One million cockroaches escape from breeding farm in China

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, you hear about this.

Agence Frace-Presse (via reports that "at least one million cockroaches have escaped a farm in China where they were being bred for use in traditional medicine." The report said that "the cockroach is generally considered a pest, but believers in traditional Chinese medicine-which uses both plants and animals, including endangered species-say extracts from it can treat diseases including cancer, reduce inflammation and improve immunity."


The report noted: "The cockroaches fled the facility in Dafeng, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, for surrounding cornfields earlier this month after an ’unknown perpetrator’ destroyed the plastic greenhouse where they were raised." The report cited the Chinese newspaper Modern Express as the source of the information.


After the cockroaches escaped, "disease control authorities have sent five investigators to the area to come up with a plan to stamp out the insects." The report added that "farm owner Wang Pengsheng invested more than 100,000 yuan ($16,000) in 102 kilograms of Periplaneta americana eggs after spending six months developing a business plan."


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