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“Well I’ll Bee Bug***ed”

13 Jun

For most of us the thought of eating anything with more than four legs (apart from sea food), or something that is smaller than your thumb, makes our stomachs turn inside out.

We would normally tend to kill those creepy crawly creatures that annoy us or that we feel repulsed by.

Of Course we are talking insects; bugs; spiders and all the other things that make us cringe.

But there are plenty of other countries around the world that regularly eat these things as a daily food source. The word we use for eating insects is: ENTOMOPHAGY. there are 36 countries in Africa, 29 in Asia, 23 in the Americas and 11 in Europe that partake in the consumption of eating insects etc.

A whole industry of bug harvesting and preparation are thriving in but America, and that’s good because the U.N. thinks bugs are the missing ingredients in the recipe called, “Not Letting People Starve”.

We are all used to popping down to the local take-a-way for an Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Kebab, Pizza or a portion of Fish ‘n’ Chips. But the U.N. wants to capture the passion of encouraging restaurants to create insect delicacies. So in the future we could see ourselves after a night out popping down to the local take-a-way for a cockroach burger, mealworm pizza or a portion of Wichetty Grub and Fries.

If we see changes in how restaurants prepare and serve new types of food, would we be tempted to try it?

Do some of us scoff at eating offal? Are we concerned for what goes into process foods? Which we know are mostly full of sugar, fat, E-numbers and god knows what else are in the ingredients.

We are creatures of habit. If something looks wrong or looks disgusting, we are very unlikely to even give it a try.

But do you know? We are already eating insects of a daily basis. The FDA already allows bits of bug parts and rat hairs in your food, though these are very minute amounts, they are still in there. So unless you are strictly organic, no-processed-foods at all people, you’ve been ingesting insect all along.

The Cochineal insect (pictured) lives in cacti.

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When it is ground up, they make an edible dye that has been used in everything from a well-known coffee to ice-cream.

So it’s not just a case of the above or roach legs that have accidently slipped in your peanut butter, it is also a fair possibility that you are already eating pulverized bugs that were knowingly included in your food.

So why don’t we take the bull by the horns (or should that be the ‘Hornworm’)

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 Hornworm

 

and recognize what we have been eating all along. Then maybe we could take it one step further and look at the possibility of eating insects and maybe including them in our daily diet.

So if you are interested here is a list of insect you might want to consider:

  • Agave Worms
  • Ants (carpenter ants, leaf-cutter ants, honeypot ants and lemon ants).
  • Bamboo Worm
  • Bees
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Dragonflies
  • Dungbeetles
  • Earth worms
  • Fly Papae
  • Flying Ants
  • Grasshoppers
  • Honeypot Ants (pictured)  

Honeypot Ants

  • Hormworms
  • Jumilies (pictured)

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  • June Bug
  • Locusts
  • Louse
  • Mopane Worms
  • Midge Fies
  • Nsenenes
  • Pill-bugs
  • Sago Grubs
  • Silk Worms
  • Scorpions
  • Tarantulas
  • Termites
  • Wasps
  • Walking Sticks (pictured)

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  • Water Bugs
  • Wax Worms
  • Wichetty Grubs (pictured)

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  • Zaza-mushies

So…….. BON APPETITE

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Aside

Are they Wasps or Bees?

29 May

Pest Management isn’t just about preventing and removing rats and pigeons, it’s so much more including helping move those all important bees to a safe place.

This time of year we are usually already in the swing of gardening, BBQs and general summer mode. However the recent weather up to about a week or so ago has hindered us and the insect world, so spare a thought for them as they are working twice as hard to play catch up and help keep the planet spinning.

Bees are swarming now the warm spell is here but don’t be afraid of them as they are not interested in us. Queens will land to rest which can be almost anywhere but usually south to south west facing. Be proactive! know and find out who your local beekeepers are and have their phone number to hand. They would usually be more than happy to come and take the nest away if they can get to the queen. We need bees to help us and so we will only treat them as an absolute last resort and only if it is a threat to public health.

Please remember Bees swarm and wasps don’t as quite a few people get caught out thinking they have wasps. Wasp nests are imminent as the weather has dramatically changed, although it is usually a few more weeks yet before we start getting lots of calls for them.

So, can you tell the difference

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They buzz don’t they? Are they wasps or bees?

16 Jul

There are alot of bees and wasps around now so I thought I would write about bees and the way they differ from wasps.  I would firstly like to say thank you to the NPTA quarterly journal of the The National Pest Technician’s Association for the links within this blog.

The first thing I will say, is how important bees are to our planet – without bees, there is no crop pollination, and I do not need to add what could happen without crops.  We really should do everything that we can to avoid killing any.

There are many types of bees in the UK and this is a fantastic link with an enormous amount of information about solitary bees.  Bumble bees are a different matter again and here is another link with some fascinating information.  Most bees are not aggressive unless they are severely provoked.

And then we come to the feral honey bees – swarms can simply be removed by contacting a pest controller who should not be carrying out any treatments on these, but simply moving them to a bee-keeper.  In fact, the act of carrying out any treatment could land you in court with not only a hefty fine, but also a custodial sentence.

So my final plea is…when you see a bee, don’t just kill it as it is such a precious insect. Instead grow to love and value it for the hugely important role it has in sustaining our wonderful planet.