Bees and wasps are no match for your Tulsa pest control company. These stinging insects find their way into our yards and homes and then set up nesting places that are inconvenient for us and our love ones. While they are amazing pollinators, if they sting someone, this can be a painful situation. And if you have people with allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings, it could be downright life-threatening. So it’s important that you understand how these insects work and what you should do to protect yourself. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at bees and wasps, their life cycle, and what you and your Tulsa pest control company can do to protect yourself from these insects.
BEEHIVES AND TULSA PEST CONTROL
Beehives are set up in a eusocial insect way. There are three castes of the bees. They have a reproductive caste, they have drones, and they have a worker caste. The reproductive caste is make up of the queen. She will lay all the eggs for the beehive. The drones are stingless males that will fertilize the queen when it’s time for her to start laying eggs. And lastly, the workers do all the work of the colony. These sterile females are ready to do whatever is necessary to keep the hive moving and doing what it needs to do.
Bees use a complete metamorphosis to develop into the adult. This means that the bee will move through four distinct life phases is as it develops into an adult. The queen will lay an egg first. Then, when this egg hatches, a larva will emerge. After that, the larva will cocoon itself into a pupa form. Lastly, when it emerges from the pupa form, it will be a full grown adult bee. All these lifecycles require a lot of attention. This is where the worker bees come in to protect and provide for these infantile stages. Contact your Tulsa pest control company for help with bees and wasps.
WASP LIFE CYCLE AND TULSA PEST CONTROL
Wasps also uses a complete metamorphosis to develop. The female wasp will begin by mating with a male wasp. After this happens, she will start to build her nest. There are two kinds of wasps in our ecosystem. There are solitary wasps and social wasps. Solitary wasps create a nest that has one cell in it. The cell is a room for a single egg. Social wasps on the other hand will create a nest with multiple cells in the nest for multiple eggs. Once the female has built her nest with the appropriate number of cells, she will go out and try to find food for her unborn young. She will use her stinger to paralyze small spiders and grubs, and then place them inside the cell laying an egg on top of them and sealing off the cell.
When the egg hatches, the larva will emerge from the egg. This larva will begin to eat the paralyzed insect. After it’s gotten its fill, it will be ready to pupate. The young wasp won’t need to create a cocoon because it’s already housed inside the cell of the nest. After it fully develops into an adult, it will then break out of the cell and dry off in the open air. Once it finishes this process of drying off, then it will fly way The new adult will find another wasp and mate and start the process all over again. Contact your Tulsa pest control company for help with bees and wasps.
BEE AND WASP STINGS AND TULSA PEST CONTROL
While both of these stinging insects can deliver a painful sting, they differ in their method and use for these stings. The bees sting attackers simply for defense of the colony. The honeybee has barbs upon its stinger so that when it stings it leaves the stinger behind. Attached to the stinger will be a gland that will continue to force venom into the skin of the victim, in addition to a number of other vital organs. This means that once a honeybee stings, it will die shortly afterwards. Other bees, and most wasps do not have the same barbs and their stinger so they can sting multiple times. The bee sting is made of predominantly melittin, which is a chemical that excites the heat sensors in the nerves. This makes it feel like you have a burning sensation when they sting you.
Wasps on the other hand, use their stingers, not only to defend themselves and their nests, but also to hunt for food. Because of this, they have a cocktail of neurotoxins that are contained in the bottom of their stinger. This is what they used to paralyze insects in order to take them back to their nest and feed them to the young. In addition, if they are put in a dangerous place, they’ll sting with these stingers, giving you have a burning sensation. This will defend themselves and their nests from attackers.
BEE AND WASP NESTS
It’s important if these nests are close to your home or high traffic areas that you have them removed by your Tulsa pest control company. These insects will aggressively protect their nest or hive. If these are close to your love ones, stings can ensue. While, in most cases a basic first aid kit can relieve the issue of a sting, if you having an allergic reaction this could be a medical emergency. Seek medical attention if you believe that you’re having an allergic reaction to these stings.
If you have any issue with bees, wasps or any other stinging insect, then it’s time to call a Tulsa pest control company, that can help. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business at dealing with bees and wasps. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Turley, Owasso, Prattville, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Bixby, Jenks, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!