I couldn’t stop shaking, and ultimately, I fell asleep in the spare bedroom on the opposite side of the house. I ended up calling my mom over to my room to come kill it which upset her husband but like, shut up, if I could kill it I would, but you wouldn’t jump off a cliff if you thought you were going to be alright would you? It started with a movie called “Creepshow”. I have a fear of them too. I am in my late 30s and also have this unexplainable phobia. I had an encounter last month while on vacation and had a panic attack so I avoided leaving the hotel because I knew they might be in front of it. Not even 30min ago one was in my cup and I usually look inside all my cups before taking a drink but I was so tired I just didn’t. They just wander in from outside or from the damp basements. I thought I saw one on my bedroom wall too so I told my mom and sister and they couldn’t find it. You can also learn about relaxation techniques. But I love spiders, explain that. I had a fear of cockroaches but I don’t anymore because I made myself go near it and not panic, run away and start screaming. One time I was watching TV and I felt something crawling on my arm I jumped up and screamed like I usually do when I see one and started bursting in tears. This will reduce the likelihood of heart palpitations, potential panic attacks, or shortness of breath. I have all the textbook symptoms of the insect phobia. I have run out of public restrooms with my pants down crying due to that nasty fat devil roach. Wow, i know how you feel, if i were you… i would move to another state!! She called me a girl.. A roach fell on my lamp while I was watching Britney Spears VMA performances and I was literally hovering outside of my room for 40 mins for the most opportune moment to bug spray the s*** out of it. Literally the same thing is happening to me right now. She’s afraid of them too but she was the only one around to kill it.when she came in there IT WAS GONE. I didn’t see the HDMI option pop up on the screen so I checked the switch dock to see if there was anything wrong. Today I was talking to my mom on my bed and saw one on the bottom of the top bunk bed. However, personality traits, such as neurosis, are arguably transmitted genetically. I flung it off and thought “I need to get out of here.” so I went for my jacket but then I saw one crawl out of the sleeve. I love cockroaches especially the hissing kind. What Happens When You Squish a Cockroach? I cant even look at pictures of roaches without elevated heart rate, feelings of disgust and terror. Do NOT go under the trees at night. After about 5 minutes of crying and hyperventilating, mum had to open the door and feed them. I am thinking of getting professional help. Then I started feeling it again on my neck so I touched what was there and I felt something weird and flicked it off so I turned on the light and looked on the floor and I saw it, the ugliest creepy crawly ever. Here’s the story of when I saw a huge big black one in my sisters room. I wish scientists could find a way to eliminate all roaches and most insects from the face of the earth. Well, it felt like a victory to ME. I have long hair and sometimes it brushes against my neck and I think it’s a cockroach and I start panicking and sweating. I feel the same way I only just recently began fearing them because of the one time I was in the bathroom to get to the clothes drier when I saw one in the clothes basket I freaked since I hated the things and slowly moved forward and I think it must have sensed my fear or something because it flew straight at me following me if I moved until it landed on my chest and I have been scared since and last night I woke up and thought I saw one crawl under my pillow and I slowly moved back and got off the bed. I couldnt go back inside until my husband killed it. I start having a panic attacks and screaming and i cant breathe. So I freaked out and did it and then I couldn’t sleep that night. Roaches are unsanitary and vile. They dont do anything, but they scare the living hell out of me. When something like this happens I end up pulling my hair or tightly holding onto my arms and legs and I just spazz out. This phobia started when I was an infant, my mother used to scare me with pictures or live cockroaches if I didn’t sleep or i misbehaved and now every time I see them, big or small, i panic and will lose my mind.. seriously.. I never go to countries that I know can have them, if too hot for instance. These can help you clear your head and prevent yourself from aggravating your own anxiety towards cockroaches. I’m hoping to GOD that the little creep got the memo that there’s no rotting food or food trash in there. If i could’ve gotten a clear shot i could’ve killed it. I hate hearing that it was intentionally put on a child – for life. The phobia or fear of cockroaches can be a debilitating one. For example, maybe your community is very outspoken about their feelings toward cockroaches. There are several lifestyle changes that can help. It’s just so bad to suffer from something like this. There are lots that are beautiful and colorful. At first you can clearly see the hives form a trail of the creature’s path then the swelling around the hives gets so bad that you can’t see it anymore. Most roaches in this world leave humans alone. I put my house up for sale shortly after several bad encounters, even though I keep a neat house. So I threw my iPad onto the ground (which was one of those really hard carpets with concrete underneath them. I hate cockroaches so much. I can’t cook, much less eat inside my apartment. Aw, well I can't really offer you a solution to just make it all go away, but I know how you feel because I'm afraid of roaches too. I was paralyzed with fear when I first saw it, took everything in me to run out of the room. I sincerely feel your pain! You may also be unable to go about your daily life and handle responsibilities at the suggestion that one is near you. I had to turn off the light so I left for 5 minutes and came back. Today must be my lucky day again because I just saw two more and ran out the room. What a jerk, Tricia! I have terrible nightmares about them. Most of the time, I will get my husband to kill these things should the occasional one sneak in. While most people find cockroaches unsightly, they may not fear them. But I think there was another thing causing this, I watched infested, the show about rats and anything that lives in groups and are pests, but when they showed the face of a cockroach up close, I was terrified, so every time I see a cockroach or hear the word I can’t stop picturing that face that terrified me. I believe they are some of the most diverse and unique animals the planet has to offer and many play an important role in the ecosystem. I can take a bullet in my head and still manage bit of a smile but all that courage bravery and fearlessness vanishes when a roach is around. . It literally appears to just pop in on the wall like it was Houdini! It’s too much for me too handle. When I even see a picture of them I start to feel like they are in my mouth and they are like crawling up my throat. But I don’t care at anything anybody says anymore. If I could move to Alaska, I would just to get AWAY from these things. I mean, I had the exterminator dude come over and he told me this. For example, you may think that…, Cockroaches are difficult creatures to find. Yep I can. And people know to do this in my house because I’m usually screaming and stomping a lot if there’s one present. I don’t mind the small roaches but if its bigger than 1 inch I’m paralyzed. It hasn’t even been seven days into summer and the first live one I’ve seen since last year has come to say the season’s greetings. In some cases though, it can persist into adulthood. However, I'm afraid of killing things. Believe I’ve read somewhere that the aversion to cockroaches is pretty much confined to Western civilization (maybe even primarily Americans.) So I understand everything that you and other posters are going through. See a be, wasp or hornet, I instantly smack it dead, no problem. It stumbled over near some drying dishes and died, being disgusting and nasty the entire time. If i see one in my room, i sleep in the living room. My house is filled with these things. Up until yesterday, I felt fairly comfortable during the day, as they normally dont show themselves until dark. My ex used to tickle my back to get a reaction. I want this roach DEAD. Carry a light and a flyswatter (just in case)! This includes looking at pictures of cockroaches, touching a dead cockroach and gradually progressing to being in the same room as the cockroaches without experiencing a panic attack. Not panicking about roaches but they’re just disgusting in my opinion. I mean to the point that when I see one (even in a photo) I get a proper panic attack, can’t breath, start to cry and even start to feel them crawling over me even though there are none there. Please help…. This is especially true for individuals that have had either flying phobias or a fear of heights. I let out a ‘battle’ cry… mostly in pure fear, but also rage. Roaches can hide just about anywhere that’s warm, dark, and quiet. It got away so now im sitting here trying to not think about it. I have recently encountered two big ones in my apartment and have not been able to sleep at night, I keep waking up. This includes their: These traits are alien to us. However, this last time, instead of going away, the roach came right to the door like a human would to see who was there and it freaked me out, although I was too asleep to make a noise or really react immediately. Feeling dizzy or weak in the knees, fainting. I have had a fear of cockroaches for as long as I can remember. They look sinister, evil and menacing and all kinds of WRONG. It doesn’t help that some can fly. Once you get comfortable with that, you can level-up maybe to a more realistic cartoon, but this wouldn’t happen within one session for most of us. I can’t sleep if I see one – I feel like they zone in on me/my space… Every time they tell me that I get awfully annoyed that I wanna punch something especially my irritating Grandma. I have seen it many times over. What a Coincidence! I believe this is what made me so terrified of them. I mostly hate them because they come out of nowhere! It’s not like I can control it anyway. I cry or panic and when I hear someone say “cockroach” I say “COCKROACH?! I usually fear only the flying ones. Hey everybody, I am absolutely terrified of cockroaches. • Put your mug in the back of the cupboard and use a different one until you’ve gotten over it I couldn’t do anything but cry and climb onto the coach while panicking wildly and they just laughed at me, finding my violent panicking hilarious. Before I knew they could fly, my phobia wasn’t as bad. Resulting the apartment covered with dead cockroaches, the pesticide to cockroaches smells like food so it will kill them all. Me and you are literally the same person. Just in case. I’m actually still in tears from what happened. It all started when I was 6 years old when I was asleep in my room. I am so crippled by them, I walk around with a bottle of Raid everywhere I walk in my house at night. I just pack up and run! I’m also 13, living proof that you too can get over the fear of those creepy tiny insects. . For people with a phobia of cockroaches, they’re dealing with katsaridaphobia. Those who do fear them may not have a phobia of them. Have your parents buy you a can of RAID and keep it with you at all times!! God those are bad memories. I am so scared I scream or start having a panic attack when I see one. After 40 years of living in Texas and having heart attacks. I don’t know how or when the fear started, but it’s so intense that I’ve taken drastic measures just to avoid being around them. I’m in bed, it’s 1:35am and there’s a roach in my house and my parents say I’m overreacting. Posted by 4 months ago. Reporter Foti Kallergis says he is afraid of roaches, so it's fitting we found him this morning at the bug house at the Houston Zoo. Vote A. I can’t walk my dogs in the dark because they are outside and live in the trees. Don’t even get me started on what happened the last time I touched one. Of course, not all clinical practices have incorporated virtual reality into their toolbox. Perched up on the closet ceiling… just this morning. By the time I noticed it, I have already thrown my neck out and neighbors have come to see what is up. Next day i was bringing laundry up stairs and i stepped on it. I screamed, then my sister came in and saw me crying. So, in short, im glad to find that im not alone! Read more. Be warned! Because of such traits, it is no wonder why some people are scared of cockroaches. Just hearing the name makes me get chills down my back. Hell no! I have NEVER had the food roach, but evidently brought some in and now I am finding those. Don’t worry though, she didn’t break up with me because of that. They may be ‘bigger’, but they look like beetles to me. I have a big fear of cockroaches I always try to get rid of the fear but I can’t. Today I stumbled upon a cockroach, and it was under my weight scale. The good news for people with the extreme fear of cockroaches is that it can be overcome. You can avoid stimulants, such as coffee, tea, or soft drinks. The building was full of roaches (and I found out later my neighbour was filthy). It was the biggest one I’ve ever seen and it fell in the ‘long’ American roach category. I’m so scared it’s going to happen to me when I’m sleeping, now. I haven’t worked with another therapist about this mainly because of the stigma, and of course I know almost all the therapists in my small geographical area. But, really, after reading this post , I think the only lasting solution is to rewire my brain through therapy or such. A simple tap of the foot and their dead. You are not alone in this katsaridaphobia battle. If I see a cockroach I’ll panic, scream, run, or even cry. Now I’m paranoid checking the spare room and can’t sleep thinking about it. I asked her how’d it get in the room and she said they were having a roach (waterbug really but still it’s the cousin of the roach) problem. After I screamed I swiped away whatever was on my arm and I crawled against the foot of my bed to get distance. Try to approach the cockroach and kill it yourself. I just sprayed the heck out of my home outside perimeter. They are absolutely terrifying. Once I was trying to kill some roahes on the walls just below the ceiling, with a long stick. I wanted to turn off the light and run away but the roach was right next to the switch on the counter. So it was horrible to be with her when that happened because she was so annoyed that I screamed and jumped. (They’ll always terrify me–cockroaches, that is, not Europeans). But another thing is, if I’m ticked off for any so reason, I can mercilessly crush any roach into oblivion but I won’t be able to clean up the mess later. I would have asked my dad to kill it but he is asleep. Another person, who doesn’t have this brain chemistry, won’t produce that same fear. But still, I freak out every time. My mom literally catches them with her bare hands and toss them out of the house. I was shivering after the ordeal. Also, am I the only one who generally has no reaction to them if she sees one outside but gets a mini stroke when she sees one INSIDE her house? And it was a HUGE cockroach!!! I understand … Really sucks – my boy friend told me to use rubbing alcohol ( 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol) in a spray bottle – I still can’t do it by myself but when he does it works;). Unlike most other animals, the brain of the cockroach is in its body instead of its head. All I could do was scream for help. This article is a personal triumph for me, because it took me over a year to figure out how to get rid of the tiny cockroaches that terrorised my kitchen. I didn’t sleep in my bedroom for a week because I was afraid it would happen again (even though it didn’t really happen). I am disgusted. I/we had the biggest storage place in the building of our coop. That’s how I feel about roaches. That can lead our natural survival instincts to kick in and warn us to stay away from these creatures. I just jump with terror when a cockroach crawls over my skin. I scream and run as fast as I can to get away from them. I dont know if its a phobia or what but roaches really do scare the hell out of me. I can’t believe that one or two dead roaches every month or so have the power to screw me up that much. Anyone? I never had any major trauma involving cockroaches. The cockroach started to fly and entered my mouth and so I was choking and my mom had entered my room and saw me choking so she was giving me back-blows until the roach finally came out and it started flying until it landed on the wall and my mom killed it. Luckily in this part of Vic. You can also pair this with watching videos with cockroaches, so that you can desensitize yourself to your fear trigger right at home. According to Harvard Medical School, phobias are defined as fears that are: Depending on the severity, it can lead to intense anxiety and even paranoia. But this phobia is ruining my life when I am not home. I expirienced the same symptoms and I’m so so sorry to hear that you had to go through it, it’s seriously so frustrating and horrific. I’m Indian and can say without a doubt, I’m absolutely cripplingly terrified of them. I am phobic to those unnamed insects. For people like this, it’s hard to live with the phobia. The babies dont cause the reaction for some reason but if its a medium or a full grown one, I will break out in severe hives wherever they crawled on me. I don’t fear snakes, spiders etc but I fear cockroaches like hell, I’m the exact same way! Seems it was plugged up from lack of use. roaches can move up to speeds of 3 miles per hour. So i encounter the vulgar creatures of the night on a semi nightly basis. My teacher sent me to the other teacher until it was over. Wish me luck. i can see your point i nearly had the same encounter when i stood on one of its legs it was uuuuuuuugly ugh. I just told almost this exact story to my step mom because one was in my house yesterday. I know they can’t hurt me but I’m still scared. It started when we first moved in to our new house about a month and a half ago.. Terrified they are going to get back here. We live in Alabama so of course they fly. Many times, the Katsaridaphobic individual might have had a negative or traumatic experience with cockroaches in the past. They even seem to be bigger than usual. I remember it got so bad I would sleep at my apartment during the day (because they weren’t out during the day) and I would spend all night out on the street waiting for it to be safe again. I was with my girlfriend (now ex) and my dad at that time, so imagine the embarrassment that I had. Freaks me out. • Clean your house with a friend (to make sure there isn’t another one) Their legs are spindly and full of jagged spikes. So I asked him to take a cup out for me because I was scared to reach in there and a big roach was hiding on the mug! Once, she even ran out of the shower with the soap still on, as she felt a cockroach had flown into the bathroom. I started to scream and run away until I realized they were laughing and saying it was a prank. My fear in cockroaches started when I was 4 years old. This means that a headless cockroach can live for nearly two weeks and will eventually die from malnutrition and not nerve damage. Id rather be in a room with a 6’5 250 prisoner then 1 big roach. They can walk fast, hop, fly, climb up walls, etc. Such traits leave one more susceptible to developing a certain phobia. I bought bug spray and sprayed everywhere except the kitchen. But. My girlfriend lives in Florida and I’m visiting her. Its also not that helpful that all my friends and family members seem to poke fun around my fear, despite knowing how panicked I get when they even mention roaches. People think I’m joking when I tell them, but it’s been 7 years since I left and I am still shuddering as I type this. Especially, the Texas Terrorist. I want to move and build. Cleanliness doesn’t matter for the big ones. As a child we had a severe infestation. I screamed and asked my mom to kill it, she said it was my fault for eating in my room and I continued for the next hour screaming and crying. Hey Hypixel Community! My dad left for work already and I can’t even fathom trying to kill it. The exterminator told us there was a colony of cockroaches living in the wall, he could remove them but it would give us a shock when we use the pesticide bomb. I’m 24 btw :P. It gets better, I kill them from a distance If possible with a spray. I was in 6th grade before the last day of school, it was pretty embarrassing because my classmates saw me crying just because of the word cockroach or picture or seeing one. And my boss literally just comes in and crushes it, but everyone in the store saw what happened and still wanted to eat our food so I felt like I was crazy. I literally was shaking, and every itch made me paranoid. I hope that YOU yourself have a phobia and someone puts it down YOUR shirt. All the while, I keep giving him more sprays. There are a wide variety of therapies that can help you not be scared of cockroaches. I actually MOVED OUT of my last home because of the roach infestation and the fact that my grown children who were living with me would not help me keep the house clean at all or help spray them on site to help get rid of them. I cannot walk the dogs in the dark because they run in front of me – and live in the trees. I will be joining a hostel soon and I don’t want embarrassment there…. Such a disgust response is usually evolutionary; our prehistoric ancestors were programmed to stay alert to these creepy crawlers when they slept in caves and out in the open. YES!!! But if I am on my own, or he is away, I feel cornered and threatened by these things. I went to go grab some insecticide and on the way a roach fell out of a shoddily sealed ceiling light onto my head. I can’t sleep because of these things. Look up palmetto bug and imagine that f***** coming out of your outlet and crawling onto your bed. My partner works away so it’s just me and my 4 month old baby at home most the time. There was a cockroach in my bathroom a second ago and I was literally paralysed. In case of facing with those cockroaches that can fly I might react unbelievably crazy meaning that the whole of my body specially my knees start to shake and my heart will be about throwing out of my body and I scream and escape from the spot and I won’t go back again, and most importantly this will have a huge damage on my nerves for several months after the incident. 5.0 out of 5 stars they chillin. However a few moments later, I did spray it with an all-natural insecticide (made from orange extract) until it perished and then took a broom and dustpan and got rid of it. I moved the dogs water bowl to my bedroom. I definitely have a severe case of the phobia. I LOVE praying mantises and those big cute looking scorpions. I can’t help or do anything with this phobia.. They’re so flexible with their movements that you cannot predict where they plan to go or what they plan to do next. I’d never move to any place without winter because it keeps the cockroaches from getting too big, and because winter means a few months without any bugs. Helpful. it means you have to sit up watching out for them!! I'm not afraid of roaches at all. This can eventually become a physical fear of cockroaches. The cultural viewpoint states that your cockroach phobia developed from observing the behavior and reactions of people in your society or community. No one else is awake to deal with me and my weirdness. So now I want to try to get rid of this fear. We also talk with Professor of Urban Entomology Dr. Philip G. Koehler about his research on cockroaches and get to know more about them. Now , in Hawaii they come by sometimes and I don’t know why I am still so scared of them but I will not rest if I see … Cockroaches are a pest that is known for eating anything. It’s because I know they swarm, if I see one I can’t deal because my brain just starts picturing them being all over the inside of the walls and in every little crack and my whole body gets shaky and cold. Just being in the same room as one makes me break out into a sweat. It was also hypothesized that we are paranoid about the thought of them squeezing into body cavities. For those who may even think the hives are psychosomatic, not true. Why I'm Afraid of Cockroaches. Some of you all may be thinking that makes it less of a phobia, but nope. If I see a roach I’m on edge for like a week. What made me even madder is that it looked up at me like ‘that all you got’? I’m 15 years old and I HATE cockroaches (the big ones that fly). I hate roaches! Instead, your phobia is a cover-up of possible inappropriate thoughts and feelings towards something else. It hit my chest then down to my leg and onto my foot. Follow 16110. But not everyone has a cockroach phobia. This theory also states that you can learn the behaviors more directly. I took a closer look, and realized it was a cockroach. I started crying. The name given to such a fear of cockroaches is Katsaridaphobia. Infinity times over. If anyone has any suggestions, please help. That is the type that scares the crap out of me. If they manage to get on me, I’m pretty sure I’d rather catch myself on fire than grab it and throw it off, just because I hate how they feel. The most prominent ones are summarized in the table below. Too many cereal boxes opened with a bunch storming out like an alien predator here to conquer the world. KILL IT KILL IT BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I constantly look at corners of the room and under things because a cockroach might be there. Well. I have tried several times to hit it but my fear strikes and I can’t. Hi, I'm new to BYC . I can’t even get close enough to kill one. He slowly begins to find bugs in and around the place. I got the broom, scooped it up in a trashcan and tossed it back into the woods. An ambulance went off in the background over in town as I was doing it, which sent shivers down my spine. I’m getting sweaty just writing this. I hope it died somewhere out of my room though, because I am not looking forward to finding it when I have to move out. Even if i saw one and i killed it i still feel there are more coming, so i can’t sleep for the rest of the day. So i began to panic and freak. I told him that there was definitely one there, so as this was early in the morning, he let me sleep in his room. If I see one, I freak out and make awkward screaming noises and run. Just to read the articles makes my heart go fast. I’m also intensely scared of butterflies and just flying bugs in general. This story leads to 1 question. My home is clean and this is a occasional incident but I may die from my crazy feared them…. Why was he walking through here? One roach fell out of the cage and it brought another wave of tears over me. I never liked them but it all started when this weird unidentified bug ran out from under my dresser and onto my toys (i was 10) I saw it and it was like a HUGE roach but clear. I only hate cockroaches because they can fly. My friend smacked it with a broom 6 times but it was just stunned. The cockroach. good luck. I have ocd and want all parts of our house to be spotless and i have no clue where these guys come from because my dad sealed all the cracks and holes in the roof and attic and im just lost on what to do because we dont really have anywhere to move to and we have tried everything! 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