Mud Dauber Wasp
Usually black, may have pale markings or a metallic luster
Long and slender with a thread-like waist
1/2 – 1+” (12-25+ mm)
Found throughout U.S.
Mud daubers are not social and do not live in colonies. They construct their nests of mud. Mud daubers feed spiders to their larvae by paralyzing them with their venom and bringing them into their nests.
Nests are constructed of short mud tubes side by side. Holes in the nests are not usually visible until after wasps leave the nest. Nests are usually constructed in a sheltered site such as barns, attics, garages, sheds, and even under eaves.
Mud daubers are considered a nuisance pest because they rarely sting and do not defend their nests. Some view the presence of the mud dauber as beneficial because they use spiders are prey.
Mud Dauber Wasp Prevention
The most effective way to get rid of mud daubers is to call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.