“I Do Think That My Ear Will Heal Faster Than My Psyche”: Cockroach Lived Inside Woman’s Ear For 9 Days!

Date May 8, 2018

Many people are afraid of bugs, especially of cockroaches. They do everything possible to avoid getting them inside the house, but sometimes, bugs can get in places where we could never expect them to appear.

For example, they can get inside our ears. Of course, such situations happen not so often, but there are certain scenarios that can lead to this problem; for instance, when sleeping in the cockroach-infested room, or while camping out.

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The story which happened with Katie Holley is rather frustrating: The cockroach lived in her ear for 9 days and crawled up in there while she was sleeping.

Katie remembers that horrible situation in detail. She says:

I could feel that my ear was not right. I grabbed a cotton swab and gently inserted it into my ear to see what was up, and I felt something move.

She adds:

When I pulled the cotton swab out, there were two dark brown, skinny pieces stuck to the tip. Moments later, I came to the realization that they were legs. LEGS. Legs that could only belong to an adventurous palmetto bug [a type of roach] exploring my ear canal.

Katie was really scared and asked her husband to do something with the bug. He tried to extract it with tweezers, but there was no result; he only managed to pull the legs out.

They immediately rushed to the emergency room hoping that doctors could deal with such a situation. After an examination with an otoscope, it was confirmed Katie really had a cockroach inside her ear.

Doctors removed the cockroach from the woman’s ear by pieces, using curved tweezers. Katie says:

As the doctor administered the Lidocaine, the roach began to... react. Feeling a roach in the throes of death, lodged in a very sensitive part of your body, is unlike anything I can adequately explain.


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After the procedure, Katie thought the nightmare was over. Nevertheless, she didn’t feel good, and there were no improvements.

After nine days, she went to the hospital again. The doctor ended up pulling six more pieces of cockroach’s carcass. It turned out he lived there for nine days!

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In fact, the doctor said he extracted bugs from people’s ears rather regularly, around once in a month. At the day, Katie was the second person who needed this.


There are some ways to prevent such horrible situation. First of all, make sure you clean your house regularly and never leave dirty dishes or food. Other suggestions include fixing water leaks and sealing up cracks and holes.

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