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Providence, Rhode Island: World's Largest Bug

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Big Blue Bug Solutions

Address:
161 O'Connell St., Providence, RI
Directions:
On the south side of downtown, on the southbound side of I-95. Take exit 19 (Thurbers Ave.) Head either east to Allens Ave. or west to Eddy St., and take these north several blocks to O'Connell St. The bug is on the roof of Big Blue Bug Solutions (formerly New England Pest Control). Note: construction of interstate on-ramp makes frontal shots from the ground difficult.
Hours:
A daytime drive-by. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
401-941-5700
RA Rates:
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World's Largest Bug.

World's Largest Bug

The Big Blue Bug, aka "Nibbles Woodaway," a giant blue termite, has nested on a Providence rooftop for over 40 years.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/17/2009]

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Under the big blue bug.

Big Blue Bug

The Big Blue Bug has been outfitted with a red and white striped necktie by its rooftop owners. Formerly known as New England Pest Control, the company has been renamed Big Blue Bug Solutions, and the necktie seemed an appropriate fashion statement for a Bug that's now a company namesake. Owner Stephan Goldman is turning over control of the bug-wrangling business to his sons, who felt that the name change (and necktie) made sense because the Bug is better known than the company.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/21/2012]
Nibbles Woodaway, World's Largest Termite, on tour

The 2-ton blue termite on the roof of New England Pest Control, Providence, RI, is taking a brief tour this summer. "Nibbles Woodaway" will appear in Bristol's July 4th Parade, then continue on to gigs in Warwick, RI, Seekonk, MA, and Providence's Roger Williams Park Zoo.

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[07/03/2003] Complete News Story

Nibbles is taken apart for transport.

Nibbles Woodaway - Blue Termite

Nibbles left his perch for the first time in 22 years on June 20, 2002 to embark on a four-stop tour prior to being repainted and refurbished. Appearances in Bristol, RI's, 4th of July Parade, at the Warwick Benny's at 2574 West Shore Road (July 13), and at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence and Cardi's Superstore in Swansea, MA, will allow everyone a chance to love the bug up close. He's scheduled to return to the roof of New England Pest Control on August 18.

[Christopher Martin, Editor, Quahog.org, 07/01/2002]
Big Blue Termite

This may not be noteworthy but you can certainly verify it with New England Pest Control...I am proud to say that I am the only Rhode Islander to have an authentic Big Blue Bug tattoo. I had Nibbles Woodaway permanently etched on my body on 10/26/98. I'm even going to get to meet the big guy!

[Deb Bettencourt, 11/09/1998]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Roof DragonRoof Dragon, Providence, RI - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Henry David Thoreau's Beanpatch, Concord, MA - 44 mi.

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