Roach Phobia

Roach Phobia

Having to say that, I tried my best to overcome all my fears and did a research on cockroach.

Why this topic? I went out with my secondary school friends last Friday night. This topic popped out when my girlfriend saw a cockroach. And to my surprise! I realized my this guy friend told us he, himself, doesn't really dare to kill one especially a flying one.

Great discovery!

So, I wonder is it true that nowadays guys don't dare to kill one. Of course, I am not saying just find one to kill for no reason but is just when this creepy crawlers that come to your way.

I never want to understand cockroach. To me, they are my nightmare. I will scream like hell when I see one and especially those flying ones.

In case, you wonder why I choose such a cute cockroach image for my hub. Ha! so much so that I can write happily without feeling disgusted.

Make sense?

Well, it make sense to me.

Facts about cockroach

Cockroaches have been existed for 280 million years and there are more than 4,500 described species of cockroaches.

Eeewwww.... Yucks!!!

They can survive ten minutes in a vacuum, levels of radiation that would kill a human in one second, prolonged submersion in water, being at ground zero of an M60 cherry bomb - though shoe heels bearing down, as well as being inside active microwave ovens, will kill them.

A cockroach can live without a head for a week, after which lack of water intake will cause it to die. Not because it's lack of head but lack of water. It can go for a month without food, but only a week, as I said, without water.

A female cockroach can gain enough sperm from a single mating to reproduce over her entire life span, up to one year. A single female cockroach that had mated just that once can have 90,000 offspring within three months.

Can you imagine that?! How horrifying!! Oh my god! Which means there will be 90,000 nymphs (a baby cockroach is known as a nymph) crawling around in the house!!!


Oggy and the cockroaches

Interesting facts about cockroach

Okay, enough of their facts and history background. Not only did I did some research on their facts but also I saw an interesting archive forum on "who's afraid of roches aka XIAO QIANG?" To my surprise, there quite a number of guys who posted their comments there that they don't like to kill it and will scream like us.

Oops, I don't mean all guys. There are exception.

Despite it is so disgusting (to me), the interesting thing is there are people who like to use cockroach as name and even as a movie or cartoon character?! There is a music band calls Cockroach, a company calls Cockroach, a movie character, Sylar, who acquired the cockroach's abilities and even a cartoon called "Oggy and the cockroaches". It is about a fat cat, Oggy, who tried all ways and means to get rid of her "sworn enemy", the cockroaches. Frankly speaking, the cartoon made the cockroaches look quite "cute" instead of scary and disgusting. Even in the movie, Wall-e, you will simply just fall in love with that creature.

Of course, that's just part of it which I found, supposedly, there should be even more who use this name "Cockroach".


Cockroach in Wall-e

If there is cockroach in the house,

will you kill it?

  • Yes
  • No
See results without voting

Have you ever wonder?

But what is the reason we don't dare to kill them?

Well, I really don't want to go into details of its dying process. It's disgusting.

My parents are always the ones who kill them for me.

Why is it that the older generation don't really afraid them as much as we do?

I believe part of the reason is that we never really lived in those kampong days where flying ants, flies, other creepy crawlers as well as other weird creatures 'living together' with us. I remembered those were the days whereby my dad even killed a python before!

To them, it is normal if they see a cockroach. To us, it is horrifying if we see one, we just hate to see one. We are too used to live in a clean and green environment. We don't really see rats running around nowadays. Well, I guess because our modern society, we don't get to see pests around us. It's just become normal that both sexes are afraid of them.

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Comments 14 comments

chelsea moreno 7 years ago

i am terrified of cockroaches! when ever i see one, i scream to the top of my lungs and i run as fast as i can. i start panicking and i run out of the house. i cant sleep very well because i feel like a cockroach is somewhere in my room. what kind of phobia do i have?


plentyoftots 7 years ago from singapore Author

so far I still can't find any name for the fear of cockroach.. The most related phobia is Entomophobia - Fear of insects or Herpetophobia - Fear of reptiles or creepy, crawly things . :)


Hayli 6 years ago

I am so so so afraid of roaches!! I just cannot take being anywhere around one or else I have a big panic attack and it's also very hard for me to sleep. Mainly because there have been many instances where roaches crawl into your ear while you sleep and get stuck in there!!! HOW EXTREMELY DISGUSTING IS THAT????? MY GOD! If that ever happened to me I really think I would die of shock!!


Yin 6 years ago

having nightmares after killing a cockroach, body not feeling well and mentally not feeling well also...


Dio Brando 6 years ago

I am terrified of the little demons but not afraid to kill it

and the best guess i could take at a name for the phobia is Blattophobia

Blatto= roach


Mikko 6 years ago

Katsaridaphobia - Fear or Roaches? I am not really sure but let us just stick to that LOL XD


Magyy 6 years ago

I hate roaches with a passion! I don't like the squishiness iof killing them but it has to be done. I did not know there were flying roaches until I was in my 30's and I moved with my children to a town just 30 miles from where we had been living. My kids told me that a bug was flying around their room at night and they thought it was a roach. I assured them there was no such thing! Then came the night the beast started flying around my room when I turned off the lights. It took my a can of hair spray and a magazine to kill it!! I had to go next door to my friend's the next morning to borrow hair spray. I hate all of them - tiny to huge!!!


Steve 6 years ago

Katsaridaphobia is the correct term for roach phobia - from the Greek word for roach "Katsarida".


Michelle M. 5 years ago

Omg I am completely terrified of roaches! Lately of cannot sleep because I have been seeing more nd more of them. It seems like if I go just one day of not cleaning than all of them want to come out! No matter how much I clean they keep coming. Im at a point that I seriously cannot put my head down on anything in my home thinking a roach will crawl in my ear or get under my clothes. Most of the time I scream for my boyfriend to kill it but when he is not around I freeze up when I see one nd start hyperventilating!!! My head stats hiring really bad nd I get pains all over my body. Last week I was tapped in my shower for over half an hour (after I fished my shower) because I saw a roach on the outer part of the curtain. I was shaking in fear nd crying because I don't was be like this especially inverting of my son. Thankfully my boyfriend came home nd killed it otherwise who knows how long I would have been stuck. I know the moment my fear for roaches started when I was about 9 because I woke up with one crawling on my face so I smacked it away, accidentally, onto my sisters bed nd started screaming. But I became deathly afraid of them after this woman went to my moms job nd started telling my mom how she got the big scare on the side of her face from her ear.


Michelle M.  5 years ago

Hi I'm michelle nd 24 yrs old nd I am completely terrified of roaches! Lately I cannot sleep because I have been seeing more nd more roaches. It seems like if I go just one day of not cleaning than all of them want to come out! No matter how much I clean they keep coming. Im at a point that I seriously cannot put my head down on anything in my home thinking a roach will crawl in my ear or get under my clothes. Most of the time I scream for my boyfriend to kill it but when he is not around I freeze up when I see one nd start hyperventilating!!! My head starts hurting really bad nd I get pains all over my body. Last week I was trapped in my shower for over half an hour (after I finished my shower) because I saw a roach on the outer part of the curtain. I was shaking in fear nd crying because I don't want to be like this especially in front of my son. Thankfully my boyfriend came home nd killed it otherwise who knows how long I would have been stuck. I know the moment my fear for roaches started! When I was about 9 I woke up with one crawling on my face so I smacked it away, accidentally, onto my sisters bed nd started screaming. But I became deathly afraid of them after this woman went to my moms job nd started telling my mom how she got the big scar on the side of her face by her ear. The woman told my mom that she was getting severe pains in her ear nd bad migraines. So she went to the doctors nd the told her that they have to cut open her ear because there was something stuck. So when they cut her open they found out that a roach crawled into get ear nd laid eggs. I literally threw up after hearing that nd from that moment on I can't be near one whatsoever. I think ima end up living in a bubble because if I'm exhausted nd want to sleep I have to spray bleach nd other chemicals around the house away from my son nd if I just see one cockroach I will not sleep!!! Can anyone please help me??? I dunno what to do! I'm tired of feeling helpless nd sick!!!


chloe 4 years ago

Michelle, I have the same problem! I see one about every week. I haven't slept in a while... That's a freat idea for us roach fearers to live in a bubble! I didn't think anyone else had this same fear! I'm 12... One night my older brother and I were in the kitchen, and he said, "Chloe, don't freak out, but there's two roaches in the kitchen." Immediately, i started screaming LOUDLY, and crying hysterically... I ran out and forgot that my little chihuahua puppy was in the kitchen and i found out that he was RIGHT NEXT TO THEM! My puppy is like a son to me. My brother killed them both, and asked if i wanted to see, and of course i said ohhh NOOOOOO!!! Earlier today, i found two squashed roaches underneith our bread holder, and i've been paranoid all day! Good to know there's other people in the same boat as me...


Brandi 4 years ago

Roaches are the worst thing in the world to me I've been scared of them since I was a kid so is my sister one time we were home alone and saw a roach we hid in my room and put on every piece of clothong so it wouldn't touch us and slept like that until my mom found it and I wont sleep if there is one anywhere in the house I slept on the couch cause there was one lost in my room I would live in a bubble


Sarah 4 years ago

I am also really afraid of roaches. I walked into my bathroom were some constructions have been going on with the bathtub wall, and saw that the tub was filled with those huge ones and more were coming out, I ran out like a crazy abnormal personal and panicked, shivered and started throwing up :/ and now I can't sleep at all. I keep on imagining them all crawling on me. And depending on my tesearch I found out its probably cuz someone close to me which is my sister was also afraid of them in my kid years . That's why Im freaked our from them! But this really makes me feel abnormal just puking from them. And till now I'm still shivering. Any help to reduce my fear?


FoxtrotFox 22 months ago

I used to be terrified of cockroach. No I am almost 30 and I am terrified of cockroaches. I always kill them, but I cannot sleep afterwards, to have my back to a wall, or sit. They fill me with hate. I have held wolf spiders in my hand I think they are magnificent creatures. Once I carried a lost ant in a matchbox halfway across town to its home in my patio. I adore all animals, but cockroaches...

Once I shot one with a 9mm sidearm, I wish I had shot it with a 308.

They fill me with hate and terror.

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