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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Gainesville Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorAssuming you are like a lot of people, then you have a hate for stinging insects. Anyhow, as a Gainesville rental property owner, dealing with wasps is also a serious safety issue. However, wasps have a considerably overrated 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 undeniably true if you disturb a wasp nest, either intentionally or by accident. If you note a likely wasp problem on your rental property, your best course of action is to deal with it immediately – and in the right way. To fight wasps, you have several effective options. Which one you choose to apply will depend on how big your wasp problem has become.

One very effective approach to deal with wasps is to ward them off from your rental property before everything else. You can start this process by knowing where wasp nests are likely to occur and taking steps to keep them out. 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. To be exact, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can help drive wasps away.

On the useful side of things, you can prevent wasps from congregating around your property by sealing off things they are enticed to, such as trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Wasps are attracted to places with abundant food sources. Other sources are exposed to trash or compost mounds. By requesting and urging your tenants to keep all garbage bins tightly closed and tell them to avoid composting, you can easily decrease the number of wasps around your rental property. You can as well 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 getting down to sealing up potential entry points, it’s important to check for wasps that may have already gotten inside. If you notice wasps buzzing somewhere, try to trace them back to the source. Killing individual wasps won’t help if there is a nest nearby. If, in any case, you do find a small wasp nest, it’s important to deal with it right away. This annoying problem will only grow the longer the nest is there. One strategy that has shown effectual 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 furthermore get sprays designed to kill individual wasps or draw them away from the house by installing a baited trap situated a little far away.

Even supposing these ways are generally effective for a 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 applies to spraying it with water or burning it. Both are appalling options. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and other people in the area. 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 speedily. Conceding that wasps are generally not aggressive if left alone when provoked, they are known to cause serious injury or even death. With such really obvious risks and dangers, it’s crucial to lean on a professional to remove the wasps safely and effectively.

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