If you’re having issues with bees or wasps, then it’s time to call in your professional Broken Arrow exterminator right away. While the winter months can be a lot colder, and therefore a lot less busy when it comes to pests, there are still some pests that we see year-round. The majority of your wasps and bees that we see are in the spring and summer months and somewhat into the fall. But we do still see some wasps in the winter months. They often get inside peoples homes. In this article, let’s take a good look at wasps and bees, their lifecycle, and what we can do to protect ourselves with the help of our Broken Arrow exterminator.


Wasp are not unique in the way that they over winter. Often they will try to find a crack or crevice in order to hide and stay warm. In the fall months just before they get to this point, the males and females will pair up and mate. The cold weather will kill off all the males. The females, on the other hand, will survive the winter by over wintering in a secure place. 

They’ll find a crack in a tree or in the ground where they can bury themselves, hopefully keeping themselves warm enough to survive through the winter months. They’ve eaten as much food as they possibly can to have the energy to survive. It will lie dormant until the warm weather comes back. Once this warm weather comes back, they will sense it and emerge. They must immediately find food or else they will starve to death. The food they need is in the form of nectar from a newly blossomed flower. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for more information.  


While this is how the system is supposed to work, humans have tampered with the ecosystem a little bit. Our homes and buildings often have many different cracks and crevices where wasps can find their way into them and over winter. They can get under shingles or between siding, and bury themselves in order to get warm. As our buildings warm up from the artificial heat that we use, these insects will sense the heat inside our homes and believe that it is the spring months. They will start to move towards the heat, burrowing deeper into the house until they emerge inside the home somewhere. Immediately, they must find foods by finding a flower to drink nectar from. Of course, since it’s still in the winter months, there are no flowers in the home in these wasps will die very quickly.

Even though overwintering wasps will die fast, if they find a way out too early, people still are freaked out by them. When wasps find a way inside their home in the winter months, this is very unnerving for anyone. While your Broken Arrow exterminator can help you with this, in most cases, these wasps are simply a non-issue. They will die immediately, and are almost always found once they’re done. Simply sweep up the remains and move on about your day. Your Broken Arrow exterminator  can help.  


In the spring months, when the wasp emerges to the true heat of the spring, it will immediately search the flower to feed off of. Once it gets this new energy, it will immediately search for a place to start laying eggs. Wasps will use a nest that contains cells. The cells are small rooms that each house the egg of the wasp and usually some form of food. This food is there so that when the egg hatches and the larva emerges, the wasp larvae will have something to feed upon is a grows through its life cycle.

There are two kinds of wasps. There are solitary wasps and social wasps. A common social wasp that we find are paper wasps. Social wasps will create multiple cells in their nest laying multiple eggs. They will hatch often and around the same time, having multiple adult wasps emerging from these cells at the same time. Solitary wasps on the other hand, will use one cell and lay an egg. When that wasp emerges from its cell, it will be alone. The paper wasp will use paper to build their nest and create multiple cells containing eggs. A Broken Arrow exterminator can get rid of nests for you.  


Unlike the honeybee, wasps can sting multiple times. Their stinger is mostly used for hunting. While the adult wasp needs to have nectar to provide it the energy that it needs to complete the tasks that it must do, the undeveloped larvae needs more protein. Because of this, the adult wasp uses the stinger to paralyze smaller insects, such as grubs and spiders. It will put these grubs and spiders inside the cell with egg so that the larva has something to feed upon when it hatches.

Solitary wasps such as Mud Daubers do the same thing. They will take mud and create a single cell. They will place their newly formed egg into it. The key to protecting your home from both solitary and social wasps is to eliminate their nests. If you can stop them from nesting, on your house, then you can stop them from swarming close to it. In addition, wasps will look for flowers to feed off of. If you have multiple flowers in your yard, this could be also attractive for the stinging insects. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for more info.

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

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