Mud Dauber

Actual Size: 1″

Characteristics: Yellow or black, with a thin waist. Easily identified by their nest.


  • Mud daubers are not very aggressive.
  • They make nests out of mud that look like organ pipes.
  • Mud daubers collect and store spiders to feed their young.
  • Unlike bees, which can only sting once, wasps have reinforced stingers that allow them to inflict multiple, painful stings.

Mud Dauber Overview

Just as its name implies, mud daubers are a type of wasp that constructs their nests from mud. Besides its unique nest, one of the easiest ways to identify a mud dauber is by its thread-like waist separating its abdomen and thorax, which helps differentiate it from other types of wasps. Mud daubers are not aggressive and typically do not sting unless their nest is directly threatened.

Mud Dauber Habitat

As mentioned previously, mud daubers live in nests constructed by the female population of the colony. These nests consist of short mud tubes constructed side by side and are most often located in shaded areas like porch ceilings, under eaves, or in sheds and barns. When their nests appear to have round holes on the outside, this is an indication the wasps have emerged and the nest is inactive.

Mud Dauber Behavior

Mud daubers are considered to be beneficial to the environment due to their habit of feeding on other types of insects. Adult mud daubers feed on honeydew and the body fluids of the insects they capture, including black widow spiders. They also aren’t known to sting and, unlike other wasps, aren’t defensive about their nests.

Although mud daubers aren’t dangerous, they can still be a nuisance when they’ve nested in or near your home. Nest removal should always be handled by a professional pest control company.

The Springer Professional Home Services Solution

Although most insects are environmentally beneficial, it can be difficult to coexist peacefully when they invade your personal space. Bees and wasps can be dangerous to people and often destructive to homes and other structures.

Springer Professional Home Services will safely and carefully eliminate bees or wasps and their nests from your home or property. Exposed nests may be removed on the day of service depending on the activity and size of the nest. In other cases, we’ll come back on a day when it is safer to remove the nests. In addition, we will create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestation.

What happens if bee or wasp nests form again? Don’t worry. Our year-round pest control program, which covers 36 common pests, will ensure your home and property are protected throughout the entire year.