[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Municipality of Murrysville 8-13-1985 by Ord. No. 162-85. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Mosquito breeding areas are herein declared as those collections of water in which mosquitoes breed or are likely to breed, including but not limited to ditches, ponds, excavations, barrels, cans, bottles, tubs, buckets, detached tires or other artificial containers.
[Amended 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 305-91]
It shall be unlawful, a public nuisance and a threat to public health for the owner, lessee or occupant or any agent, servant, representative or employee of any such owner, lessee or occupant, including any person having ownership, occupancy or control of any premises within the Municipality between April 1 and October 31 of each year, to have, keep or maintain or cause, suffer or permit the accumulation or collection of any water in which mosquitoes breed or are likely to breed unless such collection of water is treated as hereinafter provided so as to effectively prevent such breeding. Water accumulations that relate to conservation or recreation projects in wetland accumulation or relate to stormwater management are excluded from this prohibition.
Collections of water in which mosquitoes breed or are likely to breed shall be treated by one or more of the following methods as approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources or the Municipality of Murrysville:
Screening which will effectively prevent the ingress or egress of mosquitoes.
Complete emptying, drying and cleaning every seven days of unscreened containers.
Using a larvicide approved and applied under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources or the Municipality of Murrysville.
Filling or draining to the satisfaction of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources or the Municipality of Murrysville.
Proper disposal, by removal, destruction or discarding at a properly licensed or authorized disposal site, of cans, boxes, bottles, detached tires and similar articles or containers likely to hold water.
Enclosing or covering with sufficient material to prevent water from collecting within the container or article.
Openings or holes in such container(s) and article(s) which are likely to hold water so as to permit proper drainage.
Where nuisances as specified in this chapter involve a noncompliance with state-enforced legislation or regulation, the Municipality shall first refer this complaint to the appropriate state agency for abatement and/or correction. If the nuisance continues without adequate enforcement from the state agency to cause its abatement and/or correction, then the Municipality of Murrysville may initiate action under this chapter to bring about abatement and/or correction.
Any person, partnership or corporation who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, be sentenced to pay a fine of $300 or such other maximum sum as may be authorized by statute in summary proceedings. In default of payment of the fine, each person, the members of such partnership or the officers of such corporation shall be liable to imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day that a violation is continued shall constitute a separate offense. All fines collected for violation of this chapter shall be paid the municipal general revenue fund.