If you’re having issues with wasps or any other pests, then it’s time to call your Broken Arrow exterminator, they can help. While the wasps’ heyday is during the summer, spring and fall months, people are not immune to their affect during the winter. These insects are stinging insects that can cause a lot of problems with people if they get stung. Many people have a fear of wasps and rightfully so. In this article, let’s take a good hard look at wasps, their life cycle, and what you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect you and your loved ones from wasps in your home.


Wasps come in two types. There are social wasps in a solitary wasps. Solitary wasps have nests with one cell in them. Each cell is a place for an egg. So a solitary wasp has a nest with one egg inside of one cell. Social wasps have a nest with multiple eggs inside of multiple cells. When these wasps emerge, they will dry off and then go on to live their life. A good example of a social wasp is the paper wasp. These wasps will find plant material, chew it up and mix it with some of the saliva. As it dries, it will dry, becoming paper, and then the wasp will build each cell in a hexagon shape that will be very sturdy. The mud dauber is a solitary wasp that uses mud to create a single cell nest. You can find these plastered against walls or trees.  

Wasps use a complete metamorphosis. The female wasp will create a nest, then lay her egg inside one of the cells. After she does this, she will go off and hunt for food for the unborn baby wasp. She will find spiders, grubs, and other small insects, and use her stinger to paralyze them. A wasp stinger does not have a barb on it so it can sting multiple times. It will paralyze its prey and then put it inside the cell with the egg. Then it will seal off the cell. This will be the last thing that the mother will do to tend to the egg. Your Broken Arrow exterminator can help.


Once the egg, hatches, a larva will emerge. The larva will begin to eat upon the paralyzed insects until it grows to the point where it’s ready to pupate. It will pupate inside the cell and then become a full grown adult wasp. Once this happens, the wasp will emerge from the cell, dry off and then begin its adult reproductive form.

The adult wasp will need a lot of energy in order to survive. It has a lot of work to do mating, creating nests and laying eggs. In order to have all this energy, it must feed on the nectar of flowers. This highly sugary substance will give it the energy so that the wasp can survive and fly all the different places it needs to be. This makes wasps a very important pollinator. Because of this, it is important that if we’re using pesticides against wasps, proper use will target the wasps that are pests not all the wasps that are in our yard. Many times wasps are flying in and out looking for a place to create a nest, feed or so hunt for food. Because of this it’s impossible to completely eliminate them and it’s important that we don’t. Pollination is very important to our ecosystem.


As a fall months approach, the males and females will mate for the last time. Once the weather gets cold, the males will die off. The females will search for a crack or crevice where they can hide, stay warm and stay dormant through the winter months. When they feel the heat of the spring come back around, they will wake up and go towards the heat. As they emerge they will be out of energy. Lying dormant all winter, they use as little energy as possible. But in order to keep surviving the insect must find food immediately. They will search for a flower to feed on the nectar right away. If the female wife does not get this nectar within 30 minutes to an hour, it will die from starvation.

This is where we run into an issue with wasps in the winter months. Often they will find cracks and crevices in our homes and businesses. A hole in the siding or a gap in the roofing shingles can cause a nice place for these wasps to overwinter. But during the cold months, as we heat our homes, these wasps will sense the heat from inside our homes and start to move towards that heat. If they can find a way into our homes, they will emerge inside your house. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator to eliminate them.  


It’s a very frightening situation if you have stinging wasps in your home. But as I said before, these wasps must find food right away. If they can’t find a blossoming flower within 30 minutes to an hour, they will die. So often by the time we as a Broken Arrow exterminators get there the wasp has already expired. But this doesn’t mean that experience wasn’t traumatic for the homeowner.  

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

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