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Old 08-19-2010, 08:40 AM   #1
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Angry How do you get rid of dirt dobbers?

Our trailer house at the ranch has developed a dirt dobber problem. We have noticed that the outside of our trialer has hundreds of nest. Is there anything i can do to make these things go away?
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:41 AM   #2
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there some kind of poison you can buy at your local feed store
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:44 AM   #3
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swat 'em
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:45 AM   #4
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x2 - pool que or broom handle.. make sure you crush or spray wasp killer on the knocked down nests to kill anything in them
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:48 AM   #5
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We knock them down and spray them weekly. Then we go back the next weekend and its the same situation. Im looking for something to spray the whole trialer with to keep them away
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Spray silicone spray or WD-40 where they are building nests next time after you have cleaned off the area.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:49 AM   #7
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One good thing, is that they are helping keep the spider population in check...
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:02 AM   #8
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This is really good news for you. When the wasps are doing well everything up the food chain is also doing well. Expect good antler growth this year...
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:03 AM   #9
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This is really good news for you. When the wasps are doing well everything up the food chain is also doing well. Expect good antler growth this year...
Haha, I like that one!
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:12 AM   #10
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Mud Dauber Wasps
Basic Information Mud Dauber Elimination Bites and Stings

Mud Daubers are Sphecid wasps that are solitary, not social as are honey bees, yellowjackets. These solitary wasps capture prey (spiders, bugs, other insects) which are placed into an individual cell. A mud dauber does not construct cells or nests from paper (salivary solution and wood pulp) as do yellowjackets, hornets and paper wasps, but from mud. During the summer months the Mud Dauber can be seen lighting on the ground at the edge of mud puddles the day after a summer rain. The liquid from the mud puddle is used to build the all too familiar mud cells. These cells (or dirt dauber nests, as some will call them) are built on the exterior of barns, sheds, homes or other structures. These cells can be plastered individually or in rows by a single female wasp. Seeing several cells does not mean you have a colony of mud daubers, since these wasps are not social insects.

Mud Dauber Elimination
A very important part of mud dauber elimination is removal of the cells or nests. In the Mud Dauber Information section, the food source of this wasp is mentioned because of its importance. These wasps are beneficial because they feed on possible pests, bugs, spiders - but the wasps become a pest when they use our homes as a nesting spot. [If there is a large population of Mud Daubers in an area, there is a large population of other bugs and spiders in the same area.]
In elimination of the wasps, their food source has another impact on your home: secondary pest invasion. A deserted mud dauber nest contains the wasp's prey that was originally captured as food for the young wasp larvae. Certain Dermestid beetles are attracted to the prey, pupal castings and larvae of the wasps. A common pest that invades homes from deserted wasp nests is the Carpet Beetle.

Removing the nests and eliminating the wasps can be done in one step, in most cases. Using your hose-end sprayer, broadcast a solution of Cypermethrin on the exterior of the structure. Liquid concentrates of Cypermethrin (Demon EC,
Cynoff EC) work best. Wasps, bees and hornets do not like Cypermethrin!
Start your application at the top sides of the structure, working your way down to the ground; in this manner you will get the coverage you want without much waste. With good water pressure, your pesticide application should break up and wash off the mud made by the wasps. If not, a long stick should be used to remove all nesting materials. Old mud nests not only look unattractive but can make your home vulnerable to Carpet Beetles or other dermestids that invade homes.

During the summer months you might want to treat the exterior of your home with Demon or Cynoff insecticides, to help prevent re-infestation of wasps and to keep down other pests such as spiders, ants, scorpions, carpenter ants, roaches, centipedes, millipedes - most household pests.

I let mine live because they kill other not so nice insects.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:27 AM   #11
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Before you kill them all:

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ghlight=dauber
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:31 AM   #12
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Yaa...those wasp are very beneficial and not aggressive, great to have around.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:49 AM   #13
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Other than the mess they make, they don't hurt nothin, so I let them be.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:03 AM   #14
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A dozen or so are good neighbors, a few hundred are an entirely different story... I've seen it.

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Old 08-19-2010, 12:00 PM   #15
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Paint everything sky blue
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:07 PM   #16
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We used the aerosol bombs. Set one or 2 off when you are leaving for the weekend. When you come back they shouldnt be so bad. I know they are good for some things but you dont want them inside you trailer.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:14 PM   #17
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Hot Shot No Pest Strips work wonders in my blind. Kills yellow jackets dead and I assume dirt daubers too but I agree that they are beneficial to the area in general.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:17 PM   #18
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catch them and send them my way. my barn is full of black widows. i will never kill another dirt dauber at my place.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:29 PM   #19
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This is about the third time i've heard this.... Says it keeps away spiders, wasps and all bugs that make a mess on the patio. Has anyone actually painted a patio ceiling or other part of the house sky blue and had it work?
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:30 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the info!!!!
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:48 PM   #21
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I have an infestation in my barn. They cause a lot of damage. They put nest everywhere, in engines, freezer coils, outboard motors, toolboxes. I would rather have spiders, cause less damage.

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Old 08-19-2010, 03:10 PM   #22
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I put moth balls inside of a sock and tie it up and then I put it under the cowling of my boat motor and it keeps them out. The only problem is you need to remember to remove it before starting the engine and they stink. So I dont know if you would want to put them inside the house.
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