HARTLAND – There has been an ongoing rat issue in a Hartland neighborhood. Neighbors said it’s because of one resident of Blake Street. Now that resident is speaking out.
“Finally you just get sick of it after a while when every day you’re dealing with some other thing,” said Bryan Fanjoy, the neighbor who said he’s being blamed for the rat infestation.
“My house had been targeted. They were using me as the problem with the rat population in town. They’ve had problems in the past,” he said.
Since April, neighbors said they’ve had a rat issue. Michele Cole told us the rats are coming near her house and on to her porch. She said she and her dog have been bitten.
“They just run around. We see them going up to the school, across the road, they’ve come up feet from my son,” said Cole.
When Cole spoke with WVII, she said many neighbors believe Fanjoy is causing this issue because of dead animals and garbage he keeps in his yard.
“I trap for a living,” said Fanjoy. “They might have seen me out here skinning an animal but that’s about it.”
Fanjoy said this is just a neighborly dispute.
He said town officials and pest services went to look at his property Friday morning.
“There was no sign of any recent rats or anything here and they walked around my entire property, looked at my garden,” Fanjoy said.
Fanjoy said there is a sewage drain on Blake Street that could be bringing the rats to their neighborhood. He said he’s not the cause of the rat issue, it’s a bigger issue throughout the town.
“It’s blowing up all over Facebook. People are commenting that they have issues up by IGA, they have issues on the street right across the road here,” said Fanjoy. “They have issues everywhere in this town.”
A board of selectmen’s meeting was held Monday night to discuss what legal action selectman could take to resolve the rat problem.
The Hartland town manager was not available for comment.