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What Is It? Found in a Home

What Is It?    Found in a Home and I need to know what insect builds in here...

We were looking at a home for a buyer, and came across this - looks like a combination of a lot of things I have seen - but I cannot figure out what it is. 

Anyone want to help me here?What is it?


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Comment balloon 27 commentsDagny Eason • November 09 2014 09:02PM


That is a mud dauber's nest. I think you'll find a youtube video on how to remove them.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 4 years ago

 Good morning Dagny. That is a dirt dauber wasp nest.  Some folks call them mud daubers. They are a harmless wasp that normally do not bother people.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 4 years ago

Good morning Dagny. Michael Thornton is correct, not anything that I would worry about.

Make it a great week!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 4 years ago

I've never seen one of those before.   Sounds like an exterminator could remove it.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Wow!    Thank you!    This place is soo great!   Immediately you can get an answer for ANYTHING!    

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Dagny, listen to Michael. He has experience in this area! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

Hi Dagny, thank you for posting and asking what this weird-looking nest is. Now, I know when I see one. :)

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) about 4 years ago

We always called them Mud Duabers. Never got stung by one, and I believe they are harmless. I've scaped abandoned one off of walls before. Nothing to worry about.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) about 4 years ago

Hi Dagny.  I had no idea.  It's good thing there a lot of smart Rainers.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

I am so impressed that so many of you knew what it was!   I thought I would be lucky to get an answer by the end of the day!


Thanks all!  THis place is amazing!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Good morning Dagny. I am guessing some sort of abandoned nest for bees or wasps or the like.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

I'm a little late here, Dagny, as I see the answer has been given.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

It looks like you got the right answers quickly Dagny.

I have to ask about those other boards in the photo, they look chewed or scratched up. Is that just an illusion?

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 4 years ago

thank you Michael...haven 't seen one of these Dagny?

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Dagny, it is nice to read other blogger's post to learn.   I have not ever seen one of these either!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 4 years ago

Good morning Dagny,

It is definitely a mud daubers nest..we see these quite frequently. Michael is right on with this analysis!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 4 years ago

Good morning Dagny.   I am glad you posted this, I now have the answer too.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 4 years ago

Harmless dirt daubers!  LOL!!  But I love how responsive the AR community can be.

Posted by Kate McQueen, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (CB&A Realtors) about 4 years ago

Good morning , everyone!   I am so glad so many of you know what it is - it sounds like it is an East Coast and not Florida "pest."  

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366  I believe the scratches are from squirrels using this as a thoroughfare.   It is actually a wood shed.

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Of course that is a dirt daubers nest. I was raised being told they won't sting but they do look like wasps to me. We always took a broom handle and knocked the nests down. They usually moved on from there to a safer spot. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

Squirrels and wasps what a fun combination : )

Could be worse such as snakes and skunks oh my!

Posted by Brian Olsen, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams (Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes) about 4 years ago

Regardless of what it is, it doesn't need to stay there

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago

Dagny I don't care what Michael says, if it flies and has a stinger it will probably use it, so I would invite Michael up from TN and have him take it down ...... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 4 years ago

Dagny, wow!  Looks like a bug condo!  I've never seen anything quite like this.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 4 years ago

It is not unusual to find dirt daubers nests in the south. Debbie Reynolds described the solution. Just knock them down with a broom handle.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago


Mud dauber (sometimes called "dirt dauber," "dirt digger," "dirt dobber," "dirt diver", or "mud wasp") is a name commonly applied to a number of wasps from either the family Sphecildae or Crabronidae that build their nests from mud. Mud daubers, as they belong to different families, are variable in appearance, but most are long, slender wasps about 1-inch (25 mm) in length;.[1] The name refers to the nests that are made by the female wasps, which consist of mud molded into place by the wasp's mandibles. Mud daubers are not aggressive and stings are very uncommon.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Dagny Eason now that was educational for me. Interesting to hear the different names from the different locations.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) about 4 years ago