital display is small flat and brown - just googled, and yes looks like a german cockroach...

Oh so just a plastic bag in the sun for a few days might kill them?

Edited by raveness, 31 March 2009 - 05:04 PM.


#13 3rdXtheCharm

Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:10 PM

Eeewwww...

Hopefully the control panel, and the cooking part aren't connected.

In defence for the person who sold it, if it was an unwanted gift, perhaps it was in thier garage for a time, and the cockroach crawled in there??  wacko.gif

#14 proudmumof5

Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:22 PM

oh god now im freaking out about my microwave and cockroaches breeding inside  unsure.gif

#15 pegasus77

Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:32 PM

QUOTE
I figured that cockroaches would be deterred by the radiation



Don't they say that cockroaches would be the only creatures to survive a nuclear holocaust?

#16 chaosprincess

Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:13 PM

I let my imagination run wild a few times and pictured these mutated radiactive cockroaches crawling out at night roaming the house laughing2.gif

#17 sarah-m

Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:21 PM

ffear.gif  ffear.gif  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Im such cockroach phobic!

My only advice would be to be careful if you are 'zapping' them. My friend had ants in her microwave and kept 'zapping' them when she used it and it stunk the microwave out so much she had to chuck it  glare.gif

Cockroaches are repulsive little bastards...

#18 ~RileyandChloesMum~

Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:22 PM

My parents built there house in June/July of last year. All appliances etc were brand new....within a week mum said there was a cockaroach living in her microwave display panel. She rang the company (not sure what company) and complained, but they just fobbed her off.

I'd be throwing the microwave away to be honest sick.gif sick.gif

#19 ~**Marlin**~

Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:39 PM

oomg.gif
I have never ever heard of this happening before. Its spinning me out....

QUOTE
Cockroaches are repulsive little bastards...


AGREED!!!

#20 GrizzlyMadams

Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:41 PM

Ughhhh, I HATE microwaves but was given one as a present two years ago. I noticed cockroaches not in the display but tiny little severed legs were on the turntable sometimes when I opened it.  

I went mental (though I draw the line at bombs) and put sticky traps and salt and a paste of bicarb soda mixed with water, etc etc etc and saw a few carcasses but the german ones are an absolute b**ch to get rid of.   I hated it, it was infested, it took up bench space and made a nice dark place for them to skirt around underneath, not to mention inside of.

So the microwave now sits unused on a high self in our laundry, and I have more bench space.  

I have become a crusader - the price of a roach free house where i live is eternal vigilance.

#21 lolasmum

Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:06 PM

This thread is making me hyperventilate ohmy.gif  oomg2.gif  oomg.gif

#22 chaosprincess

Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:06 AM

QUOTE
but tiny little severed legs were on the turntable sometimes when I opened it.

See that's how I know more are in there than what I have seen, I'd see tiny little severed legs underneath the machine in the mornings - so coming and going they've dropped a leg or 2 EWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! sick.gif Plus cockroach crap aswell sick.gif

QUOTE
Cockroaches are repulsive little bastards

yyes.gif Indeed they are, they make my skin crawl.

Spiders I can handle, ants even - I don't like them in my house but they don't make my skin crawl if I find them - well no that's a lie the giant huntsmen of this area do make my skin crawl. But cockroaches just gross me out big time no matter what the size  YUCK!!

#23 auntiesocial

Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:30 AM

OK I just went and checked out my sharp microwave oven.

Cant see any critters anywhere..

OCD me is now going to be checking it every time I go past!!

#24 chaosprincess

Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:35 AM

Well this thread has succeeded in making people paranoid about their microwaves, if nothing else.... laughing2.gif

I just found a filthy german cockroach in my kitchen sick.gif I'm going to have to call the pest control people today! Obviously the little sucker decided my house was a better home then the microwave sick.gif Now I'm paranoid it's been breeding in here sick.gif

Great this bloody $50 microwave is going to cost me pest control too rant.gif

#25 miriams

Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:42 AM

We did have the same problem. We have a Sharp. It's somewhat okay now but when we were living in another apartment which had a roach problem, a bunch of little brown ones moved in and infested it. They seemed to be attracted only to the display unit - it must be just the right temp. for them. It got so bad that we ended up spraying the whole thing and putting it out in the garage. When we moved here, the roaches had cleared out so we cleaned it all up and it still works fine. Very occasionally  (once every couple of months) will see a small roach or bug in the display again but it seems to be a random thing - they have not set up home in it  sick.gif  We  hardly ever have any roaches here as we are on the second/third floor and it's a newer building with less 'gaps'.




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