Apr 5, 2013

The Most Famous Pests Of All Time

The Red Carpet in Hollywood isn't just for humans. Over the last 50 years, there are five characters in the pest kingdom that deserve A-list, Hollywood status. They have had just as much hand in shaping American pop-culture Elvis, Marilyn and Michael Jordan.

These pest characters should have an open invitation to all the big award shows. They should be considered as Grand Marshalls every New Year's during the Rose Parade. They should all have their own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. (Except for one of them already does. Hint, hint!)

5. Charlotte. The merciful barnyard spider in the classic children's novel Charlotte's Web spun messages in her web to the farmer in an attempt to spare the life of the farm's resident pig, Wilbur. The book itself is considered one of the greatest pieces in children's literature. Consider her the Julie Andrews of the pest world.

4. Buzz the bee. If you have ever had a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios in your life then you already know who Buzz the bee is. The real question is: "Who hasn't had Honey Nut Cheerios in their lifetime?" The famous, little O's have been around since the late 70's. Interestingly enough, he was not named "Buzz" until 2000 after a Texas girl won a naming contest. Buzz has been doing commercials with the biggest human personalities Hollywood has to offer. It's about time he starts getting his respect.

3. Jiminy Cricket. Officially introduced by Disney in 1940, Jiminy Cricket plays the loyal friend and conscience of Pinocchio. His famous lines and quotes are used today and are nearly immortalized in American pop-culture. Jiminy was on to something when he delivered the line "A fine conscience I turned out to be". Better yet, his place in Tinseltown would be solidified by the line "What does an actor want with a conscience, anyway?"

2. Spiderman. There are many super heroes to choose from, but none from the pest kingdom as iconic as Peter Parker's alternate image. Introduced by Marvel Comics in the early 60's Spiderman has become one of Marvel's flagship characters. Literally hundreds of millions of comic book pieces have been sold that feature or include "Spidey". His creation marked a turning point in comic book making, as Peter Parker was an otherwise normal, teenage boy raised by his aunt and uncle and with no real advancement in life.

For as legendary and culture-changing as all these characters are, combined even, our #1 pest character is nothing short of being the godfather of character fame. The only reason he won't be getting a star on the Walk of Fame anytime soon is because he literally already has one.

1. Mickey Mouse. Forget the pest kingdom, Mickey Mouse is at the top of the chain of all character kingdoms. No other character in history has been more iconic, influential and popular as the artist formerly known as Steamboat Willie. Created by Walt Disney in 1928, Mickey has since become the symbol of youth, fantasy and imagination to all people in all nations. No other character in history has become a household name as has the leader of the clubhouse.

Steve Bitter is a Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, based in Mesa, AZ. Bulwark Exterminating is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including eleven major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating specialty is scorpion control. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

Image Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Smart Photo Stock.

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