10. Power of person authorised by Minister to enter and treat premises
(1) An authorised person with or without assistants, plant and materials, may ¾
(a) lawfully enter premises;
(b) inspect the premises and anything in or upon them for the purpose of detecting ants;
(c) rid the premises, or by written notice served upon him, require the owner or occupier to rid the premises of litter;
(d) where any movable thing is so placed in or upon the premises that it harbours or is likely to harbour ants or to hinder the treatment of the premises, move and rid it of ants, if any, and so place it in or upon the premises that it ceases to be likely to harbour ants or hinder the treatment, or by written notice served upon him, require the owner or occupier so to move, rid and place it; and
(e) carry out treatment of the premises in such manner whether by spraying, or laying baits, or otherwise, as is designed to control, prevent or destroy the ants.
(2) Where a notice mentioned in subsection (1)(c) or (d) is served upon the owner or occupier of the premises and he does not comply with the requirement within 14 days of service of the notice upon him, or within such longer period as is specified in the notice, he commits an offence against this Act, and without prejudicing his liability to penalty, an authorised person may carry out the requirement, and recover the expense of doing so, from that owner or occupier in a court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due to the Crown.
(3) If required to do so by the owner or occupier of the premises, the authorised person shall produce for inspection his authorisation from the Minister or a delegate of the Minister.
(4) In exercising any of the powers conferred by this Act a person whose services are employed or engaged by the Minister shall cause as little inconvenience and damage as is practicable and shall give as much notice as is, in the circumstances, practicable of his intention to enter premises to the occupant of them, if they are occupied, or to the owner of them, if they are not occupied.