Mud Daubers

Mud daubers are slender wasps that construct nests out of mud. They are nuisance pests and not aggressive.

Geographic Region

Mud daubers are found throughout North America, from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

Natural Habitat

Mud daubers build small mud nests in sheltered locations like garages and eaves of buildings.

Weather Conditions

Warm and wet conditions are most conducive to mud daubers, since they need muddy soil to build their nests.

Behavior

Mud daubers are not aggressive and rarely sting. They are solitary, not social, wasps, and do not live in colonies. Mud daubers are predators of spiders and other insects, which they paralyze by a sting.

Unique characteristics

Mud daubers are one-inch long, slender wasps with a narrow, thread-like “waist” between the thorax and abdomen.

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