Dirt daubers can kill your pressure washer

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by fixer67, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    I thought I would post something on here that we have a problem with in my area. The is dirt daubers or mud wasps. The will pack mud in any hole they can find. I have lost count of the numbers of pressure washer I have seen that had the hoses or pump inlets and outlets or the gun inlet packed full of mud. Then the pressure washer is out of action. I have started taking plastic bags and rubbers bands and covering up the inlets and outlets. Just something I thought I would pass on.
  2. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    i get small caps and put on mine.we have them suckers all over.
  3. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    Sounds like you learned the hard way.
  4. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    They will kill an outboard motor as well, the bastards will build a nest right in the carb throat:cry:
  5. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    Mud daubers got into my circuit breaker box on the side of the house. One of their mud huts shorted out one of the breakers. Don't know how it caused a short unless that mud had some moisture in it. They got in through one of the unplugged knock outs in the bottom of the box.


    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Great info for those that store thier machines.

    Ours is used everyday, so it's not a problem for us.

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