Santa Ana, California: Little Man with the Hammer (Gone)

The memorable mascot of the Western Exterminator Co. is a black-and-white man wearing sunglasses and a top hat, hiding a big rat-whacking mallet behind his back. Never bring a knife to a mallet fight. Moved to the Valley Relics Museum in Lake Balboa in 2022.

Western Exterminator Co.

Western Exterminator Co. Hwy 55/Costa Mesa Fwy exit 9. Drive west on Edinger Ave. for about a half-mile. Turn left at the stoplight onto Ritchey St. Drive south about a mile. As the street bends to the right, you'll see Mr. Little on the left. Note: Statues are on a trailer, so they may get moved around.

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Little Man with the Hammer

Just checked up on our exterminator and he's still alive and in excellent condition.

[Brynn S., 09/26/2019]

Little Man with a Hammer.

Mr. Little

Western Exterminator's Mr. Little and Mouse statues on a trailer, parked in front of the company's office.

[David Kamada, 03/04/2014]

Travel advisory: the characters sit on a trailer configured for mobile marketing, so no guarantee you'll always find it at this spot. There's a more permanent version in Burlingame, CA.

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