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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Statesville Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorYou are probably one of the many people who hate stinging insects. In fact, wasps pose a very serious safety issue for Statesville 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. Should your rental property have a potential wasp problem, you must immediately act on it. Here are some tips on dealing with wasps. Pick one that seems appropriate to how grave your wasp problem has become.

Above anything else, you should keep wasps away from your rental property. Knowing where wasps like to make nests will greatly help you. You can also then take steps to keep them away. Wasps usually make 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 nest in trees on even in the ground.

Keep your property wasp-free by using wasp repellents on 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 and compost mounds are very inviting areas. Encourage your tenants to close all garbage bins and to avoid composting in order to significantly reduce the wasp population 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.

As you are sealing up possible entry points, you must also check for wasps that might already be inside. It helps to trace any buzzing wasps to the source. It would be useless to kill individual wasps if you don’t eliminate their nest. Should you be able to locate a small wasp nest, you have to deal with it right away. As long as the nest is there, your wasp problem will only get bigger. You can try spraying the nest and the wasps with a mixture of dish soap and water. The soap makes breathing impossible for the wasps, causing them to suffocate and quickly eliminating them from your property. You can also purchase sprays made to kill individual wasps or draw them a good distance away from the house with a baited trap.

These methods are generally effective for small numbers of wasps. Large nests, however, are another matter. Do not try to remove a large nest by yourself. Never hit or knock down a wasp nest. You can never be certain if there aren’t any wasps inside. Spraying it with water or burning it won’t help either. These could cause a disaster. 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 usually not aggressive when left alone. When provoked, however, they can inflict serious injury or even death. Call a professional to get rid of wasps the safe way, and protect yourself from these risks.

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