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Community Survey: Rodent Control Program in Brooklyn Park

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is undertaking community surveys in Brooklyn Park to assess properties for rodents and other exterior conditions that contribute to rodent activity. Community surveys are being implemented to identify areas with active rodent infestation; educate residents on proper trash storage, exterior maintenance and rodent control measures; and to assist the community with rodent extermination efforts until the educational and outreach campaign is complete. The Anne Arundel County Property Maintenance Code (PMC) requires that properties are maintained in a manner that is free from rodent harborage and infestation.

What are the signs of rodent infestation?

Evidence of one or more of the following conditions on a property:

  • rodent droppings, runways or rub-marks on the exterior of the structure;
  • rodent burrow holes, mounding of soil or tunneling under accessory structures;
  • live rodents on the property;
  • trash cans or other containers with holes or chew marks.

What if signs of rodent infestation are found on my property?

Educational materials are being distributed to residents on proper trash storage, exterior maintenance and rodent control measures where an inspector finds evidence of one or more conditions of rodent infestation. In addition, the inspector will leave a door-hanger titled Permission to Apply Pesticides on Property. Permission to treat your property for rodents by a certified pesticide applicator or pest control company must be given before treatment may occur. The reverse side of the door-hanger must be completed by the occupant and left at your front door by the date provided. Please include if you have pets residing at the property and any exterior areas that are used by the pets.

If permission is given, a certified pesticide applicator or pest control company will notify you of the date of scheduled services. The pesticide applicator or pest control company is required to apply pesticides in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations and will answer questions on the usage of pesticides and any safety precautions you must follow. The pesticide services will be provided until the educational campaign and community survey is complete. Pesticide services are free for a limited period and are available only to residential property owners and their occupants.

What can I do to help my community prevent future rodent infestations?

Each resident of the community is responsible for complying with the Anne Arundel County PMC. The educational materials distributed during the community survey and the attached table provide a summary of the PMC requirements for trash storage, exterior maintenance and rodent control measures.

How will PMC violations be handled once the community survey is complete?

Where a resident, after repeated attempts, fails to comply with a PMC requirement, enforcement will be undertaken by the Department of Health after the educational campaign and community survey is complete. A violation is determined to exist when an exterior condition exists on a property that contributes to rodent activity.

What if a resident fails to comply?

Failure to comply constitutes a violation of the Anne Arundel County PMC and is subject to the issuance of notices, citations and civil fines of $125 for the first violation; $500 for the second violation; and $1,000 for the third and any subsequent violations. Citations may be issued for each violation and for each day the violation continues to exist.

Where can I obtain more information?

Here are more answers to Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Housing and Food Protection Services Program
Anne Arundel County Department of Health
3 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
410-222-0056