The Fear of Cockroaches: Katsaridaphobia

The fear of cockroaches is called Katsaridaphobia and is fairly common as cockroaches are found on almost every continent except Antarctica. Where humans are cockroaches usually follow as they are opportunistic feeders. However, they are not as horrible as people might make them out to be.

Cockroaches are one of the most incredible species on the planet earth. And the legends of them outliving nuclear war along with Twinkies is actually true. (Though maybe not the Twinkie part!) They can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, survive snow and extreme heat, live a week without it’s own head and have been around longer than the dinosaurs!  We owe some respect to the humble cockroach. And instead of associating them with fear, anxiety, and dread, we can find them fascinating and even… beautiful. You heard me, beautiful!

There are over 4,600 species of cockroach in the world and many of these are in the pet trade as they make great pets! The Madagascan hissing cockroach can live up to 5 years, comes in a variety of colours and patterns, is very calm when handled and are great pets for children.

Many species of cockroach give live birth and some even take care of their young up to 6 months afterward! That is longer than most mammals! There are many more interesting facts about cockroaches that can help see them in a new light and turning fear into fascination is what we do best at Creature Courage!

Having a phobia of cockroaches can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, however, cockroaches never bite or attack humans and are quite passive by nature. Though it might not be nice to have them in your home, having an extreme fear reaction to them will not help the situation and a more calm and practical approach is by far more beneficial.

There is no need to carry on having a phobia of cockroaches when it can be resolved in only a few hours. Get in touch with us to find out how we can change how you feel about cockroaches forever!