[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Maple Shade 12-1-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-21 (Ch. 101 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
General subdivision regulations — See Ch. 178.
Prior to beginning any excavation or land clearance operation involving any major subdivision or involving the construction of improvements on a lot of a size greater than 10,000 square feet, within the limits of the Township of Maple Shade, the owner or the agent shall effect one of the alternative rat control programs which are set forth in the following section. The program shall be effected by a pest control operator, whose qualifications and experience are approved by the Maple Shade Health Officer.
Cyanide gas. Not more than one week before any particular area within the limits specified above is excavated, the developer's pest control operator shall gas all visible rat burrows with cyanide gas. By means of a foot pump designed for the purpose, calcium cyanide in a dust or finely powdered form shall be injected into the burrow with five or six strokes of the pump. The pump shall be then used to pump air into the burrow, forcing the gas throughout the burrow system. If gas is seen to be escaping from other holes, these holes shall be immediately sealed.
At least five days and not more than 14 days before excavating any particular area within the limits specified above, the contractor's pest control operator shall place toxic bait over that area.
Toxic bait shall consist of a suitable grain bait in plastic bags or in paraffinized blocks containing one of the following anticoagulants in the amount specified:
The toxic bait shall be placed at the minimum rate of one pound of bait per 400 square feet of area to be treated, placed at the discretion of the pest control operator.
The treated area shall be checked daily for a minimum of four follow-up inspections. The toxic bait shall be renewed on each inspection as necessary to restore the bait to its original amount.
All visible carcasses of rats shall be removed and disposed of by the pest control operator at the times of placing or inspecting the toxic bait.
The pest control operator shall submit a signed statement to the Health Officer after the initial treatment and after each follow-up inspection reporting the type of anticoagulant, the form and amount of bait placed and the visible results of the rat control for each treatment.