Fearing Insects, the Common Phobia

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Entomophobia, more commonly referred to as insectophobia is a specific phobia of one or classes of insects. While the more specific arachnophobia, fear of spiders, is one of the most common fears, this is just one of many subsets of phobias related to entomophobia. Others include apiphobia, fear of bees, and myrmecophobia, fear of ants.

While it is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of traumatic experiences and genetic predispositions, most fears can be traced by to a specific event almost always during young, developmental ages. Entomophobia is often linked to Acarophobia, the fear of insects that cause itching, or pain.

As with any fear the symptoms are as unique as the individual fears themselves. Usually symptoms include elevated anxiety and dread followed by the onset of panic including shortness of breath, nausea, shaking, and in some extreme instances can cause individuals to lose consciousness.

While those that do not suffer from phobias may look at someone as silly for their fears, and especially their reactions to common triggers, the truth is that the individual suffering may face real dangers. Other than contacting Greenway Pest Services to effectively remove pests from your home or business, try some of these tops to move past your phobia.

Helpful Tips for Dealing with Phobias

Take a positive approach, and remain in control when confronted with an insect or other trigger. Try to ignore it. If only it were that easy, right? Thinking about your fear will only cause more anxiety, which may cause your fear to worsen.

Knowledge is power. Individuals commonly feel helpless in terms of their phobia triggers, and the more you know, the more powerful you are certain to feel. Try researching your specific phobia, even take a class or seminar to familiarize yourself about how the fear may have developed. You can even attend a group discussion or online support site. Knowing that others are suffering alongside you provides not only a referral source on how others have overcome their fears, but also peace of mind that your reaction is more common that you may think.

Remember that entomophobia is one of the most common phobias, and millions suffer from debilitating symptoms when encountered with their triggers. Pest control services from Greenway may help to keep pests away, contact us today to help.

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