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Wasp Ruins My Labor Day

Stinging wasp activity, like that of the pesky yellow jacket, happens to peak during the late summer; and boy did I find out the hard way. I was stung… No, I was attacked!

Wasp Sting

Wasp Ruins My Labor Day

It was a typical Labor Day holiday. Like most Americans, I was spending my holiday outdoors, at a park, with my family. Among the sweet soda and grilling hotdogs, something sinister was lurking.

While enjoying my outdoor Labor Day picnic, I feel this small quiver underneath my blouse. I brush at it, thinking nothing of it at first, when I realize that ‘quiver’ inside my blouse has legs… and a bad temper! It’s a wasp who was flying happily along, and somehow flew inside my blouse, and it definitely does not want to be there. The wasp starts stinging. OUCH!!!

I started running around, frantically screaming! The people around me must have been wondering if I was on bath salts or something. Each time I slap at the wasp, my blouse shakes it loose. The wasp falls a little lower into all-new sections of my body; and the wasp would get mad again, and sting again!

Eventually the wasp made its way out of my clothes; or maybe I just mashed it. Either way, I was in pain. I began to swell up and itch. Needless to say, my fun day was over.

So much for a happy Labor Day!



One of the scariest and most notorious stinging pests is definitely the mighty wasp. There are about 30,000 species of wasps in the world. They all range in color and size. The most common is definitely the yellow and black stinger, but they can also be brown, orange, bright red and metallic blue. Unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times, but only the female wasp is able to sting.

In nature wasps are some of the most beneficial stingers. Most insects are preyed upon by at least one species of wasps. The adult wasp will eat only nectar, but will hunt out insects to feed to its young and growing larvae. Wasps are even used in the agriculture business as a way of controlling the pest population, because they will only prey on other pests and not cause harm to crops.

Wasps can be either solitary or social. We commonly see solitary wasps on flowers. All solitary wasps are fertile, and after laying an egg have no interaction with their larva. In social wasp colonies, generally, only the queen will be fertile. Nests are built in holes underground, in trees and plants, along riverbanks, and preferable in sunny spots.

Castes systems amongst wasps are not predetermined like in other bees. A female can earn her way to royalty by dominance and behavior. Some become queen, by being able to eat all of the other fertile females’ eggs and some by simply producing the most eggs.

Author Bio 

 is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m rocking out to the newest One Direction song.

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September 4, 2013 - 9:46 PM Comment (1)

The Honey Bee: State Insect of Oklahoma

A European honey bee (Apis mellifera) extracts...

The honey bee is the most common state insect in the United States. It’s so common in fact, that it is the state insect 17 different states. These 17 states that have the honey bee as their state insect include: New Jersey, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Vermont, Maine, Mississippi, South Dakota, Utah,  Wisconsin, and of course… Oklahoma.

So Which Species of Honey Bee Is It?

There are actually seven different honey bee species, with another 44 different subspecies. So which species of honey bee are State legislatures referring to? My guess is that these state legislatures were simply assigning the honeybee as a state insect in its truest and purest form. The genus Apis are only true honey bees recognized by scientists.

In the case of Oklahoma, the state insect is actually defined as the European honey bee.

Why Is The Honey Bee The Most Common State Insect?

Honey bees are dynamic and hardworking insects that work together as a society for the betterment of the hive as a whole. When you recognize the parallel of a bee hive, and a state’s society, it’s easy to see why so many states have claimed the honey bee as their official state insect. A modern civilization would love to get just 20% of the honey bee’s work ethic out of it’s citizens. In any prosperous civilization each honey bee has a designated role within the hive. The bee does it’s job, no questions asked. A honey bee is so dedicated to it’s cause, that it would even give its own life for the preservation of the hive and the queen.

Oklahoma designated the honeybee as official state insect in 1992. It would love for it’s citizens to emulate the dynamic and hardworking of a honey bee; and their hive.

The European Honey Bee

The European honey bee is also referred to as the Western honey bee. They are virtually found everywhere in the United States, and on other continents like Europe and Asia. Of course, they are found in Oklahoma, including the city of Tulsa.

European Honey bees are beneficial insects that assist in the pollinating of flowers and flowering plants. These honey bees live in a hive and are grouped together in castes of queens, sterile female workers, and fertilizing males. A single European honey bee hive can carry up to 80,000 bees.

Unfortunately, honey bees do sting. There are actually 14 deaths annually caused by reaction from a honey bee sting. Deaths occur when allergic reactions take place. They are rare.

Author Bio: does content marketing for Bulwark Exterminating, which is an industry leader in providing first-class pest control services. Bulwark specializes in roach, ant, spider, and scorpion control in eleven cities, including Tulsa, OK.




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Happy Valentine’s Day From Bulwark

Valentine’s Day is on Thursday, so there is still time to either make a few last minute preparations for the big day. Or, if you’re like the rest of us, then there is still time to start making preparations for the big day.

You might be more of a do-it-yourself kind of person who doesn’t believe that making reservations truly comes from the heart. The only real way to show how you truly care is to march yourself down to the market, hand pick each ingredient with extreme detail, wake up early on Valentine’s Day at about 5am and prepare the main course which requires a slow cook time 10 hours.

Or, if you’re like the rest of us, you have babysitters already scheduled, and you have a 6pm reservation at the place for which you have a $10 gift certificate. That means that will either help cover the tip or you can splurge with your own individual desserts.

Here are some of the nicer restaurants around town.

The Melting Pot. If you don’t mind a little bit of adventure and some variety on Valentine’s Day, then try The Melting Pot. You’ll get a four-course fondue dining experience that is guaranteed to delight. Also includes private tables, fine wines and first class service.

Flemings. Do you and your valentine like steaks? If so, then go to Flemings. You won’t be sorry.

Garlic Rose. Italian restaurants are the easy choice for any Valentine’s Day dinner date. We’re far from Rome here in Tulsa, but if you want to try something particularly tasty, then reserve a table at Garlic Rose. The breaks, desserts and pastas are all homemade and as a personal recommendation, consider the Rosemary Crusted Filet.

From all of us at Bulwark Pest Control, have a happy Valentine’s Day… just don’t let this happen to you.

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February 11, 2013 - 5:21 PM No Comments

Which Pest Do You Love the Most?

For it being a Monday, there’s a lot of love in the air. Valentine’s Day is the day that divides friends and family in all different directions.  Everything about today hinges on one’s relationship status.  Elderly couples have paid their dues.  They’ll just hit Applebee’s a little early this week with their sweethearts.  Middle agers will just hire their own kids so they can hit dinner and movie.  Newlyweds will spend half the month’s paycheck on the occasion.  College kids will miss class today and spend enormous amounts of money on a girlfriend or boyfriend.  High schoolers don’t have enough money to do anything, and they don’t even know what love is.  It’s all about infatuation at that age.  And elementary school kids are excited to pass out Justin Bieber valentines with candy hearts to all their secret crushes.

And that’s just assuming all those people even have a valentine for the day.  If today’s not Valentine’s Day for one, then it’s “Singles Unite” Day for another.  If singles haven’t called in sick today to work, or just all together ditched classes, for sure they are masterminding a large singles event later tonight.  No married people allowed!  What better way to “celebrate” your single…ness than to throw a party with other singles and watch a movie that has nothing to do with romance.  Like…Live Free or Die Hard.  That’s a perfect movie.  The antagonist even looses his girlfriend to a Ford Explorer falling down an elevator shaft.

I’m not here to delve too much into the who’s and how’s of our relationships.  But I am here to ask why.  Why can’t pests get love to?  Not that we need to save them all or anything.  We are still in the exterminating business.  Rather, our love for our local pests can come in the form of a basic understanding of who these little critters are, and what type of role they play.  Some aspects of our little friends can even be quite admirable.  We’ll just stick to the common pests for right now.

First, the ant.  Ants are known the be the janitors of the world.  They can feast on almost anything – dead animals, other dead insects and dead leaves.  One dead insect is another ant’s fortune.  In the work place, the work and dedication of one ant colony is enough to make even the best CEO marvel.  Each ant knows its role.  Each ant has a purpose.  From sun up to sundown, the ant’s life is work, work, work.  No holidays.  No sick days.

Next, the spider.  Believe it or not, spiders are somewhat family oriented.  They care for their young.  As icky as the webs may be, they serve as both a home and a trap for food.  In the grand scheme of things, they are a major player in keeping the ecosystems in check.   They help maintain the food cycle by controlling the general populations of their prey.  They are the “For Us, By Us” pest controllers.

Crickets.  For every predator there is prey.  Crickets, in a sense, take one for the team.  They serve as a valuable food source to many other insects and rodents.  As today is Valentine’s Day, we will highlight a common mating practice.  You know that chirping sound?  Sounds great when you’re camping, but not so much when it’s in your wall?  Well, it’s actually the male’s mating call.  In fact, the exact chirping sound differs from species to species, allowing the females to determine who specifically is on the market.  How romantic!

Cockroaches.  Moving away from the ecological value of these critters, cockroaches have recently become the center of study in the advancement of robotic limbs.  Scientists are mimicking the body mechanics of cockroaches to improve the speed and effectiveness  that robotic hands are able to grasp and react to the surrounding environment.  While cockroaches have their place in the food chain, they are now being observed for the cause of science.

Make no mistake about it.  There are no good reasons you should have to battle pests in the comfort of your own home.  But just for today, take time to learn something about our little visitors.  Most of them are just trying to make their way in the world, just like the rest of us.

heart shaped spider web

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the married folks, single people and insects around the world.

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