Do you have a stinging insect living in your home? You may, and not even realize it. Wasps are notorious for overwintering in homes, which can be a serious problem for folks who want to renovate their attics during the winters. But, whether or not you are considering an end-of-winter remodeling project, overwintering wasps can become a problem in spring. So, let's take a look at what a mud dauber is and what you can do to prevent accidental contact with these painful pests.
If you're not familiar, mud daubers are wasps that make their brood nests in mud. They are known by other names, such as mud wasp, dirt dauber, potter wasp, and organ-pipe wasp, with each having some differences, but we're going to focus on what they have in common.
All of the wasp species, known as mud daubers, are solitary insects. That means they do not defend their nests like social insects do. They have no caste system; they don't live in colonies; and they do not swarm.
Since these wasps are not social insects, they are also not prone to being hostile to humans. That isn't to say that they won't sting you. It is just unlikely. These creatures are most often considered nuisance pests.
The major problem with mud daubers is that some, more aggressive wasp species, are often mistaken for mud daubers. If you have yellow jackets in your home, for instance, you're not going to want to mistake them for mud daubers. Yellow jackets will quickly make you regret it.
These wasps will often hide in porch ceilings, garages, sheds, barns, attics, and under eaves, overhangs, and soffits.
These wasps live primarily on spiders. For this reason, they are considered to be beneficial insects to have around. But, when nests are found near where humans spend time outside, it can be a problem.
While mud daubers are not an aggressive intruder, they can sting, and it does hurt a lot when they do. If you're finding mud dauber nests on your property, it is a good idea to call a professional. Our team here at Rottler is educated in the habits and habitats of these pests. They know where mud daubers can be beneficial, how to remove nests without leaving residue, and how to treat areas so that new nests don't appear.
When you need complete and lasting protection from wasps, or any other stinging, biting or irritating pest, you can trust Rottler. We've been protecting homes and businesses since 1956, and we know what is necessary to take care of pests.