Mud Dauber Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mud Daubers

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What are mud daubers?

The mud dauber is a large solitary stinging insect. Most adults grow to between ½ and one inches in length, but some adults grow up to two inches in length! As their name describes, they create their nests out of mud and other materials.

Adult mud daubers have a narrow waist with a distinctive thread-like segment between their thorax and abdomen- giving them the appearance of having a “stretched” waist. Their long thin wings are either dark or clear. Mud daubers are usually black in color with some pale or yellowish markings; some may have a metallic sheen.

Are mud daubers dangerous?

Though mud daubers are not overly aggressive and don’t guard their nests like other stinging insects, care should still be taken around them. If a sting does occur, their venom is strong enough to trigger a reaction in those allergic. Also, mud daubers have smooth stingers and are therefore able to deliver repeated painful and venom-filled stings.

When living outside and away from people, mud daubers are beneficial. They capture a variety of insects as food for themselves and their developing young, including feeding on black widow spiders- helping to control their populations.

Why do I have a mud dauber problem?

Mud daubers have made themselves at home on your property because they are taking advantage of the food, water, and shelter it provides them. Mud daubers are attracted to properties with sheltered areas to build their nests. They also prefer properties with gardens and other vegetation that supply them with their main sources of food- plant nectar, honeydew, insects, and spiders.

Where will I find mud daubers?

Mud daubers place their nests in sheltered locations in our homes and outbuildings. Areas under roof eaves, porch ceilings, and decks are common nesting sites. They also like to build their nests inside garages, sheds, barns, and attics.

How do I get rid of mud daubers?

The best way to eliminate mud daubers and keep them from returning is with the help of a professional. At Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained and ready to provide safe, effective, and affordable pest control in Elizabeth City, NC. Our local, family-owned pest control company puts our customers first and works to exceed expectations. If you are looking to eliminate pests from your home or business, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent mud daubers in the future?

Mud daubers are not just a nuisance; they pose potential health risks. Avoid future problems with the help of the following prevention tips.

  • Eliminate water sources by fixing leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Remove standing water from your property.
  • Place caps on chimneys and fix holes along rooflines.
  • Replace damaged screens.
  • Limit the number of flowering plants on your property, especially next to your home.
  • Cut overgrown vegetation back away from the outside of your home.
  • Keep the doors and windows of garages and other outbuildings closed whenever possible.

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