Pest Control Museum
Cook's Pest Control, a long-established business headquartered in Decatur, originally set up some employee training displays on insects and the damage they inflict. In 1980 these evolved into a full-blown museum, although now the insect portion occupies one small corner of a much larger "natural science" building. There are many giant insect specimens -- big roaches and beetles pinned to displays or slowly rotating on Lazy Susans. A couple of glass cabinets are filled with termite-ravaged items (wall cutaways, a half-eaten hammer, gutted books) and labeled displays such as "Rat Gnawings on Rubber Hose." The message is that nothing is sacred to vermin -- even a baseball's innards have been consumed.
The rest of the Museum features mounted wildlife, live snakes, and free movies. While we wandered through, the gift shop was doing a brisk business selling mementos to a busload of school kids.