While we complain about the cold, and the lingering winter-like conditions, we may be forgetting that at least frigid Northern Illinois weather keeps the bugs away...for the most part.

With the month of May just a few days off, it's time for bugs to get back to work bothering, freaking out, and/or scaring us.

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Are You Cool With Bugs, Or Do They Freak You Out?

It's okay to admit to being bugged by bugs, and please keep in mind that you are far from being alone in feeling that way. I have a bug-phobic daughter, Molly, and believe me, the most dangerous place in our home is standing anywhere near an exit if she sees a bug (of nearly any sort) in the room. Move or die has become a family motto.

As I said, being freaked by bugs is very, very common. In Chapman University’s 2016 Survey on American Fears, 25 percent of respondents said they were afraid of insects and/or spiders. That’s more than the number of people who were afraid of:

  • Murder by a stranger
  • Sexual assault by a stranger
  • Mugging
  • Gang violence
  • Walking alone at night
  • Becoming seriously ill
  • Dying
Woman washing dishes drops one when she sees a bug.
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Maybe You're Not Freaked Out--Maybe You're Disgusted

TheCut.com, in a piece called "Insects Are Scary Because Your Brain Confuses Disgust With Fear," offers up the theory that disgust for bugs brings about something called the rejection response. Basically, it's your brain launching an overwhelming feeling that you've just got to get this creepy thing away from you right now.

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TheCut.com:

We’re disgusted by feces and rotting food, for instance, because each has the potential to make us sick. Along those same lines, the presence of insects often indicates that something isn’t safe to consume or touch. Over time, we’ve come to associate the messenger with the threat itself.

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Here's The Bugs That We Hate Most, Especially In The Midwest

PestStrategies.com has a piece up at their website that takes a look at the most hated bugs in America state-by-state. Their survey of about 3,500 people found that there were 6 bugs (I'm including spiders as bugs) that really get to Americans. They are:

  • Cockroaches
  • Bed Bugs
  • Spiders
  • Centipedes
  • Ticks
  • Mosquitoes

Cockroaches are your big winner, or loser, depending on your perspective. Roaches are the most hated bug in 29 states, including our state of Illinois. North of the Cheddar Curtain in Wisconsin, they're hating big-time on the bed bugs. Indiana residents are also down on the bed bugs, while over in Iowa, they have their sights on mosquitoes.

I'm just glad that we haven't had to add Murder Hornets to our list of choices.

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