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Is it possible I have an actual phobia of cockroaches and other insects?

Asked by Blackberry (30929points) May 25th, 2012

I just drove 18 hours from NJ to MS, and I need to take a shower, but these temporary barracks I’m in have roaches. There’s one in my shower and I can’t even gather the courage to kill it.

This is the third one I saw and it’s freaking me out. I even walked past one in the hallway and it started running towards me.

I get shaky and twitchy when I see them and I don’t know what to do. I was going to pay someone to kill it and get it out of my room.

What is wrong with me? I really want to shower.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Just picture your ex wife as the insect.

Dutchess_III's avatar


Sunny2's avatar

Cockroaches are distasteful in any language. Try a rolled up newspaper or magazine. Get angry at them rather than letting them freak you out.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

You might have Katsaridaphobia, or a cockroach phobia. Here is some information on it, as well as some tips in overcoming the fear.

If you really do have a phobia, I wish you the best of luck friend. They are difficult to get rid of without the aid of a pest control company and the willingness of all to keep the facilities clean.

@Sunny2 Has rolled up paper worked for you? I worked in a hotel where they would come out at night in the lower level where the laundry facilities and breakroom were. It didn’t work for us. Even a fly swatter didn’t always do the job. Plus, it was really hard to get close to them without their scurrying away.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Throw a dresser at it.

Once, right after we’d moved to Kansas, we kids were in the basement and this GIANT spider came crawling out of a box. We ran up stairs screaming for our dad. He was raised in Texas and Texas has about the same size spiders as Kansas, so he scoffed at us a little and said, “It can’t be THAT big!”
Then he saw it.
We had just moved from Florida. It was a tropical tarantula and it was THAT big!
Dad used an 8 foot length of 2X4 to ease our terror.

tups's avatar

I know how you feel. I love summer, but summer means insects and this leaves me in a state of anxiety throughout the summer, which really sucks. What is even worse is that most people think I’m just being silly. I don’t know if you have an actual phobia. It sounds like you have some kind of anxiety. I’m not sure how to make it better, but if you ever find out, please let me know!

josie's avatar

I really don’t like anything living that does not have a face.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Yes. :) I have a raging fear of moths. It’s the furriness, size of them and sound of when they hit walls that does it. Oh and at least cockroaches don’t follow light, so that when one is in the house you don’t have to stand in a dark room to avoid it until its eventual murder.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ever get June bugs stuck in your hair?:)

Coloma's avatar

I’ll come kill it for you, Coloma the bold fears no creature. lol
Last night I scraped a squished tree frog off my front door. Poor thing, it really was in a “jam.” haha

Dutchess_III's avatar

Pssst! He offered to PAY you! Don’t forget it!

JLeslie's avatar

Yes of course. The roach didn’t run away when you turned the lights on?

Blackberry's avatar

@JLeslie When I got there, the lights were already on (suspicious, huh?), and it was sitting there. I left the room and it’s gone now, which means it’s somewhere in here with me, so….I won’t be sleeping tonight.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Last night, I was trying to kill an long insect with a SHITLOAD OF LEGS, but it escaped from death’s grip and went into my room. I spent the whole night imagining that nasty motherfucker crawling into my ears and nostrils and I was ready to smash if it came near me.

So no, you’re not alone.

GladysMensch's avatar

Let me tell you something you miserable maggot. You are nothing but a pathetic puke! You are the lowest form of life on Earth! And to prove it, you’re seriously telling me that a tiny cockroach is going to keep you from cleaning your filthy hide! A cockroach has you scared of entering the shower? I have seen some sorry sacks of shit in my time, but I have never given up on one yet, and I will not let a worthless stain like you tarnish my perfect record! Is that understood? I can’t hear you! Sound off like you got a pair. When I’m finished with you, you will be a cockroach connoisseur. You will be a minister of death praying for the taste of it. Now you are going to enter that shower facility. You are going to catch every cockroach in that facility with your bare hands, and you are going to eat every cockroach in that facility you fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece o’ shit, or I will tear you open and see if you have any actual guts! Now move! I will motivate you, Blackberry, if it short-dicks every cannibal in the Congo!

JLeslie's avatar

You have to spray, and send them packing over to the neughbors house, if you buy one of those bug bombs/forgger thingies, remember you can’t use them if there are gas lines open. Be careful.

Always turn on a light before you enter a room, so they go back into the walls.

Yeah, that roach out there in broad daylight, man I hate that.

Sunny2's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Oh oh. You caught me. I never had to kill a cockroach. I was just thinking of what I might have available if I actually had to do it. What would be good to use? A heavy book? The bottom of a frying pan? There are sprays to use, but on the spur of the moment? What would you use?

ucme's avatar

Yeah, you’re a fucking pussy, man up ya big girl’s blouse ;¬}
I ain’t scared of no insec…........shit, a massive wasp just flew into the room, mummy!!!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Sunny2 The problem with roaches is that they move quickly, don’t always stick to the ground, and can slip into crevices. Killing the one that is bold enough to make an appearance and be caught off-guard usually doesn’t resolve the problem because it is a sign that there are probably others lurking about.

It’s one thing if they invade a home. Roaches are seeking out food and water resources. Keep the place clean, food stored properly, check for water leaks, set some traps, or call an exterminator, and the problem can get resolved.

Unfortunately, @Blackberry is living in barracks. No amount of diligent effort on his part will resolve the problem. To eradicate the problem, it’s going to take an exterminator and the attention of everyone in the facility.

JLeslie's avatar

Wait, MS, is it a German cockroach or an American one?

rooeytoo's avatar

Just be glad you don’t live in the NT of Australia, there the cockroaches are at least a foot long and can fly and yes they do attack humans and dogs! Check it out here

JLeslie's avatar

@rooeytoo I don’t dare click on your link. I didn’t even realize there is an Australian cockroach.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@rooeytoo It didn’t work. I want to see a foot long cockroach.

rooeytoo's avatar

imgur must be having problems, I can’t get back to it either. Where else can you put a pic?

rooeytoo's avatar

This should work now!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@JLeslie (It was a picture of a 6 foot cockaroach! Similar to our American Jackalope :)

rooeytoo's avatar

@Dutchess_III jackalope’s are a myth, those cockroaches are real!!! Even the akita wouldn’t mess with them!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@rooeytoo It was a 6 foot cock roach that you posted a picture of!

Bellatrix's avatar

Oh yes @JLeslie we have BIG cockroaches or as many Queenslanders say .. Cockeroaches.. :D

I don’t have an answer for you @Blackberry. I would be in the same boat as you. I generally get my husband to remove unwanted insects, toads, rodents. During my single days I used to get the vacuum cleaner and suck them up. This might be accompanied by screaming it the thing ran around.

rooeytoo's avatar

And not that it’s anything to brag about, but the roaches in Queensland are like little cousins to the big boys in the NT! A couple of years ago I had such an adventure with one I wrote this little description.

One night last week, I was on my way to bed and noticed a giant cockroach
on the wall, it looked right at me as I walked by and I thought I am not going to take that one on, it is
too bloody big! I just ignored it and went on to bed, the bedroom is way down the hall so I hoped
I would be safe. Wouldn’t you know the next night, the same thing happened that cockie
was sitting in the same spot and gave me the same cocky look as I passed by and then
when it happened the 3rd night in a row, I came to the conclusion the thing must live
in my house and at some point in time would probably visit the bedroom. I thought
I am an independent woman, I can deal with this, so I found the can of spray and
sneaked up behind it, bloody thing must have heard me coming, it turned around
and I swear it looked me in the eye! I didn’t know what to do, but I thought it had
really pushed me too far, 3 nights in a row, so I took aim and sprayed, instead of
falling dead, it leaped off the wall and tried to attack me! I ran like hell, down the
hall, finally I turned around and looked and it was sort of limping off towards the
living room, I slowly started back up the hall, it disappeared around the corner,
so I crept on up and peeked around the corner and there it was staring at me
again, but this time it took off in the opposite direction so I pursued my advantage
and went after it spraying like mad, the dogs were following close behind and
we were all wheezing and choking on the fumes from the spray, but the roach
was still going strong, looking back over its shoulder and occasionally turning
around and taking a few steps in my direction, of course each time it did that
I turned around and started to run, immediately falling and tripping over the dogs.
This went on the whole way up the other hall to the living room, advance and
spray, retreat and cough and sputter. I was really starting to feel badly about
the whole thing, why couldn’t it just die and get it over with, the staggering was
getting worse and it was slowing down but just wouldn’t give up and cark it!
By now the entire house reeks of the spray and the dogs and I could barely
breathe or see, finally it ran under a table and didn’t come out. Just to be sure
I held the can out as far away from myself as I could and sprayed until the can
was practically empty. I figured nothing could survive that. By this time though
I was once again wide awake so it was no use going to bed, but I couldn’t stay
in that end of the house because the dogs and I were all choking and coughing.
Finally we went out and sat
on the front verandah and swatted mozzies! What a night, I had such guilt
feelings, why hadn’t I just picked the thing up and tossed it outside, but no
way I was getting close enough to pick or flick that thing, It had tried to
attack me! I still feel badly though, it kept looking accusingly into my eyes the
whole time I was spraying. Next morning I told Ian the story and made him
get it out from under the table and throw it outside so once again all is calm
in our house. The only problem is, he says the season for them to come
out in force is not yet upon us! I just know all its rellies live in the walls
of my house and they will all come out to avenge their mates death as soon
as the wet starts!

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