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Old 10-07-2011, 11:01 AM   #11
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I am guessing a dirt dauber is an insect? I'm from the west coast and have never heard of them before. When I read about them before on other posts here, I thought it was a brand name for a type of screen. Sorry for my ignorance but could one of you tell me what they are and where they live? Thank in advance.
They may not range as far north as you. Dirt Daubers are essentially a kind of wasp. We have them here in the AZ. They used to love to nest inside the water heater compartment in my Mobile Home (it's vented to the outside) until I resorted to chemical warfare to keep them and the *&^%$#@! ants out (the ants were getting into my home through that compartment.

Everyone I know and I call them mud daubers but I may switch to calling them dirt daubers since I have an affectionate alliteration affinity.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:20 AM   #12
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How many have read that you are supposed to remove the screens while using the RV?... I read that from an RV Tech's postings...
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I've seen that on occasion as well. I've also read that one should also only use screens designed for furnaces and water heaters to avoid restricting air flow. I've seen at least one RV Tech online that didn't seem to know as much as he thinks he did so, bein' from Missouri, the jury is still out for me on that one. I'm thinkin' since the screens are so ubiquitous, if they do need to be removed before using, the appliance manual will say so, even if only to give them a way to weasel out of honoring a warranty.

I have read cautions about making one's own dirt dauber screens since mesh size is critical. Too large and they will let the little buggers in. Too small and they will restrict too much airflow to the appliance.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:20 PM   #13
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I've noticed "most" folks call them mud daubers. In the parts of Texas that I've lived we've always called them dirt daubers (when we are being polite). To me it seems they will build anywhere that doesn't have people occupying the space. I don't think they have a sting (not 100% sure) but they sure have an annoying personality.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:36 PM   #14
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Our Montana had screens on the furnace and we didn't have any problem using it. With or with out screens we have never had a problem.
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:23 AM   #15
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...I don't think they have a sting (not 100% sure) but they sure have an annoying personality.
If it looks like a wasp, as far as I'm concerned it has a stinger. I'm sure as heck not going to get close enough to check!

Yes, I am a coward!

Edit: I just looked it up and they do have stingers!
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:01 AM   #16
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I think they are cool ( have screens on everything) they eat spiders!!
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:35 PM   #17
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After we brought our new-to-us pup home, I dove into cleaning/checking/doing catch-up maintenance and a/c unit was caked with mini-nests when I took the cover off to clean/check it.
We have an equally difficult issue with the 'paper' wasps building nests everywhere the daubers don't. Not only did we have daubers' nests in the a/c unit, we also had a paper nest inside the exterior furnace vent.
Every spring I have to spray and demolish paper nests being built under the awnings on our house.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:35 AM   #18
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Thanks for the info. We have paper wasps in my area. For some reason they weren't so bad this summer, but the year before they built a large nest under the soffits at the peak of my house. I opened the upstairs living room window and let them have it with a can of wasp spray. I quickly shut the window and listened to the roar of sheer terror going on in the hive. They started flying into the front picture window by the thousands it seemed. It sounded like popcorn popping but only louder. I was afraid the window was going to break.
This event truly scared me and one i'll never forget. I just could not believe all the dead wasps on the lawn in the morning. So that's my wasp story.
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had a bird build a nest in the refer vent of an old layton tt we had. when i started to light the fridge i saw some straw in the bottom of the compartment , so i investigated. the whole vent was filled with weeds and straw, had i fired off that water heater im sure we would have lost that tt.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:09 PM   #20
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We have them in northern Ohio. We call them mud daubers. The love propane lines also.
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