Remove dead cockroaches from wall oven

Posted by Gillian E.


Banksia, New South Wales, Australia

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Wednesday, 23rd Aug 2017

We have a couple of cockroaches that somehow found their way into the control panel of our Westinghouse wall oven, and appear to have died there. They obscure the digital clock and look pretty gross.

Looking for someone who knows how to get behind the glass to remove them. Budget negotiable (if you can justify it).

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Hi Gillian,

The stove/oven can be pulled out from the wooden enclosure. Sometimes there's a couple of screws each side near the oven door. A little wiggle and a good strong pull will do it. You will find a metal cover on the top that is easily removed by unscrewing a few screws. You will then be able to see the front electronics panel and again, a few screws will allow you to pull the clock away and clean out the roaches.

Don't forget to turn off the power to your house.

Now, here's the bigger problem. Those dead roaches are just the unlucky ones. You can expect to see others scurry away when you open the top panel. Most likely you'll find a nest in or behind your stove. You will want to spray everything. Choose carefully the pesticide. Do not use water based, it will fry your electronics.

Further bad news is that, if you choose not to clean the stove area throughly and use a long action surface spray around the stove then the roaches will eventually kill your electronics and the stove will require expensive repairs or replacing.

A commercial appliance repair call out is around $160 and they most likely will expect you to do the cleaning. Banksia is too far for me unless charging the commercial rate but at least I would clean and spray the area.

Hopefully this info might help guide you or whoever you choose to help.

best regards, Stuart
Hi Stuart, what would you charge for the job? I'd like someone who's confident they can do it. We got professional pest control done a couple of months ago so hopefully that's taken care of any nests -
I haven't seen live cockroaches around since (those two dead ones have been there for several months now).
I can come and give a try.
I am a handyman so shouldn't be the problem but if I get succeed will charge you extra 100 cash.
Let me know if you happy with this condition.
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