Is this a Termite Nest?

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Old 05-12-18, 02:20 PM
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Is this a Termite Nest?

Hello,

I found this in my attic today, near the hatch to the roof. The hatch is not exactly hermetically sealed, so its a bit moist in the area, but water doesn't drip in. I don't want to scrape it off without knowing what it is.
The wall it's on is wood. That wood you see in the picture not painted is the hatch.

Any advice would be helpful

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Old 05-12-18, 02:22 PM
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Normally you'd see tubelike structures...not a mound like that. Though I guess it could be a joining point? Might also be some other insect like a type of wasp or similar. Looks more like that than termites. A lot depends on location though.
 
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Old 05-12-18, 02:24 PM
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Thank you Gunguy45.
do you think scraping it off into a garbage bag is advisable?

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I guess if its a wasp nest, I'd be asking for some trouble
 

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It's not a wasp nest, but it where the wasps store their food. It's just mud with a few bugs inside. We call them " Mud Dobbers" around here.
 
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many thanks Skaggsje. That's a relief.
 
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Old 05-13-18, 09:38 AM
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skaggsje is correct. Mud dauber incubation chamber. The holes are the openings where they emerged. They do not return or re-use. The unopened chambers will have spiders and other insects in them as food for the larvae. Harmless and beneficial. No harm in removing it at this point, either to you or the wasps.
 
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Yeah I wasn't clear...and truthfully, I had forgotten what they were called. Not a lot of wasps (esp mud daubers) out here in the high desert.
 
 

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