You can bet that your Tulsa pest control company is an expert when it comes to dealing with bees and wasps. These stinging insects are predominantly a problem in the spring, summer and fall months. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a problem with wasps in the winter months. These insects can cause a lot of problems because of their venomous and painful sting. This painful injection cannot only be a nuisance, but in some cases can be life-threatening if you have a person with an allergic reaction. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at bees and wasps, their life cycle, and how are you and your Tulsa pest control company can do to protect your love ones from them.


Wasps are generally categorized into two different types. There some wasps that are known as social wasps, and there are some wasps that are known as solitary wasps. These two differentiations are directly tied to the way that they build their nest. Social wasps build their nest with multiple cells. In a nest each cell is a small container that contains an egg and all the food that is required for that egg to develop into a full grown wasp. Solitary wasps, on the other hand, create a nest that only has one cell in it. For a few examples, you can look to the paper wasp as a social wasp, and the mud dauber as the solitary wasp.


The way this works is that the female will mate with a male and then be prepared to lay her eggs. She will go off and build her nest, whether solitary or social. The paper wasp, for example, will find plant material, chew it up and mix it with saliva to make it into a paper like substance, and then make her nest out of that. The mud dauber will collect mud and build its wasp nest out of that. Once it does this, then it will go off and hunt for food for its young. 

In contrast, the adult wasp will feeds upon nectar, because it requires the sugar to power all of its frantic working. The young wasps, on the other hand, need more protein. So because of this, the female adult wasp will use its stinger to find small spiders and grubs and paralyze them. Then it will bring the paralyzed insects back to the nest and place them in a cell and then lay an egg on top of them to provide food for her young. At this point, it will cap off the top of the cell. Now the mothers work is done.


Once inside the cell, the egg will hatch and a larva will emerge. This larva will begin to feed itself on the paralyzed insect in order to continue to grow and develop into the adult wasp. After finishing feeding on all of the insects inside the cell, it will go into its pupa form. Normally most insects, such as the caterpillar, will create a cocoon in their pupa form, and then developed into the full grown adult inside the cocoon. In this case, the walls of the cell function as protective covering cocoon. Now once it finally develops into a full-grown wasp, it will break through the cap of the cell and emerge as a full grown adult wasp.

At this point, the wasp will begin to dry off. It will walk on the top of the nest flapping its wings a little bit. Once it gets to a certain point, the wasp will actually take flight in an effort to continue with process of drying off. At this stage of the game, these wasps are very protective of their nest. If you get anywhere near their nest, they will sting you in defense. It’s important that if you see wasp nests in problem areas, that you contact your Tulsa pest-control company for help with these insects.


Bees on the other hand will create a colony of insects. Much like termites and ants, they will have a reproductive caste, a drone cast, and the worker cast. The reproductive’s are the queen, who lays all the eggs. The workers are much like the other insects, and will continue to do the menial jobs of the colony. The drones are the males in the colony. These insects have no stinger, they do not forage for nectar, and they don’t do any of the work with the worker bees. The drones are there for one purpose, and one purpose only. They will mate with a female queen in nuptial flight.

The colonies are usually found in typically tight places, such as cracks in a dead log or a hole in the ground. Sometimes they find a way underneath loose shingles or behind gaps in siding. When you have a bee issue, that’s put its nest in a place that people traffic often, you may want to try calling a beekeeper before you call your local pest control professional. They can remove this hive without destroying the insects within. Because bees are such prolific pollinators, it could be very important for the ecosystem to protect as many of them as we can. But if it’s impossible, then your Tulsa pest control company can come in and destroy a wasp nest or bees hive if necessary.


If you’re having issues with bees, wasps, or any other stinging insect, then it’s time to call in a Tulsa pest control company that can help you. Here at TermMax pest-control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with stinging insects. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Tulsa, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Owasso, Turley, Jenks, Bixby and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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