Insect Statues (page 1)

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Nibbles Woodaway
Providence, RI


Nibbles Woodaway is modeled after a blue termite. The statue was installed in 1980 and refurbished in 2002. It is made of steel and fiberglass and weighs two tons. The statue is nine feet tall, 58 feet long, with 40-foot-long wings and seven-foot-long antennae. It is perched on the roof of New England Pest Control right next to I-95. In 2012, the name of the business was changed to Big Blue Bug Solutions.

The statue is dressed up for the Christmas and summer seasons. For the 4th of July, Nibbles used to be dressed as Uncle Sam with a red, white, and blue hat and beard. For summer, he is dressed with sunglasses and given an eight-foot-tall Awful Awful milkshake which he sips through a straw. For the Christmas holidays (bottom row of photos above), he is wrapped with blue bulbs and is disguised as Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer. He wears antlers and has a flashing red nose. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

El Centro, CA


This Termite is installed on the roof of IV Termite & Pest Control. Sometime after 2020, seven additional termites were added to the roof. [map]

Oklahoma City, OK
This Termite is installed on top of the sign at Acenetic Pest & Lawn Services. It has been there since at least 2007. [map]

Tucson, AZ
2008: 2012: 2018:
This Termite is installed above the entrance of Arizona Pest Control. It has been here since at least the 1990s. The Termite was restored around 2017. The green and white neon tubing is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Lake Charles, LA
This Termite was installed at McKenzie Pest Control by 2014. The metal sculpture was a rust color then. It was painted around 2015. [map]

Terminix Bug [gone]
Austin, TX
This Terminix Bug, aka Willie N. Festus, was built in 1961. It originally revolved on top of a Terminix Pest Control sign. The sculpture has been moved a few times. It was last located at Threadgills South when these photos were taken. Threadgill's closed in 2018 and everything was auctioned off. The Bug is now on the roof of Todd Sanders' Roadhouse Relics. Once the statue has been restored, it will be displayed on a pole where it will be visible from the street. For more, see this website. [map]

Termite and Ant
Shawnee, KS
These metal Termite and Ant sculptures are installed on the Weaver's A-OK Exterminators building. The Ant and the smaller ants were there by 2011. The Termite was there by 2016. [map]

Akron, OH (now Youngstown, OH)
Kaleva, MI
This Cockroach in Ohio is 10 feet long and made of metal. It was created in 1996 by John Comunale. The sculpture was inspired by Providence's Termite (see above). The Cockroach was mounted on the side of TNT Exterminating's building in Akron when the first photo above was taken in 2005. When the company moved to Macedonia in 2011, the City would not allow the Cockroach to be installed there. It is now displayed in Youngstown at Graces Services, another exterminating company. The second photo was taken there in 2012. [map]

The Grasshopper, officially named "The Farmer's Nightmare", is 18 feet long and 10 feet tall. It was created from recycled metal in 2000 by local students. The sculpture commemorates St. Urho's expulsion of the grasshoppers from Finland (Kaleva was founded by Finnish settlers). There is a statue of St. Urho in Menahga, MN.

Grasshoppers in the Field
Lefor, ND
These Grasshoppers in the Field metal sculptures were created by Gary Greff who has built many other sculptures in nearby Regent, ND. This group was created in 1999. The largest grasshopper is 60 feet long. For more, see this website. [map]

Goodland, KS
This Grasshopper was built by Lloyd Harden from recycled tractor parts by 2002. It was originally painted tan. After Harden's death in 2012, it was moved to this farm and painted John Deere green and yellow. [map]

More Grasshoppers:
Newton, IA
Waikato, New Zealand

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