Bugs! Everybody hates them. But we have them. And in the South, we even have some special ones, don’t we!!! Well, as long as they are outside in the wild, that’s fine…but when they make it inside our home or condo, that’s a whole other story!
Top 10 Ways to Keep Insects Out of Your Home
Whether you live in an apartment, condominium, or a single family home, bugs can be a problem. In the first two, you don’t have much control over your neighbors and how they might live, or how clean they keep their place. And if they don’t keep it clean, bugs could show up, and end up in your place too. In condos and apartments, the pest control is limited to the exterior of the building and common areas. The inside of your home is your responsibility.
A single family home has even more possibilities for bugs! So here are some ways to keep insects out of your home….keeping in mind that all of them may not apply to your particular living situation!
- Routinely empty all the trash and dump it down the trash chute or place it in outside garbage cans with tight fitting lids.
- Keep doors and windows closed when not in use. If possible, have screens on your windows, and a screen door that fits tight on exterior doors. Condo balcony doors are almost impossible to have any screening…so you have to watch for flying insects that could end up inside!
- Remove extra clutter from your home. In your basement or garage, these can provide nice warm living spaces for these things!
- Keep pet food in a sealed container. If you keep it in the garage, it’s food for more that Bow Wow!
- All food and beverages should remain in covered or sealed air-tight containers.
- Make sure to trim all hedges, trees and other landscaping back away from your house. If you live in a condo or apartment building, discuss this with maintenance personnel or management if you are having bug issues.
- Inspect the perimeter of your home and pay close attention to areas that could offer a way into your home. Again, in an apartment building, if your patio doors don’t close properly, contact maintenance to have them repaired/replaced if you ARE having issues. They may give you a hassle about this, but stand your ground.
- Change exterior lighting (if applicable) to low sodium vapor light bulbs. Most insects ARE attracted to light, but less attracted to low sodium vapor lighting. (NOTE: I confess…I have NO idea what this is!!!)
- Don’t bring them inside! That seems obvious, but I move outdoor plants inside for the winter that won’t survive the cold. I always inspect them for things I DON’T want in my house!
- If you have a basement or attic, install critter-proof mesh vents in attics and crawl spaces.
Some great tips to keep your home, condominium or apartment bug free!
As a disclaimer…..when I looked for a photo to attach to this post, I really did not want you, or anyone, to be freaked out, or creeped out by a bug photo! Bees are pretty cool and needed insects…but thought that photo would not send you screaming! If you really made it to THIS portion of the post, why not give me a “Thank You” comment for not scaring you!
Now you know surveys come in all shapes and sizes. And you can ask questions a variety of ways. But, when it says you are Number 1, well then we must talk about it, right?
Atlanta Ranked Number 1 Moving Destination — Again!
Penske Truck Rental has published their Truck Rental top Moving Destinations list for the past 6 years. The do claim, “our own data, compiled from do-it-yourself moves across the country, mirror the country’s migration and areas of growth,” says Don Mikes, Senior VP of Rental.
Penske’s list is crafted (what a choice word) by analyzing one-way consumer truck rental reservations made via the company website and their 800 number as well as at local company locations. (Does this mean a move across Atlanta counts?0
- Atlanta (1)
- Phoenix (4)
- Tampa/Sarasota (2)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (3)
- Orlando (5)
- Denver (7)
- Houston (8)
- Seattle (6)
- Las Vegas (10)
- Chicago (9)
Maybe it’s these moving folks that are going to fill up all our under construction apartments around Atlanta?
But, if you are considering a move to Atlanta, and more permanent roots, give us a call! We’d be happy to help you find just the right neighborhood where you can back that Penske truck up to the door and unload!
There is a long list of things to like or love about living in Atlanta. And the weather ranks right up there. You could say that Atlanta is a city for all seasons, since we do have all four of them…Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Now, live here for awhile and you might find (or agree) that some of them are longer or shorter than others. Indeed.
Atlanta Relocation Guide | What Is the Weather Like In Atlanta?
Winter …. This season is supposedly from December to February. How do you define Winter in Atlanta? When the temps get to freezing? Then it can start in November! And the end of Winter is no different. It can run into March, and our last date for a frost is always the 2nd week or so of April. So, for those wanting to get crazy planting flowers and such….you just have to hold on till that frost window is gone. But you can have many days that are in the 60’s for a high and only 40’s for a low.
Does Atlanta get snow? Yes we do. Sometimes a little. Sometimes a lot. And it does not take much snow in Atlanta to make the city freak out and shut down. But that is because it is often in the form of freezing rain, followed by snow, or the other way around. And in a city with hills and few snow plows, it does become a challenge to get around. If snow is in the forecast, you just plan ahead for groceries, have your car gassed up (not that you will be driving anywhere..I just know that from growing up in Montana!) and plan to work from home for a day or two. If you have an employer that insists you get to work, you might want to have a talk with them.
Spring… This season is supposedly from March to May. You know Spring is in the air, when you see yellow clouds and yellow dust covering everything. This, my friend is pollen. And he may not be your friend if you have allergies! But, it is a small price to pay for the beautiful, wooded canopy that covers the city!! Spring temps are in the 70’s and maybe 80’s….but it is this season that just one day changes and …BAM!!! It’s hot and it’s….
Summer… Anyone who has ever spent time in Atlanta during the Summer, knows how Atlanta was nicknamed “Hotlanta!” And this is one reason we stress to condo buyers that your building have a pool. You WILL thank me later! One advantage is Atlanta is less than 2 hours from the North Georgia Mountains…where the temp is always much cooler. And you will find lakes all around Atlanta, both almost in the city (Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona) and in the mountains, and central Georgia, like Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair. If you can afford to have a second home, a lake or mountain cabin is awesome…and you are sure to have lots of friends!
Fall… from September to late November is simply breathtaking. You can take a drive to the mountains to catch Fall colors, but you really only have to drive through any neighborhood and you will catch vibrant colors everywhere!! The temperatures moderate and make outdoor activities very enjoyable.
As you can see, Atlanta has the joy of enjoying all the seasons, our Winter not being as harsh as being up North, but not having constant warm weather you may find in Florida. It really is a great part of living in Atlanta!
The rock and roll of development keeps on going!
MARTA has announced the developers for mixed-use projects at both the Brookhaven and Chamblee Stations.
MARTA Brookhaven Chamblee Station Developers Announced
Integral Group…already a HUGE player in the area with the redevelopment of the GM Plant into Assembly Doraville.…along with Transwestern Development Company are proposing 330 apartments (gasp……), 25,000 square feet of retail and some 117,000 square feet of office space in the first phase of the project. It’s anticipated that they would not start before Summer, 2017. Further development plans call for senior housing, civic spaces and a hotel. (Brookhaven could use one of those…they are lacking on hotel space!)
Closer to Integral’s Assembly Doraville, a joint venture between Pattillo Industrial Real Estate and Parkside Partners LLC is proposing some 38,000 square feet of office and 13,000 square feet of retail. The article that appeared in the ABC did not indicate which of the lots around the Chamblee station would be used for this building. (Photo/rending below)