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A Property Manager’s Guide to Dealing with Wasps

Portsmouth Wasp Nest on Home ExteriorThere is a very good chance that you are someone who hates stinging insects. However, as a Portsmouth rental property owner, dealing with wasps also becomes a very serious safety concern. 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 there seems to be a potential wasp problem on your rental property, you should immediately deal with it. Here are some ideas to help you deal with your problem with wasps. Pick one that seems appropriate to how grave your wasp problem has become.

It is best to, first of all, keep wasps away from your rental place. Knowing where wasps like to make nests will greatly help you. You can also then take steps to keep them away. 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 can also nest in trees on even in the ground.

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

Wasps like trash bins and cracks around windows and doors. Sealing these off could help keep your property free from wasps. Wasps congregate where food sources are. Examples of these are exposed to trash or compost mounds. 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.

You should also check for wasps that may already be inside your rental home. This can be done as you are sealing up possible entry points. It helps to trace any buzzing wasps to the source. If there is a nearby nest, killing individual wasps won’t do any good. Should you find a small wasp nest, you must deal with it right away. You will continue having a wasp problem if you just leave the nest alone. You can try spraying the nest and the wasps with a mixture of dish soap and water. The soap makes it hard for the wasps to breathe, thus eliminating them from your property. You can also purchase sprays made to kill individual wasps or draw them a good distance away from the house with a baited trap.

These techniques are generally effective for small numbers of wasps, but large nests are a different matter. Do not try to remove a large nest by yourself. Never hit or knock down a wasp nest. You can never be certain if there aren’t any wasps inside. Neither should you spray it with water nor burn it. These are not good 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. Even if wasps are usually not aggressive if left alone, they can cause serious injury or even death when they are provoked. Knowing all these risks, the safest and most effective way to rid your property of wasps would be to call a professional.

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