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Mud Daubers

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What do mud daubers look like?

Mud daubers have black bodies with pale markings or a metallic luster. They range in size 1/2 to over an inch, have six legs, clear or dark wings, and antennae. 

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Pest Facts

Did you know?

  • Mud daubers build their nests out of mud.
  • Mud daubers are solitary wasps, meaning they do not live in colonies like other types of wasps. 
  • Mud daubers are not as aggressive as other stinging insects, but they may sting if threatened.

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What do mud daubers eat?

Adult mud daubers feed on nectar from flowers. Their larvae feed on spiders that female mud daubers catch, paralyze, and store in their nests. 

How do mud daubers build their nests?

Mud daubers use mud to construct tube-like nests on walls, ceilings, and other structures. Each tube is a separate cell where the female wasp lays an egg and stores paralyzed spiders mentioned above.

How long do mud daubers live?

The lifespan of a mud dauber is relatively short. In fact, adults may live for a few weeks or a few months.

Are mud daubers dangerous?

While mud daubers are considered beneficial because they help control spider populations, they are capable of stinging and will do so if provoked. There is a low sting risk associated with these pests because they are focused on building nests and hunting for spiders, but stings can occur and may produce varying reactions. Individuals who are allergic to wasp stings should avoid encounters with these stinging insects. 

Can mud daubers damage structures?

Generally speaking, mud daubers do not cause damage to structures. However, their nests can be unsightly, and if they build nests in or around electrical equipment, it may lead to problems.

How do you get rid of mud daubers?

If you’re dealing with mud daubers on your property, contact Greenway Pest Solutions for help. Our local pest control team offers accurate identification and effective pest treatments that address mud daubers and other stinging insects in our region.

Can you prevent mud daubers?

The best way to prevent mud daubers from building nests on your property is to address spider infestations, seal cracks and holes, and to contact Greenway Pest Solutions at the first sign of a wasp problem. 

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