The fear or discomfort that comes from the presence of bugs is a common feeling for many people. Several bugs commonly evoke fear such as spiders, cockroaches, wasps, bed bugs, crickets, and many others. Though most bugs can be eliminated by simply stepping on them or capturing them and releasing them outside, it doesn’t reduce the fear that oftentimes comes.
If you find yourself with an intense and irrational fear of insects, you may be experiencing entomophobia. Entomophobia is a specific phobia that may result in anxiety, panic attacks, or extreme distress when confronted with or thinking of bugs. Entomophobia can lead a person to avoidance behaviors and heightened or obsessive thoughts.
If you are experiencing entomophobia, consider seeking a therapist for help. Treatments commonly include cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Exposure therapy can help you learn that most bugs are not out to harm you and are safe and amazing creatures.
Even though bugs are mainly beneficial to our ecosystem, they can still come across as intimidating and unpredictable. Fears of bugs most commonly stem from their behaviors and characteristics, such as stinging, bug bites, and their unpredictability.
Some common misconceptions and myths surround pests. While some insects can harm you, most bugs mind their own business and are more focused on scourging food and water. Here are some common misconceptions and myths surrounding pests that contribute to people’s fears:
Most species of insects are unharmful towards humans and most insect bites do nothing more than the standard inflammation and itching. Most pest misconceptions and myths stem from exaggerated portrayals in media and lead to false perceptions of the real threats posed by these bugs.
If pests continue to cause feelings of fear and anxiety, invest in professional pest control. Pest control services bring quick and effective solutions to the pests in your home and can ensure that there are no infestations taking place in the walls of your home. Contact your local Insight Pest Solutions today for more information on our pest control services and offerings.