How to Remove a Bug from the Ear: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

Table of contents:

How to Remove a Bug from the Ear: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Remove a Bug from the Ear: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

An insect inside the ear can be enough to make us panic. Flies, cockroaches, ladybugs and beetles can enter the ear canal while we sleep or do some outdoor activity. Etymologists suspect this is because insects want to stay warm or seek safety. Whatever the reason, having an animal in your ear isn't funny at all. In fact, it needs to be removed to prevent hearing loss and infections.


Part 1 of 3: Preparation

Remove a Bug from Your Ear Step 1

Step 1. Do you really have an insect in your ear?

The region can be sensitive for thousands of other reasons, including allergies or weather changes. An animal in the ear canal causes pain, swelling, bleeding, and strange noises. You may even feel biting or stinging. Other symptoms are dizziness and hearing loss.

Step 2. Keep Calm

Although this situation causes some fear, it is necessary to be calm so that the insect does not go into the ear anymore. Otherwise, you may even risk a more serious inner ear or eardrum problem.

Step 3. Avoid placing any tool inside the ear so that the removal of the animal does not become even more complicated

The ear canal is full of nerves, and using cotton swabs or tweezers can damage them. Don't try any of this!

Step 4. Locate the insect

If it is lodged near the eardrum, it is best to see a doctor. To find the animal's location, have someone light the ear canal with a flashlight. That way you'll also be able to identify the type of insect.

Step 5. Get in a comfortable position

In order for the other person to have easy access, it is best that you sit down and bend your neck to the side. Another tip is to lie down on your side.

Part 2 of 3: Removal

Step 1. Shake the ear

This is the first step to be taken. To perform this, turn the affected ear to the floor and flick the ear. If the insect is stopped right at the entrance to the channel, it can fall by itself.

Step 2. Lure the insect out of the ear

If the animal is still alive, you can try this procedure. If you manage to remain calm and avoid putting anything inside the ear (even your fingers), it may be that the insect will come out by itself.

Step 3. Use oil to maintain the insect

A drop or two will suffice and it could be mineral oil, baby oil or even olive oil. With this technique, you will avoid damage to the eardrum.

Step 4. Try using a suction device

You know those objects we use to remove ear wax? They will also serve when removing an insect. However, if you have any problems with your eardrums or Eustachian tubes, avoid this technique at all costs.

Step 5. Use an eyedropper or a needleless syringe to fill your ear with warm water

To do this, keep your head straight and stretch your ear well. Put the water in your ear and turn your head to the side to let it run. If you suspect a ruptured eardrum, do not perform this procedure.

Part 3 of 3: Recovery

Step 1. Thoroughly examine the ear canal to make sure you have removed the entire insect

If any part ends up lodged inside the ear, you could get an infection. Carefully observe everything that comes out of the ear.

Step 2. Take a deep breath

Removing an animal from the ear is a very stressful procedure. Also, many of the methods recommended above can lead to mild dizziness as they end up causing a little tension in the inner ear. Therefore, avoid heavy activity and try to get up very slowly for at least a day after the procedure.

Step 3. Keep an eye out for an infection

It is possible that the insect caused some damage to the ear before it was completely removed. In this case, the symptoms of infection are: swelling, dizziness, hearing loss, fever and pain.

Step 4. See a doctor

This way, you can confirm that you have removed all parts of the insect and avoid further worries. If possible, make an appointment with an otolaryngologist.


Popular by topic