When you are in the midst of cold days during the winter and rainy days during the spring, the bright and sunny days of summer come to mind. We tend to forget some of the annoying things summer can bring! Here are a few things that dull your Summer Vibes and how you can get rid of them:
The Bugs - Spiders and ants and mosquitos, Oh My! These are just a few of the pests the hot weather brings about. Make sure you have good seals on your windows and doors and fix any torn screens to help limit points of entry. Don't leave standing water outside so that mosquitos can multiply and by all means, get a pest control company to come and help if you have more than the occasional bug or so. For your body, use some sort of non toxic spray when you are going be out in nature and keep your arms and legs covered if you are going to be hiking in the woods to avoid bites. On your patio some nice citronella candles or Tiki torches may help keep bugs at bay too.
A little bit of prevention goes a long way!
Hot Feet - It's easy to burn your bare feet on hot concrete so be sure you either wear shoes or sandals when you are out, or also have some shaded area over a patio to avoid extremely hot concrete. If your feet get sweaty easily, do wear socks in your shoes! This will keep your shoes from getting too smelly (and smelly shoes can stink up a closet pretty quickly). Sandals may be the best bet to helping your feet stay cooler and more comfortable, however extreme heat can cause your feet (and hands) to swell so keep an eye out for those potential issues as well.
Smelly Trash - The garbage can get smelly any time of the year, but in the summer heat it can be exponentially worse. Don't decide to clean out your fridge on a Monday when the trash person doesn't come until Friday! Think strategically about when you throw something away as well as HOW you throw it away. Double bag some things if necessary to avoids drips or spills in your can and to help keep the odor level down.
Yard Work - In the summer heat yard or landscaping work can be really challenging. First if you are having a dry spell, be sure to water early in the morning or late in the evening so that your plants can have the full benefit of the moisture. Watering in the middle of the hot day will cause more of the water to evaporate. Don't mow your grass too short because that can cause your lawn to burn and clip away leggy, ugly plants in the summer early in the day so that they can look more full as well. Of course, if you are going to be out working in the hot summer sun, be sure to stay hydrated and keep your skin protected with sunscreen, your eyes protected with sunglasses and wear a covering on your head and body to avoid major sun damage. Work in short spurts at a time so you can avoid heat stroke as well.
Pop Up Storms - I love a good summer storm, but the unexpected pop up storms can ruin your outdoor plans. Even worse, a strong summer storm can cause damage to your home! Be sure you have trees trimmed of dead limbs one limbs that hang over your home before a storm causes problems and make sure you gutters are clean and the summer rains can drain away from your foundation so you don't have any water damage as well.
Higher Bills - Higher energy bills are also no fun in the summer as well as the constant hum of the air conditioner. Be sure to have it serviced every season so that it will run it's best and you will get the best value for those extra dollars. Pay attention to how much water usage you have as well and limit it when you can. All those showers, putting water in the pool, watering the yard and possibly extra laundry if you have a kid home from college can cause your water bill to skyrocket as well. Do your best to conserve as best as you can!
I hope some of these tips can help keep those bummers in the summer stay away so you can have more fun in the sun this year!