Many of us worry about what sorts of creepy-crawlies will come out of hiding during the nighttime hours when we are fast asleep. It is common for people to worry about bugs crawling into their orifices during sleep. Many people will have experienced these troubling thoughts as children. However, we are told by our parents and other trusted adults that insects do not crawl into people’s ears or mouths during sleep. By the time adulthood is reached, most people assume that such bug-related worries are indeed unfounded, and their parents were right all along. Unfortunately, these types of parents are either lying through their teeth, or they are not as informed about insects as they would like to be since insects can most certainly invade our inner-bodies while we sleep. In fact, one woman who recently reported to a hospital in order to have a cockroach pulled out of her ear, was told by a doctor that such visits to the ER are actually quite common. Also, in the country of South Africa, one hospital reported pulling more than two dozen cockroaches out of people’s ears in just a two year period. According to entomologist Coby Schal of North Carolina State University, cockroaches are willing to eat anything, including earwax, and this earwax probably lures hungry roaches into the deepest points within a person’s ear canal. The above mentioned woman who required medical intervention to have a cockroach removed from deep within her ear canal had been forced to make several visits to the ER in order to have chunks of the roach corpse progressively removed from her ear over a span of several months.


Early one morning a woman named Katie Holley suddenly awoke to an uncomfortable sensation within her ear. After assuming that a piece of ice had somehow fallen into her ear, she felt something flutter deep within her ear. She then inserted a cotton swab into her ear to investigate the problem. When she removed the swab, it was covered in what looked like insect eggs. The swab had caused the roach to burrow even deeper within her inner ear. At the ER she began to feel relieved when a doctor began pulling out dismembered pieces of a roach. Although disturbing, Holly was glad to have the roach out of her head, both figuratively and literally.


Sadly, Holly was later forced to visit a different ER after experiencing further ear pain and other related symptoms. After a second visit several months later, she was referred to an ear, nose and throat doctor in order to have her ears more thoroughly examined. A full nine months after she was awoken in the middle of the night by the invading roach, a specialist finally drained her ears. What came out was the head, antenna, and other body parts of an adult cockroach. She was furious about the first doctor’s oversight, and now she sleeps with earbuds.


Have you ever woken up in the night only to find a bug crawling near your mouth or ears?


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