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Pet Peeves of Summer

Updated on October 8, 2012

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I love not having to wear a jacket and winter boots, I love wearing my Capri pants and my t-shirts, I love sitting out on my balcony first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee and my laptop, and I love the fact there is no snow. I do, however, have several pet peeves about the season.

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Loud music in cars

I like music, and I listen to it as often as I can. However, I do not like feeling the vibration and hearing the music from your car’s sound system when all the windows in the car I am riding in are closed. I don’t like the fact that my apartment windows vibrate when you are blasting your music while waiting to pick someone up in the driveway. The fact you will eventually lose a large percentage of your hearing, does not make it any more bearable for me.

Screaming children

I like kids, but I do not like it when they shriek continuously for no reason. I’m not talking of childhood yells and excitement. I’m talking about ear-piercing shrieks because they don’t get their own way on the playground. I also do not like to hear kids running around and screaming in the playground while I am getting ready for bed at 10:30pm.

Barbecue smoke

I love barbecued food but I do not like it when you have a barbecue on your balcony underneath mine and let the smoke billow up and into my windows.  For one thing, it is a fire hazard, for another it is rude to make me smell the food without offering me any in return for my suffering.

Cigarette butts on my balcony

This is actually a year-round pet peeve. I don’t smoke and I do not appreciate having to clean up your cigarette butts off my balcony. It is a fire hazard and a fire was caused in this building a couple of years ago for that very reason, someone threw a smouldering cigarette butt over their balcony. It goes without saying that I also don’t want to find your dog’s droppings on my balcony either. This has not happened to me, but I did hear another tenant complaining about this very thing.


I have an unnatural fear of insects of all kinds. I can’t sleep at night if I know one is flying around my bedroom free. I’m sure this is more a phobia than a pet peeve. I have no idea how it started.

The fact I have to work

I think that we all should have 2 months off during the summer like those who work in schools get. It is cruel and unusual punishment to make people spent the largest percentage of their waking hours stuck in a building with no natural air.

Probably more

I’m sure there are other pet peeves I could think of. Do you have any of your own pet peeves about summer? Let me know below.


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    emilybee 6 years ago

    Love this hub! I hear ya! The loud music thing peeves me also, and I agree with the cigarette smoke issue, too. When nice weather rolls around I've been finding things I didn't know were issues before, like everything you noted in your hub. And bugs are no good either! Great hub and soo true. Voted up!

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    Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I completely agree about loud music and bugs but your whole list is very valid. Yesterday this guy was driving next to me and the music was so thunderously loud the car vibrated and all you could hear was boom, boom, boom. I was so glad when he finally went somewhere else. And then the bugs are already starting to bite so that's not going to be fun. Great list!

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    Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks everyone. We are heading towards summer again. It's been mild so some of those peeves surfaced this weekend. There is now a basketball hoop on the top of the parking garage that I is now officially a pet peeve... I'm currently working from home so I expect my irritation level might rise a bit this spring and summer. But, I find I don't get as angry about these things as I did when I was working somewhere I really didn't want to be...

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    Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    uninvited....Love this hub! Had to chuckle when I read your Title, because my pet peeve IS summer I cannot tolerate temperatures over 65 and humidity for me is like hell on earth.

    This is a very positive aspect of my loving where I've lived the majority of my life. We have basically 3 months of what most people would call, "summer." 3 months, that's it. Which for me is 2 and a half months too many.

    I enjoyed reading your list of peeves. We all have them for one reason or another!! UP+++ Peace.

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    LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

    Fun read, but I disagree...I love everything about summer! The music, the barbecue smoke,the children...okay..I don't love the bugs and the cigarette butts would drive me crazy...and screaming, yelling children after what should be their bedtime...

    voted up!

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    Charles Hilton 6 years ago

    I share all of your pet-peeves about summer, except the barbecue part. Even though I'm a vegan, I still love the scent of outdoor cooking almost as much as I love the scent of fireplaces in winter.

    One peeve I would add to the list is the wrong people wearing the wrong things---things that only people of certain bodily dimensions should wear. And I don't think I need to elaborate. lol

    Great hub---up and funny and interesting. :)

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    Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well I can sink my teeth into this list of complaints, and your choice of songs was perfect. Enjoyed your hub greatly!

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    Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Very valid pet peeves! I would have to go with bugs as my peeve also. Summer is almost there for you! It's in Florida most of the year.

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    smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

    i dont like a lot of things about summer. however, i love living where i have all four seasons of the year so i will put up with summer. there are also things i dont enjoy about spring and winter. fall is my favorite but is the shortest of all.

    you can have the summers off if you choose to quit your job each year or teach school.enjoy the summer while you can. i know there are a lot of things that you hate about it, but dont you find somethings that you love?

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    kids-toy-box 7 years ago

    Ah! the fond memories of the distant summer gone by!how I long for thee but not these peeves! :)

    I agree about Cigarette butts being a pain but I think the rest does help make the season come to life:) bugs and all!

    Oh! and not good that you have to work in the option is to go on holiday to the sunny southern hemsiphere..though Christmas in the summer may feel a bit wierd at least you can enjoy the good weather.

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    Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

    I'm with you on all those and I don't like people even bringing their dog to my house, I didn't even like Mom and Dad doing that, she was so spoiled and would come set her butt right down on my bare foot all the time! But she loved me so what could I do?

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Fun hub Uninvited Writer. I can especially relate to that da!! music that makes my car vibrate!

    Heat and mugginess are my pet peeves of summer but I live in Cali so what can I say?? lol...

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    Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I can identify with that Origin, several people at work wear nothing but flip-flops in the office and it can be slightly annoying :)

    Thanks for adding your own pet peeves everyone :)

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    Origin 7 years ago from Minneapolis

    I have a strange pet peeve that only seems to come out when it's warm, it's the thwapping sound that flip-flops make as a person walks around. I'm not talking about the typical thwapping sound, but those people that seem to wind up their flip-flops for that extra thwap. Yes, I just realized my comment is a little bit funny, but it's true! :)

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    Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

    Great Hub with some very familiar emotions. I for one am so excited for summer to finally show up. I live by the BIG lake and love to walk the shores and climb the stairs into the dunes... no insects at the lake. :0) Like Ictodd I enjoy Spring with it's lovely fragrances and gentle breezes. Happy Easter my friend! Keep those Hubs coming you are an awesome writer!

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    Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

    I totally agree especially on the bug part. The ticks are everywhere and driving me totally nuts.

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    Georzetta Ratcliffe 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Great hub! I have to agree and disagree about the barbecue smoke. On one hand, following the smell of wonderfully roasting meat has led me to some lovely surprises. Ribs, chicken, steak, and any other food you can put on the grill. On the other hand, I have asthma and have had more than one attack thanks to lingering woodsmoke.

    Bugs. No fear here but I don't love them. I maintain a live and let live policy. As long as they stay out of my house, they get to live. After all, I don't go to their house.

    I try to take the spiders, wasps, and bees outside but most "crunchy" bugs are not long for this world after they cross my threshold.

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    lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

    I am like Mike, worrying about the lawn is something I could do without, yet I love the green, green grass of home. Spring is a wonderful time though because you see the trees blooming and the leave begin to cover them and the flowers start to grown and bloom. Reminds me of how gracious God is in giving us renewal after the storm of winter...of course I live in the South so my winters are not as bad as yours.. Enjoyed

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    This was a fun hub but I love all the above but the bugs and cig butts. Thanks and Peace :)

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    Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

    A variation on insects: I hate turning on my front porch light when I don't expect to return home before dark, only to have my front porch overrun with insects, eager to fly into my house as soon as I open the door.

    Also: mowing the lawn. No explanation required for that one.

    This was a fun read.