I used to squeal anytime I spotted a bug. It didn't even have to be coming at me, I just hated them. When I lived in Georgia, the bugs were insane! They were HUGE and in large numbers. Take a look at the size of some of the ones that found their way into my Thomaston album:
Now, I generally only hate bugs when they are in my personal space or are agressive. Out here in the rural town we live in, the simple house flies are agressive. We live very close to 4 dairies and those flies are pesky! My 3 year old is terrified of flies but it seems like any other bug she finds fascinating. She does love science though (huge Sid The Science Kid over here). Her interest in the science behind crawly creatures has this one squealy momma sucking it up and getting into it too.
Bug phobias are a real thing. I know a handful of people with sincere and very real phobias of certain insects. One of those aquaintences actually went to therapy to overcome her phobia and she found that the more she learned about the creeper, the easier it was to look at one (or even a picture of one). Are you curious of the top 10 bug phobias ? Click at your own risk! It is very real 🙂
This article, created by the people at Orkin, gives you a list of real bug phobias. There are more phobias than that of the popular fear of spiders (arachnophobia). I thought it was interesting that there is a real phobia of all flying insects, yet it hasn't been "named' yet…. hmm?
The Orkin Ecologist site is a fantastic educational resource (for both novice and experienced) science lovers. Orkin has been studying bugs for 100 years — they even have scientists on staff to ensure they keep science at the forefront of their work. The best way to control pests is to learn as much as you can about them in general, both the bad and the good. Orkin created “The Ecologist” site, to celebrate science and uniqueness of bugs. By becoming educated on the things that might "lurk" in the corners, we can better understand the purpose of them on our planet.
You can easily follow along the Orkin mission to valuable resources for ecology enthusiasts by following Orkin Ecologists on Facebook, or pintertest.
Do you have any funny #BugOut moments? What's the creepiest bug you've encountered?