Tips to protect your home from mosquitos

Posted at 11:55 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 00:55:40-04

Concerns about the Zika virus are increasing as the temperatures warm up.

But there are some ways to ward off mosquitos and keep your family safe.

First you can drain pots, empty wheel barrels, and clean out gutters.

You should also use mosquito dunks in ponds, pools and bird baths.

You can also hire professionals to spray your yard.

Gardener Paul James says it takes constant attention to keep your home from becoming a breeding ground.

“First and foremost, you need to eliminate their habitat,” James said. “They prefer and breed in standing water.”

If you decide to work in your yard, Paul James suggests DEET bug spray is your best weapon for personal protection, along with long sleeves and pants.