Deck the ‘bug’ with lights so jolly


November 27, 2019


Nibbles in full holiday mode in December 2018. IMAGE: BIG BLUE BUG SOLUTIONS

As our team gears up for Thanksgiving break and more than a little bit of pumpkin pie, I realize that I’m also looking forward to holiday decorating this season. For the past 25 years, it has been my family’s tradition to put up the Christmas tree (and the contents of more boxes than I care to admit) on the day after Thanksgiving. We then take it down on New Year’s Day, as the TV blares football games. This summer, we moved into a new house, so the process will be even more fun as we find new and different ways to display the decorations we’ve acquired over the years.

It seems like I’m in good company when it comes to the enjoyment of decking the halls: The Boston Globe recently profiled Big Blue Bug Solutions, and how its team gets its giant rooftop termite mascot, Nibbles Woodaway, ready for the holidays. The Providence, R.I.-based firm, which was known as New England Pest Control until leaning into branding with its local landmark in 2012, has been decorating Nibbles with lights (and a red nose and antlers) for nearly three decades. It was founded in 1935 by Leonard Goldman, and remains a family-owned and -operated company today.

According to the Globe, Nibble’s 27th annual lighting ceremony was “Rhode Island’s answer to the ball drop in Times Square.”

So, now it’s your turn: Does your firm get festive this time of year? Are you hiding elves on your shelves? Or perhaps you’re just getting ready to air your grievances around the Festivus pole? Sound off below, or drop us a line at

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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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