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Mud wasps #13639221 07/22/20 12:59 AM
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Does anyone have a cure for mud wasps building nests under your outboard motor cover? This year seems to be a lot worse than years past.
I cleaned out 8 mud nests today. Two ,nearly the size of tennis balls, surrounding the spark plug wires.
A real PITA to clean out.

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Dirt dawbers- or dobbers


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Yes

Re: Mud wasps [Re: Pappybear] #13639391 07/22/20 03:32 AM
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install a 12 v lite under the cowling we did this at the marina i worked at and it works. a dirt dobber will only build a nest where it has the least amount of lite. that is why you don't see the nests except under the dock roofs or inside of a structure

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Originally Posted by RANGER SKI
install a 12 v lite under the cowling we did this at the marina i worked at and it works. a dirt dobber will only build a nest where it has the least amount of lite. that is why you don't see the nests except under the dock roofs or inside of a structure

I believe they build where they do to avoid rainfall. It tends to dissolve mud.

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I had one in the air intake on a four wheeler once. Those things can wreak havoc. The best cure may be to run it more often.


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Re: Mud wasps [Re: Pappybear] #13639479 07/22/20 10:27 AM
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Rescue sales a dirt dawber sticky thing that you hang up , i bought one at Lowes, it works good .


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Originally Posted by RANGER SKI
install a 12 v lite under the cowling we did this at the marina i worked at and it works. a dirt dobber will only build a nest where it has the least amount of lite. that is why you don't see the nests except under the dock roofs or inside of a structure


They’re so bad this year, I had one build a nest on top of my boat lift cable roller. It fell off as soon as I lowered the boat. I was going to try a Hot Shot No Pest Strip if it will fit inside the cowling.

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Put cow ear tag under cowl


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Originally Posted by boatman025
Put cow ear tag under cowl

Why would an ear tag repel mud dauber?

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Originally Posted by boatman025
Put cow ear tag under cowl

That's an excellent idea that I've never heard before.

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Because it contains something that repels insects. I use them in the deer blind. No wasps !

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The Hot Shot No Pest Strip seems to be working great. I put it under the cowl hood when I return to dock and remove it before heading out.

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Put mothballs in a sealed pill bottle with holes drilled in lt !

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