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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Gonzales Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorMost people are not fans of stinging insects. As a Gonzales rental property owner, having wasps around presents a very serious safety concern. 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. Attacks could also happen when you disturb a wasp nest, even by accident. If you seem to have a potential wasp problem on your rental property, it is best to address it immediately. Here are some ideas to help you deal with your problem with wasps. Depending on how big your wasp problem is, you can choose among the following tips.

First and foremost, you should keep wasps away from your rental property. Take steps to identify where wasps nests are likely to be so you can do something to keep them away. Secure protected nooks and crannies around your rental property, like under the eaves, in a shed, or inside a wall because these are where wasps usually like to make their nests. Wasps also live in trees as well as in the ground.

You can use wasp repellents on your property’s exterior surfaces to keep your property free from wasps. Studies show that wasps can be kept at bay with a combination of essential oils. In particular, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can keep wasps away.

Seal off trash bins and cracks around windows and doors to keep wasps at bay. 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. If there are any wasps buzzing about, try tracing them 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. Leaving the nest there would just make the problem worse. 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. There are also available sprays designed for killing individual wasps. Another option is to draw them away from the house with a baited trap set up some distance away.

These techniques are generally effective for small numbers of wasps, but large nests are a different matter. Do not try to remove a large nest by yourself. Never hit nor knock down a wasp nest, regardless of whether you think there aren’t any wasps inside or not. Don’t spray it with water nor burn it either. Either option would cause more trouble. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and anyone else nearby. Let a professional deal with any large nests on your property. Remind your tenants to stay away from it as well. Wasps are known to cause serious injury or even death when provoked. Knowing all these risks, the safest and most effective way to rid your property of wasps would be to call a professional.

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