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What you are describing is normal and common, and does not indicate a character flaw! As parents, we are so full of fears. Sometimes it is easy to project our worst fears on our children, and assume motives that are not really there. You simply cannot assume adult motives for childish behavior. He is just being a baby.

Its dangerous to label them too much. If you let yourself think of him as a "pest" then he will learn to be a pest. Children live up (or down) to our expectations. As much as possible, try to reframe his behaviors in a positive light. He is not being a pest -- he is experimenting with controling his environment and getting reactions.
 
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