Entomophobia, derived from the Greek words “entomos”(insects) and “phobos”(fear), is the fear of insects or “bugs”. A fear of insects is quite normal. Some people are so afraid of insects that it can affect their ability to function normally in society due to entomophobia. The most common symptoms include intense anxiety, panic attacks, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, nausea, sweating and an overall feeling of doom.
People with severe entomophobia are frequently confined to their homes; they are unable to enjoy gardening, walking in the woods, or visiting the beach because they dread an encounter with an insect.
Psychiatrists estimate that 1-2% of the adult U.S. population is affected by some degree of entomophobia that limits activity or interferes with quality of life.