If you’re having an issue with wasps, or any other pests, then its time to call a Broken Arrow exterminator you can trust. Most people falsely assume that wasps are a problem that we only find in the summer months. Spring, fall and summer are the prime season for these insects to be pests in your home or business. But it’s often in the winter time that we get calls for wasps inside of peoples houses. Where do they come from? How did they get in there? In this article, let’s take a good look at wasps, their life cycle and what we can do with your Broken Arrow  exterminator to get rid of these insects.


Wasps come in two varieties. We have social wasps and solitary wasps. Social wasps are wasps that reproduce in larger numbers. They build a nest that has multiple cells and therefore multiple young. A common example of the social wasps are paper wasps. These wasps will create a large nest with hexagonal cells made out of a paper like substance. The way they do this is they go and find plant material, chew it up and mix it with their saliva, and regurgitate it creating this paper like substance. It’s very good for construction in the hexagon shapes are very robust.

Solitary wasps act in a way much like what their name implies. A solitary wasp will create a single cell nest. They will have one offspring. Now the solitary wasp may have multiple nests in a year, but each nest will only have one offspring. The mud dauber is a good example of a solitary wasp. These insects gather, mud and dirt from the ground and create a single cell nest. It’s usually attached to the outside of a building or tree. One egg will be laid inside it and this will emerge as a young mud dauber.  Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help.  


When a female lays her eggs, in either social, or solitary wasps, she will prepare as much as she can, and then leave the young to fend for themselves. This is a common practice amongst insects. The female wasp will create the nest, and then go hunting. Wasps do not have a barb on their stinger so they can sting multiple times. The venom in their sting is a cocktail of neurotoxins. They will paralyze any prey that it finds. This usually includes spiders, grubs or  other small insects. Once it paralyzes one of these insects, it will carry it to the nest and place it inside the cell with the egg. Once it fills the nest with an egg and all the food required, it will seal off the cell.

The egg inside the cell will hatch and a larva will emerge. Because its hungry, it will start to feed on the paralyzed insects. As it grows, it will eventually pupate, and then develop into a fully grown adult wasp. It will then break out of the cell, dry off and go on to reproduce itself. Male and female, wasps will pair up and mate, and then the female will continue the cycle by laying her own eggs. Your Broken Arrow exterminator will have more information.  


In the winter months, wasps over winter by using a method of dormancy. Wasps will pair up all through the summer and fall months mating as much as it can, and then, as it gets colder, the males will die off in the cold. Females who have already mated with the males will look for a place to overwinter. In most cases, this is a crack, crevice or some small gap in a tree bark or ground. The wasp will find its way down inside these gaps and try to stay warm for the winter and lie dormant. They won’t move to use any excess energy. 

Once they start to feel the warmth of spring, they will emerge from their dormant slumber, and come out of their crack or crevice. The first thing they must do is find some food to eat. The food that they have eaten before the winter months is gone, and carried them as far as it can. Wasps must find a flower and feed on the nectar of it within a matter of minutes to hours. If it does not feed, the wasp will starve to death. Eliminate them with the help of your Broken Arrow exterminator.  


In many cases, these female wasps will find a place in your home to over winter. Whether it’s in an attic space, or a gap in the shingles or some hole in the siding, these female wasps will find that spot and go dormant in some crack or crevice in your home. During the winter months, as we use our heat often, these wasps will sense the heat from the inside of our homes. They’ll work their way towards the heat, which is towards the inside of the home. If they find a way in, they will emerge inside our house immediately look for food. Without any nectar giving flowers available to them, they will die in a matter of hours.

Because of this often we get calls during the winter months about wasps getting inside peoples homes. The truth is, these wasps are pretty much harmless. Because they’re so low on energy, they have not got the energy to even sting much less try to fight off a human being. Their death is pretty much inevitable and happens usually before we as the Broken Arrow exterminator, can even get to the customer.

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

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