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Pollinator Awareness and Protection

Pollination WeekIn honor of Pollinator Week, we are going to take the time to highlight some of the most undervalued creatures on our earth, pollinating insects. Most people do not realize how important this group of animals are for the sustainability of our planet. For those of you that do not know, the role of a pollinator is to move the pollen of a plant from a male anther of a flower to the female stigma of a flower. This fertilizes the female gamete of the flower with the male gamete coming from the pollen. This process is important because we depend on these creatures to help pollinate crops.

The most common pollinator is the bee, but also insects such as beetles, butterflies, flies, moths and wasps help pollinate plants. There are also a variety of other pollinators that include bears, bats, birds and even humans! Read More »

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Twitter Reacts To #Pestaurant

Pestaurant PicturesAlmost all of the time, Pest Control is a very serious business where there is not much room for fun, but last week, on June 4th, we at Ehrlich Pest Control hosted a pop-up “Pestaurant” in Washington, DC in which pests were an integral part of the menu. The event held at “DC power restaurant” Occidental Grill was but one of the many insect-eating events being hosted by our parent company, Rentokil, throughout the world.

Ehrlich donated $5 to the DC Central Kitchen for anyone who chose to eat a pest, and $20 for anyone who entered a cricket-eating contest. Through our efforts at this event, we raised over $6,000 for the kitchen which serves 5,000 meals a week to low-income and at-risk citizens in US capital.

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10 Steps To Pest Proof Your Party

BarbequePeople all around the United States end up having to deal with an inevitable summer occurrence: People vs. Pests. Every summer, people have a power struggle of control on land against pests such as mosquitoes, bees and gnats.

Despite the use of bug spray, these pests come back to bother humans each and every year. You may be aware of pest control measures that can help keep critters out of your home, but what can you do when the battle occurs on the pests’ home field – your backyard? Read More »

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Pestaurant on Pennsy

Pestaurant on Pennsy sponsored by Ehrlich Pest Control In the spirit of having a little fun with insects and raising pest awareness, we at Ehrlich Pest Control hosted a pop-up “Pestaurant” this week in Washington, DC. The original Pestaurant event hosted last year in London by our parent company, Rentokil, was a smashing success. In 2014, Rentokil set out to host a “Global Pestaurant Day” on June 4th in 12 different countries.

Ehrlich chose to bring the one-day, insect-eating extravaganza to the nation’s capital serving an eclectic menu of bugs at Occidental Grill. The iconic DC restaurant is located right on Pennsylvania Avenue only a few minutes walk from the White House.

In addition to munching on grasshopper burgers and spiced mealworms, visitors also had an opportunity to contribute to a  worthy cause – DC Central Kitchen. The nonprofit serves 5,000 meals a weak to low-income and at-risk citizens in Washington, DC while offering rigorous Culinary Job Training for the unemployed and homeless. Ehrlich Pest Control donated $5 for every person who tried an insect and $20 for every person who participated in the cricket-eating competition. Read More »

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Termite Swarming Season

Termites swarmingIt’s that time of year again—-termite time!  Yes, indeed, while summer days approach quickly, termites are waking up and getting ready to make new colonies.  In temperate areas, this is the time of year when subterranean termites release a special type of nest member, called a swarmer, into the air to find other swarmers to mate with.  Termite swarms can be quite a sight, as hundreds of flying termites are usually released at a time.  For many homeowners, seeing these swarmers is the first indication that there is a termite infestation present.

Just this week, media outlets in New Orleans covered the annual swarms that regularly pester the Big Easy. The French Quarter received federal funding for its termite problem before being cut in 2011. Problems with termites is not unique to Louisiana. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites are responsible for $5 billion in property damage each year in the U.S. Read More »

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