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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Arcadia Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorIf indeed you are like certain people, you probably have a dislike for stinging insects. But, in any case, as an Arcadia rental property owner, dealing with wasps is also a serious safety issue. While it is a matter of fact that wasps have a sort of an inflated 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 likewise absolutely true if you disturb a wasp nest, either intentionally or by accident. If you’re looking at an imminent wasp problem on your rental property, your best course of action is to deal with it immediately – and in the right way. To deal with wasps, you have different alternative options. Which one you take up will depend on how big your wasp problem has become.

One of the most useful practices to deal with wasps is to keep them out of your rental property first and foremost. You can set about doing this by knowing where wasp nests are likely to occur and taking steps to keep 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. Exactly like a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can ward wasps away.

On the applicable side of things, you can prevent wasps from congregating around your property by sealing off stuff they are very attracted to, such as trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Wasps are attracted to places with abundant food sources. Additional sources are exposed trash or compost mounds. That’s why by prompting your tenants to keep all garbage bins tightly closed and tell them to avoid composting, you can greatly lower the number of wasps around your rental property. You can additionally 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 having a go at sealing up potential entry points, it’s important to check for wasps that may have already gotten inside. If you notice wasps buzzing from somewhere, try to trace them back to the source. Killing individual wasps won’t help if there is a nest in close proximity. On the off chance that you do find a small wasp nest, it’s important to deal with it right away. This annoyance and problem will only grow the longer the nest is there. One process that has been shown to be beneficial 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 as well acquire sprays designed to kill individual wasps or draw them away from the house by installing a baited trap located rather far away.

Despite the fact that these techniques 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. This is also the case for spraying it with water or burning it. Both are very wrong ideas. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and any person in the vicinity. 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 swiftly. Though wasps are generally not aggressive if left alone when provoked, they are known to cause serious injury or even death. With such very clear risks, it’s essential to have confidence in a professional to remove the wasps safely and effectively.

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