mud nest on window frame

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Old 09-10-15, 07:00 PM
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mud nest on window frame

Good evening everyone. I have being browsing this forum for a while but this is the first time I am posting a thread. I found this thing on my window frame, it is on the top of the window, looks like a mud nest. Is it an insect/worm nest, or termite nest. If it is a termite nest, why is it on the TOP of the window?

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Old 09-11-15, 05:04 AM
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I feel certain that it is a mud dauber wasp chamber. The adult female builds it, packs it with spiders, lays eggs and leaves them to pupate. A harmless and beneficial wasp. The exit hole at the bottom indicates that one of the “cells” has emerged and left. I’d scrape it off after more emergence holes are noted as it is a one time use only. Check with local county agricultural extension office to learn about emergence season in Texas.
 
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Old 09-11-15, 05:09 AM
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Yes it is a wasp.

Thanks PA, I never knew they captured spiders and that they were basically harmless.
 
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Old 09-11-15, 05:30 AM
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I was thinking mud dauber also although most of the ones I see have a series of 'tubes' like that one has at the bottom. I've always just scraped them off. While they might buzz and scare you I've never heard of anyone getting stung.
 
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Thank your all for the replies. I am very happy to learn it is not a termite nest and now I can sleep better. If it is build with mud, can I just rinse it off with a garden hose?
 
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It’s packed mud. Will take pressure. Scraping works better. Then water.
 
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After scraping it will probably take a little scrubbing along with the water to completely remove it.
 
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