The Deadliest Insects and Bugs in Oklahoma


Bees and Wasps
Bees and wasps are most active during the warmer months in Oklahoma City and can be a nuisance to any lover of the outdoors. Their stings can bring an end to an enjoyable summer event quickly! For most, a bee or wasp sting will cause pain, redness, and minor swelling. For some, a more serious allergic reaction may occur. If this happens seek immediate emergency care. To prevent most bee or wasp stings wear light-colored clothing while outdoors, don’t wear perfumes, do not use soda cans (they may crawl inside) keep lids on all of your garbage cans and of course, call a professional to have unwanted nests removed.

Mud Dauber
The mud dauber constructs their nests from mud and do not live in colonies. Their favorite food is spiders and they rarely sting humans. The mud dauber nests can sometimes be adopted by more dangerous wasps species though so if you see abandoned nests it is best to call The Bug Guy to remove it for you.

Yellow Jacket
The yellow jacket is a species of wasp that is very aggressive and territorial. They prefer undisturbed areas like attics, soffits, sheds and underground locations that protect them from the weather. Yellow Jackets are capable of stinging repeatedly and may induce a severe reaction in some people. To prevent yellow jackets from taking over your backyard, do not leave food out (including pet food), make sure the trash can in covered at all times and seal gaps on the exterior or your home.

Black Widow Spider
The black widow spider can be found throughout North America but is most common in the southern and western parts of the United States. It is identified by an hourglass red marking on the underside of its abdomen. Black Widow spiders like undisturbed locations away from human activity such as woodpiles, storage bins, patio furniture and cellars and most bites occur when their nests are disturbed. The black widow bite may feel like a pinprick, although some victims may not feel anything. There may be swelling and redness near the bite area, as well as a target-shaped lesion, and within an hour a dull muscle pain can spread to the rest of the body. If possible, collect the spider in a container for identification. Seek immediate medical attention.

Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse is a spider many Oklahomans are familiar with. The brown recluse is often called “fiddleback” because of its violin-shaped marking on its back, the brown recluse is most common in south central states of the United States, including Oklahoma. Most brown recluse spiders and their webs will be found near ground level, and they can be found both indoors and outdoors. They prefer dark and quiet areas like closets, behind and under furniture and in shoes. The brown recluse bite can be painless or you may feel a sharp sting. Severe symptoms and pain may take several hours to appear. If you see the spider bite you, attempt to collect the spider in a container. Children may have more serious reactions. Seek medical attention immediately.

Fire Ants
Fire ants attack by biting to get a grip on the skin and then stinging their victim. Their sting releases a painful venom which is where the “fire” in the name fire ants comes from. The severity of a sting varies from person to person. For some, this sting causes a painful or itchy bump, but for others, the sting of the fire ant can cause a dangerous allergic reaction. You can reduce your risk of fire ant stings by having The Bug Guy check for and get rid of ant nest near your home, avoiding ant nests (be especially careful when mowing the lawn), wearing shoes and socks while walking in the yard and wearing work gloves when you garden.

Hobo Spider
While there has been some debate on the danger of hobo spiders recently, the Center for Disease Control still lists the hobo spider as one of the venomous spiders that can be found in the United States and Oklahoma. The Hobo Spider can be very difficult to identify without the aid of microscopes, and is sometimes confused with the Brown Recluse. Preferring humid environments, they set up their funnel-shaped webs in homes and offices as well as outdoors – among storage items, baseboards, window sills or near stacks of firewood. The hobo spider bite may go unnoticed at first, but will soon develop into a slow-healing wound. Some symptoms are more severe and immediate. If possible, collect the spider in a container for identification. Seek immediate medical attention.

The mosquito causes more human suffering than any other animal. More than 1 Million people die every year and 300-500 million people are sickened as a result of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, Malaria, Yellow fever, West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis. In Oklahoma, there are many different kinds of mosquitoes and not all of those carry diseases or parasites that will make people sick. You can reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes by

  • draining or removing standing water from your property
  • wearing long sleeves and pants and spraying your clothes with insect repellent containing DEET
  • staying indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Between 3 to 5 species of scorpion are believed to live in Oklahoma, but only one species is common throughout the entire state.  Scorpions prefer undisturbed, outdoor areas like those under rocks, leaves, or loose bark around trees. When found indoors, the scorpion is often found in bathrooms or kitchens, or in a dark area where water is available. The scorpion sting usually occurs when stepped on, handled or bothered in some way. To prevent scorpions in your home regular treatments from The Bug Guy are recommended as well as removing objects like bricks and logs that may be around the home, keeping the grass mowed near the house and eliminating clutter in the attack, garage and crawl space.

Stinging Caterpillar
There are a few stinging caterpillars in Oklahoma to be wary of and it is important to note that not all caterpillars are stinging caterpillars. A caterpillar sting is the result of a contact and not a deliberate attack on the victim and will usually occur inadvertently while outdoors.  The type of reaction will vary from person to person based on allergies and skin type, but also by the type of caterpillar. Sting reactions can range from mild to painful and a rash or other symptoms may occur. If you think you may be having an allergic reaction seek medical attention immediately.

Ticks are a little like mosquitoes, in that not all ticks carry diseases but those that do can cause some serious illnesses to their victims. Ticks lay in wait in grasses until an animal or human host walks by and then crawls onto the host to feed. Most diseases are transmitted to the host during the feeding process.  Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Heartland Virus are a few of the diseases that can be transmitted from a tick. The rare Bourbon virus has also been diagnosed in Oklahoma.  To reduce tick populations near your home, remove leaf litter, cut back tall grass and brush and discourage deer activity. If you are in an area known for ticks, use repellents containing 20-30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing and check all areas of your skin carefully when returning to the indoors. Some may be very small to see and you may need a partner to help you.


Watch Out for Imposters!

We have been notified that there is at least one group in the OKC metro going door-to-door posing as The Bug Guy and soliciting business. We never go door-to-door soliciting business. Don’t let strangers into your home! We will always wear shirts with “The Bug Guy” printed on them and drive clearly marked vehicles with The Bug Guy logo. there-is-only-one


Eat Your Insects?

istock_000015466331_mediumThe practice of eating insects is known as entomophagy.
There is a good chance that if you are reading this that the idea of eating insects is not an appetizing one. Did you know that the United States and Europe are a minority when it comes to eating insects, though? And it has only been in recent history that we have turned from consuming insects as much of the world has done for thousands of years.

In the United States, our enjoyment of shrimp, lobster, oysters or pork is seen with the same distaste and horror from parts of the world that insect-eating often provokes in members of the western world. 

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released a report with the goal of encouraging the U.S. to begin moving toward insect farming as a solution to the world’s population boom and argues that raising insects is better for the environment, requires less resources than cattle or pork and provides better nutrition.









The Bug Guy isn’t recommending that you walk out into your yard, pick up a few crickets and start chowing down. For one, those insects may have been in contact with pesticides.  We are only sharing a topic that some find interesting. Looking at a possible future of American cuisine, we aren’t necessarily sold on the idea. Are you up for it? Scroll to the bottom for recipes.



Ants are Everywhere!

Ants are no fun at the park, at a picnic, and certainly not in the kitchen. Year after year though ants search, tirelessly, for some way into your home or apartment. If you see one or two you can be sure there are much more you don’t see just waiting to make your life miserable.

Ants can be attracted to your home for a number of reasons. It could be because your house is dry and it isn’t outside. It could also be because it is too dry outside and they are searching for water. They are also attracted to some electric equipment, pumps, and wells. Either way, the scouts will find food and water and let the rest of the colony know. You could go to bed one night and wake up to an ant feast in your kitchen the next morning!

We are getting a lot of calls for people needing help with ants and also seeing people on Twitter and Facebook talking about the ants invading their homes. No doubt, many of you are already experiencing them or will be soon. Don’t wait until you have a mess to deal with. Call us today and let us take care of those pesky ants once and for all.

Read this: Is it an ant or a termite?


Your Oklahoma City Pest Control Resource

Spring is here for Oklahoma City and pest control is starting to come to the minds of homeowners. Warmer temperatures, rainy weather, as well as animals and people spending more time outdoors, tends to bring more of the insects and bugs indoors. The Bug Guy wants to be your Oklahoma City Pest Control source. Add this website to your bookmarks- it is a great resource!

Identifying Insects

Use our services page to identify what you see.

Do you think you may have captured a brown recluse spider? Do you wonder what the physical differences are between ants and termites? Our services pages offer detailed information and photographs so that you know what you are looking at and how to handle the situation. Remember, if it bugs you call The Bug Guy.


Our blog is full of articles to keep you up to date with the latest creepy crawly thing that is in the OKC metro area. Are you worried about bed bugs? Did you know that termites can attack your home within 1 year of construction? Are you having an issue with fleas? Do you have questions about mosquitoes and the Zika virus? We have written a blog to answer your questions and we are always writing new ones. Are you interested in a particular topic that we haven’t covered? We would love to hear your suggestions for upcoming topics. Recommend it to us on our Facebook page or on Twitter!

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The Bug Guy Gets Rid of Bed Bugs

Where did bed bugs come from?

Originally from tropical climates, bed bugs were almost completely eliminated in the US in the 1940s. Their modern day comeback is most likely due to easier and more frequent international travel. While it seems as though the bed bug problem is growing awareness has just increased. Still, most of us don’t like the idea of something creeping on us in our sleep or using us for their meal.

bed bugsPest ControlHow Bed Bugs Travel 

Bed bugs are excellent travelers. They slip into luggage, folded clothes, briefcases, shoes, furniture – virtually anything you can bring into your home. Bed bugs are found in hotels, airplanes, movie theaters – pretty much anywhere people are. And we are their transportation. While bed bugs have been found on pets, their preferred meal and transport is human.

Who is at risk

Anyone is at risk for getting bed bugs, however, those who spends a lot of time sleeping where other people have slept are at a greater risk and should develop a bed bug checking “ritual” for checking into their hotel room.

Hotel Pro Tip: Keep luggage raised and in the bathroom

Check the linens, mattress and behind the headboard for bed bugs or their droppings. Also check the nightstand, drawers, telephone and even books. Bed bugs will most likely be within 15 feet of the bed (but not always). If you want to hang your clothes or use the dresser, be sure to inspect carefully. If you see any signs of bed bugs, alert the hotel staff immediately.

In the Neighborhood

Another place we are seeing bed bugs being transported from one location to the next is from yard sales.

Pay particular attention to:

  • Bed Frames/Mattresses
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  • Upholstered furniture
  • Clothing/Shoes
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Mirrors and picture frames

Does a sale seem too good to be true? See a yard with a filled with enough furniture to fill a house? This could be a sign of someoneistock_000015988333_large-500x406 wanting to ditch their infested furniture on you and make a buck. It isn’t very nice but it does happen.

Someone could still sell their furniture without realizing they have a bedbug problem. That is why it is very important to inspect items carefully for bugs, casings or droppings.

What you can do if you suspect you have bed bugs

Save any bed bugs you find. Don’t assume you will find a lot – you may not! But if you do see one or more, collect them in a closed jar and put them in the freezer. You may need to show them to a pest control company and/or your landlord. Do not begin removing furniture and other belongings from your home or apartment. Doing so will only cause them to spread out. Contact your landlord if they make the pest control decisions for your dwelling or call The Bug Guy to get rid of your bed bugs.

Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

When growing up as a kid, mom used to tuck us in and pray for us and then make this statement. Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite! I’m sure a large quantity of us have heard this statement at some point in our lives. I used to ask why she would make that statement and she would basically tell me not to worry about it that bed bugs were a myth. I accepted that for the truth and never worried about them until recently. Actually, about six years ago we started taking calls about bed bugs and I had to stop and research this issue. Bed bugs were a problem in the past but seemed to disappear for years! Bed Bugs are for real and are becoming a huge issue worldwide! We believe that here in the United States bed bugs just about completely disappeared. We believe that bed bugs started becoming more prevalent after so much travel to the Middle east during all the conflicts. Wherever they came from the fact is that we are experiencing infestations in many places now.

It is imperative to educate yourself on how to identify what they look like or signs of where they may be. Bed bugs only grow to about a 1/4 inch in length, After a feeding, bed bugs turn a reddish brown. Bed bugs are oval shaped and flat. They are excellent at hiding. Bed bug feces is black and will leave black spots where they hide or will literally squeeze into tight spaces squeezing their feces out. Again the feces is blackish in color.

Bed bugs show up in hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, college dorms, daycare, basically anywhere host are. Host being ourselves and pets.I have researched about if pets can be a host and have found that yes, animals can be a host. We have also found bed bugs in used furniture and used clothes. I highly recommend thoroughly looking over a hotel room before unpacking. I also recommend treating any used furniture before bringing furniture into your home. Used clothes should be washed in hot water and dried with high heat.

Bed Bug infestations are growing and growing. Again educate yourself on what to look for and how to possibly prevent infestations. Call or email us today for treatment options.

Record setting high temperatures!

Oklahoma City is experiencing record-setting high temperatures this week. With warm weather here it is the perfect ingredient for insects to start appearing. We have already started taking calls on spiders, ants, and termites. It is important to keep up a regular schedule of pest control treatments to prevent insect infestations, especially during this warm week. Spiders and ants will be increasing their activity in order to survive. Termites are active all year long. Do not let an infestation occur. Call The Bug Guy for a free bid for treatment. We would be happy to inspect your home at no charge and make any recommendations that may be needed!

The ants are marching in!

Yes, the ants are marching in. The winter conditions will push ants inside. They do not like the cold and too much moisture in the way or rain, sleet or snow. Ants need dry warm areas to build colonies. Ants will forage for food and enough moisture to sustain their colonies. Once ants have established this the colony will grow to cause sometimes heavy infestations inside your home. To help prevent ant infestation it is imperative to eliminate places around the exterior of your home that ants can thrive in. Such as piles of leaves, rock piles, wood piles or thick landscaping areas. The Bug Guy also recommends having your house treated around the exterior to help prevent ant infestations for occurring. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.

Termites survive in cold weather

corner-termite-damageTermites will survive in cold weather. They continue to function throughout fall and winter. Termites do not hibernate. I found termite activity recently on an extremely cold day. In Oklahoma, it does not stay below freezing long enough to detour termites from foraging for food. Food being dead or decaying trees, bushes, lumber stacked on the ground or our homes! I’ve heard from many customers that they did not feel it was necessary to treat for termites in the winter. Please do not fall for that. Termites are survivors and will survive and do more damage if left alone or untreated. Please take advantage of our free termite inspections and have us come out and inspect. Email us or call today.