TALLAHASSEE, Florida (USA Today)— For three years, Blake Collins and his husband Samuel McGee have been fighting a roach invasion in their apartment near the campus of Florida State University.
“They’re crawling on our bed sheets, they’re crawling on our mattress,” Collins said.
They’d come out of the light bulb sockets. A bowl with dog food would shortly attract dozens of German roaches. Collins once stayed up to pick roaches off McGee as he was asleep recovering from surgery, he said.
But last week, the pest problem reached its peak: Collins woke up at 5 a.m. to a roach rustling inside his ear.
“A roach was burrowing inside of my head,” he said. “I could hear his legs inside me. It felt like someone was shoving a Q-tip all the way inside my head and there was nothing I could do to stop it.”
He went to the hospital, where a doctor used a syringe to put lidocaine, a numbing medication, inside his ear to kill the roach — which also had laid an egg.
“I heard it die in my head,” Collins said. “When he poured the lidocaine in, I could feel him go super, super fast, kicking and try to dig its way out, and a faint little squeal and then two minutes later, it just stopped and he died.”