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Insects are minions of the devil. They are horrible in any shape, color or form. Run and hide. That is all I have to say. And that I'm prepared with insecticide.

Redditor u/Atomatron16 wanted to know how the bugs in life have left us all scarred by asking..... People of Reddit, whats your insect horror story?


The Itsy Bitsy....

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I was 11ish and sleeping on the top bunk of a bunk bed in a basement. I woke up in the middle of the night with a spider half the size of a dinner plate on the ceiling just inches from my face. As I went to roll over to get out of the bed it dropped onto me and I nearly spontaneously combusted, my roll out of bed turned into a swan dive. I have arachnophobia to this day. spoonsthatbite

Boy Scout camp....

On A Boy Scout camp I broke a weird green sack with a stick. It turned out to be a spider egg, and the spiders went everywhere .The worst part is that nobody believed me and I was forced to sleep in that area. On top of that, we were on a wilderness survival camp so I didn't get a full tent, only a sleeping bag and a cover for the rain. I didn't get any sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about the spiders. Awesomesoldier06

nesting....

Killed probably 60 wasps in my basement the last month. Can't find nest. downtroddennotdead

Not to freak you out but you might want to check your walls. When it starts getting cold they will nest there. zigazigazah

Spit not Swallow...

It was dark, my partner and I were watching a movie. I wanted a snack. I went to the cupboard, grabbed an open packet of lamingtons. I sat back down and proceeded to eat one. My mouth felt kinda spicy, and the little coconut bits seemed to be moving.

I ran to the sink to spit it out while my partner turned the light on. ANTS, I accidentally ate a crap load of ants. BaggiraBaggy

Kill the Babies....

When I was a kid I was playing in one of those play house castles and climbed to the top only to be greeted by momma spider and her hundreds of babies. AustereTuba393

So i took a mattress......

We rented a house in the countryside when i was like 16. My bedroom was in the old basement, made out of rocks and all. It was crawling with scorpions, centipedes and other insects, and i have a phobia.

So i took a mattress, and slept for the 2 weeks in the living room next to the chimney.

However, one night i noticed that there was a buzzing sound coming from the chimney, so i took some insecticide and sprayed inside. Next thing i know, there was a hornets nest in there, and they all left it to fly in the living room as soon as i sprayed it. In the meantime there was a few scorpions in the room too. I spent the night under all my blankets, almost suffocating. Le_french_boi

The Widow....

My younger brother collects all sorts of bugs. One day we found a black widow on our front porch that seemed close to dying. My dad knows I am scared of bugs and for some reason we had the spider in a Tupperware container with the lid on. I have really thick hair and my mom had braided it the night before so it was really curly and poofy. My dad walked into the room with my little brother and threw a Tupperware container at me with the lid off.

I, thinking it had the spider in it, proceed to have my first panic attack. Imagine you have thick, curly hair, and you think there's a friggin' black widow in it. I blacked out but from what my mom told me, I was gasping for breath and heaving for a good few minutes. Turns out, he had throw an empty container at me. They were really apologetic but that feeling of pure terror and fear is something I will never forget. Anxious_Nobody

Covered....

I came home from work, walked in the front door fine, changed into shorts, went to leave the house not five minutes later, it was windy and hundreds of baby spiders were blowing past my front door as I walked out. I got covered in them. Dorkitron

The Cocoon....

When I was a kid, I found 2 cocoons. I put them in a jar and waited. Woke up one morning, covered in hundreds of baby praying mantises.

We were able to suck up most of them with a Dust Devil, empty them outside, and enjoyed watching them grow up outside the house. rafferty85

"Saving this little guy!"

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At work, in a hole dug out of the ground for a foundation.

Noticed there's about 40 other species stuck in this hole.

Start making ramps for them out of plywood and putting them in the corners of the hole.

Notice large spiders are also in the hole (I live in NJ, these were wolf spiders), probably eating other insects/small amphibians.

Most of the frogs escape after about 3 hours.

After lunch, I go in to make sure everything is alright down there.

I see a little frog stuck in the mud, struggling to get out.

I reach down to pick him us as my boss asks what I'm doing.

Look up at my boss, feel the frog on my hand, reach my hand in the air and say "Saving this little guy!" as I see the look of horror on my bosses' face.

I look at my hand.

There's a wolf spider the size of my palm crawling down my arm as fast as it can, with an eggsack.

Long story short, I scrambled all over the site for the next 10 minutes trying to make sure it was gone.

Never trying to save a frog again. jayswentz

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