Aunt Fannie’s Favorite Fictional Bugs

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Here at Aunt Fannie’s, while we make nontoxic pest control products, we don’t really think of insects as “pests.” Ants, spiders, bees, and other ‘creepy crawlies’ are a vital part of the world’s ecosystems and help us in so many ways, from breaking down waste and pollinating our crops to preserving the natural balance of wildlife and playing an important part of the food web. In other words, we love bugs—we just don’t love them in our homes. In fact, insects have become a part of our cultural family, as well. Beg to differ? Let us make the case with our favorite fictional bugs.

Charlotte of Charlotte’s Web
Isn’t it amazing that a kind, message-weaving barn spider is one of the first characters to teach our children about the importance of compassion towards animals? Spiders are brilliant, and not just the spiders in E. B. White’s beloved barnyard story—even though they have brains the size of sesame seeds, jumping spiders can see more colors than humans, have great memories, and can outsmart a bee by jumping up to 50 times their body length.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Who didn’t have a copy of this picture book classic by Eric Carle in regular bedtime story rotation? Our hero, a red-and-green caterpillar, taught so many of us about counting, the days of the week, and how finishing our plates might just turn us all into butterflies.

Anansi the Spider
One of the key characters throughout the cannon of West African and Caribbean folklore, stories featuring the spider spirit Anansi offer generational wisdom, trickster antics, and stories of cunning survival for the African diaspora and beyond.

Flik the Ant from a Bug’s Life
A lovable underdog with a habit of making less-than-successful inventions, Flik ends up saving his Ant Island colony by reaching out to a veritable Ocean’s Eleven of circus bugs and offering a few inspiring speeches—making him the real Ant-Man superhero. 

Lucas the Spider
If you haven’t seen these incredibly adorable videos of a childlike spider explaining that he has “too many eyeballs,” playing in a bathroom sink, and booping the nose of a canine “polar bear,” stop whatever you’re doing and watch them all. Now. Lucas might just be the secret to overcoming a fear of spiders, whether you’re 4 years old or 45.

All of the Bugs from James and the Giant Peach
From Miss Spider and the Glowworm to the Ladybug and the Centipede, this family of human-sized insects befriend and protect eight-year-old James through various adventures in the titular, house-sized peach. We can’t be the only ones who dreamed of escaping the doldrums of chores in a floating stone fruit…

Our Ant Remedy, FlyPunch!, Roach Remedy, Repellent Card, and other household pest control products were designed to help you effectively and safely keep those helpful bugs outside where they can go on doing the rad things we all need them to do (without risking the health of pets or kids while you’re at it). Free from Dyes, Phenols, Formaldehyde, Neonicotinoids, Pyrethrins, and Petroleum Propellants, our microbiomic, nondisruptive pest control products are made with the good stuff so you and your loved ones won’t be “bugged” by pests or harmful chemicals.