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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Reile's Acres Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorIt is highly likely that you, like most people, detest stinging insects. Specifically, wasps present a serious safety issue for Reile’s Acres rental property owners. Although wasps have a somewhat exaggerated reputation for aggressiveness, a single wasp sting can lead to hazards that range from allergic reactions to being attacked by an entire swarm. You could also be attacked if you accidentally or intentionally disturb a wasp nest. If you seem to have a potential wasp problem on your rental property, it is best to address it immediately. Here are some things you can do to deal with wasps. Choose one that is best suited to the gravity of your wasp problem.

First and foremost, you should keep wasps away from your rental property. Identify where wasps nests are likely to occur and do preventive steps. Wasps tend to make nests under the eaves, in a shed, or inside a wall of protected nooks and crannies around your rental property. Wasps also live in trees as well as in the ground.

Wasp repellents are helpful at keeping wasps away from your property. These are usually applied to your property’s exterior surfaces. Some studies indicate that the right combination of essential oils can effectively keep wasps away. In particular, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can keep wasps away.

You can also prevent wasps from nesting in your property by sealing off trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Wasps like places that provide them with a lot of food sources. Exposed trash or compost mounds are examples of these sources. Remind your tenants to keep their garbage bins closed tight as well as to avoid composting in order to reduce the number of wasps around your rental property. You can also keep wasps out of interior spaces by regularly checking for and sealing up cracks, holes, or other entry points in the exterior.

Aside from sealing potential entry points, you should also remember to check for wasps that might have already gotten inside. Should you notice wasps buzzing around, try tracing them back to the source. Killing individual wasps wouldn’t do you any good as long as their nest is still intact. If ever you find a small wasp nest, you must deal with it right away.Do not leave the nest alone as it will only make your wasp problem worse. One proven technique is to mix dish soap and water together and spray this on the nest and the wasps. The wasps will have a hard time breathing because of the soap, quickly ridding your property of them. You can also get your hands on sprays meant to eliminate individual wasps or draw them away from the house using a baited trap installed some distance away.

While these methods are generally effective for small numbers of wasps, large nests need a different approach. Do not try to remove a large nest by yourself. Never hit or knock down a wasp nest, even when you don’t think there are any wasps inside. Burning it or spraying it with water won’t help either. These are both bad ideas. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and anyone else nearby. A professional must deal with any large nests on your property. Advise your tenants to stay away from it at all times. Wasps are known to cause serious injury or even death when provoked. Given these risks, it is best to rely on a professional to remove wasps in a safe and effective way.

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