Fear of Cockroaches
When you see a cockroach do you shriek? Scream? Cry? Run from the room in stark, raving terror? Well then, you might have cockrophobia, a word used to define the irrational fear of cockroaches. On the other hand, you might be totally normal. Think about it; cockroaches have evolved over millions of years to survive. One of their key survival traits is they appear horrifically disgusting to humans. We tend to leave cockroaches alone unless we absolutely have to deal with them.
The thing is, cockroaches are usually harmless. There are scattered reports of people being bitten by roaches but the bugs are not aggressive and have absolutely no desire to tangle with giant, lumbering humans. Roaches might chew on your fingernails or eyelashes while you sleep but they probably won’t chomp on your flesh. Feel better?
While bites from la cucaracha are unlikely, the pests are filthy. They shed their skins, track feces, and die in your home. When this disgusting detritus dries into dust it can trigger allergies or asthma attacks in some. In addition, cockroaches have been implicated in the spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella along with seven other types of human pathogens.
Whether you’re deathly afraid of cockroaches or not, you don’t want them around. Roach bait stations, strips, and gels all work to keep the creepy critters out of your living space. The roaches are attracted to the poisoned bait and carry it back to their nests. The insecticide is transferred to nest mates. Within a few days, all of them are dead, along with your dread.
For reasons unknown, National Geographic calls the fear of cockroaches Katsaridaphobia. While I can’t say it, I will say this: If cockroaches are causing you anxiety, stress, nightmares, chest pains, breathing difficulties, or “jelly legs,” get to a store. Place roach killing bait stations around your home, put on some pleasant music, and rejoice in the idea that while roaches won’t hurt you, you’re putting a world of hurt on them.