Spinoff: Are you terrified of bugs?!

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Are you afraid of bugs?
    TERRIFIED and unable to function : (17 votes)
    35 %
    They suck, but I can handle anything : (13 votes)
    27 %
    Not scared at all, but I don't want them in the house : (13 votes)
    27 %
    Gotta love those bugs! We can peacefully co-exist in my home right? : (5 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
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    8426 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Depends on the bug.  I’m fine with spiders, in fact, if I find one in the house I’ll pick it up and put it outside.  However, I’m terrified of centipedes, wasps and scorpions.

    Post # 3
    Member
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I don’t like anything that has more legs than me.

    Post # 6
    Member
    8426 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    TheLadyA :  I have pet tarantulas, so yes.  Unless I could identify it as a brown recluse or black widow, I’d probably pick up most spiders.

    Post # 8
    Member
    356 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I don’t mind bugs… as long as they stay outside. When they step in the house, it becomes an all-out war with the exception being daddy long legs. I usually keep my cool though. Heck I managed not to panic when a wasp went into my cleavage. That being said, my FI gets cave wetas and Avondale spiders (I think they used them in the movie Arachnophobia) and those always make me jump. Still, I’m the one that protects him from bugs, not the other way other around.

    Post # 10
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    9533 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It really depends on the type.

    Anything that bites me I dislike and don’t want around me and will kill if I can (mosquitos, bed bugs, fleas, sand fleas, wasps). I also have an unreasonable dislike for scorpions, but they don’t ususally live around me so i don’t come across them often

    If they don’t hurt me I generally prefer that they not be in the house, but don’t get too worked up. I’ve lived in lots of places that are pretty open air, so you just get used to creepy crawlys. Usually I’ll pick up a spider and take it outside, but if I’m lazy or it’s cold, I’ll just crush it with a tissue. No big deal.

    There are also lots of insects and spiders that I find super cool and interesting. Writing spiders make these cool patterns in their webs. Golden Orb Weaver spiders make silk stronger than Kevlar. Insect that glow fascinate me. Butterflies and moths are beautiful. Tarantulas are so cool and scary looking but incredibly fragile. Damselflies always make me smile and the huge Helicopter Damselflies are freaking amazing. Bees make honey and pollinate a huge amount of the fruits and vegetables that we eat. So I’ve got a lot of love for the creepy crawlys.

    On a scientific note: “Bugs” are actually only those insects in the Hemiptera order. And spiders aren’t even insects – they’re arachnids.

    Post # 11
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    183 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 10, 2016

    I actually have a phobia that I’m in treatment for :(. In my defense, I am VERY allergic to bee stings and bug bites.

    Post # 12
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    8518 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m terrified of some spiders. I can deal with the kind I see on a regular basis in the house, but occasionally we get these gigantic things that are about 2 inches wide, and I just cant deal with those. Brown recluse are common here, so I tend to freak when I see a giant brown spider. 

    I also cant deal with bees and wasps, and tend to scream and flap my arms about when an unknown bug is flying around my head.

    Post # 13
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    9533 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    allyfally:  Brown recluses are actually pretty small. That’s usually true with lots of insects/spiders. The big ones are harmless – it’s the little ones that are poisonous.

    Post # 14
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    4828 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    TheLadyA :  Thaaaaat’s why you have to overcome your fear in that situation becuase now you don’t know where it is and it could kill you and eat you while you sleep!!

    I only kill bugs if I have to, otherwise it’s hubby’s job. We get MILIPEDES and CENTIPEDES. Lemme tell you, those are GROSS-OLA!

    Literally, these.In.My.House.

    Post # 15
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    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I am terrified of roaches. I would much rather be around spiders than roaches. Is it rational? No. But still…just the thought of them…and there are plenty where I work. When I was a kid we lived in an apartment that had a lot and one night one crawled across the ceiling and fell off onto my brother’s face. I started screaming and then he woke up and started screaming and we wouldn’t go back to bed until my parents could find and destroy it. And they couldn’t. So I don’t suppose I got much sleep that night. 

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