Small Insects Can Crawl Inside your Ears

One of the most uncomfortable thing that could happen while you are sleeping inside a room infested with house centipedes is that, one of these creatures can crawl and enter one of your ears. The feeling of having an insect inside your ear can be a bit painful especially when the insect keeps on struggling to find its way out.

A fully matured house centipede usually have an average size that ranges from half-inch to 3 inches long. With such sizes, they won't be able to fit inside your ear. But, what you really need to worry about are the young centipedes because they are smaller in sizes that can perfectly fit inside your ears.

Human Ear

Why would a house centipede crawl inside your ear?

House centipedes are present around your house because of the other insects that they prey and eat for their survival. In relation to crawling inside your ear, there's a pretty low chances that they do it intentionally. Unless there's already an insect living inside your ear (that you are unaware about) which attracted the house centipede.

On some cases, accidents happens. Assuming that you are sleeping in your room that is infested with house centipedes. They are all over the place crawling around hunting for other insects. One of them came crawling on your bed towards your head. Then suddenly, your mom entered your room or a flash of lightning unexpectedly occurred. As a result, the creature will be shocked or surprised where it has to find the nearest possible place to hid itself. Considering that the insect is near your head, there are chances that it will choose to enter inside your ear.

Is it possible that when a house centipede entered your ear, it can also penetrate its way through the brain?

Many individuals have the wrong idea that when a certain insect crawled inside their ears, the creature can find its way through the brain (just like in the funny cartoon shows). The fact is that, it is not possible because your ear-drum blocks the path that connects your ear from your brain.

How to Remove a House Centipede Out from your Ear

If it happens that a house centipede or any other small type of insects had crawled and entered a certain individual's ear, it is important that he needs to seek immediately help from the a professional doctor.

Anyway, here is a method that should only be performed when a doctor is not available:

1. Calm down the patient

It is important that the patient needs to be calm because panicking or freaking out can cause the insect to struggle even more. You should also advise the patient not to talk or move his jaw because this can cause the insect to dig its way deeper.

2. Lie the patient flat on his bed

Assists that patient into his bed and help him lay down flat with his infested ear facing up. Take note, this has to be done carefully slow and calm.

3. Clean towels

You need a clean towel to protect the patient's clothing from getting stained it's because you will be applying natural oils (such as baby oil, mineral oil, vegetable oil and olive oil).

4. Killing the insect

The use of any oils mentioned above can actually kill the insect. If you do not have any of those oils, you can simply use clean water with equal mixture of alcohol or peroxide.

What you have to do is to slowly fill a few drops into the ear of the patient. Take note, the oil or water won't take effect right away. It may take a few minutes to an hour that only the patient can confirm if the insect is dead. If he no longer feel the insect moving then it is probably dead.

5. Flushing the ear

"Flushing" means, you are going to fill the ear of the patient with tepid water. It is important that you have to do it in a way that the water will slowly overflow. An easy to do it appropriately is to use a syringe (without the needle) or a container with a directional spout.

6. Inspect the insect

Once you have successfully flushed the insect out from the patient's ear, you have to inspect the creature. If it has any missing body parts then a medical attention is further advised to the patient. Either way, the patient is still advised to have a follow-up checkup regardless of the outcome of the flushing process. This is to ensure that no damage from the ear was done.

Is it possible to use tweezers to get rid of the insect?


It is quite impossible to remove an insect especially a house centipede that got stuck inside a certain person's ear by using any kind of tweezers, bobby-pin or any other manual ear-cleaning tools. The use of these tools can worsen the condition of the patient where the insect will most likely embed itself deeper into the ear canal. As a result, the insect can damage the ear-drum of the patient.


  1. I also experienced the worst case in my life. An insect entered in my left ear while sleeping. I was shocked and panic im afraid that it will pass through my brain. Dont know what to do. A sudden pain and uncomfortable feeling. First Im looking for a twizer, then my brother told to used a cigarret to make a smoke blow to my ear, (wrong strategy said by the Ddoctor).the insect continue to move in my eat that made me shout and cry. My neighbor told to use baby oil, we immediately go to the nearest hospital because the insect still there that time.The specialist got a kind of cockroach inside my ear, again it was very shocking but thank God already rremoved. Until now I used a medicine drop then on Wednesday go for check up. Hope and pray that it will be ok and will not happen again to me and to my family. Thank you for the info!

  2. The part about inspecting the insect is VERY IMPORTANT.
    The doctor who pulled out an earwig from my brothers ear only managed to get half of it out. He then claimed the important thing was that the insect was dead so it couldn't "get any further in to the mushyness of the head". Supposedly the body and ear wax naturally with time will get rid of any "debris"...

    We should've gotten a second opinion, brother committed suicide 4 years later. Started with an ear infection, ended with brain aneurysms and major economic debt. Within 4 years he lost his job, wife, kids and even freedom as his health quickly deteriorated. As if it wasn't enough to lose mental capacity he was plagued by an increasingly sharper pain to the left side of his head.

    Later reports from his autopsy found small fragments of foreign organic tissue which essentially is what my brothers body had been in war with. Since insects exo-skeleton works differently than our organic tissue yet still being organic it had caused very local and very nasty infections in his ear.

    I was amazed to find resources on this subject and I very much appreciate you bringing this issue to light. Thank you.

  3. Its scary how insect enter your ears. I am gonna use a Earplugs for Sleeping in night.

  4. will use earplugs from now as prevention is better than treatment

  5. This has helped /scared me a lot thanks ...just founder a full grown one in the kitchen 😢