So if you’ve been reading our blog posts for a while you’ll know that my personal least favorite pest that we deal with here at Advanced Wildlife Control is the cockroach. To me, these insects are both disgusting and creepy, often associated with disease and dirty conditions.
The way I feel about cockroaches is a fairly commonplace opinion in America. Here in the US, the main cockroach that people have interactions with is that of the German cockroach. This species of cockroach, in particular, is the main reason cockroaches have such a bad reputation. These pests are prolific and are often found in and around areas of human habitation as they require access to the food, water, and heat that man-made structures provide. These bugs can reproduce quickly, go many days without food, and often live in familial groups or colonies, so seeing one of these bugs probably means that a larger problem exists beneath the surface. They can also leave behind a bad smell and contaminate food or surfaces as they often travel through sewers and other unsanitary areas. Asthma and allergies can also be compounded by cockroaches and the dust and proteins they leave behind. And, to top it all off, they are a hard bug to kill and most over-the-counter remedies don’t get to the root of the problem.
Considering the above, it’s no wonder that cockroaches have a pretty bad reputation. However, this bad reputation doesn’t extend all around the globe. In fact, in many places around the world cockroaches aren’t thought of as pests at all. For example, in many Asian cultures, cockroaches are actually considered a delicacy! These bugs can be prepared in a variety of ways and provide a nutritious meal, but they aren’t just caught off the street and tossed into a cookpot. In order for these insects to be free from contamination and safe to eat, they have to be properly raised in a laboratory or, get this, a farm! In China particularly, cockroach farming is growing in popularity. Cockroaches are also a popular form of medicine in many Asian countries as well.
If you see cockroaches in or around your home, the best solution is to give a professional pest control company (like us!) a call. And despite what other cultures do, I definitely wouldn’t recommend frying any up, at least not the ones you find around here!