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Summer is the stuff dreams are made of. A time to relax and unwind while enjoying sun-filled days and breezy nights with family and friends. A time where your biggest worry should be whether to have a BBQ dinner on the patio or a picnic at the park.

Unfortunately, summer also brings some pesky annoyances along for the ride, like extreme heat, humidity, bugs, and other irritations that can quickly put a damper on things. So, to make sure those annoyances don’t get the better of you, here are tips to help you deal with each one:   

  1. Mosquitoes – Nothing sucks the fun out of summer like mosquitoes and their bites. Help prevent them from crashing your party by getting rid of any standing water. Also, make sure there is no trapped water in your gutters – an often neglected breeding site. If they invade your indoor living space, plug in a fan or turn on your ceiling fan. Mosquitoes don’t like flying in high wind.
  2. Sticky Doors – Humidity can cause wooden doors to swell and outgrow their jambs. To prevent this sticky situation, tighten the hinge screws to get your door back in alignment. You can also scale back the weather stripping, which may now be too thick for the season. As a last resort, use a planer or sander to shave down the door ever so slightly. Don’t forget to seal the newly exposed edge with wood sealant or paint to block humidity.
  3. Carpenter Ants and Bees – If left untreated, your outdoor wood furniture can suffer serious damage at the hands of these little critters. At the first sign of an infestation – typically trails of saw dust – contact a pest control company. Keep all exposed wood sealed or painted and direct the sprinkler and rain water away from wood as much as possible.
  4. Finicky Air Conditioning – Going from your living room to your upstairs bedroom should not require a change of wardrobe. But if the temperature in your home is inconsistent from one room to the next, have your HVAC system inspected. A qualified technician can find the cause of uneven air distribution and fix it accordingly.
  5. Fruit Flies – There’s nothing like enjoying the bounty of fresh fruit and veggies that only summer can provide. Unfortunately, fruit flies enjoy it just as much. Keep sinks, drains, and disposals clean and wash or load dirty dishes right away instead of letting them pile up. Put rotting fruit in a bag and stick it in your freezer until garbage day. Also, and until you get the infestation under control, keep produce in a sealed container or in the fridge.
  6. Weeds in Cracks – Not only are they unsightly, but weeds can cause your pavement to crack or shift. First, prevent weed growth by filling cracks in with cement or asphalt crack filler or sand. If you already have weeds and don’t want to use an herbicide, you’ll just have to roll up your sleeves and pull them out.

And now, how about an added summer convenience: a new outdoor faucet professionally installed by CT Mechanical Solutions. We also install hot and cold water outdoor faucets along with outdoor showers – whatever it takes to help you enjoy the best that a Connecticut summer has to offer.