Environmental Health

The Health Department's Registered Environmental Health Inspector (REHS) responds to resident's complaints about environmental issues including:

  • Garbage
  • Lack of Heat
  • Leaky Plumbing
  • Poison Ivy
  • Rodent control
  • Stagnant water leading to mosquito breeding
  • Lead paint
  • Unsanitary conditions

South Orange is a member of the Essex Regional Health Commission, which enforces New Jersey regulations.

Rodent Control 

The key to a successful rodent control program is identification, sanitation, elimination of harborage, and rodent-proofing. See best practices below and download our Rodent Control Brochure for more information and images of rodent burrows. 

Rodent Control Best Practices

1. Must pick-up dog waste at least once per day. More often as it gets warmer.
2. Log piles must be off the ground, approximately 12 inches.
3. Remove clutter from your property.
4. Empty all containers of water. This is good for rodent and mosquito issues. 
5. Remove bird feeders. Rodents love bird seed.
6. Do not leave any pet (dog, cat, etc..) food outside unattended.
7. Ponds with fish give these rodents a food and water source.
8. Seal any hole that is a ½ inch or larger. Make sure sidewalks and steps are in good repair.
9. Make sure garage doors have a tight seal to the ground.
10. Install door sweeps on all doors.
11. Keep in mind gardens and compost piles will attract rodents.
12. Clean back yard grills after each use.
13. Make sure pool covers are in good repair.
15. Grass seed should be in tight fitting plastic containers.
16. Garbage cans must have tight fitting lids. Rodents can gnaw through plastic cans. A galvanized steel garbage can is preferred.
17. Low lying bushes and ground cover can cover rodent burrows.
18. Communicate and coordinate with your neighbors.

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