Parents' Guide to

Billy the Exterminator

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Pest-control reality show is surprisingly animal friendly.

TV A&E Reality TV 2009
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+


Awesomeness.That's it.I love animals and all,but Billy the Exterminator is awesome.Best show on A&E,because it is really cool.
age 10+

He's got Louisiana's back!

There's no pest that Billy cannot defeat! He always seems to come up ways to get rid of them. That's one reason why I like this show. The second reason is you get to see the fights, or struggles, between Billy and the pests. While there are some cussing, Billy the Exterminator is fun to watch, although the stories involving Billy's parents can get boring.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Despite Vexcon's skull and crossbones logo and some of the family's dark Gothic attire, BIlly the Exterminator is surprisingly gentle. Billy seems to love his work, and his love for animals is apparent with every job he does. He also offers interesting bits of information about specific animals' role in the ecosystem. There are funny moments, too, particularly when Billy employs his own special methods -- including wearing black leather outfits with scary masks and feather boas -- to keep from being bitten and/or stung by the animals he's working with.

While watching Billy and his crew work with wild animals ends up being fairly kid-safe entertainment overall, the show's focus on the tense relationship between Rick's ex-wife and the rest of the family creates some uncomfortable (and arguably unnecessary voyeuristic) scenes. Donnie's outspoken ways also lead to some catty moments, and family discussions sometimes get a bit heated. But if you can overlook that side of things, this series actually offers some lighthearted, informative entertainment for those who enjoy watching people doing jobs that they probably wouldn't want to do themselves.

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