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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Conroe Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorThere is a very good chance that you are someone who hates stinging insects. Specifically, wasps present a serious safety issue for Conroe 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. Attacks could also happen when you disturb a wasp nest, even by accident. If you seem to have a potential wasp problem on your rental property, it is best to address it immediately. Here are some things you can do to deal with wasps. Your choice would depend on how big your wasp problem is.

It is best to, first of all, keep wasps away from your rental place. Keep wasps away by identifying places where wasp nests are likely to be. Look for protected nooks and crannies around your rental property. Wasps like to build nests under the eaves, in a shed, or inside a wall. Wasps also live in trees as well as in the ground.

Wasp repellents applied on our property’s exterior surfaces may also keep wasps away from your property. Studies show that wasps can be kept at bay with a combination of essential oils. In particular, a mixture of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils sprayed around eaves, ledges, and crevices can keep wasps away.

Seal off trash bins and cracks around windows and doors to keep wasps at bay. Wasps congregate where food sources are. Examples of these are exposed to trash or compost mounds. Keep wasps away from your rental property by reminding your tenants to keep their garbage bins closed. Tell them to avoid composting as well. 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.

In addition to sealing potential entry points, you should also check for wasps that might already be inside your rental home. Trace any buzzing wasps back to the source. Killing individual wasps wouldn’t do you any good as long as their nest is still intact. Should you find a small wasp nest, you must deal with it right away. Leaving the nest alone would only make your problem worse. A proven tip makes use of a mixture of dish soap and water to spray on the nest and the wasps. The wasps will have a hard time breathing because of the soap, quickly ridding your property of them. You can also use sprays manufactured for killing individual wasps or draw them far away from the house by means of a baited trap.

Bear in mind that these methods are generally effective for a small number of wasps. You need a different approach for dealing with large nests. Do not try to remove a large nest by yourself. Never hit nor knock down a wasp nest, regardless of whether you think there aren’t any wasps inside or not. Neither should you spray it with water nor burn it. These are both bad ideas. Disturbing a wasp nest will result in an angry swarm of stinging insects that will attack you and anyone else nearby. Let a professional deal with any large nests on your property. Remind your tenants to stay away from it as well. Wasps are known to cause serious injury or even death when provoked. Given these risks, it is best to rely on a professional to remove wasps in a safe and effective way.

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