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Recently I was sleeping at night but on a mattress placed on the floor of a new house and an insect that looks exactly like the brown tiny bug entered into my ears, I didn't know there was something inside I thought I was developing an ear problem, it was painful but it came out alive in the morning . It left an irritating feeling and mild pain and something like a husk, I don't know, came out when it was washed from the hospital. How harmful can bugs be to the ear especially when they spend a whole night in the ear? Though  still feeling some slight pain.

Hello Jackline,

I cannot give you an identification with the information you have provided. Can you describe the insect? Did it have wings? Any recognizable markings or features? Do you have a photo?

I am not sure how much harm it caused you, but it sounds traumatic. I am sorry to hear about your awful experience. However, without more information about what insect it was and what they found at the hospital, I can't be very useful to you. Did it bite you? Did it damage your tympanic membrane? If I were you, I would follow the advice the doctors gave you. If you still feel discomfort, you should call them to let them know and get further advice.

Good luck,

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Jessica Mellinger


I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.


I was involved in collection and identification of invertebrates for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of since 2009.

Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, Davis Field Station; University of California, Davis Aggie Alumni Association; UC Davis Center for Neuroscience; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.

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Special Thanks for Achieving Results award from the Department of the Interior

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