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Old 05-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Wasps and Mud Daubers?

Does anyone have an idea of how to keep wasps and things out of the hot water exhaust. I know the "door" on the outside has a "screen" type opening where the exhaust goes out but wifey and I watched a wasp climb in through one of the holes. Any ideas??
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Do a search with these terms "camco flying insect screen"
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Look at these. They have all kinds and for many manufacturers:

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Just installed one of those on the furnace exhaust. Took 5 minutes. However wonder if the OP actually meant his HOT WATER exhaust? I could also see this happening in the fridge area. Would it be safe to back these covers with window screen?
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I have also seen mud daubers crawl thru these and I have one on my furnace inlet/outlet. I put metal screen wire on all the rest of the openings including the covering the opening from the ac compressor to the coils. I plan on putting the metal screen on the furnace Camco screen.
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I never heard of a "mud dauber" until we got into RVing. What do they look like, and what parts of the US & Canada do they hang out in? Around here, the closest thing is probably Yellow Jacket wasps. We have a couple of other kinds of wasps here, but the Yellow Jackets are really prevalent in the summer. I don't think they get into RVs though??

Come to think of it, once in a rare while, I have seen what they seem to call here, a mud wasp's nest. Haven't seen one right on or in any kind of a vent though.

My dad always used to say "never poke at a wasps nest." Decades later, I still haven't learned that. Owwww..... Spray from 20' away seems to work better.
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I never heard of a "mud dauber" until we got into RVing. What do they look like, and what parts of the US & Canada do they hang out in? Around here, the closest thing is probably Yellow Jacket wasps. We have a couple of other kinds of wasps here, but the Yellow Jackets are really prevalent in the summer. I don't think they get into RVs though??

Come to think of it, once in a rare while, I have seen what they seem to call here, a mud wasp's nest. Haven't seen one right on or in any kind of a vent though.

My dad always used to say "never poke at a wasps nest." Decades later, I still haven't learned that. Owwww..... Spray from 20' away seems to work better.
Mud wasp is probably the same thing. Make long tubular mud homes instead of the commonly seen nests.
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Okay, Google says that there are many types of mud daubers. The nests that I have seen are more like small roundish piles of mud about 3" or so across. They don't seem to be much of a problem in southwest BC in my experience.

The worst wasps I have encountered are on southern Vancouver Island in forested areas. They are quite small and like to live in the ground in rotten old logs and tree stumps. If you walk near a nest and disturb them, or not, they are very aggressive and will attack you. The stings hurt like heck.

That reminds me, I need to get an ana-kit for the TT. I used to be severely allergic, but not that much in recent years. But I don't want to find out the hard way that I am more allergic than I thought. We always have antihistamine though. A wasp went inside a can of beer I was sipping outside once and it ended up in my mouth. Got a very swollen lip.... I always cover cans when outside in the summer time now.
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The worst wasps I have encountered are on southern Vancouver Island in forested areas. They are quite small and like to live in the ground in rotten old logs and tree stumps. If you walk near a nest and disturb them, or not, they are very aggressive and will attack you. The stings hurt like heck.
We call those beasties "Yellow Jackets" here for obvious reasons.
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I bought the smallest mesh metal screen I could find and I put it inside the hot water heater door panel, the fridge panel, and the rear bumper covers that have the holes in them. Used aluminum tape and it works great. We had the critters in behind the fridge and wife couldn't figure out what was buzzing.
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Not to pimp my own work, but I've put screens all over the place on my 23SS. I have pics posted here:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ods-37724.html

The screen is regular aluminum screen from Lowes. The fridge panel was the hardest. If I had to do it over I'd try using hot glue instead of the tacks.
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Not to pimp my own work, but I've put screens all over the place on my 23SS. I have pics posted here:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ods-37724.html

The screen is regular aluminum screen from Lowes. The fridge panel was the hardest. If I had to do it over I'd try using hot glue instead of the tacks.
We do the same thing with screen from Lowe's and we have always used the hot glue. It seems to work very well and never had any come loose.
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I used hot glue too.

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I used window screen scraps from our old pop up we once had and hot glued them to the panels for the hot water tank, fridge compartment, and bumper caps. The screen mesh worked better than the wire since it was flexible.
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We call those beasties "Yellow Jackets" here for obvious reasons.
Where I was raised "Yellow Jackets" were what we called hornets.

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thanks to all of you for your advice. I was always told that "mud daubers" did not sting and "yellow jackets" are ill tempered and mean. As a youngster I was "attacked" by a nest of them when I got to close. The have yellow and black around their bodies down towards the stinger. What we called hornets were Huge! By the way, I grew up just south of Kansas City, MO.
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Yellow Jackets are definitely mean. I think we have pretty much all the mean flying bugs up here in New England.

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