Avoid These Common Summer Bummers

Everyone gets so excited when summer finally arrives, but when summer comes, there are a few things that come to mind that you probably would prefer not to deal with. However, do not despair, because you can get your home ready to combat these annoying summer problems and make your summer the best one yet.

One of the most annoying aspects of summer is mosquitoes. After being cooped up in winter, you want to spend as much time outside as possible and you should be able to do so without becoming a smorgasbord for those blood sucking bugs. Some things that you can do to repel mosquitoes are to get rid of any standing water (such as in a kiddie pool, water table, fountain), since mosquitoes go to those sources and could be laying their eggs in them. You can also add some plants to your yard that are known to repel mosquitoes, such as lemon balm, lemongrass, lantana, lavender and other mint-type plants. Using cedar mulch is another way that you can repel mosquitoes.

Getting to spend time out in the sun is a wonderful treat, but there are some precautions you need to take to make sure that you are protecting yourself from getting too much sun. Sunburn is very painful and harmful for your skin and if you spend too much time in the heat, you can also suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

In addition to making sure that you are wearing sunscreen, you can also consider other ways to make sure that there are still shaded areas for you to get a break from direct sunlight. You can invest in some really nice patio furniture that comes with a table with a large umbrella. If you can purchase an umbrella that is able to tilt, this will provide you with even more coverage, since you can easily maneuver it as the sun moves throughout the day. You can also have a gazebo built in your yard, which will also add some beauty to your home.

Grilling and having barbecues is a favorite past time of many homeowners during the summer months and if you are someone who loves to spend time cooking outside, you might want to have a grilling station built into your yard. It is important that you stay safe when you are eating though, and there could be a problem for people who have raw food sitting out in the heat while the grill is still warming up.

A solution for this is that there are some grilling stations that come with a little refrigerator, which is a great way to make sure that meat, fruit and vegetables are kept at a safe temperature before they are cooked. If you have a little sink outside as well, it just adds another way to make sure that you are not contaminating anything with raw meat.

With these few tips, you can make sure that you are going to enjoy all of the benefits of summer, without having to experience any of the bummers.