Your Tulsa exterminator will be an expert when it comes to bees and wasps. While bees and wasps are most prevalent in the spring and summer months, the fall and winter months are not void of their effects. These insects are great pollinators and important part of our ecosystem. But if they find themselves anywhere near our homes, or our loved ones, these stinging insects can become pests very quickly. in this article, let’s take a good hard look at bees and wasps, their life cycle, and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to protect your homes and loved ones from these insects.


Both bees and wasps have a stinger to protect themselves. These stingers have different uses outside of protection and different modes of action but at the end of the day they all hurt. Bees are a honey making insect that uses their stinger simply to protect the hive. Honeybees are known for having barbs on their stingers. This means that when they stab their stinger into your skin and inject venom, they will pull away from it, leaving the stinger and some of the vital organs attached to the stinger itself. This will be the death of the honeybee. One of the organs left behind is a gland that secretes more of the venom that’s injected into the skin. The ideas that this would be lethal for most small predators.


The venom inside of a bee sting is predominantly a chemical known as melittin. This chemical excites the nerve endings in our skin that identify heat. The overexcitement makes it feel like your skin is on fire. Wasps, on the other hand, use a cocktail of neurotoxins when they inject their venom. They do not have any form of barbs on their stingers. This gives them the ability to sting multiple times. Other than the honey bee, most bees also have no barbs on their stinger, giving them the same ability to sting multiple times.  

The reason for this is because the female wasp will hunt for small insect, such as spiders and grubs, to feed her young. She will use her stinger to paralyze them, and then put them in one of the cells of her nests. She will lay an egg on top of the paralyzed insect and then cap the cell off. During the development process, the wasp larva will feed on these paralyzed insects. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help.  


While a sting from a bee or wasp can be extremely painful, in most cases, they are not dangerous. There are no diseases that are passed from the insect to us if you get stung by a bee or wasp. But some people have allergic reactions to the venom that is found in the stings. For these people, a bee or wasp sting can be very dangerous. And of course, intern, the sheer level of these fears of wasps and bees goes up quite dramatically. If you’re a person that is susceptible to an allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting, and you do get stung then it’s time to contact your local physician or health provider to make sure that everything’s in order. But for most of us, this is just not necessary.

This fear factor can drive people to want to eliminate all the bees and wasps in the yard. This is a mistake. Bees and wasps are a necessary part of our ecosystem. These insects are pollinators that feed off the nectar found in flowers in the blossoms of trees. As they feed on the nectar, they will pick up pollen on their legs and bodies. Moving from flower to flower, they will bring that pollen to another flower cross pollinating the plant. This gives the plants the ability to reproduce and continue their lifecycle. Without this, the cycle of life would fall dead quite quickly. Your Tulsa exterminator can help you out with bees and wasps.


Where the most aggression happens is around the nests and hives of the bees and wasps. This is where these insects become very protective and territorial. If a random wasp or bee is flying through your yard, simply searching for flowers, and you draw near, it will simply fly away from you. Often these insects will come flying near your home looking for a good spot to put a nest. If it’s too bothered by the activity of people around them, it will move on and find a better spot. But if you walk up on an actual wasp nest or beehive, this is where the danger begins.

In wasps, social wasps are more aggressive around their nest, then solitary wasps are. Social wasps create nests with multiple cells. Each cell will have an egg in it, so the nest of the social wasp will create multiple offspring. Solitary wasps, on the other hand, will create a nest with one cell in it. One offspring will come from one nest. Because of the sheer numbers of the social wasp, they are often much more aggressive around their nest. These nests can be hanging from eaves underneath your home, hidden inside or behind fence posts, or even in holes in the ground. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and in contact your Tulsa exterminator if you find yourself with an issue with any of these kinds of nests.


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

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