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10 traumatic phobias inspired by nature

May 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
couple on bed afraid of bug (Entomophobia)

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Entomophobia

You name a creepy-crawly and there’s probably a phobia for it — fear of termites (isopterophobia), moths (mottephobia), lice (pediculophobia), and wasps (spheksophobia), to name just a few. Then there are those who fear all creepy-crawlies. Entomophobes, as they’re called, go crazy at the sight or sound of anything scrambling, slithering or buzzing nearby. In fact, many insect abhorrers avoid going outdoors altogether and spend an exorbitant amount of time and money trying to keep their indoor spaces bug-free.