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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Muskego Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorThere is a very good chance that you are someone who hates stinging insects. In fact, wasps pose a very serious safety issue for Muskego rental property owners. 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. This could also happen if you disturb a wasp nest on purpose or by accident. If there is a potential wasp problem on your rental property, it is best to resolve it immediately. Here are some things you can do to deal with wasps. Choose one that is best suited to the gravity of your wasp problem.

First of all, it is important that you keep wasps away from your rental property. Keep wasps away by identifying places where wasp nests are likely to be. Protected nooks and crannies around your rental property, like under the eaves, in a shed, or inside a wall, are usually where wasps make their nests. Remember that wasps may also live in trees on in the ground.

Keep your property wasp-free by using wasp repellents on your property’s exterior surfaces. Some studies show that combining some essential oils can help drive wasps away. In particular, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can keep wasps away.

You can also prevent wasps from nesting in your property by sealing off trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Wasps like places that have abundant food sources. Exposed trash and compost mounds are very inviting areas. Encourage your tenants to close all garbage bins and to avoid composting in order to significantly reduce the wasp population 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.

While you are sealing off possible entry points around the house, you should also check for wasps that might have already gotten inside. Trace any buzzing wasps back to the source. If there is a nearby nest, killing individual wasps won’t do any good. In case you find a small wasp nest, you have to deal with it right away. Do not leave the nest alone as it will only make your wasp problem worse. One proven technique is to mix dish soap and water together and spray this on the nest and the wasps. Soap makes it difficult for the wasps to breathe, thus ridding your property of these insects fairly quickly. You can also get your hands on sprays meant to eliminate individual wasps or draw them away from the house using a baited trap installed some distance away.

While these methods are generally effective for small numbers of wasps, large nests need a different approach. Do not try to remove a large nest by yourself. Never hit or knock down a wasp nest. Not even when you think there are no wasps inside. Neither should you spray it with water nor burn it. These could cause a disaster. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and anyone else nearby. If your tenants report a large nest on the property, have them stay away from it and contact a professional right away. Wasps, when provoked, have been known to inflict serious injury or even death. Given these risks, it is best to rely on a professional to remove wasps in a safe and effective way.

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