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Assembly Advances Wimberly, Tucker & Caputo Bill to Require Pest Inspections Before Building Demolitions

Aiming to prevent pest infestations from migrating during building demolitions if the building is within ten feet of an adjacent structure, legislation (A-5821) was approved Monday by the full Assembly, 76-0. It now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Bill sponsors, Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passiac), Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex), and Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) released the following joint statement:

“Let’s face it. Pests like rats, mice and roaches often find a home in buildings that are abandoned or in disrepair. Once these buildings are demolished, there’s a good chance any surviving pests will take over a neighboring structure. A requirement for pest inspections prior to certain building demolitions is long overdue. This simple step is necessary for the health, safety and well-being of New Jersey communities and, hopefully, will spare residents and businesses from having to deal with extermination issues.”