Winter will be over before you know it.  The weather will be warming up again. That means it's time to start preparing for the next mosquito invasion. Mosquitoes are more than just warm-weather pests. They're also carriers of some nasty diseases, such as malaria, dog heartworm, and West Nile virus. To protect yourself, your family, and your pets, you need to take a proactive approach. Here are four simple steps you can take to keep mosquitoes out of your home and your yard this year. 

Go Natural

If you're going to be adding fresh flowers and plants to your garden this spring, add some natural mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes are repelled by the scent of lavender and citronella. Add a few of the fragrant plants to your gardens to keep the pests away. To keep mosquitoes out of your house, place decorative pots of the fragrant plants near your front and back doors.

Repair Your Screens

During the warm weather, you probably open your windows to let the breeze in. If your screens are in disrepair, you're inviting mosquitoes into your home. Before the warm weather arrives, take the time to inspect your screens. If you find small holes or slits in your screens, get them repaired as soon as possible. If your screens are beyond repair, be sure to have them replaced before you start opening your windows.

Trim Your Shrubbery

If you've got shrubbery growing up against your home, you're providing the perfect hiding place for mosquitoes. This is particularly true if you keep the soil around your plants moist at all times. To keep the mosquitoes away, give your shrubbery a good trimming before spring arrives. This will prevent your shrubbery from resting against the exterior walls of your home, which can provide hiding places for mosquitoes.

Remove Standing Water

Mosquitoes are attracted to water, especially standing water. To prevent mosquito infestations, you should get rid of any standing water in your yard. The first thing you should do is install drip systems for your plants. Drip systems reduce the amount of standing water that collects around your plants. Next, repair any leaky faucets that you might have in your yard. Finally, monitor your automatic sprinklers. If you notice any puddles forming along the perimeter of your yard, be sure to adjust your sprinklers. This will help reduce the amount of standing water you have in your yard.

Don't let mosquitoes invade your space. Use the tips provided here to prevent warm-weather invasions. For professional help getting rid of the mosquitoes, click here for info on exterminators near you.