Q:

How do you get rid of mud daubers?

A:

Quick Answer

Eliminate mud daubers by swatting adults and removing nests. Use a putty knife to scrape away the mud, and wash away any remaining mud with soap and water. If necessary, spray pesticides on the area to prevent the mud daubers from returning to the nesting site. Individuals allergic to wasps should enlist another person to perform this job.

  Know More

Full Answer

  1. Swat adult wasps

    Use a flyswatter to kill any adult mud daubers that are hovering around the nest. Adults often fly in and out of the nest as they gather food to feed the larvae.

  2. Remove the nests

    Take a putty knife and use gentle pressure to break the nests away from the surface they are attached to. Dispose of the nest and any larvae inside. Be cautious of insects that may fly out of the nest. Most insects do not return or cause problems for the individual doing the work.

  3. Wash away the remaining dirt

    Wet the surface to soften the remaining mud. Use a stiff brush, soap and water to scrub away any leftover dirt. Rinse the surface with water.

  4. Use spray pesticides

    Mud daubers prey on spiders. Use a pesticide to eliminate spiders and the mud daubers are likely to relocate to another area. Treat the location of the nest with wasp and hornet spray to discourage the insects from attempting to rebuild in the same location.

Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you get rid of pinworms?

    A:

    WebMD states that adults and children over age 2 can use a non-prescription medication to eradicate pinworms. Pyrantel pamoate is the primary, over-the-counter medication for getting rid of pinworms, notes WebMD. It is effective in killing adult pinworms, but not eggs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you stop barn swallows from building a mud nest on your porch?

    A:

    Measures taken to prevent swallows from building nests around a home include the use of a non-toxic bird repellent or installing physical barriers. Bird netting or special brackets are often used to keep swallows at bay. Any preventative steps regarding swallows must conform to U.S. environmental protection laws.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you get rid of ground bees?

    A:

    Getting rid of ground nesting bees involves pouring water over the nests. Also called miner bees, ground nesting bees are docile and rarely sting people. The nest of miner bees often appears in spring time, and while they are relatively docile, their presence may disrupt outdoor activities, which is why some people would rather eliminate them from their lawns or backyards.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How can you get birds to stop chirping?

    A:

    Because most birds within the United States are protected by the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, citizens cannot legally kill or relocate birds, their nests or their eggs. Scaring the birds off may work temporarily, but if the bird has an established territory around a house this isn't likely to work for long. The only steps that can be taken to stop the noise are steps to block it out.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore