prevention of vermin entry

OK, Guys I know I,m not the first one to ask this question.
Somewhere I could have sworn I read something in the IRC about protecting openings to prevent vermin entry.
Does anyone know where that might be?
Or can you guide me to a previous post about this topic?

thanks
jr

I don’t recall any code violations to vermin entry. In-fact, harboring vermin might not be against the law.

later,

tom

P.S. Might check with health codes.

Steel Wool

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/deh/pests/ratcontrol.html

ipmc II read this and see if it’s what you’re looking for

II. IPMC’s Provisions Related to Healthy Homes

EXTERMINATION. The control and elimination of insects, rats or other pests by eliminating their harborage places; by removing or making inaccessible materials that serve as their food; by poison spraying, fumigating, trapping or by any other approved pest elimination methods.

HABITABLE SPACE. Space in a structure for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces, and similar areas are not considered habitable spaces.

INFESTATION. The presence, within or contiguous to, a structure or premises of insects, rats, vermin or other pests.

302.1 Sanitation. All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The occupant shall keep that part of the exterior property which such occupant occupies or controls in a clean and sanitary condition.

302.2 Grading and drainage. All premises shall be graded and maintained to prevent the erosion of soil and to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water thereon, or within any structure located thereon.

302.5 Rodent harborage. All structures and exterior property shall be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation. Where rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes which will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to eliminate rodent harborage and prevent reinfestation.

304.2 Protective treatment. All exterior surfaces, including but not limited to, doors, door and window frames, cornices, porches, trim, balconies, decks and fences shall be maintained in good condition. Exterior wood surfaces, other than decay-resistant woods, shall be protected from the elements and decay by painting or other protective covering or treatment. Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted. All siding and masonry joints as well as those between the building envelope and the perimeter of windows, doors, and skylights shall be maintained weather resistant and water tight. All metal surfaces subject to rust or corrosion shall be coated to inhibit such rust and corrosion and all surfaces with rust or corrosion shall be stabilized and coated to inhibit future rust and corrosion. Oxidation stains shall be removed from exterior surfaces. Surfaces designed for stabilization by oxidation are exempt from this requirement.

304.5 Foundation walls. All foundation walls shall be maintained plumb and free from open cracks and breaks and shall be kept in such condition so as to prevent the entry of rodents and other pests.

304.6 Exterior walls. All exterior walls shall be free from holes, breaks, and loose or rotting materials; and maintained weatherproof and properly surface coated where required to prevent deterioration.

304.7 Roofs and drainage. The roof and flashing shall be sound, tight and not have defects that admit rain. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent dampness or deterioration in the walls or interior portion of the structure. Roof drains, gutters and downspouts shall be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions. Roofwater shall not be discharged in a manner that creates a public nuisance.

304.14 Insect screens. During the period from [DATE] to [DATE], every door, window and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored, shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm) and every swinging door shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.

Exception: Screens shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect repellent fans, are employed.

304.17 Guards for basement windows. Every basement window that is openable shall be supplied with rodent shields, storm windows or other approved protection against the entry of rodents.

305.1 General. The interior of a structure and equipment therein shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound and in a sanitary condition. Occupants shall keep that part of the structure which they occupy or control in a clean and sanitary condition. Every owner of a structure containing a rooming house, housekeeping units, a hotel, a dormitory, two or more dwelling units or two or more nonresidential occupancies, shall maintain, in a clean and sanitary condition, the shared or public areas of the structure and exterior property.

305.3 Interior surfaces. All interior surfaces, including windows and doors, shall be maintained in good, clean and sanitary condition. Peeling, chipping, flaking or abraded paint shall be repaired, removed or covered. Cracked or loose plaster, decayed wood and other defective surface conditions shall be corrected.

307.1 Accumulation of rubbish or garbage. All exterior property and premises, and the interior of every structure, shall be free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

308.1 Infestation. All structures shall be kept free from insect and rodent infestation. All structures in which insects or rodents are found shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes that will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to prevent reinfestation.

308.2 Owner. The owner of any structure shall be responsible for extermination within the structure prior to renting or leasing the structure.

308.3 Single occupant. The occupant of a one-family dwelling or of a single-tenant nonresidential structure shall be responsible for extermination on the premises.

308.4 Multiple occupancy. The owner of a structure containing two or more dwelling units, a multiple occupancy, a rooming house or a nonresidential structure shall be responsible for extermination in the public or shared areas of the structure and exterior property. If infestation is caused by failure of an occupant to prevent such infestation in the area occupied, the occupant shall be responsible for extermination.

308.5 Occupant. The occupant of any structure shall be responsible for the continued rodent and pest-free condition of the structure.

Exception: Where the infestations are caused by defects in the structure, the owner shall be responsible for extermination.

As Mr. Barry’s link states, in part, ‘all foundation walls shall be maintained plumb and free from OPEN CRACKS and breaks and shall be kept in such condition so as to prevent the entry of rodents and other pests’ (and water/rain)

Umm, do they mean existing open cracks, holes like these… #-o
click each photo to enlarge if ya like and ummm how about the deteriorated blocks? :-k
http://picasaweb.google.com/101049034584960315932/Crawlspace
Ya think INTERIOR basements systems fix/repair/waterproof ANYTHING like this, huh? ](*,)

And this?
http://picasaweb.google.com/101049034584960315932/BasementWaterproofing76#5942703365980951314
“ALL foundation walls…FREE from open cracks etc”

Up close, the only thing we did before a couple of these photos was use a brick hammer and barely-tap the loose parging OUTSIDE of/on edge of the hole. Duh hole was as ya see it… OPEN!! lol
http://picasaweb.google.com/101049034584960315932/BasementWaterproofing76#5942703677640048834
Think pests,water etc can enter these… huh? :-k

Chicago, building violations
https://webapps.cityofchicago.org/buildingviolations/violations/inspectiondetails.html?inspectionKey=10645685&addressKey=196660
-Failed to maintain exterior walls of a building or structure free from holes, breaks…and any other conditions which might admit rain or dampness…

Does Glenn Haege, mister clear and concise info-man or Gary Sullivan etc etc inform anyone of this? Huh? lool

Interior basement drainage systems and DUH companies who install them all-the-time do NOT fix, repair any of these. Never have and never will, got milk?