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New York Bed Bug Law

Section 27-2018 & 27-2019

Section 2018   Rodent and Insect Eradication;  Mandatory Extermination

a.  The OWNER OR OCCUPANT     in control of a dwelling shall keep the premises free from rodents, and from infestations of
insects and other
pests, and from any condition conducive to rodent or insect and other pest life.

b.  When any premises are subject to INFESTATION by rodents or insects and other pests, the OWNER OR OCCUPANT in
 control shall apply

c.  When the department makes the determination that any premises are infested  by rodents, insects or other pests, it may order
 such eradication  measures as the department deems necessary.

Section 27-2019   Elimination of Harborages

All building material, lumber, boxes, cartons, barrels, containers, machinery, raw material, fabricated goods, junk, food, animal feed and any other substance which may afford  harborage or provide food for such rodents or insects and other pests  shall be kept stored or handled by the owner and tenants of every  dwelling in such manner as the department may require.  The department  may make orders to eliminate rat harborages   TO THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDITIONS.    The department shall uncover and inspect  periodically all structural harborages which cannot be eliminated from dwellings.