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Virginia Eastern Shore Neighbors Urged to Remove Standing Water

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Standing flood waters in Accomack County. (Photo: WBOC) Standing flood waters in Accomack County. (Photo: WBOC)

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va.- Health officials on Virginia's Eastern Shore are urging neighbors to remove any standing water from their property left over from last week's storm that caused some flash flooding.

The Eastern Shore Health District is asking the community to take action and remove standing water to help control the mosquito population, especially as the summertime temperatures hit Delmarva this week.  The Health District also hopes to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne disease like West Nile, Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan Encephalitis.

The Health District advises people to eliminate standing water on your personal property, at work, or shared properties by:

  1. Maintain gutters to drain well and keep gutters and down spouts clean.
  2. Eliminate standing water areas with better grading and/or drainage.
  3. Use mosquito dunks containing a biocontrol that are available at most hardware stores in ponds and other areas that hold water or cannot be drained.
  4. Clean up all trash on your property, especially old tires and anything that can contain water, even the smallest bottle cap.
  5. Keep your outdoor trash bins covered at all times.
  6. Empty water after each rainfall from flower trays, buckets, boat covers, tarps, flat roofs and any other object on your property that collects water.
  7. Clean out bird baths and wading pools at least once per week, such as scrubbing the surface of a bird bath, to remove mosquito eggs.
  8. Assist your elderly or disabled neighbors with yard clean-up steps mentioned above.
  9. Once a week, pick up trash on the road where you live, to keep ditches draining well and water collection in objects in litter.
  10. Notify the county when your neighborhood experiences flooding after downfalls

Health officials also encourage wearing loose fitting and using repellents while outdoors in mosquito habitats.

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases and mosquito control, you can visit the Virginia Department of Health website.

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