How to Get Rid of Mud Dauber Wasps

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Mud or dirt dauber wasps are often solitary wasps that are found along the eaves of the garage, and the best treatment is to simply scrape away their nest. Find out how to use a paint scraper to get rid of dirt daubers with help from a pest control... View Video Transcript

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Pete LaQuaglia

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Hi I'm Jason with Greenhouse Pest Management, Atlanta's only true natural pest control company. Today we are going to talk about dirt daubers. It is a solitary wasp that you will often find in your garage, along the eaves of our garage, around your concrete wall, anywhere where it is dark, dry, and you have an open area for the wasp to come in. They are not that big of a problem. They don't cause too many problems with people as far as stinging and stuff goes. It is just unsightly to have a dirt dauber nest on your wall. The best way to treat dirt dauber nest is simply to scrape it off. There is no need to use chemical or anything like that. Once you scrape the nest off the dirt dauber will leave eventually. All you are going to see her doing is going back and forth to that nest. What they are doing is they are going out and hunting spiders, and they sting the spiders. They don't kill the spiders, they paralyze them, bring them back into the nest, and that is what feeds their larva. When you do scrape the dirt dauber nest off it's a good idea to use something such as a paint scraper like this or something, and simply just go behind it, and scrape it off, and that will take care of it. Sweep it up. You will see spiders fall out of her, you might see some grubs fall of her, but don't worry they are paralyzed they cannot bite you. Just simply toss it away. If you do see the adult dirt dauber, and you do just absolutely want to kill it it's best just to get a can of wasp freeze and just squirt it down right there when you see, and then scrape the nest off, and you will have no more problems with them.