Mosquitos, biting flies, you name it—outdoor bug pests of all sorts are a common occurrence here in Minnesota. Many of us have learned to deal with them over the years by spraying on repellent or otherwise staying indoors during dusk.
However, when it comes to your HOA neighborhood and resident satisfaction levels, these very same bugs become less of a minor nuisance and more of a genuine problem. Your residents depend on your HOA management for the highest quality standards of living you can provide; certainly, bugs play no role in this!
Smart HOA boards and providers of property management services will thus attempt to get a handle on bug problems before they spiral out of control. However, if you’re already wrestling with insect issues, don’t fret; Gassen is here to help. Below, we’ll discuss simple steps your HOA can take to deal with outdoor bugs and reclaim the fun that used to come with summer nights.
Assessing the Problem: The First Step
Dealing with your bug problem first and foremost comes down to defining it further. First of all: do you really have a bug problem in the first place? It’s impossible to expect any neighborhood to be completely insect-free. It’s unavoidable that the outdoors has bugs. Secondly, are the bugs you’re dealing with really detrimental to your residents’ satisfaction levels? For example, while it’s perfectly understandable to seek to reduce local mosquito populations, Crane Flies are relatively harmless, aside from looking intimidating.
If, after answering these questions, you truly must grapple with your neighborhood’s insect infestations, your exact course of action will vary depending on the species. Generally, though, a few good ideas include:
● Making sure no unnecessary bodies of standing water exist within neighborhood limits | Yes, this includes puddles! Mosquitos breed in still water, so keeping things dry will make it difficult for populations to grow.
● Keep grass neatly trimmed | Ticks (which, interestingly, are not insects, but arachnids) and other problematic species love tall grass, so ensure all lawns are mowed regularly, especially during peak problem months.
● Keep gutters clean | Yet another reason to get up and clean those gutters! Insects can thrive in the organic matter that accumulates there. Checking your neighborhood’s gutters regularly also ensures that bee or wasp problems don’t get the chance to take off.
Contact Gassen Now for Smart HOA Help
From online property management to accounting property management, we do it all. If your board is in over its head, give our Eden Prairie office a call today at 952-922-5575. There’s no shame in asking for help.