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Pests covered include:

  • Cockroaches
  • Ants (Excludes Carpenter & Odorous House Ants)
  • Silverfish
  • Bees & Wasps (main structure that can be serviced from the ground)
  • Spiders (Excludes Brown Recluse)
  • Centipedes
  • Earwigs
  • Millipedes
  • Pill Bugs
  • Crickets
  • Inside termite inspection Nov-Feb
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Pure Plus


Pests covered include:

  • All pests from the Basic Plan
  • Ants (including Carpenter & Odorous House Ants)
  • Pantry Pests
  • Fabric Pests
  • Rats
  • House mice
  • Fleas (inside only)
  • Bees and Wasps (entire property that can be serviced from the ground)
  • Pill Bugs
  • Ground Beetles
  • Clover mites
  • Sow Bugs
  • Inside termite inspection Nov-Feb

•Initial inspection required

Pure Premium


Pests covered include:

  • All pests from the Basic & Plus Plans
  • Mosquitos (March-October)
  • Ticks
  • Gnats
  • Camel Crickets
  • Bees and Wasps (entire property that can be serviced from the ground)
  • Lady Beetles
  • Springtails
  • Box Elder Bugs
  • Saw Toothed Grain Beetle
  • Spider Mites
  • Inside termite inspection Nov-Feb

•Initial inspection required

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St. Louis Wasps & Stinging Insects

There are numerous species of stinging insects that terrorize St. Louis residents. The most common are:

A wasp

Wasp:

Wasps are voracious apex predators. Adults eat mostly sugar from flowers, but they hunt other insects to feed them to their young. Because they’re territorial and attack in packs, you should call in the experts whenever you find wasps on your property.

Stinging Wasp

Bald-faced Hornets:

Identifiable by their white faces, these cousins of yellowjackets make nests anywhere they can find other insects to eat. These hornets will attack anyone who enters their space, and research says they can even remember people’s faces. If you see them, call us!

Yellow Jacket face

Yellowjackets:

Yellowjackets mostly eat sugars but will bring their larvae meat. They are more calm as far as stinging insects go, but they will protect their nests with their ferocious stingers. Stings can cause severe allergic reactions and a lot of pain. If you have a nest, let us know.

Wasps & Stinging Insect Control

Many people are really frightened of stinging insects — and for good reason! Whether they have a traumatic memory of being stung as a child or experienced the shock of a sudden sting for the first time as an adult, nobody wants to think it could happen again in their own home or backyard!

One of the scariest things about wasps and other stinging insects is that they live in nests, which means if you see one, there are probably many others tucked away somewhere. Even solitary wasps, which make up the majority of wasp subspecies, will build homes for their offspring.

“One of the scariest things about wasps and other stinging insects is that they live in nests, which means if you see one, there are probably many others tucked away somewhere.”

While there are numerous types of stinging insects that terrorize St. Louis residents, the most common are: the wasp, the yellowjacket, and the hornet. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that different varieties of wasps are the most common stinging insects terrorizing St. Louis residents. Why? Because while yellowjackets and hornets are often thought of as being distinctive from stinging terrors, they are both members of the wasp family! The wasp family tree is actually very diverse, and when you’re dealing with a stinging insect situation, it can be helpful to know some basic facts about specific dangers and how to stay as safe as possible (hint: call a Pure Pest technician, DON’T try to deal with it yourself!).

Wasp Control

Wasps (or Vespoidea) are not a new problem: they first appear in the fossil record of the Jurassic era. Somehow, unlike their dinosaur pals, they avoided mass extinction and were around to “welcome” the first homosapiens. At Pure Pest, we have a healthy respect for wasps. We appreciate just how dangerous they can be: stings are painful, and can lead to life-threatening consequences for people who suffer from allergies to insect stings. While bee stings are also painful and scary, a bee can only sting once— it loses its stinger the first time it attacks. A wasp does not, which means it can sting you multiple times in quick succession. The first sting is usually the worst, as it contains the venom that makes the sting painful at best and dangerous at worst. Nevertheless, the ability of one wasp to sting multiple times means that the victim is in danger of having that first venomous sting further exacerbated with each subsequent one.

“The ability of one wasp to sting multiple times means that the victim is in danger of having that first venomous sting further exacerbated with each subsequent one”

Moreover, if a wasp’s nest is disturbed, more than one wasp could go on the attack. The more wasps that sting, the more venom is injected into the victim. For many people this means the level of pain is more intense and may last longer, but for people with allergies, the increased amount of venom can make the danger exponentially worse.

Dangers Require a Wasp Exterminator

As we mentioned though, we do have a lot of respect for wasps— and not only because they’ve been around since the Jurassic era. Wasps help to keep their ecosystems healthy. For example, some species are pollinators, while others are hunters who help keep spider and other insect populations under control. From the perspective of a property owner though, the danger posed by wasps far outweigh any positive outcomes. So, if you see wasps in your home or yard, or any signs of a nest, you should contact us immediately to have it removed.

“A nest may look small and manageable and not that “busy” and thus easy to handle in a DIY removal. But looks can be deceiving, and a wasp’s nest should only be removed by a trained technician!”

Avoid DIY Wasp Removal

It may be tempting to try to remove the nest yourself, or you might think it is safer to ignore the problem than risk the wrath of these menacing creatures. Don’t give in to either of these urges! A nest may look small and manageable and not that “busy” and thus easy to handle in a DIY removal. But looks can be deceiving, and a wasp’s nest should only be removed by a trained technician! When a nest is disturbed without the proper precautions and containment measures in place, everyone in the vicinity of the nest is in danger of being attacked.

Additionally, if the nest is ignored, you may unexpectedly discover that the wasps that live there become persistent and aggressive threats for humans and pets as you go about your daily lives. They may hunt for sugary snacks during your picnic, or even pick through your garbage. Moreover, depending on the location of the nest, a child or a pet could accidentally disturb it, leading to painful and even dangerous consequences.

Call the Experts in Wasp Removal

In short, whatever species of wasp you’re dealing with, it’s important to call in the experts right away! Our Pure Pest technicians have been trained to handle a wide range of stinging insects and will ensure that these terrifying and dangerous bugs are removed from your property without endangering your family.

Bald-faced Hornet Control

The Dolichovespula maculata are among the most common stinging insect pests we encounter in St. Louis. Non-scientists often refer to them as Bald-faced hornets, but they go by other names as well, including blackjacket, white-tailed hornet, bull wasp, and spruce wasp. You can recognize these extra-scary stingers by their whiteheads, and the white stripes it has on the back end of its body.
We refer to bald-faced hornets as “extra scary” because they are very proactive about defending their nests, and may attack humans that come too close to their nest— even without further provocation. Vertebrates (which include humans) who intrude on their nests don’t even need to be stung to be wounded by these guys: they can spray venom into their target’s eyes, causing temporary blindness.

Stay as far away as possible if you spot one of these, and immediately call Pure Pest! We’ll safely remove these very aggressive pests from your property with expertise and efficiency!

Yellowjacket Control

Do you see creepy-looking wasps flying in a side-to-side flight pattern that looks different from the way that other insects fly? You’re probably looking at a Yellowjacket. They are predatory, social wasps and while they are, like many of their cousins, important predators of other insect pests, they are also known for the tiny barbs on their stingers, and for usually stinging repeatedly when they attack. While being stung by a Yellowjacket is always painful, it is usually not dangerous unless the victim is allergic or stung many times.

Since they are social wasps, they live in colonies that can grow to include between 4,000 to 5,000 “workers,” who, among other things, are tasked with colony defense. Why is this important? Because the high volume of worker Yellowjackets in one place means that the potential for repeated stings can’t be dismissed.

If you see signs of a nest— they are usually exposed, aerial nests around the size of a basketball ( though they can get bigger in areas with mild winters)— get yourself away from it and call Pure Pest ASAP! We will send out a technician with the right tools for the job, and you can relax knowing you’ve made the right choice to keep you and your family safe and sting-free.

Why Pure Pest?

1. We can often get started on wasp and stinging insect control on the same day you call. It’s as easy as picking up the phone.

2. The Pure Promise – 100% Guaranteed wasp and stinging insect control. St. Louis pest experts designed our pest control programs for St. Louis’ wasps and stinging insects.

3. We designed our wasp and stinging insect removal programs using our decades of experience protecting St. Louis homes and businesses from these pests.

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