Pest-ravaged baseball.

Pest Control Museum

Field review by the editors.

Decatur, Alabama

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.

Pest Control Museum

Cook Museum of Natural Science

412 13th Street SE, Decatur, AL
Cook Museum of Natural Science. On corner of 5th Ave. and 13th St.
M-Sa 9 am - 5 pm. Closed 12-1 pm. Su 2-5 pm. (Call to verify)
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