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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Waterford Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorJust in case you are like various other people, then you probably dislike stinging insects. But nevertheless, as a Waterford rental property owner, dealing with wasps is also a serious safety issue. Though wasps have a somewhat excessive reputation for aggressiveness, a single wasp sting can lead to hazards that range from allergic reactions to being attacked by an entire swarm. This is similarly true if you disturb a wasp nest, either intentionally or by accident. If you perceive a prospective wasp problem on your rental property, your best course of action is to deal with it immediately – and in the right way. To cope with wasps, you have several alternatives. Which one you decide will depend on how big your wasp problem has become.

One of the excellent ways to deal with wasps is to just keep them away from your rental property to start with. You can get this going by knowing where wasp nests are likely to occur and taking steps to repel them and keep them away. Wasps tend to build nests in the protected nooks and crannies around your rental property, like under the eaves, in a shed, or inside a wall. Wasps can also live in trees or even in the ground.

To keep wasps away from your property, try using one or more known wasp repellents on your property’s exterior surfaces. Studies have shown that the right combination of essential oils can keep wasps away. In specific, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can keep wasps away.

On the sensible or practical side of things, you can prevent wasps from congregating around your property by sealing off elements they are captivated with, such as trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Wasps are attracted to places with abundant food sources. Some of those sources are exposed to trash or compost mounds. By strongly encouraging your tenants to keep all garbage bins tightly closed and tell them to avoid composting, you can extremely reduce the number of wasps around your rental property. You can furthermore keep wasps out of interior spaces by regularly checking for and sealing up cracks, holes, or other entry points in the exterior.

As you’re going about sealing up potential entry points, it’s important to check for wasps that may have already gotten inside. If you notice wasps buzzing, try to trace them back to the source. Killing individual wasps won’t help if there is a nest close by. In the instance that you do find a small wasp nest, it’s important to deal with it right away. The dilemma or problem will only grow the longer the nest is there. One way that has turned out efficient is to spray the nest and the wasps with a mixture of dish soap and water. The soap makes it impossible for the wasps to breathe, quickly eliminating them from the property. You can, on top of that, procure sprays designed to kill individual wasps or draw them away from the house by installing a baited trap quite a distance away.

Even though these means are generally effective for small numbers of wasps, large nests are another matter. Do not try to remove a large nest by yourself. Never hit or knock down a wasp nest, even if you think there aren’t any wasps inside. The same goes for spraying it with water or burning it. Both are terrible ideas. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and whoever else around. If you or your tenants find a large nest on the property, make sure everyone knows to stay away from it and call a professional straight away. Despite that wasps are generally not aggressive if left alone, when provoked they are known to cause serious injury or even death. With such obvious risks or perils, it’s imperative to trust a professional to remove the wasps safely and effectively.

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