How To Get Over Fear of Insects In My Home?

How To Get Over Fear of Insects In My Home?

Tess Wilson
Aug 6, 2015

Q: Hello. I rent an amazing, unusual, funky apartment in a historic 250-year-old home. I absolutely love the apartment, especially being an artist. It's in a great town that I love, and the 4 other residents are great people. My apartment is the attic of the home, but has old but working AC and- unheard of in Metro Boston- electricity is included in my below-market rent. The one problem is that a lot of insects get in, due to the age of the house, and for that reason, getting rid of them is not likely.

My landlord has become mad at me asking for her help, instead offering to let me out of my lease. I do not want to move. I really love this unique space, and unique, small apartment community.

I need to learn how to not let the insects terrify me. I almost have a panic attack. Previously I lived somewhere that had a bad insect problem, and I have become extremely sensitive to any bugs. None will hurt me or bite etc., but they are going to be a fact of life here. Does anyone have suggestions for how I can get myself to calm down and learn to be OK with them? I really need some advice. I would appreciate any ideas. Thanks for reading this long question. Best regards. -Sent by Carrie

Editor: I will leave the answering of your question to our wise readers, but will also encourage you to check out a fantastic discussion on The Toast regarding this very topic. (It's in the comments, beginning with @catoclock and their consuming anxiety related to bedbugs.) Readers, any suggestions for how Carrie can relax and enjoy her awesome home? And readers with similarly old and quirky homes, any pro tips for keeping bugs out in the first place?

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