Borough of Emmaus, PA
Lehigh County
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[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 1]
This Part shall be known as and may be cited as the Vermin Control Ordinance of the Borough of Emmaus.
[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 2]
ERADICATION
The elimination of rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests of vermin from any building, lot or premises through the use of traps, baiting fumigation, or any other method of extermination approved by the Borough Council and subject to applicable laws relating to poisonous substances and fumigants.
HARBORAGE
Any condition which provides shelter or protection for rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests or vermin.
PERSON IN CONTROL
The owner or part owner of a building, lot or premises, whether an individual, partnership or corporation, the agent or occupant of a building, lot or premises, or any person who has the use or custody of the same, or any part thereof, whether an individual, partnership or corporation.
VERMIN
Any various small animals or insects including rats, mice, cockroaches, lice, flees, or other pests.
VERMIN-PROOFING
The treatment or shielding with material impervious to gnawing, of all actual or potential openings in the exterior and interior walls, grounds or first floors, roofs, foundations, basements, sidewalk gratings and other places that may be reached by rats, mice, or other similar vermin from the ground or by climbing or burrowing.
[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 3]
The purpose of this Part is to protect public health by the control and eradication of rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests or vermin; to prescribe methods for the extermination of said vermin; to eliminate harborages for such vermin; and to prohibit conditions conducive to the existence of such vermin in the Borough of Emmaus.
[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 4; as amended by Ord. 1161, 9/18/2017]
1. 
All buildings, lots or premises within the corporate limits of the Borough of Emmaus shall be kept free from any condition conducive to rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests or vermin. The person in control shall not allow the accumulation of automobiles or trucks without current license plates or a current inspection sticker, garbage, refuse, or any material which may afford harborage or provide food for rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests or vermin.
2. 
Whenever conditions inside or under unoccupied buildings provide extensive harborage for rats or other vermin, the Borough Manager, Animal Control Officer, or Building Official or other duly designated person, is empowered, if said conditions are not corrected in a period of 30 days after written notification to the owner, to institute condemnation and demolition proceedings. The cost of such proceedings is to be borne by the owner.
[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 5; as amended by Ord. 1161, 9/18/2017]
1. 
Unconsumed food shall not be allowed to remain where it is accessible to rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests or vermin.
2. 
Garbage and waste materials shall be placed in nonleaking metal or plastic containers with securely fitted lids, plastic bags tightly bound, or such other tightly covered nonleaking containers as may be approved by the Board of Health and Borough Council, and stored in such a manner as not to create an attraction or harborage for rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests or vermin.
3. 
When the Borough Manager, Animal Control Officer, or Code Official notifies the person or persons in control of a building in writing that there is evidence of rat or other vermin infestation on the premises, the said person or persons shall immediately institute eradication measures and shall continuously maintain such measures in a satisfactory manner until the premises is declared by the Borough Manager, Animal Control Officer, or Building Official or duly designated person to be free of such infestation. Unless said measures are undertaken within five days after receipt of notice, it shall be construed as a violation of the provisions of this part and the person or persons shall be held responsible thereof.
[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 6; as amended by Ord. 1161, 9/18/2017]
When any building, lot, or premises is subject to infestation by rats, mice, cockroaches, or other types of pests or vermin, the person in control shall apply continuous or repeated eradication measures, as required by the Borough Manager, Animal Control Officer, or Building Official or duly designated person until there is no evidence of infestation remaining.
[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 7; as amended by Ord. 1161, 9/18/2017]
1. 
Whenever conditions inside, outside, or under a building, or on any lot or premises, provide harborage for rats, mice, cockroaches, and other types of pests or vermin, the Borough Manager, Animal Control Officer, or Building Official or other duly designated person may require any one, or more, buildings to be vermin-proofed.
[Ord. 489, 11/6/1972, § 8; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 2 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300; and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Every day that a violation of this Part 2 continues shall constitute a separate offense.