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found this one under our roof under the AC.
how can I get rid of it?”
“Mud dauber's nest. Hit it with some Wasp/Hornet killer, then scrape it off.”
“They look old though, are you sure they're still active?”
“i know this will sound stupid, but i am worried that it is right under the AC and the spray will leak into the house. my birds are right there in the living room where the AC is”
“lock all the doors and window and send Tree out there with a large stick.”
“Just knock them off then. Or leave them. Are the wasps getting into the house? Is anybody in your family deathly allergic to them?
You might try hosing them down with water as well.”
yes it is active. thats what caught my eye. it was the bee.
plus i check the house all the time. so it is pretty new. i would say about 2 to 3 weeks old”
“is it small?
or can it get bigger?
i was allergic to bees when i was a kid. so who knows now that i am so old”
“I've seen bigger ones. Is it outside?”
“yes it is outside.
ok bit you have to admit that was a dumb question
“Is there any way for them to get inside?
If not - leave them alone.”
“well the front door is right near it.
with a party this Sat i would rather have it gone
hmm wonder if i can relocate it. LOL”
“No, plenty of people have A/C plants under their roof inside their house. My first house did. And mud daubers are amazingly good at getting into tight spaces and making their nests.”
“Sure! just get a Sawzall and saw that chunk of the house/AC/whatever it's stuck to, move it somewhere. Easy.”
“Many bugs require three things in order to survive: food, water and shelter. So eliminate one or more and you'll be rid of them.
I suggest you get some sort of netting to protect your face and neck, put on winter clothing, including gloves, thick enough to protect you from bites and then remove all that stuff to elsewhere. Let the bugs follow you. You can spray them when you are away from the A/C.
Or call a professional.
last edited: 7/20/05 4:28:11 PM”
“oh i can sell it on ebay
you sure its not one of those african bees?”
“I thought you were a 'save the animals' kinda hippie chick.
What - only animals with faces count?”
“Do not call those 'Bees'.
Bees make honey. Those are not 'Bees'.
Damn city slickers. ;-)
last edited: 7/20/05 4:29:47 PM”
no bugs to
but not ones that sting”
“yeah real funny till it is in your backyard”
“I've got tons of those in my backyard.”
“Uh-oh, mapes just sent tree out to check it out. Look what happened:
“Yeah, but he's not LHFAO I'll bet!!”
“Live and let live.
“Mud Daubers lay eggs in the "tubes" where the larva develops and overwinters. The adult will emerge next spring.
Mud Daubers dot defend their nest and very rarely sting.
Hose the nest down with water, scrape it off the wall and destroy all larva and pupae found.”
“What Chili said.
I've got the "mud ball" variety on my porch; it seems like I'm always scraping them down. The pottery dept, at UNF has an incredible collection of dauber tubes around their outdoor kilns. They periodically remove them from walls and fire them; instant bud vases.”
Just wait until dark
“Then wash it away with your garden hose. No fuss, no bother, no chemicals & no stings.”
“little bugger now has made 4 tubes.
it is getting bigger.
so nothing will be born till next spring?
so i can wait to get rid of it in the winter. i think i can do that. this way i can do it while everyone is asleep.
i can be brave and do that”
“They won't fly after dark. Must be the boogie man/woman.”
“These days I don't even wait for dark. Just hit them with a pressure washer. Paper wasps too.”
“Get some of the foaming wasp and hornet killer. It seals the exit and kills everything in the nest.”
“The eggs will hatch this year, ML. The larva will overwinter.”
“Just go scrape them off with a spatula, ya big chicken.”
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