It's an amazing thing - something in the back of ancient brain tells us to avoid bugs; to jump, scream and squish any that come near. Of course there is a good arguement for learned behaviour. A kid who is left alone will most likely pick up a carpenter (sow bug) and examine it. Many of our behaviours come from observing the norms of those around us. In a future posting I will introduce some really cool and safe bugs which young kids embrace with facination...you might too!
So, are you scared of bugs - is it a phobia? You may recall a movie called Arachnophobia? It highlighted one of the primary bug phobias - the fear of spiders (the phobia includes insects like scorpions). Most people do not like spiders and other insects. Choosing not to brush up against a spider's web or allowing some insect to scurry by at a safe distance is a normal, socially-driven discomfort with bugs. They are creepy and crawly; how are we supposed to know which ones are safe? Scan through this blog - when I highlight an insect I will discuss its ability to cause harm.
This is a heavy topic. Most bugs weigh less than your fingernail and most will not cause harm. By the way, none of the hundreds of spiders which have walked across my hands have ever bitten me.