In the West, the cockroach represents everything we hate about the insect world. It breeds in the midst of filth, it carries all sorts of diseases, and its prolific nature makes it difficult to defeat. Not so in the East. In many countries, including Thailand, cockroaches are not only a welcome part of nature; they are part of the regular diet.
Thailand is a very poor country depending heavily on rice production to sustain its economy. However, a number of years ago, some enterprising Thai farmers decide to branch out and get into raising edible insects. These creatures had been part of the Thai diet for centuries, so it just made sense to provide them on a commercial basis. Thailand is now a world leader in edible insect exports.
Cockroaches are part of many traditional Thai dishes. Manufacturers of traditional Asian medicine and cosmetics also use them heavily. Today, cockroach farming in Thailand is big business. You are not likely to see exterminators trying to get rid of them the way we do here.
Cockroaches in the West
In places like the UK and North America, cockroaches are viewed as anything but edible. And that's not without reason. The insects are carriers of some very dangerous bacteria, even under normal circumstances. However, they are also carriers of other sorts of diseases that they pick up along the way. That is why they are cooked in hot oil before being consumed by humans.
That said, we assume you are not interested in having cockroaches on your property. At the first sign of an infestation, do not hesitate to contact Pest Control Services in Berkshire. We are based in Newbury and service all of Berkshire as well as parts of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire. We will gladly come out and terminate a cockroach infestation on your property.
It is important for you to contact us as soon as you notice the insects. Why? Because they are surprisingly resilient. A severe infestation can take several weeks and many repeated treatments to completely eradicate. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can get working on your problem.
Cockroaches may be an acceptable part of the Thai diet, but in this country they are pests. Call Pest Control Services if you have a problem with cockroaches in your home or business. We are the professionals you can count on.
1. Daily Mail – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2733591/Edible-insects-boon-Thailands-farmers.html
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