Chapter 9.28
RODENT CONTROL

Sections:

9.28.010    Generally.

9.28.020    Protection of foods.

9.28.030    Vessels in port.

9.28.040    Slaughterhouse protection.

9.28.050    Property owner’s responsibility.

9.28.060    Violation – Penalty.

9.28.010 Generally.

For the purpose of protecting the inhabitants and citizens of the city from infectious and contagious diseases, it is declared to be unlawful to keep or store or expose for sale, or keep or store for any other purpose whatsoever, any food products for human or animal consumption, or any other goods, ware, and merchandise of whatever kind or nature, or to keep, maintain, occupy, or reside in any building, storeroom, grain elevator, warehouse, residence or dock, without complying with the provisions of this chapter, for the protection of food products, wares, and merchandise whether kept for sale, storage, or other purposes, from invasion and contamination by rodents. [Code 1980 at § 8.72.010].

9.28.020 Protection of foods.

All buildings, storerooms, grain elevators, warehouses, residences, docks, or other buildings within the city shall be so constructed or repaired by the use of screens, nettings, cement, or other material or materials approved by the health officer, so as to prevent rats or other rodents from gaining entrances to such buildings, storerooms, grain elevators, warehouses, residences, docks, or other buildings; and all food products or other products for human consumption or consumption by stock, poultry, or other animals shall be so protected as to prevent rodents from gaining access thereto or coming into contact therewith. All storerooms, grain elevators, warehouses, or docks shall be provided or equipped by the owner or occupant thereof with traps or poison or other method of periodical rodent extermination approved by the health officer. [Code 1980 at § 8.72.020].

9.28.030 Vessels in port.

All vessels in the port of the city shall anchor in the stream while not actually engaged in loading or unloading cargo and, while so engaged, shall maintain proper rat guards on all shorelines and shall withdraw planks from shore except during working hours. [Code 1980 at § 8.72.030].

9.28.040 Slaughterhouse protection.

A. All slaughterhouses of every kind and description shall be so protected by wire screens, netting, or cement as to prevent rats from gaining access to the building or buildings thereof, and all holes or openings in the buildings or basement walls shall be thoroughly stopped with cement or other approved material and all food products stored in slaughterhouses shall be kept as to prevent rats or other rodents coming in contact therewith.

B. All slaughterhouses shall have traps of an approved pattern; poison as approved by the health officer, used or baited at least once each week; or periodical extermination by other methods approved by the health officer at least once each week, or at other times as directed by the health officer. [Code 1980 at § 8.72.040].

9.28.050 Property owner’s responsibility.

Every person owning, operating, or controlling any structure in the city shall be responsible for the extermination of rodents on or about the balance of the premises to the nearest adjoining property line. [Code 1980 at § 8.72.050].

9.28.060 Violation – Penalty.

Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter or failing to comply with the requirements thereof shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both fined and imprisoned. [Ord. 2013-09-073 § 14; Code 1980 at § 8.72.060].