Fear of roaches.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Hummer, May 15, 2007.

  1. Hummer macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2006
    Queens, New York NY-5
    How do I get over a fear of roaches in my house? In general I'm not afraid of cockroaches because I can deal with them in school and outside etc... I just can't stand them in my home. We get cockroaches in the basement during the hot seasons and they're huge. If I see one, I wont go down there for weeks. I only end up seeing about 2 or 3 per season in unoccupied areas of my house like my basement and porch, but its enough to freak me out into not going into certain parts of my house. Once I saw one in my room and I literally ended up lived in my living room most of the summer. Any ideas on how I could get over this? I just saw one in the basement and I need to wash clothes for school tomorrow.
  2. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    This guy was clinging to my finger night before last when I woke up.
  3. sonarghost macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2006
    Not to sound over the top, but according to how extreme your reactions are to roaches you may need to seek professional help. I think once you reach the state of spending most of your summer in your living room because you saw a roach in you bedroom, there is little that we could say to help. I've known people who have aleviated their phobias by seeing counselors, psychologists, ect.
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    Roaches are disgusting, vile, grimy, germy disgusting little creatures. While I'm sure they serve an important role in the ecosystem, I want them all dead.

    Ew, ew ew... ew!!

    and MPW, ...GROSS. Kill it!

    *huddles in corner with fly swatter*
  5. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    Roaches are awful. When I lived in Miami, there was just no way to get rid of them! They'd come in through the drains, under doors, from wherever. Hell, just when I thought I was safe at night by moving my bed away from the wall, I realized the would just climb onto the ceiling and drop from there! Bastards!

    Uh... this probably didn't help you. But yes, I sympathize. By the time I was ready to move away from Florida, I was incredibly fed up with them. I am still terrified that I will do something to attract them here in Chicago, and then I'll be stuck with them again!
  6. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I like to get my wife to kill them because she screams when she hits them.

    Of course, I don't want to be near them.

    We have our house sprayed monthly for pests, and we still have several a year. Yes, they're gross...
  7. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Funny, there is a show called "panic room" here (UK) where they feature a persons fears and try to get them over it. A couple weeks ago a girl with a roach phobia was on (along with a woman with a fear of buttons. BUTTONS, for crying out loud!)

    They spent a couple of days on it, having her look at photos of roaches (starting with like cartooned images and onto more realistic ones) and it grossed her out less and less... all the while constantly reminding her that there's no threat. Eventually they got her to look at a dead roach and at the end she picked up a madacascar hissing cockroach and let it walk on her hand. You can say she's "cured".

    Suppose the point is to get used to it and put it's "threat level" in perspective.
    They are gross and not very well liked but you can't let them totally freak you out.

    anyway, that's my 2¢ on it.
  8. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    I can stand the little ones but those big ones that fly across the room:eek: (or does this only happen in my apartment?)

  9. Hummer thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2006
    Queens, New York NY-5
    Heh, now I'm living in the first level of my house where my grand parents live (2 family home and my grandparents are away.) I saw two in my kitchen on the second level and then my mom started yelling at me about me being paranoid. She lined up the stove with roach traps, but she left too much space for them to get out. If it were my choice I would have bombarded every hole or space with traps.
  10. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Nope- surprisingly, there really isn't a roach problem here in Chicago. I've never had them in any apartment I've lived in.
  11. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    How is one supposed to kill roaches? I thought they laid they're eggs if you stepped on them.

    I would just simply move. Now way in hell am I putting up with that. livingfortoday, your store sends chills up my spine!
  12. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    Thats what you get for living in Queens...

    I haven't seen a roach in since I was 5 (I lived in Manhattan).
  13. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
  14. Jschultz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I don't have them here in my apartment complex, but I see them at the school I student teach at.

    They crawl around in broad daylight in my classroom. Then again, the town I student teach in is pretty nasty and dirty.
  15. Trogloxene macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2007
    A customer brought a computer into the service department at a computer store I once worked at. When the tech opened up the machine there was a nest of cockroaches in there that immediately dispersed all over the place. Lots of bugs in that machine. :)


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