Western Exterminator celebrated its 95th anniversary this year with a pop-up Pestaurant on Saturday, October 8th at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
“Pestaurant” is a fun, family event designed to raise awareness of pests and draw attention to the fact that while insects can be very destructive and a nuisance, they can also be a low-impact, sustainable and nutritious protein alternative.
As consumers are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of their food supply, insects offer an unconventional but intriguing option that has already been embraced by approximately one-third of the world’s population. Western Exterminator’s goal was to generate general mindfulness around insects – both as pests and as a food source.
Partnered with Santa Monica eatery Mondo Taco, Western Exterminator created a menu filled with creepy-crawly delicacies. Some of the dishes served included Thai Mai Mealworm Salad, Jamaican Jerk Grasshoppers with Pineapple Salsa, BBQ Beetle Tacos and Rice Cricket Tacos, topped off with a Chocolate Goes With Everything Dessert. The less adventurous had the opportunity to take a bit of a barbecued mealworm or a salt & vinegar cricket. Yum, yum!
Thanks to everyone who came out to #Pestaurant this weekend! A special thanks to our partners of the event @WestExt & @WsideFoodBank! pic.twitter.com/U5KFCtmjLT
— Mondo Taco (@MondoTaco) October 11, 2016
— Western Exterminator (@WestExt) October 10, 2016
All of the bug bites were free, with Western Exterminator donating $1 for each dish eaten along with $10 for each person participating in the Cricket Eating Contests, with Western promising a minimum of $3000 set aside for the deserving charity. Over 1,000 participants attended the event, and through a few additional donations, Western Exterminator presented Westside Food Bank of Santa Monica with a check for $3,045. A great event, a worthy cause, and a whole lot of fun!
Of course, if you have any kind of insect problem of the more pest-filled variety in your home or building, then contact your local Western Exterminator pest control specialist today!