Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A creative rooftop Halloween attraction in Faribault October 31, 2022

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IT’S A HALLOWEEN ATTRACTION, a roadside oddity and creative marketing all rolled into one. That would be the gigantic rooftop ants and skeletons at Francis Animal & Pest Control along busy Lyndale Avenue North in Faribault.

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Drive by the business and you’ll spot four over-sized red ants crawling on the roof and a fifth climbing a ladder, right behind a skeleton. Skeletons ride all the rooftop ants.

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A solo black ant creeps on the roof of the adjacent garage.

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The ants have been in place for awhile. The skeletons are seasonally-new, ideal to celebrate Halloween.

(Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo October 2022)

This staging of ants, and now skeletons, in a highly-visible location certainly attracts attention to a business that specializes in animal and pest control. The business website lists 23 insects, rodents, birds and small animals that it will rid from properties. That includes ants. And bats, lest you experience a Halloween invasion. Feral animals are also on the list, so that could include Halloween-attracting black feral cats.

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But skeletons? Nope, you’re on your own.

(Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo October 2022)

FYI: To see the rooftop ants and skeletons, take Exit 59 off Interstate 35 onto Minnesota State Highway 21/Lyndale Avenue into Faribault. Drive about a mile and Francis Pest & Animal Control will be on the right side of the highway. You can get a close view from the service road or the recreational trail which runs right past the business. The pest control company is right next to White Sands Dog Park.

© Copyright 2022 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


13 Responses to “A creative rooftop Halloween attraction in Faribault”

  1. Hummm…that is different!

  2. Valerie Says:

    Some people go all out for Halloween…not me. 😉
    I have seen the ants on the roof while in Faribault.

  3. Could you imagine paranormal and pest removal – get rid of the creepy and the creepy – sorry could not resist. I like the added touch of the skeletons to celebrate the spooky season. Very creative! You will have to share if they add new riders for the November or December Holidays – Rudolph could join the ant parade. This made me belly laugh today – THANKS!!! Happy Halloween – Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

    • I appreciate your getting into the Halloween spirit. Yes, it will be interesting to see if the company changes things up with those ants as the holiday season approaches. Lots of opportunities to be creative for sure.

  4. beth Says:

    I love their creative spirit

  5. Norma Says:

    I guess I’m an old stick in the mud, but Halloween is NOT one of my favorites.

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