Eliminating Standing Water

The Virginia Department of Health recommends the following to reduce mosquito-breeding sites around your home:

  • Turn over or remove containers in your yard where rainwater collects, such as potted plant trays, buckets, or toys.
  • Empty bird baths once a week.
  • Remove old tires from your yard.
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens.
  • Elimnate standing water on flat roofs, boats, and tarps.
  • Clear obstructions in ditches so they flow and drain. Fill in puddles with soil, or a mixture of sand and gravel, or dig drainage ditches to drain puddles.
  • If puddles or ditches cannot be drained or filled in, treat standing water with mosquito larvicide’s (dunks or granules) that can be purchased at any hardware store.
  • Do not allow water to collect in your garbage can.

Other Standing Water Issues

  • City or County Property – Call your city or county government about standing water on public property.
  • State Roads – Call the Department of Transportation at 1-800-367-7623 about standing water along state roads.
  • Storm Water Retention Ponds – Call the Department of Conservation and Recreation at 804-786-1712or visit their website http://www.dcr.virginia.gov