This Tale Of A Cockroach Burrowing Into A Man's Ear Gets Worse The More You Read

In the words of a badly dubbed Darth Vader: DO NOT WAAAANT. Lmbuga/Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0

Robin Andrews 01 Jun 2018, 13:11

This egg sac was cleaned out too, of course, but if they failed to notice it, the hatchlings would have come out en masse, using air to inflate and break open the sac.

Although Collins opined that bugs crawling and dying into your ear is something that happens to corpses, not living people, he’s sadly wrong. There are, fairly grimly, far too many tales of this exact thing happening, with another Floridian experiencing the same series of utterly shitty events just a few weeks earlier.

Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, told National Geographic that “it’s actually not an uncommon phenomenon to have a cockroach in the ear.”

Roaches are always looking for food, and earwax – a delicious secretion of keratin, dead skin cells, fatty acids and so forth – can be a convenient meal for them. When you’re asleep, it’s not that difficult for them to dive in for a midnight snack. Other bugs can enjoy dipping in too, of course, as do some small geckos.

Either way, if you live in a roach-infested region, then, best get some earplugs. That way you might just be awoken by them knocking on the door.

Schal noted that nose intrusions are more unusual, but they do happen, though: a few months back, a live cockroach was extracted from a woman’s skull, between her eyes, after engaging in a bit of frenzied nasal exploration.

[H/T: Tallahassee Democrat via Gizmodo]

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