How to Remove a Bug from Your Ear

How to Remove a Bug from Your Ear
How to Remove a Bug from Your Ear

What can help remove a bug stuck in your ear?

• Hot water
• Tweezers
• Olive oil
• Vinegar

Answer: Olive Oil

Olive oil can help remove a bug stuck in your ear. Here’s why…

Olive oil will immediately immobilize the bug and eventually drown it, making it easier to remove. If you try to force the insect out, it can cause a lot more pain and drive it deeper into your ear canal.


Here are some simple steps you can take to remove a bug from your ear:

Step 1: Don’t Panic 
I know…it’s a lot easier said than done, but it’s important you don’t freak out. Having a bug crawling inside your ear is not fun and can actually be quite painful.

The bug is lost and confused and it doesn’t know what to do. Naturally, it will try to protect itself so it’s important to keep your hands and fingers away from your ear. You don’t want it to bite or sting you. Try to stay still for at least 10 minutes to see if the bug gets out on its own.

Step 2: Use a Light Source
Since most bugs are attracted to light, shining a flashlight into the ear could make the bug crawl out on its own. If the person starts to feel more pain, quickly turn the flashlight off to stop the bug from crawling deeper inside.


Shining a light may also help determine how deep the bug has crawled and if it’s possible to dislodge it. If you can’t see it, there’s a good chance medical assistance will be required.

Step 3: Introduce Natural Elements
The bug is more than likely confused and doesn’t know where it is. Find a blade of grass and slowly introduce it into the ear canal. The scent and feel of the grass blade may be something familiar to the bug, causing it to latch on and be removed.

Step 4: Drown It Out
If the “grass bait” didn’t work, it’s time to take more drastic actions. Use olive oil to stop the bug from moving around and drown it. Do not use water as this will only agitate the bug and it may try to protect itself by biting or stinging.

Just use a few drops and/or a small teaspoon and introduce the oil into the ear canal. At least now you’ll have a dead bug in your ear and it won’t be moving around causing more pain.


Step 5: Get It Removed
If drowning it in olive oil doesn’t work, seek immediate medical attention.

If the bug is dead, but still lodged in the ear canal, go to a medical professional and have them remove it. Do not let anyone stick anything in your ear — it could cause permanent damage if they don’t know what they’re doing.

Getting a bug stuck in your ear is scary, and it can happen to anyone. Even though it may be uncomfortable, try to remain calm and start taking the necessary steps to get rid of that nasty little critter.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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