Fear of Flies, Flying Bugs

Discussion in 'Phobias' started by HappyKoi, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. HappyKoi

    HappyKoi Junior Member

    I used to (and still kind of do) have a fear of flies and horseflies.  The latter were always near the lake my parents would take me to when I was a kid, and they have a very painful bite.  The worst thing is, unlike bees, they bite even if you leave them alone.  I used to fear going to that lake, and I could never have fun swimming like my cousins because I was afraid those things would bite me.  Now I really hate being around other flying insects, especially if they're really big.  Does anyone else fear flies and such?
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  3. amy88

    amy88 Member

    Flies not so much but bees or wasps really scare me, I think because there's the potential of being stung. Because I've never been stung by a bee or wasp I guess I get anxious about the unknown like how bad it would hurt or if I was allergic or something.
  4. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Junior Member

    I haven't had a fear of flies since I was a small child, though I could see why someone might be afraid of them. Flies are harmless, but can be really annoying. I am more afraid of the idea of them being around me because I know that they are going to pester me, but I don't feel actual fear of the bug itself.

    I don't blame you for not wanting to be around flying insects. One of my least favorite flying bugs is Japanese Beetles. They drive me insane! They love my hair for some reason and are always making their way into my clothing. It freaks me out even though I know that they couldn't harm me if they tried. It's very natural to feel this way, I think. :)
  5. kelden

    kelden Junior Member

    I really can't help but find botflies really revolting, their presence makes me look for a fly killer and go berserk until I finally manage to kill the pest. Bot flies are the fly species that left larvae which are internal parasites of mammals, some species growing in the host's flesh and others within the gut. There is also a human botfly, also know as Dermatobia hominis, is the only species of bot fly known to parasitize humans pretty oftn, although other species of flies also cause myiasis in humans.
  6. Choochoo

    Choochoo New Member

    I have this fear as well. I can't stand a big insect flying around especially when I'm in a small enclosed room. It doesn't even matter much what the insect is and so far I've had grasshoppers, cockroaches and moths come into my room and I absolutely dreaded each time it happened. What is even worse is that most of the time I don't really want to harm them and even if I did manage to kill a cockroach I'd still have to put up with having to dispose of it which I also hate. It's actually why I tend to keep my room as clean as possible because I want to prevent insects being attracted to it. 
  7. Alex

    Alex Senior Member

    I'm not a great fan of any insects, but I have learned to deal with them. I had a wasps nest outside my room this summer and it has been a nightmare. Just the sound of them was making me feel anxious as the nest was above my bedroom window. In the end I had to be brave and tackle it as it wasn't going to go away. I had to climb up and spray the nest with destroyer foam several times a day for the last couple of weeks, and I did it, although I was a little scared.

    Now, I am finding dead wasps, but at least I know I can cope with the situation now. I simply had no choice but to do it.
  8. tinnie

    tinnie Junior Member

    I'm scared of all sorts of insects. Generally if it's bigger and has more legs I'm more likely to be scared. But it's quite random with my fear. Thankfully I live in a smaller city and on a high floor so we don't get as many insects here as if we lived somewhere else, but it's still pretty scary. 
  9. I'm not really afraid to flies or mosquitoes because I don't know, I guess that I'm used to them. But when it comes to other flying bugs that are not those two I always freak out. Especially when they do some type of sound while they're flying, ugh! But I think that I'm just grossed out by them... is not that bad to start categorizing it as a type of anxiety. I guess that I'm just okay with that fear, it's just like other fears, I guess.
  10. Panic57

    Panic57 Junior Member

    Depends on the flying insect.  Butterflies, moths, ladybugs (ladybird technically), bees, and even wasps don't really scare me.  But I still freak out when a praying mantis suddenly takes flight because they will be still and stare at you and then suddenly a flash of wings and you can't really tell where they're going.  I don't mind them when they are in my plants though because they eat bad bugs.  Another group of bugs that scary me when they suddenly fly are beetles, mostly because they are so fat and round that I never expect them to take off.  They also like landing on me and that kind of freaks me out because scarabs are in the beetle family and I never know if what landed on me is friendly or not.  I'm a bit scare of mosquitos because of the spread of Zika but on some level I can't really fight off since i don't plan on marinating myself in bug spray for the rest of my life.  There was this huge grasshopper like bug when I grew up that had wings and It would jump on me and then fly off.  I think though that ti'm more startled than scared.
  11. sidney

    sidney Junior Member

    No I don't have any fear of any kind of bugs. I even had a tiny frog enter my room and I didn't really fear it. I was lucky to be able to kill that frog with a hammer. I would be fearful of having large rats inside the house though. They seem quite menacing to me.
  12. fuzyon

    fuzyon Member

    Aside from spiders which creep me out really bad I don't have a fear of flies or other insects. They don't bother me that much and I'll let them be or pick them up on a paper and toss it outside. The only bugs that I fear are probably the hissing ones, they're pretty frightening for someone that hates insects like that.
  13. NiMil

    NiMil New Member

    I hate flying bugs more than non-flying ones, definitely.

    I mean, the scariest spider I can walk away from, even if it wanted to chase me, I'm faster. But a flying bug, I am not faster than that, and it can be here the one minute and there the next. Hate them if they fly.

    In fact, recently I had a weird experience. I was lying in bed here and a huge flying bug flies inside. I jump up and get out of the room and close the door. The door has a glass on it, so I was looking through to hopefully see where the bug landed, so that I can get in and kill it fast. And as I was looking, the bug just flies in front of the glass and stops there for a few seconds, and then rushes into the glass. :eek:


    Next thing it goes and lands on a piece of glass right next to the door. Behind a curtain. That was wonderful. I picked up a little rug I had, and opened the door and smashed the bug with the rug above the curtain onto the glass, and squeezed it nicely until it was dead!

    So I was glad that was over...

    The next day, the same type of flying bug flies in, and goes and lands straight into the trash can. I take a few plastic bags I had here, and put them over the bug, fill out the whole upper layer of the trash can, and then I closed the trash can bag and threw it out.

    I was like, what the h is going on here? 2 bugs in 2 days? And these guys were huge!

    That said, flying bugs like mosquitos and regular flies I have no fear of. But when the bug looks big and badass, especially if it makes noise while it flies, those are scary.
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  14. TheKnight

    TheKnight Pending

    To me, it only depends on what they do and how large they are. If they are in any way venomous or too big, I'm afraid of them. I'm not necessarily creeped out by wasps because they don't gross me out. It's the sting that causes fear. As for flies, I'm not scared of them. I despise them though because they usually like to be around feces and having them fly around your house and landing on your things or food is disgusting. 

    I heard that flies hate mint so having mint around you or a mint cream might help repel them. 
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  15. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    Goodness me yes! Spiders frighten me very much. I read a book years ago about a man who was in Africa. A spider crawled through his ear while he was sleeping and laid eggs in his brain. :eek: It probably isn't true, and probably could never happen but it scared me and made me think scary thoughts about spiders.

    I absolutely hate crane flies too. (Daddy long legs) the boys used to chase us girls with them when I was a child so I don't think it helped. Not being keen on mosquitoes either, I was very happy to learn that a squirt of Listermint around the floor makes them vanish into thin air.

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