And when there’re fruit fly’s in my room I try to smack them, but I’m too scared to. Numbness 8. The origin of the word insect is Latin (meaning bug) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). I’m disgusted by bugs and terrified – should I see a doctor? Before this, our apartment had a few regulars: a couple wasps(one that stung my mom), occasional centipedes, houseflies, ants(they’re cute), moths(f*&%^$@ scary), crickets(disgusting) etc… Bugs were jumping in and out of them and my nine year old sister was screaming and having a meltdown over the bugs, trying to get away from them, so I told her to climb on me and I would walk her over the holes while she was on my back. I was so casual with killing and touching them. Bugs like flies, mosquitoes and fleas are also associated with the spread of diseases and infections. I can’t tell if I actually have this or not, but I know I’m terrified of bugs. While not generally experienced at the same time as insect phobia episode, we find that overall when they think about their past, most clients have elevated levels of one or more of: Your email address will not be published. They are deep-seated and psychological in nature. I suddenly started crying like a crazy person and it continued like that for an hour. When i cut the grass i go to put the lawn mower in the shed and if i see bees or bugs near it ill just go inside and wont close the door. Entomophobia is a poorly documented and under-reported mental disorder. There is really no one to sympathize with me because this is not something that happens to everyone. I can’t even get myself to go into my garage because cockroaches are everywhere. ticks. Eventually we got kicked out of there because our neighbors blamed the bug problem on us and tried to say we needed to pay for their moving cost. Entomophobia is the fear of insects. I even think that they walk on my body, and this is often an illusion. Would anyone WANT a bug in their ear? Could I have acarophobia if I get an itching feeling all over my body when I see little creatures such as ants, spiders or flies? Basically i shut myself in the house and when i do go outside i get scared like i don’t want to cut the grass or weed the garden because i jump at the sight of them. I haven’t scratched enough to cause serious infection or injury yet, though my skin is often raw and sore after I’m done. I don’t go anywhere outside unless it’s a really short trip, I’m required to go, or it’s snowing outside. Pains or chest pains 7. If someone reads this comment, would you recommend me to go to a doctor or not?? ESPECIALLY ants. Insect phobia, also called entomophobia, is an excessive or irrational fear of insects. Am I one of these people or not? Physical symptoms like nausea, shaking, trembling, headaches, crying, screaming at the sight of bugs. Entomophobia can cause the same symptoms as other phobias. Should I give it a try? I’ve been like this since a child and I really have no control over it. Animal phobias are the most common specific phobias. Hello, my family acts the same, saying they don’t hurt you and sometimes a sibling will laugh. I have a horrible fear of bugs, like I’d rather die than touch a bug. If anyone knows this name, please tell me, I’m tired of itching and nothing is there. While some people simply jump a little when they hear a pigeon’s wings fluttering, others can barely cope with the anxiety this brings. If there's a specific insect you fear, then you can add a few more phobias: ants - Myrmecophobia. At the time of me typing this, I’m hiding under my blanket, not being able to go to the bathroom, because there is a cockroach inside. The symptoms which can confirm the fear to be entomophobia or fear of bugs & insects are: Complaining constantly about insect bites is a primary symptom of entomophobia or fear of bugs & insects. Hi I have this too… I just had a mini panic attack with some stink bugs. I can’t stand having this phobia, it’s already starting to affect my mannerisms and daily routine. Every time I have sensations of tingling, itching, or some sense of hair movement anywhere on my body, my mind immediately goes to ants or something of the like. Thankfully, I noticed them before we moved fully. Constantly searching on the Internet to self-validate their beliefs about insects. I was sick as well and ended up sitting there itching and being paralyzed until one in the morning. Once a week I wait until the neighbors are likely to be asleep so I won’t bother them with fumes and then spray in front of my door, down the steps, and around the exterior. I can’t even get close to them. I’m really scared of roaches. The worst for me are maggots, worms, earwigs, flies, and roaches. When I see them, I can feel them in my skin and either have to shower or scratch to holy hell before I can ‘get rid of’ them… And, if one ever lands on me, the neighbours will probably call the cops because it will sound like someone is being murdered. Now, if I spy a bug on the ceiling I yell for someone to come kill it and bolt out of the room or don’t move. Fear of Infestation . It’s not insulated well, and the bugs terrify me. I think it might later get so bad you won’t be able to do what you want in the future. Many -phobia lists circulate on the Internet, with words collected from indiscriminate sources, often copying each other. House was built in the 60’s or something. Also about a year ago i moved in with my now husband and his elderly mother and had my first encounter with bed bugs. I wish people become a little more considerate…. I also had a surreal dream… Nightmare more to speak, everything about it felt real and I woke up surrounded by blackness which didn’t help. All items in suitcase are in space bags then I spray the inside of the case with ant, roach, and bedbug sprays, close it up and let it sit outside for a few more hours. This whole page definitely describes me! Finally, a name for what’s been bothering me! Screw that.. I’m afraid of all. Heading to the Amazon Rainforest for 5 night stay in the middle of the jungle. share. Again normal old lady who refuses to acknowledge anything beyond herself. I used to not like to shower with the clear liner in because it had mold, but then I got a new one. The word Entomophobia comes from Greek entomos meaning insects and phobos which means deep dread or fear. Merry Christmas. After every trip my suitcase sits outside at home for 24hrs then I empty it outside. A common phobia in children is a phobia of animals, such as snakes, spiders, insects/bugs, rodents, and dogs. I’m in the exact same situation. Phobias have different symptoms from serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Difficulty breathing 4. Really don’t have anything to do with fear of bugs, nobody likes bed bugs or fleas. The worst part is I know they can’t hurt me and I’m fully aware it’s irrational but I can’t be around them. Every ant I encounter I kill. I tried so many times to overcome this fear but i just couldn’t and i don’t think that i will ever. And any other insect, I just hate them and I’m really scared to be close to one. I’m almost 20. I always live in constant fear of bugs with my family. He says i gotta get over my phobia and that i shouldn’t be scared of bugs. Below are links to further information on the fears and phobias of cockroaches, insects and bugs in general, snakes, spiders, and wasps and bees. If they were outside then I have very little problem with them, but inside.. we live in a very old house, and it has cracks everywhere so winter and summer are often really bad. I barely ever have nightmares but when I do it’s about bugs. Entomophobias #whatbugsme What is your phobia? 1: insect phobia: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of insects or bugs, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. I couldn’t touch/kill a single bug… what should I do…? Getting help from a professional could also help, especially since it seems you know how it started. I felt them on me every time. Wow this is so me I hate bugs so much. I can’t stand insects (some of them) the star is the ROACH. The one thing to know is they are not out to get you. I will start crying if one comes near me. What I think you should do is buy lots of bug spray, and don’t go outside and camping as much as you might. When I see bugs whether it’s a picture or real thing always gag, tremble,scream,run frantically, and sometimes cry. I can’t even handle it if a butterfly flies near me. My dads fed up, he says that if he hears the word bees or wasps then i’m living on my own. My dad especially growing up on a farm he expects me to be like my older brother. I don’t know why I’m this afraid all of a sudden or maybe I was always afraid but there are so many bugs in my house and I can’t handle it. I refuse to visit them, or be around them because of it. I’m afraid it might get to the point where I can’t go outside without freaking out about the possibility of a bug infestation. That’s just common sense you’re good. If it has only been a very short period of time maybe wait to see if it eases up. And I’m 13 so my parents always get mad because I don’t leave the house because I’m so afraid of any insect or bug. I am also afraid of spiders and have no idea what to do. I feel for you. An entomophobe? Same, whenever I see a bee, or a wasp. I can’t kill em unless I spray em and if not no contact whatsoever, not with a shoe, a tissue, nothing. I put new weather stripping all around the door. An entomologist may also be needed to help the patient dispel misconceptions that may be aggravating one’s Entomophobia. I freak out when there is a bug anywhere near me, no matter size or the ability to fly (even ants) to the point where I will run away and get my brother to kill it, or try to hide. Already had nightmares and accidentally stepped on two which traumatized me! They are TERRIFYING! Many people do not believe them and think that I am trying to attract attention, and this bothers me a lot. My hubby tried bug spray which worked for a few months and then we needed to bomb so we did. BYE. I’m horrified and i don’t know what to do overall. So id say i have many reasons im freaked out over bugs of any kind. To live without fear, face it head on is the only way. I glued netting into bathroom vents. I am the same way and my husband gets mad at me instead of understanding my fear. The repulsion to this insect can be due to multiple factors: such as its anatomical structure, its ability to transmit diseases, the fact that they feed on putrefaction or that some are able to fly. Most bugs can’t hurt you, but phobias go beyond reason. My daughter is so scared of all bugs, she hurt herself and others, just trying to get away from the bugs. Thinking and talking about it makes me want to puke and cry, it makes me feel as if they were crawling all over me. I don’t know how to cope. The fear of bugs or fear of insects is known as Entomophobia or Acarophobia and is sometimes also referred to as Insectophobia. It often falls outside of most scientific categories and other phobias. You know many people think I am lying and I just want attention. I didn’t want to kill it so I grabbed something like a glass and try to get the bug in it by putting the glass upside down. Eventually I convinced my parents to move to Canada and eventually we moved to Greenland. I currently feel tingly and terrified like bugs are covering me. Reading about insects to make believe that the fear is rational. One time i remember my dad joking around about a bug being near me on the couch and i immediately started crying and trying to swag off whatever was on me or near me and he stopped laughing and told me to grow up because my response to that was completely childish and uncalled for. Yeah, you should go to someone to get diagnosed. Something like this hadn’t happened before in my life. I know bugs won’t do anything to me which is the worst part. The earlier you get help, the better. Plus I have bad eye sight. This is ALMOST me. Call Any Time800 828 7484While Shelley can't pick up 24 hours a day, you can call any time & she'll get right back to you.For the best part of a decade Shelley's heard and helped all kinds of people. Usually I’ll let them know that there are bugs, and since they’re extremely understanding of my phobia, they’ll kill them for me. It’s been 20 minutes and I’m still itchy, still shaking. To understand how a person develops this phobia it is necessary to understand how a phobia develops in general. Insectiphobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on the home page. And before there was a bug (idk what kind) in my room at night time. Even when someone mention them, I instantly start itching. So we ended up getting kicked out because we can only pay for our living expenses and not an entire other family’s cost too. I will probably go to a psychoanalyst after the exam for university. We don’t have AC, but we do have a swamp cooler. So when i was younger, like 4/5, bugs used to be fine with me, i actually played with them at points. To help your kid stay cool around insects, get your own response in check. I can relate to this so much, My father just says “Oh get over it” but even just seeing a cockroach in a photo makes me anxious, and seeing one in real life i nearly pass out. I just think it would help a little bit, but don’t take my word for it. I’m only 13 right now and my mom always says that the bugs won’t hurt me. In severe cases, the patient feels as if there is an insect pricking, stinging, or creeping on his body. Ugh.. Because of this fear, I hadn’t hit even one mosquito ever since.. I used to be able to handle Rollie Pollies or Lady Bugs but now I can’t stand anything at all! The more pressure we put on studying, the more intense these feelings become. I go to therapy for other personal reasons and he has talked to me about obsessive compulsive disorder and I think he may be right now. All types of bugs make me feel horrible and i don’t know what i can do to fix it. Also, it doesn’t help if you have a learning disability. Sufferers may continue to experience these symptoms for years not realizing that the longer they suffer, the harder their Entomophobia is to resolve. I will literally cry and hyperventilate. Many times this fear develops after a bad experience with one of these insects. But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about insects or bugs and not the actual insects or bugs almost all people with insect phobia can create a very strong reaction just by using their mind. No matter how many times I clean the bed, it always comes up and bite me, despite the physical pain, it affected my mental health so bad. Advice? I can’t sleep at all! So all the bed bugs hid in her pile of obsessions and after the fumes were gone from the bombs they came back out with full force of hell. And even when a fly buzzes past me I jump. Typically, the closer you are to what you’re afraid of, the greater your fear will be. I scream when a ladybug is on my arm, and panic when a beetle is crawling near me. I’m constantly checking and paranoid that the bug is in my blankets or that it’s on me. Once i almost passed out and almost had a car crash because of a bee. I never open a window without ensuring there are no tears or openings in the screen. I don’t like bugs, but I only fear them if they can get in my ears. But I cannot handle bugs inside the house. I will not fear the unknown, instead i will learn about the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Knowing that an insect has the ability to fly is probably the most scary part. I hate them, they serve no real benefit to anything except the virus’s they carry around and they’re evil. I don’t know when my fear of bugs, insects or anything related to them actually started. It wasn’t big and not a fast walker. I just froze and ran.. then at night i was afraid to go to sleep.. so i kept on thinking about puppies and things that make me happy and i was curled up like a ball trying to fall to sleep.. but then i saw a spider crawling in a wall i stood up my brothers were scared too because they are afraid of spiders. In the living room a caterpillar fell out of my shirt i was so terrified i jumped up.. well there are more stories but before i go i wanna say that. Thanks in advance. I literally tremble when I see a bug, even butterflies! It’s made me think they are in my skin. And I am very upset. Acarophobia is derived from Latin Acaro which means ‘mites’. There were lots of holes on the beach, and I mean a lot. I close all access to any holes in my body (mouth, stuff down there) and I usually don’t try to mess with them and I’ll get my dad or I’ll get them with something to where I won’t have to touch it. Love her mom. 10 minutes after I woke up. Specific phobias can also occur along with other types of anxiety disorders.Common categories of specific phobias are a fear of: 1. My parents tell me to grow up and no one knows I’m afraid of them to this extent. Either one it is time to overcome it. 😱. Then I went to grab some paper so I can put the bug out but when I enter through my room I realized that I smashed it with the glass. I hate this and I know I’ll have problems in my future. My parents don’t really understand or feel my pain so they keep telling me that I need to “Get over my fear” but I just can’t…. Not too long ago I had an encounter with a swarm of earwigs crawling around in the bathroom and scarily close to my bedroom door, normally I would attempt to spray them with a can of Febreeze or whatever was near me at the time, but I couldn’t find anything. Learning is key to understanding your fear. Anyway at our new home we didnt see any roaches or bed bugs. 🙂 I’m uneasy with many bugs tho I’ve found wooly aphids kind of cute and butterflies are not a problem to me, tho I don’t want even them to be on me. I have moderate Entomophobia and Arachnophobia. Symptoms of Insect-Related Anxiety Include: Nausea I got really upset to the point of crying. I realize now that this is an actual thing. Complex phobias, such as agoraphobia and social phobia, are more likely to cause these symptoms. My prayers are with you. Well, I also believe I have this because I hate going outside where I know there will be bugs and I can’t even look at grasshoppers. Recently, there have been these enormous crane flies in my room every night and last night I slept with my grandmother because I couldn’t sleep in my room. SAME, even when a butterfly fly’s past me I get scared sometimes. Sleeping.. thats a whole other ball game. That was worse considering my family. When i did that my parents told me to get over it and thought it would be a good way to get over it to close the door. They think its ok to live in an infested place, and treat me as though im the problem. I feel like I’m going to throw up. 100% Upvoted. However, it’s ultimately your decision whether you go to therapy or not. I don’t know. I am more afraid not to kill a bug than to run away from it, much as I want to. I can’t live with bedbugs anymore, and i don’t know what to do if it came up again. I hate ants too. But anytime I see one I scream cry and run away. The People that are suffering from phobias, […] I went to grab the thing and I got it’s leg, but the leg just came off and that made my sister cry even more. But because I didn’t want to wake them up, I ended up clinging to my bed and proceeded to have a panic attack, which was made worse because I was having delusions at the same time that felt as if bugs were crawling all over me and inside my eyes. Life is strange. For this it is necessary to take into account the mental state and other binding characteristics of the individual. They are hundreds of box elders covering our house and many stink bugs on my porch. > For help chaging these patterns of thinking, read this article How to Overcome Insect Phobia. Is say quote unquote because i went over to that house and saw that there were only roach bombs and were hoarder status way beyond anything i had seen. It took me 5 min to just walk in my room and grab some clothes as I just got off work. I can’t even clap a fruit fly to kill it. Most of my fear with insects occur when they come right at me, or if they appear out of nowhere. Others include apiphobia, fear of bees, and myrmecophobia, fear of ants. There are many types of phobias, and it's not unusual to experience a specific phobia about more than one object or situation. I started crying and the basement bees came in the house and dad told me to kill it and pick it up but i couldn’t. I travel for a living and stay in lots of hotels – when I check in it takes me at least an hour or 2 before I bring my suitcase into the room because I search the room for bugs – but it also takes at least an hour before I go into the room. It is important to take into account the individual’s mental state and other such characteristics. Even though I’m scared of those kinds of bugs, I’m not scared of mosquitos, gnats, flies, butterflies, or even stinging bugs like bees, wasps, hornets, and the like (or at least not abnormally scared of them). Make sure your parents understand that it’s something you can’t control, that you can’t just get over it in a minute. If they stay away from me and my home, they get to live. I have both anxiety and OCD, so I’m beginning to suspect that the 3 are related. In dominican its hot and the bugs are bigger and there are more bugs than in U.S.A. Everyone knows those critters are completely harmless, but when it flew underneath my sister’s chair, she stood up and started crying to get it away! If the insect is gone and i feel confident, ex: kicking a moth out, I feel instant relief. I’m 13 and it started with ants last year. I don’t like touching or being too close to insects, and the thought of them causes me discomfort. But I think everything started last year. Usually it’s worse right after I see a bug or something but sometimes it’s for NO REASON. The reason is that all my ex friends kind of live in places where bugs are present.. in their houses!! I am in my 50’s and have always had a fear of bugs. The only way it helps, though, is if you open a window so it can push air out and bring cold air in. I’m kinda glad that there are other people like me since everybody else around me seems to be perfectly fine with killing bugs. I am not that afraid of worms, but caterpillars just look so creepy.. uhh that reminds me of a story, so i was playing outside when i went back to the house to take a shower. My experience is with bedbugs. Again we had a few hours to get out so we put what we could in storage and stayed in a hotel until we got into another house. Now my hubby and i at that time were seeking employment beyond temp work and his mother was the only person with reliable income. If there is a bug I sit on the couch or a chair with my feet off the floor until someone else takes care of it. I saw a huge cockroach today and it was pretty big, around 1 1/2 inches. I tend to scratch, swat, and pick at myself whenever I see a bug. Once I get myself and my stuff in the room I continue to search the room until I feel a little at ease – then it will take forever for me to even attempt to sit down. Well when she would get paid she’d buy a single can of bed bug spray and use it on her bed but only when she started seeing the bed bugs. Hi. Now i try to watch what i do but it’s hard. I caulked and sealed any space where pipes enter under sinks, etc. I can’t handle invertebrates either and just looking at an insect prompts a physical reaction. Your credit card and other information are safe. Entomophobia (also known as insectophobia) is characterized by an excessive or unrealistic fear of one or more classes of insect. Animal, blood, storm and water-specific phobias typically develop in early childhood, whereas fears related to heights and other situations tend to emerge later. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2016 Jun. I ended up finding another small beetle-like thing on it and so I went to our guest room and slept there. This is me! Also the other day a wasp came in the house and i was all by myself. Instead of killing it i ran to my room and closed the door, didn’t come out of my room. What should I do? This also happens to me a lot. But if an insect runs away, ex: the cockroach that escaped 10 mins ago, I feel like I’ll lose my breath. I like to keep spiders alive to deal with them. I usually don’t have a big issue, but I think it might be getting worse. For example, someone with a fear of spiders (arachnophobia) may not want to touch a spider or even look at a picture of one. But my reason for being so fearful is my experience.. S… I used to live in an infested apartment, roaches everywhere, the very big kind, big ants, everything was just awful, you couldn’t even use the bathroom with using one. Yes, it’s excessive, but I don’t see bugs inside any more, and I sleep at night. And best of all the experience of a lifetime with memories and stories that will be unforgettable. report. As long as its not a spider or cockroach. 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