Stinging insect are a job not best suited for you, but for your Tulsa exterminator. Here in Oklahoma, we have many different kinds of bees and wasps and stinging insects. These insects will sting you if they get too close. That kind of sting can, in extreme cases, cause an allergic reaction that can happen to be life-threatening. It’s important that if you are living in Oklahoma, that you fully understand bees and wasps and other stinging insects, and to know what to do if you get stung by one. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at bees, wasps, and other stinging insects, and their lifecycle, including what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to protect yourself from these insects.


Bees and wasps have stingers at the end of their abdomen. The honeybee is unique, in the fact that its stinger has barbs on it. That means that when it stings you, the stinger will stay in place even after the honeybee flies away. In addition to the stinger being ejected from its body, a gland that will force more venom into your skin will stay plus a number of vital organs. Because of this, the honeybee will die soon after it stings one time. Wasps and other bees do not have barbs in their stinger. They can sting multiple times in an effort to defend themselves or go hunting. In some ways, this gives wasps and other bees an advantage. 

While bees, use their stinger exclusively for defense, the wasp will use it for defense and for hunting. The female wasp will build her nest and then go hunting for small spiders and grubs. She will paralyze them with her stinger, and then carry them back to her nest. At this point, she will put those insects inside the cell and then lay an egg on top of it. Once the egg hatches, the larva will come out and consume the paralyzed insects in order to grow into an adult. Because of this, the wasp sting is a concoction of multiple neurotoxins. In contrast, the bee’s venom is simply Melittin, which is an irritant that causes the pain of a sting. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help with these insects.


All of the wasp species are broken into two different groups. We have solitary wasps and social wasps. The difference between the two is in their nests. The solitary wasp, such as the mud dauber, will create a nest with one cell. Each cell contains one egg. The adult female will collect mud, create its nest, hunt for and deposit food in the cell, and then lay an egg on top. After capping off the cell, the female move on, allowing her young to fend for themselves. A mud dauber’s nests are named based on the shape of their nest. Potter wasps, for example, make a round cell with a small neck on it where it’s capped off. This looks much like a pot. Organ pipe wasps make a long tube like structure. They line them up next to one another looking much like the pipes on a pipe organ.

Social wasps, on the other hand, such as the paper wasp will create a nest with multiple cells. This means that when these eggs start hatching, multiple wasps will come out, usually around the same time. It’s not uncommon to see a paper wasp nest or some other social wasp nest with a bunch of wasps on the nest and swarming around it. Often paper wasps will build their nest up underneath the eaves of houses where they are somewhat of a pest problem. Eliminating these nests is a job for a professional. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help.


Bees and wasps can be very profitable for the ecosystem. But if they create their nest close to your home or office, this could be a problem. If a random wasp flies innocently through your yard, they can be easily chased away. If you get close to a single bee or wasp, they will fly away. These insects would prefer not to engage in a fight if they can. And unless you trapped one in the corner, they will fly away. 

But their nests are a whole different matter. These stinging insects will aggressively protect their nest, if they feel threatened. Because of this, it is important to have nests removed that are too close to your home. If you have a honeybee hive somewhere close to your home, you can call a beekeeper in order to have them and remove the hive without destroying it. They can move it to a new location and be allowed to survive there. But if that’s not available, then your local Tulsa exterminator can eliminate all of these wasp and bee nests.


Attempting to do this on your own is not recommended. As I said before, these insects will vehemently defend their nest if they feel threatened. So having the right protective equipment when dealing with these insects is of paramount importance. A bee suit or jacket, plus gloves will protect you from the stings of bees or wasps. It is also very important to use the correct chemicals as well to knock down and kill the bees in these nests. Training and knowledge of bees and wasps is also of utmost most importance. Your professional Tulsa exterminator will have the training hours to know what to apply, when to apply, and how to do so safely and quickly.

If you’re having an issue with bees, wasps or other stinging insects, then it is time to call your Tulsa exterminator. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with bees and wasps. We service agree to Tulsa area including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Claremore, Prattville, Coweta, Catoosa, Owasso, Turley, Jenks, Bixby, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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