ORDINANCE/HEALTH ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Property maintenance issues are handled by the Ordinance Enforcement Officer. Complaints regarding high grass and weeds, salvage, trash/trash service, swimming pools/ponds, animals running at large and/or befouling, and vehicles can be forwarded to the Ordinance Enforcement Officer for investigation. If warranted, a Notice of Violation and subsequent Citation may be issued.
Additional duties include issuing of pigeon permits and vehicle storage permits, overseeing the sale of trash bags for residential waste pickup.
DAUPHIN COUNTY WEST NILE VIRUS CONTROL PROGRAM
The Dauphin County West Nile Virus Control Program is 100% funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and is run out of the Dauphin County Conservation District (DCCD) through an agreement with the DCCD Board of Directors and the PA DEP.
Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM)
The Dauphin County West Nile Virus Control Program is a mosquito control program based on sound entomological data to reduce the likelihood of human acquisition of mosquito-borne disease. We rely upon integrated mosquito management to target pesticide applications to specific habitats at specific times to reduce target mosquito populations. The Dauphin County West Nile Virus Control Program primarily relies upon biological control products to reduce larval mosquito populations and therefore reducing the threat of human sickness resulting from a West Nile Virus infected mosquito. Our surveillance protocols focus on the mosquito species most often involved in the West Nile Virus cycle, Culex pipiens and Culex restuans. We also monitor nuisance mosquito populations within Dauphin County focusing primarily on floodwater mosquito species like Aedes vexans, Ochlerotatus trivittatus, and Psorophora ferox. To learn more about mosquito surveillance in Dauphin County click here. In the last few years the Dauphin County mosquito control staff has been responding to citizen complaints about the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, a relatively new mosquito species in Pennsylvania. To learn more about the Asian Tiger Mosquito in Dauphin County click here.
West Nile Virus
Our main goal is the surveillance and control of West Nile Virus within Dauphin County. To learn more about West Nile Virus please follow this link.
If you have a mosquito concern in Dauphin County please contact us at 717-921-8100 or complete this web form.
If you have found a dead crow, blue jay, hawk, eagle or owl, and would like to have it tested for the presence of West Nile Virus. Please follow the following directions:
1. Please check the bird for any signs of trauma (hit by a car, flew into a window etc.). If the bird has traumatic injury it is not suitable for testing.
2. The bird must have died within the last 12-24 hrs.
3. The bird must be free from any insects.
4. Please double bag the bird in plastic bags (plastic grocery bags work fine), and place it in a cool dry place that is inaccessible to insects and other animals.
5. Call 717-921-8100
PETS ROAMING AT LARGE
When walking your pet on a leash and it defecates on private property or public property such as a sidewalk, street, walkway, grassplot, or the property of another, you are responsible to clean up after your pet and dispose of the waste in your household trash. Please DO NOT allow your pets (dog/cat) to roam freely throughout the neighborhood and befoul the property of others. If your pet is caught or trapped roaming the neighborhood it will be taken to the Humane Society and you will need to go there to claim it and pay a fee to get your pet back
REMINDER TO RESIDENTS ON CONTROLLING PETS
Animal owners are required to keep their animals under control at all times. This can include placing your animal on a leash, or the animal must be within voice command. It is illegal to allow animals to run at large. It is the responsbility of the animal's owner to insure that their animals are not permitted to befoul or damage the property of others.
The owning of certain animals such as horses, cows, pigs, ducks, and geese is prohibited unless prior approval is granted by the zoning officer. This prohibition doesn't apply to existing farms or other areas devoted to agriculture. There also may be exceptions for commercial businesses that deal in the sale or transfer of animals.
Suspected cases of animal cruelty should be reported to the Humane Society, 564-3320. Complaints of animals disburbing the peace should be directed to the Swatara Township Police Department, 558-6900. If you have any questions concerning animal regulations, please contact the Codes Department at 564-2551.