Mud daubers are a type of wasp that construct their nests out of mud. They are primarily yellow to black and have a long, narrow waist between the thorax and abdomen. Mud daubers are solitary insects that live in individual mud tube nests. Even though mud daubers are beneficial by preying on other pests, they will sting when threatened.
The three species of mud daubers all build slightly different nests. Organ-pipe mud daubers build elaborate nests with multiple side-by-side mud tubes resembling organ pipes. Black and yellow mud daubers just make a single mud tube nest. Blue mud daubers construct multiple mud tubes, but not as elaborate as the organ-pipe mud dauber.
Why Do I Have Them?
Mud daubers are commonly found in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. They will nest on your property because it offers them a safe place to live and feed. Nests are built in areas protected from the rain, such as under eaves, garages, porches, and sheds. Some mud daubers may enter houses through gaps around windows, looking for shelter as the weather gets colder.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Mud daubers are less aggressive and defensive of their nests than hornets and yellow jackets. They rarely sting. However, many homeowners find the mud nests unappealing on the side of their houses. Having a wasp nest on your property is also a health risk, especially for individuals with stinging insect allergies.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Mud Daubers?
If you are concerned about mud daubers on your property, our experienced technicians at Advanced Wildlife and Pest Control can safely remove the nests from your property and eliminate your stinging pest problem.