Many people have an understandable fear of roaches. Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal insects that thrive in human food and garbage. People panic when they see them because they are ugly looking bugs and they are afraid of the diseases that cockroaches can carry and the allergic reactions that they can cause. For some people, this leads to a phobia of roaches. For people with this level of anxiety, self hypnosis might be an effective treatment.
Why People Don’t Like Cockroaches
It is normal to be startled or concerned when you see a cockroach or another bug in your home. We tend to think of bugs as dirty since they thrive in our filth and we are concerned that they will provide an unhealthy living environment for us.
When Dislike of Cockroaches Becomes a Problem
However, you might have a problem if your concern becomes an all consuming panic. If you can relate to any of the following situations then you might just have a phobia of roaches that needs to be addressed:
- Once you see a cockroach in a room, you are unable to go back into that room by yourself even if the cockroach has been removed;
- You become obsessed with killing each individual roach by stepping on it or setting traps and you do not take practical steps that could keep roaches from surviving and breeding. Things such as carefully covering all of your food and promptly removing garbage from your home can decrease the likelihood of the bugs’ survival.
- You have nightmares or other visions of being surrounded by larger than life cockroaches, unusually aggressive cockroaches or other augmented cockroach behavior.
How To Get Rid of Cockroaches
Whether or not you have a phobia of roaches, it is important to rid your living space of these pesky bugs. First, you need to make sure that the bugs that you see are indeed cockroaches. Then, figure out where they are coming from and set out to get rid of them.
Get Help If You Need It
If your anxiety prevents you from doing any of this then seek the help of a friend, relative or professional exterminator. Once the bugs are gone, be sure to take steps to keep them away by storing food properly, cleaning the kitchen where food crumbs can gather and sealing any cracks to the outside where bugs can enter your home.
How To Get Rid of Your Fear of Roaches
Once the cockroaches are gone, it is time to turn your attention to curing your phobia of the bugs. This is something that you can do in the safety and comfort of your own home with the help of self- hypnosis recordings. Hypnosis can help you react rationally to cockroaches. It is likely that you will never like the ugly little bugs but you will be able to act rationally to get rid of them rather than be paralyzed by your fear of roaches and that is a significant personal accomplishment.