What to do if an insect flies into your ear

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What to do if an insect flies into your ear
Do you hear a buzzing sound? (Christopher Hunt/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Bugs – flying or otherwise – can be relentless annoyances at certain times of the year. They buzz at night, they bite and they sometimes fly into your nose, mouth, eyes and ears. While an insect up your nose or in your mouth is pretty disgusting and in your eye can be painful, there’s nothing as terrifying as an insect in your ear. We instantly conjure up images of it heading towards our brain and all too often we panic and jab a big finger in there. Here’s what to do the next time it happens to you.

Don't use your finger

Don’t put your finger in. This will not encourage the insect out, but could encourage it to move in the opposite direction. You may also disable it in the process, making it unable to leave even if it wants to. Instead, pull the back of your ear backwards and lean to the side – the little fella may simply fall out. Make sure you keep calm at all times.


If the insect is lodged in there and you can see a large part of it, you can try to softly grab it with a pair of tweezers. Extreme caution must be exercised, however, because you may burst or otherwise break off a bit of the bug and this could infect the ear. The best thing to do is to wash the bug out.


To wash the bug out you will need help. Lay on the floor with the inhabited ear facing up. Pour some oil – cooking oil is fine – into your ear and leave it for a minute or two. Then squirt some water into your ear and the oil – and hopefully a mini bug corpse – will rise to the top of the water and out of your ear. You can use a syringe, a squirty bottle or even a little water pistol to spray the water into your ear. If the bug comes out and is incomplete it means there is more of him still in your ear. Repeat the process.

Medical help

If none of these techniques work, visit the doctor. They will be able to have a proper look in there and remove the bug without too much trouble.

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