Are you noticing nests on your home that look like they're made out of mud? It is quite possible that you have yourself a mud dauber infestation. If you've never heard of a mud dauber, it is a solitary wasp with a long, thin, pin-waist, which usually ranges in size from ½ inch to 1 inch. Being solitary wasps, they do not have the instinct to protect their nests and they don't join together in a swarm to attack. Stings from mud daubers are possible but rare. These insects save their stings for spiders, which they provide for their larvae. But that doesn't mean it is good to have them around your home. While they help to control spiders, they make lousy pest control providers. They aren't going to make sure your home is spider-free and won't give you access to important pest control information like a pest control technician will. Here are a few more things you should know about mud daubers.
The Real Problem Mud Daubers Pose
Solitary wasps are usually considered a nuisance pest because of their reluctance to sting and their lack of social behaviors but their presence can be an attractant for other, more threatening wasps species. If you decide to leave mud dauber nests untouched, not only will you have to continue to look at those unsightly nests, but they may get adopted by other wasps that WILL sting you. That is why we always suggest that homeowners remove mud dauber nests when they see them.
Signs Of A Mud Dauber Presence
If you're seeing mud dauber nests in a visible location, it is a good idea to do an inspection for all the nests that are on your home or on your property. Look in locations that are sheltered. Like other wasps, you can expect to find nests under eaves, overhangs, and up in rafters. But, due to their size, they may also be at the tops of window or door frames, and underneath objects that protrude from your home. Most commonly, they are found underneath porches, decks, patios, or inside garages, sheds, and other structures that have been left open.
Comprehensive Pest Control
As mentioned above, mud daubers can help you reduce spiders on your property. But do you know that the spiders they eat can also be beneficial? Yup. Spiders help to reduce flies. And flies can bring all kinds of diseases into your home. So it is a good idea to have mud daubers and spiders around, right?
How about bats? Do you know that bats eat mosquitoes like crazy? Yup, they sure do. And, we don't have to tell you that mosquitoes carry many dangerous human pathogens. The only problem is that, next to raccoons, bats are the most significant vector for rabies in the United States. When you have bats control mosquitoes, all you end up doing is replacing one pest issue with another.
When you have pests take care of your pest control, not only will you have to live with all of those pests, they don't provide any real control. The better solution is to invest in ongoing, comprehensive pest control service that covers ALL the pest pressures you're dealing with. Don't wait for bats to eat the mosquitoes, for the spiders to eat the flies, or for the mud daubers to eat the spiders. Let a trained and certified pest control technician take care of them all. Here are some of the ways we do this:
Ongoing, quarterly inspections from an educated pest control technician means you're not going to have any pest problems sneak up on you.
Quarterly pest treatments help to create a barrier that pests can't get through--and when pests can't get into your home, you don't have to live with them.
The nests of stinging pests are removed so you have less to worry about when you go outside to enjoy your yard.
You, your family, your pets, and your guests will have greater protection from pest-borne diseases, allergens, bacteria, parasites, and more.
Your home and your property will have protection from the destructive influence of pests.
If you live in Texas, reach out to Innovative Pest Control and request your free inspection today. Those mud daubers may not be a big problem, but there are lots of other pests that are.