Cockroach crawls into woman's ear. Stays for 9 days.

Katie Holley was awoken one night by a sudden movement.

She felt something cold near her ear.

Foggy and still half-asleep, she made her way into the bathroom of the house she had just bought with her husband, Jordan.

There she grabbed a cotton swab and popped it into her ear.

She felt something move.

The Florida resident then pulled the cotton swab out of her ear and with it came two little brown legs.

That’s when Katie realised there must have been a cockroach trying to set up home in her ear.

Hyperventilating, Katie called for Jordan, he grabbed a pair of tweezers and tried to extract it. That… didn’t work.

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The couple then hurriedly gathered their belongings and made their way to the local hospital.

“As I walked to the car, I could feel the roach trying to wiggle deeper into my ear canal. It was an awful feeling, one that was not necessarily painful, but psychologically torturous,” Katie wrote about the experience on Self.

Once admitted to the ER, a doctor applied Lidocaine, a topical numbing agent, to Katie’s ear.

The plan was the Lidocaine would kill the roach and also temporarily numb Katie’s ear so she couldn’t, erm, feel the cockroach moving around.

It didn’t exactly go to plan.


“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,” Katie wrote.

After a couple of minutes the cockroach died and the doctor attempted to remove its… corpse.

However, they didn’t get it all out.

After a little over a week of experiencing continual pain and discomfort, Katie went to see her GP.

She told her the story and the GP started flushing out her ear, that’s when she discovered the pieces.

First there was a leg, then another leg, and then even more parts of the cockroach’s dead body.

It had been nine days since Katie first went to the hospital.

The GP then made an emergency ENT appointment for Katie, so a specialist could check whether there was anymore roach in her ear.

There… there was.

“Using a tool that looked like very large scissors, he extracted THE ENTIRE HEAD, UPPER TORSO, MORE LIMBS, AND ANTENNAE. I just sobbed,” Katie recalled on Self.

Since the incident, Katie and Jordan have had the pest control company spray their house.

They also sleep with earplugs in which is… understandable.

You can read Katie’s full account on

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