Pests show up in a few of our common expressions; some negative, some positive. But always entertaining! Below are a few of our favorites.

Weasel out of (insert obligation here)

This creature is used in numerous idioms to describe a slinky, manipulative characteristic. To weasel out of something usually means you’re trying to get out of going somewhere or doing something i.e. nephew’s 170th t-ball game, diaper duty, or working on a Saturday.

Ants in Your Pants

This is usually in reference to a child who can’t seem to sit still. But it can also refer to being anxious or uneasy about something. If this has taken on a literal meaning, it’s time to call Command.

Mad as a Hornet

This reference surfaced in the 1820’s, which is when we suppose people discovered that disturbing a hornet’s nest can cause quite an angry reaction.

Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly

In reference to a man’s innocence and calm, pure nature, this idiom showed up in the 1802 in the London Review magazine.

Busy as a Bee

This common phrase showed up in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the description of the Squire in 1386. Bees are known for their work ethic so this is one was a no-brainer.


Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know! In the meantime, call us for any Arkansas pest control issues you’re experiencing that aren’t quite as fun as these idioms.