The turkey has been a staple of Thanksgiving since the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Natives ate it for their first Thanksgiving in 1621. Thanksgiving is colloquially called â€œTurkey Dayâ€ since turkey is the most common main dish of the holiday.
This year alone, American turkey growers have raised 270 million turkeys; which will correspond to the five billion pounds of turkey Americans will eat this Thanksgiving. Thatâ€™s a lot of turkey!
While Americans love eating their turkey for Thanksgiving, turkeys equally love eating all sorts of bugs. Turkeyâ€™s raised on farms traditionally eat corn and seeds, but wild turkeys love eating insects and other creepy crawlies in order to get much needed protein. Some may even consider enlisting a turkey for scorpion control. (Have it your way, bugs or bird poop. Or call a professional.)
But really, as a bug guy, the whole turkey dinner thing got me thinking:
What would a turkeyâ€™s dinner look like on Thanksgiving?
A rustic arrangement of escargot featuring the Leopard Snail
A lovely Flowering Dogwood salad tossed with North American Millipedes
A large assortment of raw Grasshoppers, Field Crickets, and Black Carpenter Ants, served with a side of Wolf Spiders, and generously garnished with Dandelion.
A delectable Earthworm Mud Pie sprinkled with Chiggers.
For Bulwarkâ€™s complete list of what turkeys eat, click here.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, and the holiday season is in full swing, Bulwark Pest Control would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! No matter what your plans are or where youâ€™ll be, there are many things to be thankful for. Take some time this week and reflect on all of your many blessings. Watch a lot of football, enjoy the company of your loved ones, and eat way too much pie. Have a Happy Turkey Day!