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When you move out and into your very first home, there are a lot of things to think about. Suddenly you have your own pantry to fill, your own furniture to buy, and your own wall colors to choose. With all of this freedom comes new responsibility, however. That responsibility extends to things like keeping your home pest and bug free. Take a look at the following tips and keep them in mind as you move out on your own for the first time. A little vigilance will go a long way towards making your first home a success.

Don’t be lazy about keeping your kitchen clean.

Pests love crumbs. They love when you’re too tired to sweep up those pizza crust crumbs. They adore when you leave an open container of chips on the counter. They can’t get enough of the times when you don’t clean up after yourself. Don’t let pests win. The kitchen is the first place pests tend to be found in homes because of all the food waste that winds up there. Wipe down your counters, sweep up crumbs, and keep all food properly sealed day in and day out. Don’t give pests a chance to move in. Also, seriously – don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight!

Keep your garbage bins properly sealed.

Overflowing garbage cans are an ideal home for most troublesome critters. Don’t let your garbage cans get too full. When they do fill, tie up the bags and dispose of them properly. Don't let your first home turn into your first home with a rat problem.

Invest in naturally bug-repelling plants.

Did you know that flies hate the smell of basil? Not only is basil great to have around for home cooking, it's great for keeping pesky critters at bay. Other plants like lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, and mint, will also work to repel moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitos.

Keep an eye on troublesome leaks.

Many unpleasant critters are drawn to dark, damp places. If you’re going to be living on your own for the first time, you’re going to have to take responsibility for not ignoring potential problems like leaky faucets, pipes, or other drains. As soon as you see a potential leak, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your landlord about fixing things so you can avoid potentially expensive issues down the line. Even with your best efforts, it's possible that pests can find their way inside your home – whether it’s your first, second, or tenth. When that happens, you can count on the experts at Plunkett’s Pest Control to bring a century of expertise toward successfully tackling your pesky pest problem.

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