January 30, 2012
Open Pipe Mud Daubers
Female mud daubers construct nests of mud. Many short mud tubes, usually about 1” long, are constructed side by side. They usually build their nests in a sheltered site, such as under eaves, porch ceilings, in garages and sheds left open, in barns and attics. Nests typically exhibit round holes in them as the wasps emerge. This means the nest is probably old and inactive after springtime.
Mud daubers do not defend their nests and only rarely sting. They are typically considered nuisance pests, and are actually beneficial as they help control spiders.
Although mud daubers are not typically dangerous, their nests should be removed by a pest management professional if found on your property, as their abandoned nests are often adopted by other more dangerous wasp species.
If you're concerned that you have mud daubers in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
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