As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The elimination of rodents or insects and other pest life from any building, lot or premises through the use of traps, baiting, fumigation or any other method of extermination approved by the Board of Health, subject to applicable laws relating poisonous substances and fumigants.
- Any condition which provides shelter or protection for rodents, insects, or other pest life.
- PERSON IN CONTROL
- The owner or part owner of a building, lot or premises, whether an individual, partnership or corporation or the agent or occupant of a building, lot or premises or any other person who has the use or custody of the same or any part thereof, whether an individual, partnership, corporation or other entity.
- The treatment or shielding with material impervious to rodent gnawing of all actual or potential openings in the interior and exterior, walls, ground or first floors, roofs, foundations, basements, sidewalk gratings, and other places that may be reached by rodents from the ground or by climbing or borrowing.
All buildings, lots or premises in the Borough shall be kept free from any condition conducive to rodents, insects and other pest life. The person in control shall not allow the accumulation of casual water, garbage, building material, brush, wood piles, or any other material stored less then 16 inches above the ground which may afford harborage or provide food for rodents, insects or other pest life.
No person in control shall feed wild birds other than in suitable, properly shielded containers for the food, installed in such a manner as to be inaccessible to rodents and to prevent the scattering of feed on the ground.
No person shall place food in the open for the feeding of any domesticated fowl or animal except in a container which will prevent the scattering of the food upon the ground. Unconsumed food shall not be allowed to remain where it is accessible to rodents, insects, or other pest life.
All garbage shall be wrapped. Garbage and waste material shall be placed in approved watertight containers with tight-fitting lids and stored in such a manner as not to create an attraction or harborage for rodents, insects or other pest life.
When any building, lot or premises is subject to infestation by rodents, insects or other pest life the person in control shall apply continuous repeated eradication measures as required by the Board of Health until there is no evidence of infestation remaining.
No building shall be demolished until the Board of Health certifies to the Code Enforcement Officer of the Borough of Columbia that the building and premises are free from the infestation of rodents, insects or other pest life.
The Board of Health may, in its discretion, order the person in control of any inland swamp, pond, creek, lake, pool, sunken lot, quarry or abandoned excavation, or any other place where stagnant water may collect, to fill in or drain the same, or to employ other methods to prevent the breeding of insects and other pest life.
Whenever conditions inside, outside or under any building or buildings or on any lot or premises provide harborage for rats, the Board of Health may require all or any one or more buildings or premises to be rodentproofed and harborages removed.
The person in control of a building or premises required to be rodentproofed shall maintain the rodentproofing in good repair. No person shall injure the rodentproofing. When the rodentproofing is injured in the course of making alterations, installations, additions or repairs to the building, the person in control shall restore the rodentproofing in good condition.
No person shall undertake to remodel or alter any existing building or portion thereof for the purpose of rodentproofing without first submitting plans to the Board of Health.