Fear of insects


Entomophobia sometimes known as Insectophobia is a specific phobia characterized by an excessive or unrealistic fear of one or more classes of insect, and classified as a phobia by the DSM-5. More specific cases include arachnophobia (fear of spiders), katsaridaphobia (fear of cockroaches), melissophobia (fear of bees), myrmecophobia (fear of ants), and lepidopterophobia (fear of moths and butterflies). One book claims 6% of all US inhabitants have this phobia.

Entomophobia may develop after the person has had a traumatic experience with the insect(s). It may develop early or later in life and is quite common among animal phobias. Typically one has a fear of one specific type of insect. Still, in some cases, this may encompass most, if not all other insects, and possibly other animals of the phylum Arthropoda. Entomophobia leads to behavioral changes: the person with entomophobia will avoid situations where they may encounter a specific type of insect. Cognitive behavioral therapy is considered an effective treatment.

Source: Wikipedia

Modern society tends to be entomophobic, afraid of insects, and constantly at war with them. Yet 99.9% of insects are beneficial or neutral with respect to humans and only 0.1% are pests. If pesticides are used to kill the latter, than society risks the loss of the majority of species, thereby destroying many that are in effect allies.
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