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Can bugs really sense when you're afraid?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23293 points ) July 18th, 2011

And does knowing that you’re afraid make them more aggressive?
Or is that just a tactic used on kids to try and talk them out of their irrational fear?

It’s no secret that I am terrified of bugs. I hate every creepy crawly, I don’t even want ladybugs on me. At the same time, I swear that I can not walk out of my back door without being ambushed. If there is a group of people standing outside with me, I am always the one being dive-bombed by a bee or with a beetle stuck in my hair. I really don’t think it’s just that I’m more aware, because of my phobia, but I’m pretty sure that I am frequently targeted… so to speak.

Do they really sense my fear? Is that why I’m always under attack? Or is it more likely that they smell my shampoo or perfume… or maybe it really is all in my head.

What do you think?

Please refrain from making fun of me too much. ha.

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