There are various species of wasps that build different types of nests. While some species build their nests with a pulp-like substance, others use mud. The latter category is grouped as mud dauber wasps or mud wasps. The most commonly seen species of mud wasps are organ pipe mud dauber (solid black), blue mud dauber, and the black and yellow mud dauber. In general, these wasps are long and slender, with some species (blue, black and yellow mud dauber) having thread-like waists.
The name mud wasp is derived from their differently-shaped nests made of mud. Organ pipe mud wasps build tube-like nests, that resemble organ pipes. The black and yellow mud wasps make cylindrical cells, that are joined and covered with mud. Nests of mud wasps are mostly seen on the exterior surfaces of buildings. These nests can cause mud stains on the walls. Mud wasp nest removal is not much dangerous, as these wasps are solitary and are rarely aggressive.
How to Remove Mud Wasp Nests
Unlike other wasps, like yellow jackets; mud wasps do not defend their nests. However, mishandling of these wasps may result in stings. It is also said that these wasps are beneficial, as they feed on many other insects including, some harmful spiders and pests. However, wasps, in general, are viewed as dangerous insects that can cause horrible stings. The sight of a wasp nest evokes fear and the very next feeling is to find a way to remove it. Given below are some guidelines for removing a mud wasp nest.
- Even though, mud wasps or mud daubers are not aggressive, you have to take sufficient precautionary measures. Wear protective clothes, along with face mask, goggles, and gloves.
- The best time for mud dauber nest removal is after sunset or before sunrise, when these insects are less active. Once you are ready for the task, take a long metal rod to scrape off the wasp nest. Wrap a cloth around the pointed tip of the rod, to protect the walls from unwanted marks.
- Poke the nest from the bottom, and remove it from the wall. Make sure to remove all mud particles on the nest with the cloth.
- Use a wasp spray on the wall, where the nest was located. It is better to spray it on the nest too. Dispose off the nest the next day, and wash the wall with water.
- You may also use the wasp repellent or aerosol wasp spray, directly on the nest. Make sure to start with the opening of the nest. Soak it with the spray, and wait for a day or two, before removing and disposing off the nest. Even homemade wasp repellents can be used for mud wasp nest removal.