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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Lehi Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorIf it happens that you are like some people, you likely can’t stand stinging insects. Though, as a Lehi rental property owner, dealing with wasps is also a serious safety issue. Even if wasps have a bit of a distorted 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 as well true if you disturb a wasp nest, either intentionally or by accident. If you find a forthcoming wasp problem on your rental property, your best course of action is to deal with it immediately – and in the right way. To control wasps, you have quite a few doable alternatives. Which one you apply will depend on how big your wasp problem has become.

One of the most ideal techniques to deal with wasps is to keep them at bay from your rental property from the get-go. You can actually start by knowing where wasp nests are likely to occur and taking steps to keep them 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 scare 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. As an example, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can push wasps away.

On the practical side of things, you can prevent wasps from congregating around your property by sealing off items they are drawn to, such as trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Wasps are attracted to places with abundant food sources. Some of those sources are exposed trash or compost mounds. Thereby urging your tenants to keep all garbage bins tightly closed and tell them to avoid composting, you can largely lessen the number of wasps around your rental property. You can indeed 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’re engaging in sealing up potential entry points, it’s important to check for wasps that may have already gotten inside. If you notice wasps buzzing out and about, try to trace them back to the source. Killing individual wasps won’t help if there is a nest close by. In case that you do find a small wasp nest, it’s important to deal with it right away. This concern will only grow the longer the nest is there. One approach that has turned out great 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 additionally purchase sprays designed to kill individual wasps or draw them away from the house by installing a baited trap a bit far away.

Even though these styles 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. The same thing applies to spraying it with water or burning it. Both are dreadful ideas. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and any other person that’s near. 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 quickly. Although wasps are generally not aggressive if left alone when provoked, they are known to cause serious injury or even death. With such problems, it’s significant to have faith in a professional to remove the wasps safely and effectively.

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