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Old Sep 16th 2007, 5:14 pm
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They are like small lumps of concrete on the side of walls with small holes in. At first I thought it actually was concrete or cement, but after spotting a few of them around the property, I've realised they are nests!

But what is making them and should they be 'extreminated'??

We've also got 2 wasp nests, or what look like wasps in the garden. Complete with honey-combs

Are these indeed wasps or strange looking bees? And again, should we be getting rid? We have Terminex treating the house every quarter - just wondering if we shouldn't call them back to treat these new pests
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Default Re: What are making these nests?

Originally Posted by Mandana View Post
They are like small lumps of concrete on the side of walls with small holes in. At first I thought it actually was concrete or cement, but after spotting a few of them around the property, I've realised they are nests!

But what is making them and should they be 'extreminated'??

We've also got 2 wasp nests, or what look like wasps in the garden. Complete with honey-combs

Are these indeed wasps or strange looking bees? And again, should we be getting rid? We have Terminex treating the house every quarter - just wondering if we shouldn't call them back to treat these new pests

haha that be the dirt dobbers http://en.allexperts.com/q/Pests-730...l-Mud-Dirt.htm
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Old Sep 16th 2007, 5:18 pm
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Default Re: What are making these nests?

Originally Posted by Mandana View Post
They are like small lumps of concrete on the side of walls with small holes in. At first I thought it actually was concrete or cement, but after spotting a few of them around the property, I've realised they are nests!

But what is making them and should they be 'extreminated'??

We've also got 2 wasp nests, or what look like wasps in the garden. Complete with honey-combs

Are these indeed wasps or strange looking bees? And again, should we be getting rid? We have Terminex treating the house every quarter - just wondering if we shouldn't call them back to treat these new pests
They could be the start of some sort of wasp's nest especially if they are in a sheltered position. We use Terminex too...I call them if I see any wasps nests, ants etc between the quarterly visits.

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They sound like Swallows nests to me ?

If they are really small they could be Hornets nests ..... !!
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Originally Posted by Patrick Hasler View Post
They sound like Swallows nests to me ?

If they are really small they could be Hornets nests ..... !!
That's what I thought at first. I remember having one above the dining room window in our UK house....what a mess they made.
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl View Post
That's what I thought at first. I remember having one above the dining room window in our UK house....what a mess they made.
nope these are smaller than swallow's nests, they are the local dirt dobbers.
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nope these are smaller than swallow's nests, they are the local dirt dobbers.
A swallow's nest was my first thought but reading the OP's post I realised she meant an insect not a bird.

I looked at your link...if they are the same I know them as Cicada Killer Wasps. One flew in the kitchen last summer and terrified me 'cos it was about 1 1/2" long...looked like a huge wasp but the markings were different.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_dauber

and the honeycombe sound like
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowjacket
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Tsk .. I meant exterminated! My speel-cheeker obviously isn't turned on!

Thanks guys. I'll ring Terminex tomorrow. And Ray, yes, they do look like yellow-jackets to me. Pesky little things - stung OH too

Cheers guys
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Tsk .. I meant exterminated! My speel-cheeker obviously isn't turned on!

Thanks guys. I'll ring Terminex tomorrow. And Ray, yes, they do look like yellow-jackets to me. Pesky little things - stung OH too

Cheers guys
I'm forever calling Terminex to spray the wasps...they go inbetween the brickwork and make nests in the walls.
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Originally Posted by TruBrit View Post

You're right Trubrit

Dirt Dobbers are very very common in this area Mandana. Just grab a hammer and knock their hard dirt nest down. I do it all the time
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You're right Trubrit

Dirt Dobbers are very very common in this area Mandana. Just grab a hammer and knock their hard dirt nest down. I do it all the time
yep me to, i can't resist knocking them down nor kicking the mound of soil that the red ants churn up i know i shouldn't coz it just makes them spread even further so my pest control man says but i still do it
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yep me to, i can't resist knocking them down nor kicking the mound of soil that the red ants churn up i know i shouldn't coz it just makes them spread even further so my pest control man says but i still do it

you're bad!

Our biggest problem this year is frogs, probably because it has been so wet. They are everywhere and I know I'm squishing them every time I pull up into the drive
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Originally Posted by Sugarmooma View Post
you're bad!

Our biggest problem this year is frogs, probably because it has been so wet. They are everywhere and I know I'm squishing them every time I pull up into the drive
oh nooo i don't like frogs and the ones i've seen here are humongous

we haven't really noticed an excess of frogs this year our way, just mainly hear them in the house gutters.
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When we lived in Illinois we got a lot of frogs, probably because we lived near a lake.
They used to fall in the window wells.
Used to scoop them out with a fishing net until one day I saw a snake sitting waiting for the next frog to fall
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