Pure Pest Blog

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...

Can Ticks Fly?

Can Ticks Fly?

This is a common concern in a lot of places. After all, ticks are uncomfortable to deal with, and to parents of children, they can be quite frightening. At least one fear we can allay for you is whether ticks can fly. After all, no one likes it when bugs come flying...

What are Silverfish?

What are Silverfish?

You’ve probably seen them before – tiny little silver bugs that seem to hide out in your attic or your bookcase. These small, annoying insects are called silverfish and are considered to be one of the oldest insects in the world. What are they? Many people think the...

How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets

How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets

They’re like bees, but angrier and more heavily armed. Yellow jackets, a type of social wasp, spend most of their time gathering food and pollinating flowers but can act with boldness and aggression in response to perceived threats. Their bite can be extremely...