Although I don’t have any dispositions against the mud dauber alone, I do have a hatred for the nest that the mud dauber left behind on my porch this season. I was appalled! At first, I did not even know what it was. After some thorough research, I found out that it was a mud dauber nest that is filled with some nasty things. For those that don’t know what a mud dauber is, read on to find out!
Mud daubers are a type of sphecid wasp. This means that unlike typical wasps or even their bee cousins, they do not live in social colonies and remain non-social, or more or less, solitary. They live a lonely but busy life as adults, usually spotted hanging out by the edges of mud puddles gathering mud for their nests.
Mud Dauber Nests
Mud daubers are notorious for their nests that they leave behind. Although they are not aggressive insects and will not defend the nests that they build, the damages that the nests leave behind often times ruin the aesthetics of structures, like my house. Once the mud dauber is killed, it is crucial to remove the nest because it can actually attract other insects like dermestid beetles, including cabinet or carpet beetles. This is because the nests are actually constructed not only with mud, but are constructed with insect and often times spider prey, along with pupal cast skins. Yes, I said spider prey. When opened, you will most likely find single cells that actually hold a paralyzed spider in each of the cells, which are eaten by the mud daubers during their larval stage.
You will, often times, find mud dauber nests plastered against surfaces in protected areas. These protected areas include such areas like under the porch ceiling, inside of sheds, in the attics, garages, and etc. These areas provide a natural protection of the nest from outside forces which make these areas the most attractive to build a nest in. Moreover, they provide a flat surface which is necessary for the mud daubers to build a nest in.
Get Rid of Mud Daubers
Fortunately, mud daubers do not pose as a dangerous threat to people or animals. The chances of being stung by a mud dauber are very low and unless they are handled aggressively, they will not use their stingers. So other than their creepy appearance, you most likely won’t need to worry about an attack by a mud dauber. However, in order to prevent the construction of a new nest or a rehabilitation of an old nest, you need to get rid of mud daubers. Mud daubers are fairly easy to get rid of since it only requires a contact kill insecticide of some sort. There are professional grade wasp killers available to us that are capable of spraying wasps from a safe distance. Of course, since they are chemicals and wasps, even mud daubers, may react violently to chemicals, it is extremely important to take all precautions before applying any type of insecticide. Before applying or attempting to treat for mud daubers, always seek consultation on wasp control by a licensed professional near you! Once the mud dauber has been rid of, use any paint or wall paper scraper to slowly scrape the nest off the infested surface. Since many of the nests that mud daubers construct are located in a tall place, the use of a ladder or such may be necessary. Remember, this also requires safety precaution and you may need to be consulted on the safest and most effective way to get rid of a mud dauber nest.