Have you noticed cylindrical tubes made of mud attached to the eave or your house? If so, you may have dirt daubers, also called mud daubers.
Dirt daubers are a type of non-aggressive wasp that usually do not sting unless threatened. They are black or blue metallic in color with thread-like waists. Their nests look like organ pipes made of mud. Female mud daubers search for spiders as food for their larvae, use their stingers to paralyze them and then transport the spiders back to their nests. If there are dirt daubers on your house, then you also have lots of spiders nearby.
Dirt daubers are solitary wasps. They do not defend their nests like social wasps such as hornets and yellow jackets do. Their nests are located on vertical or horizontal surfaces in protected areas beneath roofs or on overhangs. Dirt daubers will use mud to plaster over cracks in wood or masonry. They also can build nests in holes in lawn furniture or equipment. Some species of mud daubers repair old nests while others only use the nest for one year.
Dirt daubers can be considered beneficial insects since they reduce the number of spiders that most homeowners do not want in or around their home. Mud daubers are more of a nuisance when they use our homes as the location for their nests. If a family member is allergic to wasps, then ridding your home of dirt daubers is important. Also, abandoned dirt dauber larvae and spider prey from old nests are attractive to carpet beetles and other insects that can invade your home.
REMOVAL OF DIRT DAUBERS
There are five steps involved in removing dirt daubers from your home and preventing their return.
Removing dirt daubers from your home is an important part of home maintenance. Contact a pest control company if you are allergic to wasps or if you do not feel comfortable with this job.
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