Everything You Should Know About Mud Daubers In New Jersey


June 15, 2022

When you think of wasps, you might imagine one particular species, the yellow jacket. This is likely because it's relatively easy to identify these aggressive wasps in New Jersey with bright yellow and black stripes. While they are a kind of wasp, they aren’t the only ones. Some area wasps don’t have stripes or yellow markings, and one common yard invader that comes to mind is the mud dauber. 

This guide is to help you identify which wasp species are flying around your property, including what mud daubers look like, the risks they pose, and how to remove mud daubers from your New Jersey property.

mud dauber in the mud

How To Identify Mud Daubers

As a type of wasp, mud daubers share some characteristics with other wasps in the state. They have long, slim bodies with an aerodynamic look, and they are furless and sleek. But, mud daubers have a few other features that make them stand out from other wasps. 

First, look at their coloring; mud daubers are usually black but may have metallic markings. Then look at their body shape; mud daubers tend to have string-like “waists” that are smaller than other species.

Are Mud Daubers Aggressive?

While mud daubers might look rather intimidating with their jet black coloration and stinger, they are one of the least dangerous stinging insects in New Jersey. These pests aren’t territorial and don’t defend their nests, so it’s somewhat rare to be stung by one. 

Mud daubers are also solitary wasps. Unlike species like the yellow jacket and paper wasps, they build nests independently and don’t live together in large colonies. For the most part, mud daubers are considered a nuisance pest, but they can still be annoying to have around your yard.

Does Anything Instantly Kill Mud Daubers?

Multiple products can eliminate mud daubers on contact, but this is also the problem with most DIY wasp control methods. You’ll usually need to use some spray to reach or get close enough to mud daubers, which can put you at risk of being stung, even with less aggressive species.

Another issue with the presence of mud daubers is nest thieves. While mud daubers aren’t much of a concern, other pests sometimes inhabit their nests, making removing them risky to remove.

The simplest and easiest way to handle mud dabbers is to contact the New Jersey pest control experts at BHB Pest Elimination for safe wasp removal.

What Is The Best Treatment For Mud Daubers?

The best way to treat mud daubers is with a two-fold approach. First, focus on prevention to deter these and other stinging insects before they become an issue. Second, the safe removal of mud daubers can put your mind at ease. 

BHB Pest Elimination provides reliable mud dauber prevention and control tailored to your unique needs. All you need to do is contact us today to request a quote or schedule a wasp control inspection.

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