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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Temecula Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorOn the chance you are like quite a lot of people, you probably despise stinging insects. But, be that as it may, as a Temecula rental property owner, dealing with wasps is also a serious safety issue. Even while wasps have a rather over the top 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 additionally true if you disturb a wasp nest, either intentionally or by accident. If you observe a possible wasp problem on your rental property, your best course of action is to deal with it immediately – and in the right way. To contend with wasps, you have several courses of action. Which one you choose will depend on how big your wasp problem has become.

One surefire measure to deal with wasps is to keep them off from your rental property at the outset. You can start this off 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. Among other things, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can keep wasps away.

On the more practical side of things, you can prevent wasps from congregating around your property by sealing off places they are fascinated with and attracted to, such as trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Wasps are attracted to places with abundant food sources. Among those sources are exposed trash or compost mounds. By persuading your tenants to keep all garbage bins tightly closed and tell them to avoid composting, you can highly decrease the number of wasps around your rental property. You can likewise 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 setting about sealing up potential entry points, it’s important to check for wasps that may have already gotten inside. If you notice wasps buzzing nearby, try to trace them back to the source. Killing individual wasps won’t help if there is a nest in the vicinity. In situations where you do find a small wasp nest, it’s important to deal with it right away. The trouble will only grow the longer the nest is there. One technique that has been indicated to be successful 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, in addition to that, find and buy sprays designed to kill individual wasps or draw them away from the house by installing a baited trap at some distance away.

Though these practices 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 holds true for spraying it with water or burning it. Both are awful ideas. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and all other persons in close proximity. 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 promptly. Despite the fact that wasps are generally not aggressive if left alone when provoked, they are known to cause serious injury or even death. With such evident threats or risks, it’s critical to depend on a professional to remove the wasps safely and effectively.

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