AKA “Mud Wasps”
General Info: Thankfully, mud daubers are not dangerous to humans; they are simply nusiance pests. Mud daubers are solitary wasps. They are not social and do not live in colonies. Mud daubers provision spiders for their larvae by paralyzing them with their venom and bringing them into their nests.
- Length: 1/2″ – 1″
- Region Found: Througout the United States
- Residential Location: They usually build their nests in a sheltered site. These sites include under eaves, porch ceilings, in garages and sheds left open, in barns, and attics. Nests are short, mud tubes that are constructed side by side.
- Random/Interesting Fact: Other wasps and some spiders will lay eggs in a dauber’s nest.
- Identification: You can easily identify a mud dauber based on the large distance between the abdomen and the midsection. They are usually black. They may have pale markings or a metallic luster.