A mud dauber is a type of wasp. It earns the tag “mud” because it builds its nests out of the mud. For those afraid of a bee sting, they can relax just a bit. Mud daubers are not known for their vicious sting, and they rarely sting in the first place. These wasps can be spotted by their black exterior and six pronounced legs. They have a very thin body frame, and they are frenetically fast as they soar and glide in the air. They are not known to be present in specific regions and are considered a common bee in the United States.
Traits of the Mud Wasp
Mud wasps seem, on paper, a mild nuisance at worst. It is true that they rarely sting, and they are quite nomadic. They will generally keep to themselves, and their nests can actually look really interesting. If a family is not bothered by them, they can typically be left alone. They also do not live in large colonies, and will usually live in isolation or in very small “packs.” They also love to target spider larvae, which is likely only a good thing for millions of Americans with a little spider phobia.
The Biggest Problem with Mud Wasps
But, there is one big problem. Mud nests made by mud wasps are fantastic havens for other types of wasps that are considered a bit more nefarious. As noted above, mud wasps tend to a move a lot. That leaves a big empty nest for the next wasp species. Other pests, such as paper wasps and other bee types love to take hold of an abandoned mud nest and use it for their own breeding. It may be a mild problem in June, but eight weeks later it is a breeding haven for some especially awful and problematic bee species.
Mud wasps do the dirty work that other bee species use to their advantage. Once a less-nomadic type makes a property its own home, more bees will continue to thrive in the area. Contact The Beeman or visit his official website at The-Beeman (click here for the link). He and his team are the premiere choices for wasp Insect Control in Pittsburgh PA.