FRANKLIN, Pa. — Bee extraction expert Eric “Critter” McCool has opened a dedicated pest control museum, located in Franklin, Pa.
The CritterMcCool Pest Control Museum, now open to the public, displays a large collection of pest control products and tools that represent 150 years of the industry’s heritage. While McCool specializes in bees, the museum’s collection includes a broad array of pest control sprayers, mouse traps, fly swatters, packaged products and more.
According to McCool, who spent nearly 30 years amassing the vast collection of tools and products for the display, the museum represents a great opportunity for both professionals in the industry and the public to learn more about the pest control industry.
“I’m proud to work in this industry but I think pest control sometimes gets a bad reputation by the public because we do have products made from chemicals,” said McCool. “But we are a very responsible profession and one that has a long and storied history. I decided to create the pest control museum because our story should be known.”
McCool’s pest control museum is the first of a three-phase project for the location. Next will come the Stinging Insect Research and Training Center, an international training facility geared to product testing, venom collection, and pesticide research and development.
“I’ve traveled the country doing training sessions and given a few internationally, as well,” said McCool. “The new center will not only allow me to train more PMPs but also other industry experts can teach sessions so I’m hoping it becomes a mecca for stinging insect research.”
Phase three of the project is McCool’s corporate facility and a storefront that will be at the location.