Pest Control Truck refers to a running gag, often represented by a Ford Econoline commercial van, featured during the opening sequence of every Bob's Burgers episode. Between the Grand Re-Opening, and the Grand Re-Re-Opening, truck pulls up in front of Bob's Burgers accompanied by numerous raccoons, squirrels, rats, and snakes. Similar to the Store Next Door, the truck features clever word play - often in the form of a pun - in the company name on the truck. After season one, a different company name and logo is shown on the side of the truck in every episode; the following is a list of these company names:
Rat's all Folks! Exterminators
|Play on the catchphrase from the banner shown at the end of Looney Tunes cartoons: "That's all Folks!"
|Fugue and Riffs|
|This is not an episode of Bob's Burgers, and therefore the standard intro is not used. However, as the KGB agents have arrived to "exterminate" Archer/Bob, their vehicle is shown pulling up in front of the restaurant at the beginning of the episode in the same manner the exterminator / pest control truck normally does.|
|The Oeder Games|
(Season 5 finale)
|One of only six episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags, in the opening scene, an ordinary passenger vehicle is seen driving by in place of what would normally be a pest control truck - from the same 'camera angle' the opening sequence is normally viewed.|
Rat's all Folks! EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the catchphrase from the banner shown at the end of Looney Tunes cartoons: "That's all Folks!"
STAN BERMAN KING OF VERMIN
|Sign includes: Rat with a crown
May be a play on "Stan Berman, King of Doughnuts"
|Bob Day Afternoon|
THE PEST PESTERER
|Sign includes: Cockroach|
|Play on the title of the film "Caddyshack"
CHESTER THE DE-PESTER
|Play on the comic strip "Chester the Molester"|
NO MICE GIRLS
|Barred circle around "MICE GIRLS" - play on the like-styled "NO NICE GIRLS" decal/poster/sign, or the British pop girl group the Spice Girls.|
Wicked Witch of the Pest
|Play on "Wicked Witch of the West" from The Wizard of OZ
MR. STOMPY'S PEST CONTROL
|Sign includes: Boot stomping on a cockroach|
The Vermin Surgeon
|Sign includes: Caduceus, the staff carried by Hermes in Greek mythology - a widely used symbol of medicine.|
HOW THE PEST WAS WON
|Play on "How the West Was Won," a title used for: A 1962 western film, a mid-1970s TV series loosely based on the film, and a triple live album by Led Zeppelin.
Sign includes: Sheriff's star with a dead rat's face
NO MORE MR. MICE GUY
|Play on the Alice Cooper song "No More Mr. Nice Guy".
Bats All, Folks! Exterminators
|Very similar word-play to the "Rat's all Folks" used for all of season one, based on the catchphrase from the banner shown at the end of Looney Tunes cartoons: "That's all Folks!" Bats fly in instead of vermin scurrying along the sidewalk.
|Bob Fires the Kids|
|Play on "House arrest"
|Mutiny on the Windbreaker|
|Play "Cat Stevens" - former stage name of British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian and education philanthropist, Yusuf Islam.
|An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal|
THE LAST OF THE MOUSEHICANS PEST CONTROL
|Play on the novel / film "The Last of the Mohicans"
WILD WILD PEST
|Play on the title "The Wild Wild West," first used for the 1921 short Western film directed by Lee Kohlmar and featuring Hoot Gibson.|
|Play on the title of the Happy Days spinoff TV series "Laverne & Shirley."
|The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene|
Rat Be Nimble Rat Be Dead
|Play on the title of the nursery rhyme "Jack Be Nimble"
|God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins|
Silent Mice Exterminators
|Play on the Christmas carol "Silent Night"
|Mother Daughter Laser Razor|
HICKORY DICKORY DEAD EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the title of the nursery rhyme "Hickory Dickory Dock"
HIT THE RODENT JACK
|Play on the Ray Charles song "Hit the Road Jack"
|Broadcast Wagstaff School News|
SHUT YOUR MOUSE EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the phrase "Shut your mouth"|
|My Fuzzy Valentine|
RAT-SO RID-O PEST CONTROL
|Play on the character name Ratso Rizzo from the movie Midnight Cowboy|
THE MICEMAN COMETH
|Play on the "The Iceman Cometh," a play written by American playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1939
|O.T. The Outside Toilet|
ADIOS MICE-CHACHOS EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the Spanish phrase "Adiós muchachos" (bye guys)
HUGS NOT BUGS EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the "Hugs not Drugs" anti-drug campaign
|Two for Tina|
VERMIN'S HEAD PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the early '90s TV series "Herman's Head"|
|It Snakes a Village|
MOUSE ADO ABOUT NOTHING Exterminators
|Play on the title of "Much Ado About Nothing", a comedic play by William Shakespeare|
WORKING FOR THE SQUEAK-END PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the Loverboy song "Working for the Weekend"|
|The Kids Run the Restaurant|
JAKE · AND · THE RATMAN PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the TV series "Jake and the Fatman"
|Boyz 4 Now|
|Several possible sources, but presumably a play on "Rat a Tat Tat," a small cartoon rat that makes cameo appearances on Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle" LP album art and liner notes.|
RODENT TO PERDITION PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the graphic novel/film "Road to Perdition"
Exterms of Endearment Exterminators
|Play on the title of the film "Terms of Endearment"
|A River Runs Through Bob|
The GREAT RATSBY Exterminators
|Play on the title of the novel/film "The Great Gatsby"
Forgetta Bat It Exterminators
Play on the oft-imitated Italian-American phrase "Forgetta 'bout it"
Sign includes: bat
Cockroach Blockers Pest Control
|Play on the phrase "Cock blocker"
|My Big Fat Greek Bob|
A MOUSE DIVIDED PEST CONTROL
|Play on the phrase "A house divided." Numerous usages, including a speech by Abraham Lincoln, all likely drawing from the Bible - Matthew 12:25: "[Every] city or house divided against itself shall not stand."|
|Turkey in a Can|
Oh No You Roden't Exterminators
|Play on the phrase "Oh no you didn't!"
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A POISON Exterminators
|Play on the title of the children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" (which likely derives its title from the proverb "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime")|
|Bob and Deliver|
ANTY MAIM PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the novel/play/movie "Auntie Mame"
|Christmas in the Car|
Sugar & Spice and a Lot of Dead Mice PEST CONTROL
|Play on "Sugar and spice and everything nice," a line from the nursery rhyme "What Are Little Boys Made Of?"
YOU NEVER CALL, YOU NEVER RAT PEST CONTROL
|Play on the phrase "You never call, you never write..."|
The Pest of Times and the Worst of Times Exterminators
|Play on the opening line from the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."|
|Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial|
ONCE, MICE, THREE TIMES AN EXTERMINATOR
|Play on lyrics from the Commodores song (written by Lionel Richie) "Three Times a Lady" - - "You're once, twice, three times a lady"|
|The Frond Files|
Termite-mare ON ELM STREET PEST CONTROL
|Play on the "Nightmare on Elm Street" film franchise.|
|Play on Stuart Little, the 1945 children's novel by E. B. White - about a mouse named Stuart Little.|
VERM-IN-ENT VACATION Exterminators
|Play on the phrase "permanent vacation" - meaning death.|
|The Kids Rob a Train|
MURDER SHE ROACH Exterminators
|Play on the title of the mystery TV series "Murder, She Wrote" which ran from 1984 to 1996 and starred Angela Lansbury. Writing similar to that of the title font of series.|
|I Get Psy-chic Out of You|
Curiosity Killed The Rat
|Play on the saying "curiosity killed the cat." The only post proudction seasons 1 & 2 truck to not have exterminators or pest control after the business name.|
Spray Anything Exterminators
|Play on the name of the band "Say Anything" and the film titled "Say Anything...". Font is styled to resemble the band's album "...is a real boy."|
RATS GOTTA HURT PEST CONTROL
|Play on the phrase "That's gotta hurt."|
|The Kids Run Away|
MOUSE of CARDS PEST CONTROL
|Play on the "House of Cards" idiom, recently made popular by the Netflix original series House of Cards.|
|Gene It On|
SO YOU THINK YOU HAVE ANTS? Exterminators
|Play on the title of the reality TV series So You Think You Can Dance?|
|Wharf Horse (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town - Part I)||This episode marked the first in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
The title of the episode is a play on Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel War Horse, and its 2011 film adaptation.
|World Wharf II: The Wharfening (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town - Part II)||This is one of only seven episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
The title of the episode is a play on "World War II." The subtitle, "The Wharfening," is a play on the title of the second film in the Highlander film franchise, Highlander II: The Quickening.
|Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl||This is one of only seven episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
Instead, the front of Wagstaff School is shown. Unlike the "World Wharf" episodes, there is no caption displaying the title.
|Tina and the Real Ghost||This is one of only seven episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
Instead, the front of Wagstaff School is shown. Like the previous episode, there is no caption displaying the title.
|Friends with Burger-fits|
MICE KNOWING YOU Exterminators
|Play on the phrase "Nice Knowing You".|
|Dawn of the Peck||This is one of only seven episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
The title of the episode is a play on the title of the 1978 zombie-horror film "Dawn of the Dead" by George A. Romero - which was also remade in 2004.
SPRAY IT DON'T SAY IT PEST CONTROL
|Play on the phrase "Say it, don't spray it".|
|Father of the Bob|
Not A Creature Was Stirring Not Even A Mouse PEST CONTROL
|Line from the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore.|
|Tina Tailor Soldier Spy|
THIS OLD MOUSE EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the title of the TV show "This Old House."|
Wouldn't it be Mice Pest Control
|Play on the title of the 1966 song "Wouldn't it be Nice" by The Beach Boys.|
MY FAIR LADY EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the title of the 1956 Broadway musical "My Fair Lady". This is the same truck later seen in the episode "Can't Buy Me Math" - the only instance of a pest control company name being repeated after season 1. The Store Next Door is also the same in these episodes.|
|Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob & Louise|
DON'T BE BUGGIN' EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the phrase "don't be buggin'."|
|Can't Buy Me Math|
MY FAIR LADY EXTERMINATORS
|A play on the title of the 1956 Broadway musical "My Fair Lady". This is the same truck previously seen in the episode "Speakeasy Rider" - the only instance of a pest control company name being repeated after season 1. The Store Next Door is also the same in these episodes.|
|The Millie-Churian Candidate|
ANT MISBEHAVIN' PEST CONTROL
|Play on the 1929 song "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Fats Waller.|
|The Gayle Tales|
ANTS NOT IN YOUR PANTS PEST CONTROL
|Play on the idiom to "have ants in your pants" - meaning to not be able to keep still because you are very excited or worried about something.|
|Li'l Hard Dad|
Killing Fleas Softly (With Our Spray)
|Play on the lyric "killing me softly" from the 1971 song "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Lori Lieberman.|
|Adventures In Chinchilla-Sitting|
SPRAYS ANATOMY Exterminators
|Play on the ABC TV show "Grey's Anatomy."|
|The Runway Club|
BUGS DONE-Y PEST CONTROL
|Play on the cartoon character "Bugs Bunny".|
|The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee|
DO THE RAT THING EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the title of the 1989 Spike Lee film "Do the right thing."|
|Eat, Spray, Linda|
MAMA SAID THERE'D BY SPRAYS LIKE THESE
|Play on the lyric "Mama said there'd be days like this" from the 1961 "The Shirelles" song "Mama Said."|
THE BAITING IS THE HARDEST PART EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the lyric "the waiting is the hardest part" from the 1981 song "The Waiting" by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.|
|Hawk & Chick|
|Play on the incantation "Abracadabra" used as a magic word in stage magic tricks, and (ironically, in this case) historically believed to have healing powers when inscribed on an amulet.|
|The Oeder Games||This is one of only seven episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
In the opening scene, an ordinary passenger vehicle is seen driving by in place of what would normally be a pest control truck - from the same 'camera angle' the opening sequence is normally viewed.
OF MICE AND MEN WHO KILL MICE EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the title of the 1937 John Steinbeck novella "Of Mice and Men."|
|The Land Ship|
THE MICEANTHROPE PEST CONTROL
|Play on the word misanthrope.|
THE LAST MOUSE ON THE LEFT PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the 1972 film "The Last House on the Left" - which was also remade in 2009.
A skeleton appears reflected on the window as opposed to Jimmy Pesto.
|Gayle Makin' Bob Sled|
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BUGLY PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the 1966 film "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" starring Clint Eastwood.|
THE MICE STORM
|Play on the title of the 1994 Rick Moody novel "The Ice Storm" and its subsequent 1997 film adaptation.|
|The Cook, The Steve, The Gayle, & Her Lover|
A SQUEAK BEFORE DYING EXTERMINATORS
|Play on the title of the 1953 Ira Levin novel "A Kiss Before Dying" and its subsequent films adaptations.|
|The Gene and Courtney Show|
SQUISH SQUISH BANG BANG PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the 2005 film "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" starring Robert Downey, Jr.|
|Sexy Dance Healing|
SILENCE OF THE ANTS PEST CONTROL
|Play on the title of the 1988 Thomas Harris novel "The Silence of the Lambs," and the 1991 movie of the same name starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster which won 5 Academy Awards.|
SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING ANTS EXTERMINATORS
|Play on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" - a series of young adult novels by Ann Brashares - and its 2005 film adaptation of the same name starring America Ferrera and Blake Lively.|
|Lice Things Are Lice|
PEST MORTEM PEST CONTROL
|A play on Post mortem (autopsy).|
|House of 1000 Bounces|
A GOOD MICE BREAKER EXTERMINATORS
|Stand by Gene|
WEAPONS OF MOUSE DESTRUCTION EXTERMINATORS
|A play on "Weapons of Mass Destruction."|
|Wag the Hog|
RATTY CAKE RATTY CAKE PEST CONTROL
|A play on the nursery rhyme, Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.|
ROACH FOR THE SKY EXTERMINATORS
|A play on "Reach for the Sky."|
|Pro Tiki/Con Tiki|
FINAL PESTINATION PEST CONTROL
|A play on the Final Destination film franchise.|
|Bye Bye Boo Boo|
ANTS LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING PEST CONTROL
|A play on "Dance Like No One is Watching".|
|The Horse Rider-er|
DEAD BUG WALKING EXTERMINATORS
|A play on "Dead Man Walking".|
YOU MOUSE REMEMBER THIS EXTERMINATORS
|A play on a line from the song "As Time Goes By."|
|Glued, Where's My Bob?|
PETE THE CENTIPEDE ENEMY PEST CONTROL
|A play on the fact that this is the 100th production episode of the show. Appears in the establishing shot rather than the opening sequence. Jimmy Pesto's reflection not visible.|
INSECT-UAL HEALING EXTERMINATORS
|A play on the Marvin Gaye song "Sexual Healing."|
|Sea Me Now|
MOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL PEST CONTROL
|A play on the "House Hunters" spin-off , "House Hunters International".|
THE BUGS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE EXTERMINATORS
|A play on the common Halloween movie trope, "The calls are coming from inside the house".|
|They Serve Horses, Don't They?|
I SEE LONDON, I SEE ANTS PEST CONTROL
|A play on playground jingle denoting that someone's underpants are visible.|
|Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?|
TOO BUG TO FAIL EXTERMINATORS
|A play on the phrase, "Too big to fail."|
FROM MY COLD DEAD ANTS PEST CONTROL
|A play on the phrase, "From my cold dead hands."|
|The Last Gingerbread House on the Left||This is one of only seven episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
Instead, an exterior shot of Bob's Burgers at night with snow present appears with the caption "One Week Before Christmas."
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE AS A PEST PEST CONTROL
|A play on the 2014 movie, A Million Ways to Die in the West.|
|Bob Actually||This is one of only eight episodes in the series not to feature the regular opening sequence and its running gags.
The episode begins with Speedo Guy pressing play on his stereo which plays "Stupid Cupid" while he skates around the boardwalk where a couple with a heart-shaped balloon watch on.
|There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business|
ETHEL VERMIN ETHICAL VERMIN EXTERMINATORS
|A play on the singer Ethel Merman who famously sang "There's No Business Like Show Business", where this episode gets its title from. Also includes the line "Everything's coming up no pests" referencing "Everything's Coming up Roses", another song made famous by Merman.|
- Season 1 featured the same "Rat's all Folks! EXTERMINATORS" truck in every episode.
- Starting with the Season 3 premiere, Jimmy Pesto's reflection can be seen in the driver's side window of each truck as he looks on with a contemptuous grin from across the street.
- In Seasons 1 and 2 there were only mice running towards the restaurant. From Season 3 until The Runway Club a whole variety of different animals are seen, and from The Itty Bitty Ditty Committee onward the animals change in relation to the pest control company name.
- Starting with 3ASA production season episodes, all trucks have "exterminators" or "pest control" after the business name, apart from "Curiosity Killed the Rat", from "I Get Psy-chic Out of You." Only a few 2ASA production season trucks contain the suffixes. All 1ASA trucks were "Rat's All, Folks Exterminators."
- The van can be identified as a fourth generation Ford E-Series, a very common fleet vehicle used across North America.