Missouri is a beautiful state, full of natural landscapes. Sometimes all of that nature can cause problems in the form of a bite or a sting from one of our peskier residents. Daily the Missouri Poison Center fields calls from across the state regarding insect, spider, and snake bites. Stinging creatures like wasps, bees, and even a native scorpion can be a cause for concern. Luckily the Missouri Poison Center is open 24/7 to help answer our questions and concerns. Many calls to the poison center about insects and spider bites, or even snakes don’t call for emergency medical treatment and can be managed at home. There are several venomous species that can cause a more severe reaction. Additionally, allergic reactions can occur even in non-venomous encounters. When in doubt, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for fast, confidential and free assistance. For some of the more common pests in Missouri, we have compiled a list.