What Is Katsaridaphobia?

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Does The Mere Thought Of Cockroaches Send Shivers Down Your Spine?

Does the idea of living with roaches creep you out? You are not alone. Many people suffer from Katsaridaphobia, or cockroach phobia. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what bothers people about roaches because there are just so many reasons to deplore and fear these creatures. They look dirty, they move fast, they seem to have no fear, they eat feces, they are everywhere, and some of them fly…just to name a few good reasons to have a problem with living with them. But, even if you don’t suffer from Katsaridaphobia, you probably don’t like roaches and would rather no have them in your home.

The first thing I think of when it comes to roaches is that they can literally fly out of the sky and land on me, and there would be nothing I could do to stop them. This is why I have Terminix Pest Control to at least keep them out of my home. ~ Cheryl, Terminix New Orleans Home Owner

What is Katsaridaphobia?

In short, Katsaridaphobia is the fear of roaches. When a person has this phobia, s/he will do anything to avoid the roach from entering his or her home. The reasons why a person develops katsaridaphobia are the instances when they are stuck in a situation where they feel like their safety is compromised by cockroaches. One example is having a roach get stuck in your hair while sleeping at night in the comfort of your bed, or a roach jumping out at you during the night while getting a glass of water in the kitchen. These types of traumatic events can cause katsaridaphobia. The best way to deal with this phobia is to ward off potential cockroaches from entering the home.

The Roach or The Cockroach

Roaches are incredibly prolific and really hard to get rid of. “If you start out with one pair of German Cockroaches and let them reproduce in a safe environment with food, within a couple of years you could have two to three million living in your home,” says Joe Martin, Entomologist with Terminix New Orleans. Roaches eat just about anything from paper and grass to anything you eat in the kitchen. Getting rid of a roach infestation is not easy because they simply do not move quietly. Did you know that roaches can survive without food for a month, without water for a week, and even without their head for a week? Over the counter roach poisons like sprays, fogs and traps kill roaches, they are largely useless against the eggs. If you want to get rid of the source of  your roach problem, it is best to enlist the help of a licensed pest control professional like Terminix.

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