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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 4:08 p.m. PST

…and It Can Happen to You.

"Another day, another story about an insect crawling into a person's ear and making itself at home.

Katie Holley, a Florida resident, woke up in the middle of the night to a weird sensation in her ear, "like someone had placed a chip of ice in my left earhole," she wrote in an essay published in Self magazine. At first, her husband tried to remove the invader with tweezers. But that strategy wasn't successful, so they went to the emergency room. There, the doctor confirmed her suspicion: A cockroach was in her ear canal. To get the insect out, he first killed it with lidocaine (a numbing agent) and then removed it using tweezers.

But in the days that followed, Holley had soreness in her ear and trouble hearing. When she returned to the doctor nine days later, she learned that she still had pieces including the entire head of the roach lodged in her ear…."
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Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2018 5:22 p.m. PST

As if I needed any more reasons to not live in Florida.

Zephyr116 May 2018 8:48 p.m. PST

Fun's not over yet. Just wait until the eggs hatch… ;-)

Old Wolfman17 May 2018 7:00 a.m. PST

Sounds like urban legend stuff.almost.

Legion 417 May 2018 7:05 a.m. PST

Yeah I've heard similar and I too believe it is "urban" legend.
However, in places like the deep jungle and the swamps and streams, etc., that flow thru it. There are some things that will swim or crawl into openings on the human body. Yikes ! huh?

Gokiburi17 May 2018 10:07 a.m. PST

When I was a grade schooler, I had the incredibly unlikely event of an earwig falling out of a tree and crawling into my ear. Thankfully one of the teachers had the presence of mind to figure a way to coax it out. It was a pretty traumatizing event for a seven year old.

It's so rare that it's not worth worrying about, but insects that like warm, tight spaces do occasionally end up accidentally entering human orifices.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 10:38 a.m. PST



Zephyr117 May 2018 2:10 p.m. PST

Believe it or not, on average you swallow about 8 spiders a night while sleeping…

Legion 418 May 2018 2:59 p.m. PST

Well if so … why Don't I have super powers like Spider-Man ?

Oh … wait … they'd have to be radioactive spiders … frown

Cacique Caribe18 May 2018 7:04 p.m. PST

Yeah, they should have sent in a spider to take care of that roach. :)

PS. Jumping spiders have been known to hide in ears occasionally:



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2018 12:00 p.m. PST



Cacique Caribe19 May 2018 12:48 p.m. PST


I can send you a few, if you like. :)


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