Bugs and Insects on the Menu at “Pestaurant on Pennsy”

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2014 – To celebrate more than 85 years in business, J.C. Ehrlich, a leading expert in pest management and control in the Mid-Atlantic region, will host “Pestaurant on Pennsy” on June 4 at the Occidental Grill in downtown Washington, DC.

At this unique, fun event, Ehrlich will be serving an array of exotic cuisine that includes a range of edible insects such as grasshopper burgers, crispy BBQ mealworms and scorpion lollipops. As part of the Rentokil family of pest control companies, Ehrlich is taking part in the Rentokil Pestaurant global event happening the same day in 12 countries. Washington, DC is the only U.S. city to host this event.

What: Ehrlich’s “Pestaurant on Pennsy,” serving a selection of edible insects
When: June 4 at 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Where: Occidental Grill, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Patio Entrance)

In addition to sampling the edible insects, visitors can take pest selfies, compete in a cricket eating contest and vote for DC’s worst pest. The event is free and a number of professionally trained Ehrlich experts will be on hand to discuss the edible pests being served, answer any pest questions from members of the public and to pass on their ‘top tips’ for avoiding pest problems.

All are welcome to sample a dining experience like never before.

The consumption of insects has been known to contribute positively to the environment and to health and livelihoods. More than 1,900 species have reportedly been used as food. Insects are high in protein, B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc, and are low in fat. 100g of grasshopper can carry 20.6g of protein, 35.3mg of calcium and 5mg of iron. Eating insects can help boost nutrition and reduce our carbon footprint.

It’s worth remembering that pests can be a problem for anyone, and can affect both commercial and residential properties.  Pests are just looking for food and shelter. They are not selective when it comes to setting up their home. If they can find a way inside, even the cleanest of properties can become a target.  Common Washington, DC pests include ants, bedbugs, flies, mice, fleas, rats and wasps.

General Public:

All members of the public are welcome.


For more information and media inquiries, please contact Account Executive, Ikeda Lockhart (630) 964-8500 x232 or Manager, Communications and Public Relations, Glenn Boyet (610) 372-9700 x29927.

Images of the event will be available to media soon after opening time, while interviews with Ehrlich spokespeople can be requested either beforehand or on the day of the event.

About Rentokil North America
Rentokil North America is part of Rentokil Initial plc, one of the world’s largest and most diverse business service companies, operating in 69 countries worldwide. Ehrlich Pest Control (www.jcehrlich.com), Western Exterminator (www.westernexterminator.com), and Presto-X Pest Control (www.prestox.com) are all part of the Rentokil family of pest control companies in North America. They provide commercial and residential pest control, bioremediation, bird control, vegetation management, deer repellent services, wild-animal trapping and termite control from more than 200 local offices in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.