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Myrmecophobia is the inexplicable fear of ants.[1] It is a type of specific phobia. It is common for those who suffer from myrmecophobia to also have a wider fear of insects in general. Such a condition is known as entomophobia. This fear can manifest itself in several ways, such as a fear of ants contaminating a person's food supply, or fear of a home invasion by large numbers of ants.[2] The term myrmecophobia comes from the Greek μύρμηξ, myrmex, meaning "ant" and φόβος, phóbos, "fear".

In 2019, an Israeli study from Ariel University and Bar-Ilan University suggested that exposure to short clips from the Ant-Man movies could help to reduce an individual's phobia.[3]

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  1. ^ "Definition of MYRMECOPHOBIC". Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  2. ^ Korgeski, Gregory P. (2009), "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Phobias", Penguin: 62, ISBN 978-1-59257-919-8, retrieved 2011-08-18
  3. ^ Gabe Friedman (April 25, 2019). "Israeli Researchers: "Spider Man" movies decrease Spider Phobia". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved April 25, 2019.