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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Morrisville Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorMost people hate stinging insects. For Morrisville rental property owners, tackling wasps is a serious safety issue as well. 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. This can also happen when you disturb a wasp nest. If there is a potential wasp problem on your rental property, it is best to resolve it immediately. To address your wasp issue, here are some options. Depending on how big your wasp problem is, you can choose among the following tips.

It is vital that you keep wasps as far away as possible from your rental property. Take steps to identify where wasps nests are likely to be so you can do something to keep them away. 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 could also live in trees or in the ground.

You can use wasp repellents on your property’s exterior surfaces to keep your property free from wasps. There are studies that show that essential oils may be effective at keeping wasps away. In particular, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can keep wasps away.

Wasps are attracted to trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Sealing these off could help prevent wasps from swarming around your property. Wasps like places that have abundant food sources. Exposed trash or compost mounds are examples of these sources. When you encourage your tenants to keep their garbage bins closed and to avoid composting, you should notice a significant reduction in 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. If there are any wasps buzzing about, try tracing them to the source. As long as their nests are still there, killing individual wasps won’t do you any good. 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. Mix dish soap and water and spray this mixture on the nest and the wasps. This method has been proven to be effective. Because of the soap, the wasps won’t be able to breathe, thus freeing your property from 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.

These methods are generally effective for small numbers of wasps. However, for large nests, you need a different solution. 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. Don’t think of burning it either, or spraying it with water. Both are awful ideas. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and anyone else nearby. If there is a large nest on your property, tell your tenants to stay away from it, then have a professional deal with it right away. Wasps, when provoked, have been known to inflict serious injury or even death. Knowing these risks, calling a professional would be the safest way to get rid of wasps.

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