Pure Pest Blog

How to Check a Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

How to Check a Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

No matter the time of year, traveling is always attractive. The idea of getting away from it all is always appealing. But there’s something you can get when you travel that is not so appealing, and of course, it’s bed bugs. No one likes bugs, but these little...

We Hate Winter Pests!

We Hate Winter Pests!

When the temperature drops, we expect that all the creepy crawly critters that live around our houses will just die or hibernate.  The critters have other ideas, of course.  Some of them want to come into our houses to stay cozy.  Others thrive in...

Brown Recluse is the New Black

Brown Recluse is the New Black

Brown is the new black, arachnologically speaking. While the Black Widow spider get the limelight and superhero monikers, the Brown Recluse quietly possesses venom more potent than a rattlesnake. It possesses a necrotic venom that can cause cells to rupture and die,...

Dealing with Common House Beetles

Dealing with Common House Beetles

As far as insects in a home go, there are few that are peskier than beetles. The term itself is surprisingly quite broad and counts a variety of different common insects. It may be surprising to know that there are about 400,000 different species of beetles! There are...

Will Joro Spiders Reach Missouri?

Will Joro Spiders Reach Missouri?

Once only familiar to American fans of Japanese folklore and biologists, the Joro spider has made its presence known in the United States. Native to Japan, and until recently, only found there, as well as Taiwan, China, and Korea, the Joro spider (or Trichonephila...

Bald-Faced Hornets: A Looming Menace

Bald-Faced Hornets: A Looming Menace

When you hear “bald-faced hornets”, I imagine that your initial feeling is fear or despair. That initial emotion is not too far from the truth, as bald-faced hornets are aggressive and dangerous stinging insects.  What are Bald-Faced Hornets Although these insects are...