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Navigating New York City’s New Rodent Control Law

October 13, 2023
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With its bustling streets and towering skyscrapers, New York City is always evolving. With this constant change comes the need for big and small construction projects. However, the city's recent legislation has added a new layer of responsibility for those in the construction industry: rodent control.

Understanding the New Legislation

Why the Need for a New Law?

Rodents have long been a concern in New York City. Their population can surge in areas with ongoing construction as their habitats get disturbed, leading them to seek new homes and food sources. Recognizing the potential health hazards and nuisances these pests pose, the city has introduced a new law mandating specific rodent control measures before any construction project begins.

What Does the Law Entail?

The new legislation requires developers and contractors to undertake comprehensive rodent control measures before initiating construction activity. This means that before any ground is broken, steps must be taken to ensure the site is free from rodents, preventing migration to neighboring areas.

  • The regulations apply to projects that involve 50% or more of the floor area of a building.
  • Projects where the proposed vertical or horizontal enlargement increases the building's floor area by more than 25%.
  • Partial demolition projects that involve more than 50% of the floor area of a building.

Complying with the New Rodent Control Law

Initial Assessment

Before starting any construction project, it's crucial to thoroughly assess the site to identify any existing rodent infestations. This involves checking for signs of rodent activity, such as droppings, burrows, and gnaw marks.

Implementing Control Measures

Once an assessment is complete, appropriate control measures must be implemented. This could involve setting up traps, using rodenticides, or employing more advanced methods like ultrasonic devices. The key is to ensure that the site is rodent-free before construction begins.

Continuous Monitoring

Even after initial control measures are implemented, continuous monitoring is essential. Regular checks should be conducted to ensure that the site remains rodent-free throughout the construction process.

The Impact on the Construction Industry and Pest Management Efforts

A Collaborative Approach

This new law necessitates a more collaborative approach between the construction industry and pest management professionals. Contractors and developers will need to work closely with pest control experts, like Positive Pest Management, to ensure compliance with the law and the effective elimination of rodent populations.

Boosting the City's Pest Management Efforts

While the law adds an additional layer of responsibility for those in the construction industry, it also bolsters the city's broader pest management efforts. By ensuring construction sites are rodent-free, the city can more effectively control and reduce the overall rodent population, leading to cleaner, safer streets and neighborhoods.

The introduction of New York City's new rodent control law is a testament to the city's commitment to public health and safety. While it does present new challenges for the construction industry, it also offers an opportunity for greater collaboration and innovation in pest management.

If you're in the construction industry and are looking for expert guidance on complying with this new law, Positive Pest Management is here to help. With years of experience and a deep understanding of the city's pest control needs, we can ensure that your construction site is rodent-free and fully compliant with the new regulations.

Don't let rodents derail your next construction project. Contact Positive Pest Management at 800-294-3130 and let us help you navigate this new legislation effectively.

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