Pest control company sponsors new insect-themed playground at Hattiesburg Zoo

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg pest control company is sponsoring a new playground area at the Hattiesburg Zoo which will educate young visitors about insects.

Havard Pest Control has donated $32,000 to build the "Bug Hub."

It's a hands-on, nature-based area just south of the Chilean flamingo exhibit which is designed for children ages 2-6.

It will feature insect-themed components such as an "ant" hill built on artificial turf and pathways that follow travel patterns of different bugs.

A groundbreaking for the new playground was held Tuesday morning. It will open next spring as part of the zoo's annual Birthday Bash.