There are not very many people who like cockroaches, and this 19-year-old male has the best reason to dislike them the most.
Mr. Li from China works in a factory in Guangdong Province. One morning, he felt something scratching inside his ear. This went on for a number of days, but when his ear started to throb in pain, he finally went to the hospital.
In the hospital, doctors performed an endoscopy.
To their horror, Li’s ear was teeming with cockroaches.
Yang Jing, the doctor from Chang’an Xiaobian Hospital, found that a female cockroach had made Li’s ear its’ home weeks earlier.
Jing had told TVS: “We saw an insect-shaped object blocking his ear canal completely.”
It was found that the cockroach had laid eggs in the ear canal, with 25 hatched cockroaches that were the size of small mosquitoes. The insects had caused severe congestion and swelling, and damaged the skin in his ear canal.
The doctors, after removing the insects using a liquid, told Li that if he had not come to hospital, his ear could have been “destroyed.”
Cockroaches are one of the most hardy insects known, with some being able to survive for a month without any food, and they have the ability to survive on limited resources. Their eggs can take between 24 and 70 days to hatch, depending on the temperature, which means the female cockroach had been living in Li’s ear for some time. They are usually nocturnal and love dark and warm conditions, just like what the ear canal supplies.
So next time you have a scratching sensation in your ear, go to the doctor, as you may be breeding unwanted guests in your ear.