fear of spiders

How to reduce your fear of insects

Tiffany Tenley

If ants, earwigs, beetles, bugs, and cockroaches make your hair stand on end, then it’s probably safe to say, you may suffer from entomophobia, the fear of insects. However, minimizing the possibility of insects entering or lingering around your home can significantly help to reduce the anxiety and fear associated with this phobia. It can also help with more specific ones such as arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) and scolopendrphobia or chilopodophobia (the fear of centipedes). There’s even a phobia assigned to the fear of butterflies, lepidopterophobia.

What causes an insect phobia?

There are several factors that can contribute to insect phobias. A fear of insects, or one in particular, can be inherited. For instance, if your mother completely lost it every time she saw a spider, screaming and running from the room, there’s a good chance you may pick up that same behavior toward spiders. Another contributing factor can come from a traumatic event. Maybe you were bitten or stung by an insect. Maybe you’ve read one too many articles about the threat of one crawling in your ear while you’re sleeping. And finally, there’s the person who knows too much about insects, applying the worst-case scenario to her or himself. Regardless of how or why someone has acquired a fear of insects, the fear is real. Fortunately, it is something that can be minimized by simply reducing the likelihood of an encounter with one.

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How Ehrlich can help

Arthropods, such as spiders and centipedes that offer pest control in the most natural sense, can trigger horrible anxiety and fear. At Ehrlich, we understand the importance of maintaining an environment that is free of pests. And, although we may not be specialists in insect phobias; we are specialists in pest control management and have been for nearly 100 years.

Year-round pest protection

A year-round pest control maintenance plan, like pestfree365, will protect you and your home from over 36 pests, 365 days a year. With regularly scheduled visits and unlimited service calls at no additional charge, you can enjoy pest-free living all year long. Our pest specialists live and work in the communities they serve, giving them a strong understanding of the pests they are dealing with and the most effective treatments to use. Whether you or someone you know has a phobia concerning insects, there’s no need to suffer.

Experts in pest control

Here at Ehrlich Pest Control, we’ve been studying insects and refining the pest control process for almost a century. Our highly trained pest specialists take the time to get a full understanding of the life cycles and habits of each pest for which we treat. Ehrlich pest specialists truly are experts in pest control. We are always here to help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation inspection and quote.

Tiffany Tenley
Tiffany Tenley

As a Marketing Content Manager, Tiffany has come to love and appreciate the diverse and complex world of pests—good, bad and ugly. Not only does she research and write about them, she admits to having eaten a few crickets on some cheese-laden nachos. When she's not working, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new restaurants, concert-going, reading, writing and traveling.

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