Just as its name implies, mud daubers are a type of wasp that constructs their nests from mud. Besides its unique nest, one of the easiest ways to identify a mud dauber is by its thread-like waist separating its abdomen and thorax, which helps differentiate it from other types of wasps. Mud daubers are not aggressive and typically do not sting unless their nest is directly threatened.
Mud Dauber Habitat
As mentioned previously, mud daubers live in nests constructed by the female population of the colony. These nests consist of short mud tubes constructed side by side, and are most often located in shaded areas like porch ceilings, under eaves, or in sheds and barns. When their nests appear to have round holes on the outside, this is an indication the wasps have emerged and the nest is inactive.
Mud Dauber Behavior
Mud daubers are considered to be beneficial to the environment due to their habit of feeding on other types of insects. Adult mud daubers feed on honeydew and the body fluids of the insects they capture, including black widow spiders. They also aren’t known to sting and, unlike other wasps, aren’t defensive about their nests.
Although mud daubers aren’t dangerous, they can still be a nuisance when they’ve nesting in or near your home. Nest removal should always be handled by a professional pest control company.
The Isotech Pest Management Solution
Although most insects are environmentally beneficial, it can be difficult to coexist peacefully when they invade your personal space. Bees and wasps can be dangerous to people and often destructive to homes and other structures.
We will safely and carefully eliminate bees or wasps and their nests from your home or property. Exposed nests may be removed on the day of service depending on the activity and size of the nest. In other cases, we’ll come back on a day when it is safer to remove the nests. In addition, we will create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestation.
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