Fear of spiders is one of the most common types of phobias in the world. It is estimated that more than 12.5% of American adults and more than 6% of the world’s population suffer from it(1).
This is known as Arachnophobia. So, here I am going to tell you the main causes of the fear of spiders and ways to overcome it. So let’s get into the topic.
What causes the fear of spiders?
Fearful Memories Of Spider
It is said that the main cause of fear of spiders in most people is bad memories about it. That is, if there is a situation where a spider bites you at any time, it is likely to cause Arachnophobia in the future.
If that fear goes down to your subconscious mind when the spider bites you, it will trigger fear when you see the spider in the future.
Fear of the figure of a spider
Some people are very afraid of spiders but, they will never have a bad experience with spiders. What they fear is the look of it. They are afraid of spiders’ very long legs. Creatures with many legs are generally feared by many. Millipedes is another of them.
- Brown recluse spider
- Black widow spider
- Wolf spider
- Hobo spider
- Widow spiders
- Armed spiders
The above are the spiders that can poison you. Brown recluse spiders are most common in the Central Midwest, Black widow spiders common in all continents except Antarctica(2).
If you are poisoned by the types of spiders mentioned above, you may even die. But death occurs in very few people. But it can lead to a very serious illness.
Therefore, if you notice that a brown recluse spider has bitten you, immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. It is also a good idea to consult a physician.
How to overcome fear of spider?
1- Watch Cartoon Movies About Spiders
Whatever fear you have to change, the first thing you need to do is change the way you look at it. For example, if you are very afraid of spiders, all you have to do is watch videos or movies that are full of jokes related to spiders. This will help reduce your fear level.
2- Practice Breathing Exercise
When you are scared, you become very nervous and, your heart rate increases. All you need to do immediately is focus your attention on your breathing and try to control your breathing.
This will help you to slow down your heart rate and keep your body and mind calm and cool. If you see a spider, instead of running from there, go as close to it as possible and try to calm your body by controlling your breathing.
If possible, create the situations for it and practice it many times. This will help increase your confidence and reduce your fear of spiders.
Positive visualization is the best way to overcome any fear. This is something that can be done very easily by anyone. All you have to do is sit back and relax in a very comfortable place. Try to avoid all distractions as much as possible.
Then, suppose you see a spider face to face. Think as you approach it with great confidence and courage and, grab it and throw it away. Believe in mind that your fear of spiders will decrease.
Thus try to visualize continuously in a very positive way. This will help reduce your fear to a great extent.
Should I kill the spiders in my house?
This is completely up to you. You can kill them or leave them alone if you want. Most house spiders are poison-free. Therefore, your life is never threatened.
But if they bite you, you may have some allergic reaction. So you can decide to kill them to avoid it. But my personal opinion is that you should not kill any creature that does not cause you great harm.
What kills spiders instantly?
If you have decided to kill spiders then the best way is to use vinegar spray. Vinegar can kill spiders very quickly and easily. This is due to the acetic acids contained in the vinegar(3).
Vinegar is said to contain about 5% to 18% acetic acid. So you can use vinegar to kill the spiders very quickly.
Are spiders afraid of humans more than we are afraid of them?
Exactly. That is one of the first things you need to know if you are a person who is very afraid of spiders. It has more fear in you than you have. In its view, you will be a terrifying creature.
You are a human being. Man is the most capable and powerful being in the world. Spiders are just small creatures that you can very easily avoid or destroy. Once you understand this, you can overcome the fear of the spider.
Do spiders usually bite humans even if they are not attacked?
Spiders are not aggressive creatures. But in some cases, it may bite you, without you hurting it. This mainly happens when you are asleep. But this rarely happens.
Other than that, it will never attack you unless you attack it. So if you are afraid of being attacked by a spider, do not attack it. It’s that simple.
Do Spiders want revenge?
Never. Spiders are not vengeful creatures. Therefore, even if you hurt it, it may bite you in self-defense at that time, and there will never be any revenge for remembering it in the future. This is a misconception that many people believe.
People have this superstition not only about spiders but also about a lot of creatures. Man is the most vengeful creature so beware of them. I’m just kidding. So, the spider will never take revenge on you.
Are house spiders dangerous?
Not all types of spiders are dangerous. I have mentioned above what are dangerous spiders. Spiders, which are mainly found in homes, are not dangerous.
So you do not need to be afraid of them in a big way. However, even if they are bitten, you may still have an allergic reaction. Therefore, try to avoid spiders’ bites as much as possible.
Can Arachnophobia be cured?
Of course Arachnophobia is curable. I have mentioned above a few things you can do yourself to overcome Arachnophobia or fear of spiders and, you can do them. In addition, you can consult a good therapist or psychiatrist.
The bottom line
Arachnophobia or fear of spiders is a type of phobia that many people have. In this blog, I have included what is fear of spiders, its main causes, and some ways to overcome the fear of spiders. Will you share it with your loved ones if you are convinced that it has given you new knowledge?