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I am really afraid of insects...ALL bugs...even butterflies...

Question Posted Sunday August 23 2009, 11:20 pm

I am SO incredibly afraid of bugs. Any type of bug can really freak me out. Usually I end up crying and feel like I am going to pass out. I end up with wanting to throw up, too.

I know most people aren't so afraid of insects. I mean, my fears goes as far as harmless bugs like butterflies. I simply do not want their legs to touch me. It freaks me out to even think about their legs crawling on my skin.

The most I could come up with was a fear since infancy, as I was taken to the hospital because I had SO many insect bites on me. The doctors just informed them that I was more allergic than most people to these bites and needed to be kept away from times I would come in contact with bugs. Of course, I don't remember ANY of this, but I do remember growing up and having HUGE welts on my body from where a bug had bit me. They usually hurt and itched so it was terribly confusing.

I grew up always wearing long pants, usually long sleeved shirts if I could manage it, and practically bathing myself in OFF bug spray.

I still have this fear though and was wondering if there was a way to overcome this or if it was something I just have to cope with for the rest of my life. I've dealt with it so long now. It's really embarrassing, especially when it comes to be dodging butterflies and stuff that I KNOW is completely harmless.

Any advice? Even if someone is like me, knowing I'm not alone in this is very helpful...

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funaro93 answered Saturday March 15 2014, 2:35 pm:
I am also terrified of flying insects. I don't know why but they scare the hell out of me. The odd thing is, when I was a kid I use to play with things like grasshoppers and stuff but now I'm petrified of them. Flies, Butterflies, Ladybugs and small moths don't bother me but just about any other bug+wings=me freak the fuck out. Mosquito Hawks, dragonflies, grasshoppers, praying mantis' large moths, crickets anything like that I run away in terror. Even thinking about it makes my skin crawl. I can't sleep knowing theirs a mosquito hawk in my room, I have to kill it because it might land on my face while I'm sleeping. One time there was a large green grasshopper right in front of my door and I couldn't go inside because if I passed it it might fly at me. I sat there for a while throwing things at it hoping it would go away lol. Whenever I see one I always scream with my mouth closed because I'm always afraid they're going to fly in my mouth so I look even more like a freak lol. It's a problem I know. I wish I could overcome it.

I hear the best way to do it is with Exposure therapy which basically means they'll tie you down and sit you in like a tub full of the thing you're afraid of, in our case flying insects, until your body eventually gets tired and you stop freaking out. They cannot release you before you reach that point or you're phobia will be even worse than before.

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Uniq_The_Geek answered Monday August 24 2009, 11:50 am:
Hi :]

Well, no, you aren't along. Along with you and Nat, I, too am afraid of bugs. I hate butterflies, I could be walking down the street and I'll cross to the other side to avoid one haha... And I agree with Nat, a lot of people think we are being childish and drama queens but they really don't understand :/

I'm sorry for not being able to give you advice, considering the only thing I can do is relate to you... I literally don't like any bugs. No roaches, no lady bugs, NOTHING. And I hope that one day we can ALL cope with this fear, because I know, just as much as you, that fears and phobia's interfere with many lifestyles. Good luck!!!

Uniq =]

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05natalie05 answered Monday August 24 2009, 4:55 am:
I am also afraid of bugs. Mostly crawling bugs. I don't seem to get freaked out by flies, bees and butterflies, but things that crawl frighten me horribly.
I am mostly afraid of catterpillas. They freak me out, and if I see one (even a picture of one) I have to avoid it and I immediately start panacking and feeling dizzy.
Just typing this is making me feel like something is crawling on my legs. And when I see bugs I start hyperventilating and sometimes I get very emotional. I don't like being out at night because of bugs.
I just wanted to tell you all this to assure you that there are many people who are afraid of bugs. And Entomophobia is the technical name for a 'fear of insects or bugs'.

This is a serious thing and some people just think we are acting like drama queens, but we're not.

There is something that i do when I am feeling very brave. I actually go near a bug and hold it or look at it and think positive thaughts. (maybe something small and not so "creepy-crawly" like a worm or moth [if you hate flying bugs then you'll probably hate moths, maybe try something like a butchy boy/slater bug because they crawl into a ball and can be less frightening. Also I know worms seem gross but when you hold one they are not so bad and you can wash your hands afterwards])

Hope this helped you and sorry I am not that useful ><"
Good luck and hopefully we both get over our fear of bugs.

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Cux answered Monday August 24 2009, 1:51 am:
Honestly, I'm the same way. I don't douse myself in OFF, but I do freak out if a fly or a bee comes like 5 feet near me.

I literally run away if a bee gets close to me or any insect gets near me. I am VERY afraid of them. I think it's because one time I was little at a football game, and I had a hot dog and I put ketchup on it, and a bee stung me because it smelled the ketchup. Pretty much since then, I just FREAK out. Like, I will run away, and I might start crying.

Maybe it's irrational, but we all are afraid of something. Heights, the dark, dying, failing, marbles, etc.

I guess my point is more "you're not alone!" than "here's what you should do".

Honestly, I don't know of a solution, since I'm in the same boat with you, and I'd rather just be afraid of them the rest of my life than get on medication or something.


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