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A Psychological Perspective On Pests


I am sure that most of you disregard pests as just that, a nuisance to the family and to our home. But there is a deeper perspective towards insects more than most people intend to acknowledge. Do you ever wonder why people are so afraid of insects that they bury themselves into preventing any form of insect to enter their home? For some reason, there are people out there who never want to go outdoors because of the fear of insects near them.

Entomophobia Phobia

Entomophobia Phobia is known as the extreme and irrational fear of something. To actually have a phobia, you need to be clinically diagnosed. Because unlike fear, phobia inhibits the healthy functioning of a person in the presence of the trigger. It causes panic attacks, and irrational actions just to avert the situation to get in contact with the object of fear. In psychology, in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, there is an entry called the Entomophobia, also known as insectophobia. As the name itself, it is the fear of insects in general.

I have a friend who has been diagnosed with Entomophobia way back in 2017. She was unable to go to school and unable to function well at home with the fear that there might be an insect brooding near her. She was unable to pick up her books because she fears that there might be ants around it. Sometimes, when she sees dirt that is likened to the droppings of cockroaches, it is enough to freak her out.

Having Entomophobia is not a joke. It is a medical condition that needs help from psychologists. Once the damage has been done, your child will try to repress the fear and pain of the experience. But even when you think it is gone and forgotten, it has established its roots in the mind of your child. A simple trigger can bring the onset of Entomophobia. Hence, allowing your child to have a long-lasting and irrational fear of insects for the rest of his life.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

There are also instances when people become obsessive in cleanliness because of their fear of insect infestation and contamination. This medical condition is comorbid with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, a psychological condition that a lot of people are aware of. This entails recurring thoughts and behaviors that push a person to repeat over and over again to acquire relief and satisfaction.

Having an entomophobia can push a person to acquire more psychological disorders that inhibit a person to live functionally. Imagine having children at home and getting to experience situations where they can develop such phobia. I am sure that as a loving parent, you would not want your child to have such an illness that can hinder her ability to live her life to the fullest. The imagination of children can be very wild at times. Which is why it is very important to keep them from experiencing traumatic events with pests. To avoid such instances of acquiring extreme fear, it is important to deal with insects and consider it as a major issue in the household. To do so, it is important to maintain cleanliness at all times and to seek help from professionals and pest control services.

You are lucky to be in North Carolina. Wherever you are, you can have a pest-free life with the help of Lake Norman Home Services. The staff and exterminators are willing to provide every necessary method of pest control at a very affordable price. With their expertise, you no longer have to worry about acquiring phobia or irrational fear towards insects. Because with Lake Norman Home Services, you can prevent such encounters from happening. Wherever you are in North Carolina, you will be sure to have a safe environment from pests all it takes is one quick call to the top-notch exterminator firm in Troutman, NC, that is, Lake Norman Home Services.