Mud dauber house idea? Question for bat house users

JeremyDMarch 23, 2013

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the organic gardening forum, as mud dauber wasps would be a great natural caterpillar and spider control (with one species that also seems to specialize in Black and Brown widow spiders)
They are also amazingly docile compared to paper wasps, almost never stinging exept under extreme duress (IE being roughly grabbed or if a baby popped one in it's mouth).

The only downside I see is that, lacking a better alternative site, they may make thier nests on the side of buildings, which some people find unattractive.

Therefore, I was wondering if there might be a house that could be built specifically for their use, but the only mention I have found is of them and Paper Wasps taking over bathouses, and how to prevent them by making the seperate compartments 3/4 inch wide and having the dividers run all the way to the top. (Apparently, the paperwasps at least find 3/4 inch compartents too narrow to comfortably make a nest in).

This got me wondering:
Could a simplified and scaled down version of a bat house be made with compartments narrow enough to discourage paper wasps, but wide enough to admit mud daubers (who seem to have a narrower nest)?

This leads to my main question for bat house users:
Are there any bathouses whose compartment widths seem to permit mud daubers, but also discourages or prevents paper wasps from moving in, and if so, how wide are those compartments?

Here is a link that might be useful: Batcon bat house plans

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
catherinet(5 IN)

I had a big hanging tubular windchime on the front porch. Guess who moved into the tubes? Yep....mud daubers.

I just bought a Mason bee house from Gardener's Supply. They are meant for mason bees, but I've heard mud daubers sometimes take them over.

I don't mind the mud tunnels all over my house. And they provide some birds with food in the winter. :)

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 6:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tode

I came to GardenWeb seeking "how to" maintain a mud supply for dauber wasps. Am delighted to start thinking about houses. They are the host beautiful animals on earth. Do they make music when building in the tubes?

A terrible lesson that I learned years ago. During a mosquito panic in my town I put a few drops of orange oil in the bird bath before a hurried trip out of town. I didn't see a wasp one for several years.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 8:55PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Squirrel proof tube bird feeder
Need a recommendation for a good Squirrel-proof tube...
shw104
Juncos Eating Ironweed Seed
There are a half dozen or so Juncos eating the Tall...
kelp
Goldfinches and plants
Okay, after a few years of waiting impatiently, the...
tracey_nj6
What kind of animal scat is this?
Does anyone know what kind of animal this is from?...
vmcneil
Favorite Shrub or Tree for attracting Wildlife and Why
What have you planted in your back yard that attracts...
Mike Larkin
Sponsored Products
Afina Vanderbilt Medium Triple Door Recessed Baroque Medicine Cabinet - 42W x 34
Hayneedle
Nelson Platform Bench
Design Within Reach
Aura Locking Wall-Mount Mailbox
Signature Hardware
Nelson | George Nelson Lotus Table Lamp - Ball
YLiving.com
Fire Burst Media Stand
$199.99 | Dot & Bo
Nelson | Cigar Lamp With Stand
$325.00 | YLighting
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™