Reports of Zika virus can be alarming, especially as the weather warms. As a homeowner, there are a few simple steps you can take to help keep your home and family safe from the mosquitoes carrying this virus.

1. Remove Standing Water

This is the biggest preventative step that homeowners can take. Mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amount of standing water, so it is necessary to eliminate as many of these places as possible. This includes clogged gutters, lawn furniture and buckets. If you have bird baths or swimming pools, it’s important to change the water frequently or keep the pool covered.

zika2. Grow Protective Plants

Adding a few extra plants to your garden may help keep the mosquitoes at bay. Lemongrass, lavender and geraniums are great repellents. It may also be helpful to refrain from planting any heavily-scented flowers this year, as mosquitoes are often drawn to sweet smells.

3. Use Citronella Torches

Citronella torches are a simple and effective mosquito deterrent that can also double as an ambient light source for backyard gatherings. Additionally, try adding a few drops of cinnamon, lavender, or eucalyptus oil to oil lamps for a bit more protection.

4. Call the Exterminator

Many pest control companies offer special mosquito services that will keep your lawn pest-free. Once they have treated your home, it is easy to keep up with maintenance services.

5. Wear Bug Repellent

If sprays are too tedious, consider purchasing wearable insect repellents like clip-on containers or even stretch bracelets that act as an insect “shield” when you’re outdoors.

Don’t let the threat of Zika virus keep you from enjoying the outdoors this season. Follow these five tips for peace of mind both inside and outside your home.