A doctor had to pull a 2cm long cockroach from a man’s ear after the insect crawled inside while he slept.
He told 105.7 ABC Darwin radio station the pain began to get worse, and using a vacuum cleaner to try and suck the creature out only appeared to anger it, increasing his pain further.
“Later on, when I stood up and it happened it would sort of hunch me over and drop me down to the ground,” Mr Helmer said.
“I was hoping it wasn't a poisonous spider. I was hoping it didn't bite me.”
He eventually attend the Royal Darwin Hospital, where a doctor poured olive oil down his ear canal. However, this made the cockroach burrow down further, before it began to suffocate and die.
In a last ditch attempt, the doctor used a pair of forceps to prize the insect from his ear.
“She said, 'you know how I said a little cockroach? That may have been an underestimate,' Mr Helmer told the station.
”They said they had never pulled an insect this large out of someone's ear.“