Therefore, it’s masked as a phobia. Now, i gotta go hunt down that little mother f#!*er! I just can’t get used to this situation, moving out now would cost me too much and getting used to the flat (which is amazing other than those “visitors” every now and then) seems so far away from me. For people with a phobia of cockroaches, they’re dealing with katsaridaphobia. Those things give me the absolute creeps. When we had a little rattlesnake in the house, my husband RAN. Even the thought of one may cause this fear. Cockroaches specifically have always been something “I’d hate to see in the flat I’m renting” but I guess I was lucky not to see or “have” roaches up until this current flat. It does require expensive equipment. I've not yet seen those big cockroaches but spiders are plenty. I remember it got so bad I would sleep at my apartment during the day (because they weren’t out during the day) and I would spend all night out on the street waiting for it to be safe again. If I see one I freeze on the spot and start hyperventilating. EAT DEATH ROACHIE! Just today when I went to feed the birds, when I opended the door there was about 4 roaches in the crack! The only other place I remember NOT seeing roaches for many trips there was in the CZECH Rep (Prague, Karlovy Vary..) I’m sure they have the german ones but it’s nothing like Manhattan, where two ex girlfiends saw me scream and run like a little hysterical child. It freaks me out. That’s why I always try to take a bath in daylight or right after someone; I wasn’t able to shower one night because no one was up to get the efer off the wall. I am a 13 year old girl, and I haven’t been scared of any bugs all my life. Cockroaches are a pest that is known for eating anything. It hasn’t even been seven days into summer and the first live one I’ve seen since last year has come to say the season’s greetings. Sometimes it feels like they don’t take me seriously. I can’t stand them! In case of facing with those cockroaches that can fly I might react unbelievably crazy meaning that the whole of my body specially my knees start to shake and my heart will be about throwing out of my body and I scream and escape from the spot and I won’t go back again, and most importantly this will have a huge damage on my nerves for several months after the incident. One night I came home and flipped the light switch, there was a roach on the switch. Roaches are ok outside where they belong but if I see one inside I FREAK. I come home to a few dead ones in the hallway, deep breaths and I passed them. When I shined my flashlight under my foot…”IT” WAS THERE omg I came out the bathroom screaming and having a heart attack I couldn’t get out of there fast enough I didn’t even pull my pants up when I ran I didn’t even flushthis is controlling my lifeeeee I just saw one on the wall in my room he was hugeeeeeee I ran out cursing (unlike me) leaving my phone(unlike me too) and called my grandma to kill it. I recommend getting rid of the light or sealing the stuff around it to prevent them from falling on your bed or into your room. And, I do not find it funny, but to deliberately scare you for acting like a normal kid, good grief. Cockroaches are known to inhabit dark and warm places which are abundant with food. • Clean your house with a friend (to make sure there isn’t another one) This includes looking at pictures of cockroaches, touching a dead cockroach and gradually progressing to being in the same room as the cockroaches without experiencing a panic attack. I suddenly imagined it breeding and the thought of my home filled with giant roaches caused me to start screaming and shaking and crying. Adults expressing incredible fear at the sight of a cockroach can also unknowingly pass on their fear to children watching them. Even a picture scares the sh*t out of me, during class my teacher was teasing my classmates by putting on a cockroach documentary, my classmates were like ew, but I was sobbing and saying “I don’t like cockroaches, I have a horrible phobia”. • Watch a My Little Pony episode (sounds stupid, but it distracts you) I hate that they can fly. For some reason I am petrified of them. In this case, only the latter person will develop a phobia from that event. That’s just to name a few examples, but there are many more. Such apps have been created to simulate cockroaches crawling on your floor. I’m getting sweaty just writing this. Id rather be in a room with a 6’5 250 prisoner then 1 big roach. You may also be unable to go about your daily life and handle responsibilities at the suggestion that one is near you. I am thinking of getting professional help. We grabbed any shoes we could find and literally started grabbing the bed (because it went under it) so we found it hiding and it came out and was still, so I started hitting it but I couldn’t kill it. If you have received any answers that have helped,, PLEASE let me know. Being scared of cockroaches is quite common. That’s a huge disaster in my life. They’re just rubbing salt to the wound. People also have different brain chemistry, which can be unique to an individual, much like we have different personality traits. Let me tell you this – there is no quick fix, there is no something you can read or hear, or a pill you can take to get rid of this. I have recently encountered two big ones in my apartment and have not been able to sleep at night, I keep waking up. What Happens When You Squish a Cockroach? In my head I’m like ‘I cannot tell the customer who is about to buy food here what I have just experienced.’ So I just blurt out ‘Oh nah I fell over, I’m fine!’ And they have a laugh and say all good and goodbye. BUT you can… They’re so flexible with their movements that you cannot predict where they plan to go or what they plan to do next. For some reason I don’t fear spiders – just cockroaches – after this event. I honestly don’t know if I can get over my fear. I screamed and ran away of course. I’m living in northern Scandinavia and never seen a cockroach in my area, as they won’t withstand winters. I flung it off and thought “I need to get out of here.” so I went for my jacket but then I saw one crawl out of the sleeve. I used to not pay any attention to insects at all. I/we had the biggest storage place in the building of our coop. It ran off and I still could not move. I am phobic to those unnamed insects. I just had one sitting on the wall and I couldn’t pass it to get to my mom so I literally had to call her 3 times to wake her up and it took me, her, and my brother to kill it. Before these past months which I have spent on trying to alter my thoughts about these animals, I could not even stand to be in the same room as roaches, dead or live, and would feel almost complete panic if I encountered one. Uh, nope. I hope you find a safe place that gives you more peace. Eventually I moved out and idk why I’m so scared of roaches my mom told me that when I was 2 or 3 yrs old I would collect roaches in an empty Kleenex box eww. God those are bad memories. Many are fascinating looking or just cute looking. There are big ones all around outside and they keep darting for my door when I open it. THIS MORNING. After I screamed I swiped away whatever was on my arm and I crawled against the foot of my bed to get distance. Even people without Katsaridaphobia will panic once the cockroach starts flying. Of course, not all clinical practices have incorporated virtual reality into their toolbox. I started screaming and freaking out and… ohmygosh. Just to read the articles makes my heart go fast. My house is simple, clean and no spots for roaches to hide in. I was in std 9.. while lecture was going on.. very much silent in the class.. and suddenly on my hand I saw a cockroach! She called me a girl.. A roach fell on my lamp while I was watching Britney Spears VMA performances and I was literally hovering outside of my room for 40 mins for the most opportune moment to bug spray the s*** out of it. Hey everybody, I am absolutely terrified of cockroaches. Me too but my friends don’t take it seriously. Cannibalism is a disturbing trait to many, but loyalty to their species has never stopped…, The only thing more shocking than seeing cockroaches crawling around is seeing white cockroaches crawling around. I hate them so much. It was crawling to the side of the right of the bed trying to escape and I sat there looking at it because I didn’t want to kill it on the bed, the guts would get on the sheets. My fear of cockroaches is killing me When i was a kid, i had a traumatic experience with cockroaches (they crawled into my bunk bed when i was on a regional train), and im not sure if this fear is caused by it, but that experience didnt help. Luckily it “skipped” right off my head to the floor, but it was still traumatic. Hang in there everyone. FLYSWATTER. I just moved into a really nice apartment on the 2nd floor. I’m a 12 year old sissy who just delt with a Palmetto. In some cases though, it can persist into adulthood. I know they can’t hurt me but I’m still scared. KILL IT KILL IT BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing anyone says against me will change that. Luckily in this part of Vic. I’d rather have a $100 electric bill than a brush with a roach. 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