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Housing Maintenance Code

CHAPTER 2
HOUSING MAINTENANCE CODE

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SUBCHAPTER 2
MAINTENANCE, SERVICES, AND UTILITIES

ARTICLE 4
Extermination and Rodent Eradication

Section
27-2017 Definitions
27-2018 Rodent and Insect Eradication; Mandatory Extermination
27-2019 Elimination of Harborages


Sec. 27-2017 Definitions

When used in this article:

  1. Eradication means the elimination of rodents or insects and other pests from any premises through the use of traps, poisons, fumigation or any other method of extermination.

  2. Insects and other pests include the members of class insecta, including houseflies, lice, bees, cockroaches, moths, silverfish, beetles, bedbugs, ants, termites, hornets, mosquitoes and wasps, and such members of the phylum arthropoda as spiders, mites, ticks, centipedes and wood lice.

  3. Harborage means any condition which provides shelter or protection for rodents or insects and other pests.
 

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Sec. 27-2018 Rodent and insect eradication; mandatory extermination
  1. The owner or occupant in control of a dwelling shall keep the premises free from rodents, and from infestations of insects and other pests, and from any condition conducive to rodent or insect and other pest life.

  2. When any premises are subject to infestation by rodents or insects and other pests, the owner or occupant in control shall apply continuous eradication measures.

  3. When the department makes the determination that any premises are infested by rodents, insects or other pests, it may order such eradication measures as the department deems necessary.

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Sec. 27-2019 Elimination of harborages

All building material, lumber, boxes, cartons, barrels, containers, machinery, raw material, fabricated goods, junk, food, animal feed and any other substance which may afford harborage or provide food for such rodents or insects and other pests shall be kept stored or handled by the owner and tenants of every dwelling in such manner as the department may require. The department may make orders to eliminate rat harborages to the person who is responsible for the conditions. The department shall uncover and inspect periodically all structural harborages which cannot be eliminated from dwellings.

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