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Old 06-28-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default How do I get rid of Mud Daubers?

Last year I had a bunch of them flying around my house so I started watching them. Low and behold, I had a couple gaps in the eave and they were nesting in there. I tried all the different wasp & hornet sprays and nothing worked. All it did was drip down on to my landscaping and kill the bushes. I would score a direct hit on one and they would just look at me and lick themselves clean. I think they would catch a buzz and that's all!

This past winter, I bought some expanding foam insulation and filled those gaps. About a week ago I started noticing the mud daubers flying around again. They are getting into the eave again but it looks like they are crawling under the shingles to get in there.

How do I get rid of these things? Appreciate ny ideas or help.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Under our covered patio we painted the ceiling a sky blue. It tricks 'em

Rest of the house just try to keep cracks filled. But really, they'll find a place to nest, walls, doors. They're Honey Badgers.

It's fun work for my boy and I, hunting the nests with hammers
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:08 PM   #3
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I'm no help on how to get rid of them, but having a few around is OK with me based on something I saw last summer. I was in our storage building and a mud dauber came flying in in carrying a black widow spider. I watched as it landed on it's nest and stuffed it in one of those little holes -I guess for it's young to chow on. Anything that kills spiders goes on my personal "protected species" list!
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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jerp-you are correct sir(that's normal)
Black-Widows are a major food source for Dirt Daubers.
But,I'll admit,they sometimes pick the worst places, to build their stucco houses.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:37 PM   #5
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tannerite!
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:58 PM   #6
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No getting rid of them! You just have to kill all you can. They cause all sorts of damage. They will get into boat motors, air tools and anything else they fit into and build their nest which will cost $$$
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:06 AM   #7
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Their nests suck but they are great for killing spiders. I always let em fly
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:54 AM   #8
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a can or two of hairspray and a lighter should also get the job done and is fun too
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:17 AM   #9
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I use 1/2 and 1/2 cheap dish soap and water in a good squirt bottle. This kills em better than the wasp& hornet spray and doesn't kill your grass or bushes Also will kill spiders. Know matter what you do you will never get all of them.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:27 AM   #10
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If they are small and black, find where they are getting together at night and double blast them with wasp spray, then stomp on them. They group up at night.

If they the larger black and yellowish ones, you will have to try and catch them on fly glue traps. Go in the kids toy section and buy some small plactic garden spiders to put on the glue strip.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:30 AM   #11
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No getting rid of them! You just have to kill all you can. They cause all sorts of damage. They will get into boat motors, air tools and anything else they fit into and build their nest which will cost $$$
I declared war on them after they froze the fan on window AC in my cabin. I keep it sprayed down now with Demon and so far no more problems.
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