Bugging Out Over Bugs: Top 10 Bug Phobias

Posted on Oct 17 2013 - 3:20pm by Susan Bewley

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Unlike most women, I don't really care too much about bugs. Maybe it was growing up with three older brothers and a neighborhood of boys, but I understood early on that bugs have their place in the world. Don't get me wrong, I still think bugs should remember their place is outside my home, unless I invite them inside to be a yummy meal for our bearded dragons. At that point, all is fair in love and war, right? While my husband and I may be indifferent to bugs and curious enough to read about them, we know other members of our family aren't, especially those with arachnophobia (fear of spiders). In all honesty, I didn't even know there were different bug phobias until I read an article on the top 10 bug phobias on the Orkin Ecologist.  

For example, did you know there are people who are terrified of worms (scoleciphobia) or ants (myrmecophobia)?  Throughout their top 10 bug phobias article, they go through the different phobias and give you little interesting facts about them.  For example, arachnophobia isn't just a common bug photobia, but tops most phobia lists.  While I'm not sure if I suffer from any phobias myself that are on this list, I know I do have a bit of a hatred for wasps and certain types of poisonous spiders.  Like every woman, I have had my encounters with large spiders that ended in their untimely demise by the sole of my shoe, or my commonly, by a book falling on the poor defenseless creature.

In all honesty, when I was reading the article, I couldn't help but think of my brother-in-law's old pet – Black Arachnia. If there was any one bug that give me a 'bug out' moment, it was that spider. Nothing is 'better' than being introduced to a black widow spider, spinning a web happily in her own little plastic habitat. This not so little spider was found in his research office at his old college, and until its death a few months ago, was one of his prized pets. While it was his baby, I was always TERRIFIED of this spider, especially when I found out it had eggs regularly (with one of her clutches hatching). If I was ever to develop arachnophobia, it was during that spider's lifespan!

I have to admit though, it is nice having an easy to use resource for learning about bugs and how they could very well be affecting your own life. After discovering it, I love exploring The Ecologist since it really is a treasure trove of information, all of which was collecting by bug scientists and researchers who work for Orkin. Not only can you learn about annoying pests and dangerous bugs, but can find interesting articles like the top 10 bug phobias listed above. If you love learning about nature or love science, I highly recommend checking out Orkin's Ecologist site! Just don't be surprised if you lose hours reading different articles on their site! Also, don't forget to check out their Facebook & Pinterest accounts to learn more interesting fact about bugs!

Do you have any phobias of bugs? If so, what was your most unnerving 'bug out' moment?

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

14 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. gigi n jimmy borden October 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    i love your thoughts on this, especially because i hate bugs!

  2. Stacey Roberson October 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I never knew there was a word for being scrared of worms or ants – learn something new every day. I freak out if a fly lands on me. I am terrified of bugs, of any shape or form. They are just not for me.

  3. Tanya White October 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I really dislike bugs, I think because they look scary. I swear as soon as i looked at your pictures of them I just got the chills(heeby jebbies). Its nice to know there is a word for being scared of them.

  4. Kristy S. October 19, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Spiders are the only thing I'm afriad of.  Bugs, rodents, snakes, bring them on, but spiders freak me out.

  5. Monica Platz October 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I'm not a fan of bugs, but especially hate spiders! 

  6. Elizabeth October 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I had a black widow in my laundry once here at the house.  I didn't do laundry for days.  EEeek!

  7. Virginia @thatbaldchick October 22, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    When I was younger, I carried a paper route.  One of my customers had small pine trees that flanked her sidewalk.  Because she was older, she always wanted her newspaper placed on her porch, which meant I had to walk through the pines.  One day, as I was walking up her sidewalk, I looked up and there was a (in my memory) giant wolf spider mere inches from the top of my head.  IT FREAKED ME OUT!

  8. Maggie C October 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    That article gave me the shudders!  I'm not overly scared of bugs except for cave crickets – those things are scary!

  9. md kennedy October 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    PLEASE!  Don't ever put a picture of a spider on your blog again!  I am SO afraid of spiders, I got the willies just reading and then seeing your pic!  Great article, though…

    • Susan Bewley October 24, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

      I’m sorry, MD! This sponsor asked for our scariest bug experience! I think we can both agree spiders need to stay outside!

  10. Stacy Peart October 24, 2013 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I really hate bugs! Every time I see one I freeze up and start screaming and crying. I don't really know where this came from considering I played with bugs when I was a kid and never had anything with bugs tramatic happen.

  11. Garf October 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I hate bugs, especially the ones pictured. 

  12. lisa November 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I don't like any bugs. Well, ladybugs are okay. They just freak me out.

  13. Rhonda September 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Bugs don’t both me so much…I don’t want them crawling on me though for sure. A spider in a web is fascinating to me actually.

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