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:

    Do mud daubers sting?

    A:

    Mud daubers do have the capacity to sting. However, mud dauber stings are unlikely and rare because they are not an aggressive species of wasp. They typically only sting if mishandled.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What can I do to help save the environment?

    A:

    Eliminate paper. Easing up on the use of paper and paper products will help with one of the biggest landfill culprits. Good places to start include replacing paper gift wrapping with fabric or used grocery bags, using glassware instead of paper plates, bringing reusable shopping bags for use at the store, and replacing paper towels with washable hand towels.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you get pet stains out of carpet?

    A:

    Eliminate pet stains from carpeting by soaking up as much liquid as possible, rinsing the area with water, absorbing the water, and then applying a pet stain and odor neutralizer for optimal freshness. Gather paper towels, a bucket of water and a pet-stain product for carpets for this task.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you get rid of sooty mold?

    A:

    Eliminate sooty mold by treating the aphids, killing the ants that farm them and wiping the powder off the plants with a mild detergent solution. The problem forms due to the honeydew the aphids create when eating the plants. Eliminating the aphids usually solves the problem.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore