I hate my Entomophobia (Fear of Insects) How do I stop being afraid?

I like insects, arachnids, anthropoids and similar creatures but the scare the living shit out of me when I am near them. I wish I could have an isopod farm for myself and be able to grab insects and jumping spiders with my hands but they frighten me, even the shitty house flies make me sick.
I know this is common, most people hate insects but why me? I love animals and I am interested in them, normies just don't want anything to do with them. What sucks is that I actually grew up in a semi-rural area where there were a ton of insects, I'm not just another city asshole.
The ones I will never conquer no matter what are roaches, they are fucking disgusting and I personally had an awful experience when I lived in Texas, a colony lived near my bed, they would always come crawling by me.

Have any of you been able to conquer this fear?

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have a similar thing but also a bit different. I'm fine with insects, I can pick cockroaches and centipedes in my hands no problem. but I cannot handle caterpillars, gastropods and amphibians at all. I'm autistic and I'm a sissy when it comes to certain textures and the textures of those animals seem to invoke this sensory meltdown in me. it's a problem because I love invertebrates and I've been wanting to keep beetles and moths to breed which would require handling larvae. any advice or should I just close my eyes and ask for someone to throw caterpillars in me until I get used to it?

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get the scariest bug you can find. Put it in front of you, arms leght. Just think about this, Human sized person is afraid from tiny instect. That litle thing is not scary, is the other way around. Think if something the size of yourself compared to the insect apeard, how easy it could killed you. You are literally able to punch it to death in a single hit. Not even that, a slap would end its existence.
    Now with this in mind, why would you be afraid, try being gentle with it instead, think about how EASY you could kill it so be careful around it, treat it like a tiny frail life you can observe and respect it.

    That for me did it, when i realized i could punch spiders i grew as a human.

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not a recommendation, but I used to be fairly scared of spiders and phobically terrified of craneflies. Took acid one day (unrelated to that) and lost all fear of them thereafter. Still true after 10 plus years.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Buy a small airfilled swimming pool.
    >Build it in your room
    >Catch/buy 1000s of roaches
    >Use baby powder to make the walls unclimbeble for them
    >Fill the pool with them
    >Jump in the Cockroach Pool
    >Wake up from the nightmare as the Roach King
    >You are now have a army loyal of eoach servants.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had it, afraid of spiders and now sitting next to a collection of tarantulas. You can start small like a few stickbugs, they don't require any other insects to eat. Gradual exposure is key.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    read lots of bug girl hentai

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I think learning about them helps, as well as exposure to them. I used to be uneasy around most insects and spiders but then I got into keeping reptiles so I had to keep feeder insects as well. I also watch the dark den on youtube and that kind of made me appreciate them more, now I actually want to keep mantids, beetles, leaf bugs and walking sticks.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Easy anon, eat the bugs, live in pods, consume products, get the vaxx, ingest the drugs, and don't have children. It is the surefire way to cure your entomophobia.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's the buzzing
    I can handle walking insects like ants or spiders just fine but the moment I hear buzzing I start feeling extremely unconfortable

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The only buzzing that bothers me are mosquito.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm the exact same OP, fucking love bugs but I mostly get jumpy as high hell when i'm too close to them. Some of the shit that terrifies me the most is when
    >a bug next to me suddenly starts flying or is current flying around my face
    >a bug falls from a height. for some reason this makes me jump HARD if i'm close to it
    >a bug crawling on my face, only because of the thought that it'll crawl into my ears (Should that even be of concern?)
    >a bug that is dead, for some reason this is the worse one and I refuse to be anywhere it
    Another thing is that even when there's a bug close/on me, i'm too scared of handling it because I worry that I might accidently crush or kill it somehow. I've been trying to fight this for so long, but it's a real fucking curse, that last problem is especially retarded but sadly still something I've yet to overcome.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >the thought that it'll crawl into my ears (Should that even be of concern?
      I mean it can happen but is EXTREMELY uncommon.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Get used to small 1 mm wasps, grab small and thin moths.
      Admire chrysopas (lacewings)

      That's because you can't handle them, force yourself very slowly

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    hello, how about setting a isopod farm up (or buy a ready one) and watch them often? you dont need to touch them if you care for them and they dont jump at you. you can watch them just living their live on the ground dont minding you. i have different isopods (and some insects) and you really dont come in contact when you dont want to! you can use scoops or tongs to move them but in the fist month you just need to water and spinkle some food in.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not OP but great idea anon. Based isobro

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm seconding the exposure thing - do the absolute maximum you can possibly tolerate for as long as you can possibly tolerate it, and eventually the maximum is going to get more and more advanced.
      What I would recommend is to make that isopod farm. isopods are slow moving, tend to hang around out of sight, completely harmless, eat the stuff you put them on, and aren't even technically insects.
      start here, the more you watch and learn the less bugged out you'll be about them.

      Good channel recommendation btw

      Not OP but great idea anon. Based isobro

      Ok bros OP here, I am close to buying some Dairy Cow Isopods, apparently they always top the easy lists for beginners and they handle colder temp than others. Its time to finally do this shit. Apparently I also need to get springtails with the isopods, this freaked me out at first, but I dont think they look that scary, they are tiny white beings, cuter than ants actually. The entire terrarium kit + isopods + spring tails + food is just 60 bucks so its not a bad investment.

      I'm the exact same OP, fucking love bugs but I mostly get jumpy as high hell when i'm too close to them. Some of the shit that terrifies me the most is when
      >a bug next to me suddenly starts flying or is current flying around my face
      >a bug falls from a height. for some reason this makes me jump HARD if i'm close to it
      >a bug crawling on my face, only because of the thought that it'll crawl into my ears (Should that even be of concern?)
      >a bug that is dead, for some reason this is the worse one and I refuse to be anywhere it
      Another thing is that even when there's a bug close/on me, i'm too scared of handling it because I worry that I might accidently crush or kill it somehow. I've been trying to fight this for so long, but it's a real fucking curse, that last problem is especially retarded but sadly still something I've yet to overcome.

      Literally me, specially
      >>a bug crawling on my face, only because of the thought that it'll crawl into my ears (Should that even be of concern?)
      THIS, idk if my ears are very sensitive or I've seen too many movies, this is my worst fear. I just hate things going around my face, I feel like they are either going into my ears or poking out my eyes.

      Get used to small 1 mm wasps, grab small and thin moths.
      Admire chrysopas (lacewings)

      That's because you can't handle them, force yourself very slowly

      Wasps? woah slow down there, but tiny moths? Maybe, I just wish they all looked like the cute colorful ones. Just looked up lacewings, forgot what they were called, their eyes are cute and look friendly, but none live where I live.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Springtails are cool, just little guys looking for fungus. They should outcompete fungus gnats, which are way more annoying.
        Make sure you get plenty of leaves, too.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Dairy cows would have been my choice for you too. Those where also my first and they will thrive on everything. They have a good size and are pretty active (the more pods the more active they get) i can even hand feed them with fishpellets because they just love food, especially protein. Also the different pattern is interesting

          Good choice with the isopods, once you're comfortable with them you could try moving up to a predatory invert of some sort like some of the easier mantids or arachnids

          OP again, sorry for terrible res on pic related, they finally arrived and I just started my isopod farm, thanks for encouraging me isobros, I hope everything goes well from now on. Springtails and Dairy cows seem to be doing fine. I got protein and plenty of leaves for them to eat. I am not even scared of them, binging a ton of isopod videos really helped me learn more about them and get used to their looks.

          I had it, afraid of spiders and now sitting next to a collection of tarantulas. You can start small like a few stickbugs, they don't require any other insects to eat. Gradual exposure is key.

          Tarantulas are so cool, I definitely want to handle one eventually

          Not a recommendation, but I used to be fairly scared of spiders and phobically terrified of craneflies. Took acid one day (unrelated to that) and lost all fear of them thereafter. Still true after 10 plus years.

          Craneflies seem to be cool but they look like giant mosquitoes, even if they are harmless, they are terrifying. Also, what the hell did you experience on that trip?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >what the hell did you experience on that trip?
            I think that was the one when I was in space and there was a giant asteroid full of windows with different times and places behind each one. I'd fly into one window and live a full life there before flying out, rinse and repeat, over and over.
            Lived hundreds of lifetimes in that trip - guess in one of them I must have made peace with the creepy crawlies and it carried through into this one.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Dairy cows would have been my choice for you too. Those where also my first and they will thrive on everything. They have a good size and are pretty active (the more pods the more active they get) i can even hand feed them with fishpellets because they just love food, especially protein. Also the different pattern is interesting

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Good choice with the isopods, once you're comfortable with them you could try moving up to a predatory invert of some sort like some of the easier mantids or arachnids

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's a primal fear for a reason. It's there to help you survive by keeping you away from potentially venomous creatures.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Can an anon help me, I told a friend of mine of the parasite Orb Anon, which happend to make a thread on this board some months ago. He said he would craft the said orb. Anyone here who got any news on it? Or screens from the thread?

    Anon had a jar full of ticks and asked what to do

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://desuarchive.org/an/thread/4196222/#4196222
      I haven't seen any news.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://scitechdaily.com/new-study-shows-fear-of-spiders-and-snakes-is-deeply-embedded-in-humans/

    We all have an innate, evolved fear of spiders.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    expose yourself to them
    start with basic shit like ants or ladybugs and go from there
    there are two insects i would never want to (willingly) touch and those are roaches and ticks, not because they are scary, but because they are disgusting to me
    all the rest of the creepy crawlers are my pals, as long as they dont bite/sting (in that case i just don't touch them)

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I become less afraid of a thing when I see other people being unafraid of it. Go for a hike with a friend who likes insects and will comment on them or even handle them right in front of you.

    Another way is paradoxical intention, where you pretend you WANT to see insects. Next time you're in a place with insects, tell yourself you're going to take the best pictures or videos of creepy bugs to post on Wauf. Sure, they creep you out but you want to see them. Say if you don't find any cool bugs to show Invert General, you're going to be disappointed.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You never thought to search the internet "how to get over entomophobia"? You want to pretend that you are all alone in your tragic state of mind?

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I’m the same way. Also share the same extreme fear of roaches. It’s gotta be some deep seated evolutionary reaction. I can handle insects up to the size of a dime but over that and they look like vile alien beasts

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      not an expert by any means, but my advice is to gradually expose yourself to insects on a regular basis.
      1: look at pictures of insects online or in books. to make it easier you could start with 'cute' insects (moths, butterflies, bees, etc.) but you should work up to other species over time
      2: spend time around real insects. if there are any museums near you that have insect collections you could start there. then work up to live insects behind an enclosure (zoos or pet stores would be a good place to go), then spend time near insects outdoors
      3: when you feel comfortable being around insects, start handling them. start small (ladybugs or isopods for example), but work up to larger species (mantises, stick insects). if you really want to challenge yourself you could even buy hissing roaches online. you might feel intimidated by their size and noises but they're actually very docile.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah mosquitoes kill more than any other animal per year, I am sure our ancestors recognized that little beings with multiple legs = death. Kind of sucks because now we know which ones are safe and which ones are venomous.

      You never thought to search the internet "how to get over entomophobia"? You want to pretend that you are all alone in your tragic state of mind?

      Anon, I got MUCH better answers here than any gay ass google search, all of them are just therapists telling you to get help and nothing to elaborate on, they write articles for every phobia and copy and paste same shit, I actually want to talk to people who got over their fear or bug fans with ideas.

      I become less afraid of a thing when I see other people being unafraid of it. Go for a hike with a friend who likes insects and will comment on them or even handle them right in front of you.

      Another way is paradoxical intention, where you pretend you WANT to see insects. Next time you're in a place with insects, tell yourself you're going to take the best pictures or videos of creepy bugs to post on Wauf. Sure, they creep you out but you want to see them. Say if you don't find any cool bugs to show Invert General, you're going to be disappointed.

      Ok I need to force myself to see them first, just see for now.
      >tfw no friends

      not an expert by any means, but my advice is to gradually expose yourself to insects on a regular basis.
      1: look at pictures of insects online or in books. to make it easier you could start with 'cute' insects (moths, butterflies, bees, etc.) but you should work up to other species over time
      2: spend time around real insects. if there are any museums near you that have insect collections you could start there. then work up to live insects behind an enclosure (zoos or pet stores would be a good place to go), then spend time near insects outdoors
      3: when you feel comfortable being around insects, start handling them. start small (ladybugs or isopods for example), but work up to larger species (mantises, stick insects). if you really want to challenge yourself you could even buy hissing roaches online. you might feel intimidated by their size and noises but they're actually very docile.

      Well done anon, this seems like a good idea. I really want to work myself up to large isopods, I love trilobites, I dont mind them being fossilized and their descendants are living but I still wont touch them until I get there. Also hissing roaches dont actually sound bad at all, they dont look like the pest roaches, Ill be open minded for them but its going to take a lot to even consider it, they look cool.

      expose yourself to them
      start with basic shit like ants or ladybugs and go from there
      there are two insects i would never want to (willingly) touch and those are roaches and ticks, not because they are scary, but because they are disgusting to me
      all the rest of the creepy crawlers are my pals, as long as they dont bite/sting (in that case i just don't touch them)

      >ticks
      yeah any parasites are off limits, fuck them.
      I can find ants sometimes in my bathroom, Ill try to interact a bit with them. I wont interact with a house fly though, I feel like they have maggots inside and that sounds disgusting.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Everything in this thread was easily searchable. That’s why so many people know the answers. It’s basic bitch information. Being afraid of insects is the least of your concerns. Your lack of independence is a major flaw.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You still don't get it, also
          >Everything in this thread was easily searchable
          You can say that about literally every other thread or anything in this website, if you don't like a thread, nobody is forcing you to participate in it.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          If a friend asked you "So what did you think of the movie?" do you respond that reviews are easily searchable?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Completely irrelevant and smoothbrained comparison.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm seconding the exposure thing - do the absolute maximum you can possibly tolerate for as long as you can possibly tolerate it, and eventually the maximum is going to get more and more advanced.
        What I would recommend is to make that isopod farm. isopods are slow moving, tend to hang around out of sight, completely harmless, eat the stuff you put them on, and aren't even technically insects.
        start here, the more you watch and learn the less bugged out you'll be about them.

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