4th Annual NOLA BugFest


Free Admission!

October 14th, 2024, 10am to 3pm

New Orleans Mosquito, Termite & Rodent Control Board
2100 Leon C. Simon Dr., New Orleans, LA 70122

Let us know you're coming!
Text BUGFEST to 504-478-0572


Dive into the fascinating world of insects at the 3rd annual NOLA BugFest!

Get a free BugFest shirt while supplies last

Visit numerous booths to have an upclose encounter with insects and wildlife from around the world

Cheer on your favorite bug in the Patent Leather Beetle Races!

Talk with scientists and experts in the pest control industry to learn about insects in our region and get at-home pest prevention tips.

Insect crafts and games avaliable for all ages.

Learn how to use a microscope at the Insect ID table!

The New Orleans Health Department will provide free flu vaccines to anyone over the age of 6 months.

Recycle your beads and glass onsite. 


Time Activity Location
10:30am Patent leather beetle races Stage
10:45am Busy bees and their keeper Front lawn
11:00am Storytime Stage
11:30am Edible insects Stage
12:00pm Bewitching bats and rambunctious rats Front lawn
12:15pm Homeowner pest tips Stage
12:45pm Creepy cockroaches Front lawn
1:15pm Bug Rap by GWE Stage
1:30pm Beautiful butterflies Front lawn
2:00pm Patent leather beetle races Stage
2:30pm All bugs on deck Front lawn

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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

See exotic insects, edible insects, insect diversity

Audubon Louisiana Nature Institute 

Learn about New Orleans East's own nature center


Learn about invasive mosquito identification and prevention 

City of New Orleans EMS

Learn about first aid

City of New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD)

See and touch a NOFD firetruck and learn about fire prevention

City of New Orleans Health Department (NOHD)

Learn more about public health efforts in NOLA, vaccines available

City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board

Become versed in termite biology 

City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board

Learn about rodent biology and control 

Observe mosquito biology and control 

Spot techniques used for pest exclusion 

Bring your bug to be identified by an Entomologist. Microscopes will be available to use and identify insects commonly found in and around your residence. 

See spiders, snakes, scorpions and more

City of New Orleans NOLA Ready, Homeland Security (NOHSEP)

Hear about local preparedness

City of New Orleans Office of Resilience and Sustainability

Observe techniques for cleaning catch basins

City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways

Learn about New Orleans' beautiful trees and plants

City of New Orleans Public Works Department (DPW)

See catch basin cleaning equipment

City of New Orleans Sanitation Department

Clean, recycle, reuse, bead recycling station

Civic Studio

Learn about a wildflower garden 


Learn more about public health products and services  

DA Exterminating 

Find out more about residential and commercial pest control

Dillard University School of Public Health

Receive a free blood pressure check and learn about stroke prevention

Florida Atlantic University

View mound building termites of Africa

J&J Exterminating Co.

Find out more about residential and commercial pest control

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)

Discover best practices and pesticide safety

Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section 

Understand zoonotic and vector-borne diseases

Louisiana Master Naturalists GNO

Awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the natural environment 

Louisiana SPCA

Keeping your pets healthy and safe

Louisiana State University, AgCenter Hammond Research Center 

Research and extension for the LA green industry  

LSU Health New Orleans-School of Public Health

Learn more about Public Health issues in New Orleans

Louisiana State University, Department of Entomology 

Hear about urban and medical entomology  

Mayor's Neighborhood Engagement Office

Meet with community liaisons 

New Orleans Police Department Recruitment Unit

Come learn more about the NOPD

New Orleans Police Department, 3rd District

Meet officers from the 3rd District Police

New Orleans Public Library

Sign up for a Library card and browse bug themed books available for check out

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC)

Learn about the resources for rec., athletic and cultural experiences  

Sewerage and Water Board

Observe storm drain safety

Terminix NOLA 

Find out more about residential and commercial pest control

Tulane University, Department of Tropical Medicine

View insects under the microscope and learn more about Public Health


Catch a glimpse of pest control product support 

University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department

View a display of urban entomology 

University of New Orleans, Birding

Learn more about birdwatching and conservation initiatives

University of New Orleans, Keep UNO Beautiful

Learn about sustainability initiatives at UNO

University of Miami, Geography Department 

Participate in rodent and vector control surveys

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Audubon Nature Institute Bugmobile 

Caterpillar life cycle 

Dung beetle races

Edible insects-try tasty treats made from insects

Face painting 

Fossilized insects 

Glass recycling-bring your glass to be recycled

Honey bee waggle dance

Insect art-use stamps, markers, crayons and stencils to create your own insect art

Insect and reptile tattoo station

Insect headbands-transform into a butterfly or other insect

Insect identification using microscopes

Insect personalities quiz-determine your insect personality 

Mardi Gras bead throw-recycle your beads

Mosquito inspector-inspect a pond

NOMTRCB aviation program, pilot play

Stamp it!

Scavenger hunt

Tick, Tack, Toad 

Tunnel like a termite

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Chappapeela Honey Co.                               

Local honey

Danielle’s New Orleans Style Snoballs

Snoball Truck

Laurel Street Press

Artist that appreciates and explores our relationship with nature

NOLA' Nacular

Documenting the vernacular culture through prints and photos

Not Cho Average Nachos

Gourmet Nacho Catering

Fairie Formations

Fairy wings and face paintingThistle Botanic

Naturally dyed textiles 


A variety of insect and rodent themed merchandise    

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New Orleans is famous for its food and music. A variety of popular dishes such as jambalaya, po-boys, hamburgers, hotdogs and much more will be available for purchase. A snowball cart will be on site and the first 500 kids will receive a free snowball.  


Parking is available along Leon C. Simon Blvd. Additional parking is available on UNO’s lot directly across from NOLA BugFest.  

Facility and Grounds

The City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board’s facility has 18,000 square feet of exhibitor space, laboratories, and training rooms. Exhibits will be set up on the grounds and in the parking garage. Tents placed on the property will provide additional seating areas for the participants.  

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