Bees and wasps are stinging insect that can be handled by your Broken Arrow exterminator. Many people have allergies to the stings of wasps and bees. For them, a sting from one of these insects could almost be fatal. Even if you don’t have an allergic reaction, these things are painful, and the fear of bees and wasps is great. So we have to protect your family and love ones from these insects and their attacks. It’s important to understand them and how they function. Let’s take a good hard look at bees and wasps, their life cycle, and what you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect yourself from these insects.


Wasps are unique, in the fact there are actually two different types of wasps. They are solitary wasps and social wasps. The difference lies in the make up of their nest. Solitary wasps build a nest that has one cell it. A cell is a single room in the nest that houses one egg. One wasp will emerge from one cell. Social wasps, on the other hand, make up nests that have multiple cells in them. When these eggs start to hatch, multiple wasps can be seen in and around this nest. This is why we called them social wasps. An example of a social wasp is a paper wasp. An example of a solitary wasp is a mud dauber.

The process by which these insects go through the lifecycle is pretty much the same. The female will begin by finding plant material and chewing it up and creating the paper for her paper wasp nest. Or in the case of a mud dauber, the female will gather mud and create her nest with that. Afterwards she will go and find small spiders and grubs and attack them with her stinger. Applying a cocktail of neurotoxin through the sting, this will paralyze the small insects. They will be carried back to the nesting place inside the cell, and then an egg will be laid on top of these paralyzed insects. The female wasp will cap off the top of the nest, allowing it to continue to grow without her tutelage. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for more information.


From here, the egg hatches and a lava will come out. It will begin to feed upon the paralyzed insect inside the cell. After it finishes those off and grows to a certain size, it will now pupate. This is the process by which a caterpillar will go into the cocoon to become a butterfly. But in the case of the wasp, it already has the cell walls that work as a cocoon. So as it grows and develops into the adult, it will not need any form of cocoon. Once it becomes an adult, it will  breakthrough the cap of the cell emerging as an adult wasp.  

Bees are a little different because they’re a colony insect. There’s one queen that will lay all the eggs for the colony. The worker bees will go out and gather nectar in an effort to provide for the nest and the brood inside. They’ll tend to the eggs that will later become adults. They will also go through the four stages just as the wasps do. If an attacker strikes, the bees will use their stinger to protect the nest. While wasps will do this, and use their stinger for hunting, bees do not hunt for other insects. Because of this, the active ingredient in their venom is melittin. This is a pain causing hormone that gives you the fire like sensation on your skin. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help with these insects.


While these insects can be a nuisance if they find themselves in the wrong place, they’re also a very important part of our ecosystem. Bees and wasps are important pollinators that are necessary for the reproduction of our plant life. When trees and plants decide they want to reproduce in the spring months, they will produce a flowering structure, such as a blossom or a flower. This flower will have two parts. It will have a pistil or female part, and the stamen, which is the male part. In order for the blossom to function and create life, pollen from one blossom must be cross pollinated to another plant of the same species. It must be deposited in the pistil, which will consummate the reproductive process. This ensures genetic diversity across many different plants.

So both wasps and bees in their adult form required nectar. This sweet substance will give them the energy that is necessary to complete their tasks and feed their young. So as bees and wasps go from blossom to blossom, feeding on the nectar, they will pick up the pollen from the stamen. It will attach itself to their legs and bodies, especially on the bee with all its hair. as it goes from blossom to blossom, the pollen from one plant will be transferred to the pistil of another plant. By doing this, the plant now has the ability to reproduce. If there were no bees and wasps, then plant life as we know it would die out. These trees and other plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which is important part of the cycle of life. Without plants and trees, we would die off soon as well.


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

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