Wasp, Hornet or Bee Phobia – How to Overcome it

Do you have a fear of bees or wasps (or both) that is having an impact on your life? This is for many people more than just a a fear, it is a phobia and this can be difficult to deal with. Fear of bees is sometimes called Apiphobia or Melissophobia. Fear of wasps is called Spheksophobia. This phobia is quite common and with the news about Asian hornets recently, it is probably becoming more common.

What is the Difference Between a Fear and a Phobia?

A fear is a normal response to danger that is completely normal. There is a reason we are naturally a little wary of wasps and bees, because of course bees, hornets and wasps sting us occasionally. A phobia however, is a more exaggerated fear response where the reaction is out of proportion to the risk – it is an overreaction. This phobic response can include feelings of absolute terror and even panic attacks. These feelings can happen just fom see a picture of one. This is why there are no pictures of these creatures in this article.

What is it like to have a Phobia of Bees, Hornets or Wasps?

It can be difficult to deal with this phobia. Depending on what part of the world you live in it might be a year round problem. Or you may be lucky enough to have winters where you barely think about them at all because you just don’t see them around. When wasps and bees are around you if you have a phobia it will be hard to control your response. If this sounds like you, read on to find out how to overcome this unpleasant problem.

People with this phobia often run away when there is a bee or wasp around. You might find that if one gets in your home that it is almost impossible for you to let it out of the window because it is difficult to get close to them. They seem unpredictable, the sound of the buzzing is fear inducing and the thought of them may make you shudder. You may find that you keep checking around you home for nests and perhaps you like to keep windows closed even on hot summer days just to reduce the chance of one getting inside.

Why am I so Afraid of Wasps, Bees and Hornets?

Perhaps you have a frightening experience as a child or younger person that had an impact on you? Sometimes a specific phobia like this develops along with other phobias, perhaps about other small creatures or feeling trapped and uncomfortable in small spaces. In many cases there is no obvious cause and the phobia develops over time as a collection of fearful reactions seems to magnify the problem for some. There are ways you can control this though, there are treatments and therapies you can try. Perhaps you can overcome the phobia altogether or maybe just improve it.


Some people have this phobia along with Entomophobia, where they fear insects of all or most kinds. Entomophobia is beyond the scope of this article but if you click here you can go the the “Cleaveland Clinic” website to read more about it


What to do if You See a Wasp

To overcome your phobia you would need to moderate your reaction when you see one. This can be done with practice as you learn to calm the reactions and responses you have. Once a treatment seems to be helping you can work on this by practicing staying calm in situations where you see one of those little creatures. Learning to stay calm, not run away, not panic but just take a few deep slow breaths. The more you change that automatic panic response the better you will feel. With time staying calm and in control can become the new normal for you.

How Do You Get over a Bee, Hornet or Wasp Phobia?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT works by developing your understanding of wasps and bees and how to stay calm. Exposure therapy is often used as part of CBT therapy. This would involve things like gradually looking at images of wasps, bees and hornets initially simple drawings then perhaps small images/photographs. Then you move on to watching some YouTube vides of wasps and hornets. This desensitization process can work well a you find your reaction gets less powerful over time until you feel much calmer.


Self hypnosis (or hypnotherapy) can help change the fear response you have when you are near to or see bees, hornets or wasps. Hypnotherapy for this phobia works by influencing the subconscious part of your mind. Habits, automatic reactions and behaviors are established in this part of your mind and can be changed. Your subconscious mind is being influenced every day all the time by this people say to you, by television and so on. Hypnotherapy involves deliberately influencing yourself in a positive way. We have a self hypnosis for overcoming fear of bees and wasps (also suitable for fear of hornets). Click here to go to the stop and take a look at this product.