8 Devine Road Randolph, Massachusetts
I am reaching out to you regarding a public health concern in my very own neighborhood. I live on 5 McAuliffe Road and the house behind me is 8 Devine Road. For over a year now, I have notice the accumulation of trash in the yard of 8 Devine Road. I usually keep to myself, but after the recent sightings of rats, raccoons, and skunks, it has come to my attention that this is an indicator of a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Rodent-borne diseases and infestation are of a major concern to me. The yard of 8 Devine Road smells of urine and excrement. The odor lingers to my backyard now, which is very unpleasant. The fence in the backyard of 8 Devine Road, which extends through the backyards of Devine street is rotting. I don’t know if the town put the fence in and who owns it, but the houses of Devine street look as if they have assumed the ownership and maintenance of the fence once owners of the property. The fence in the backyard of 8 Devine Road is so rotted, that full segments have fallen on my property and has ruined my garden. It took a full month for the landlord of 8 Devine Road to pick it up the fallen segments of the rotten fence from my yard and put it back into place. The fence is barely holding up by a clothes line and some intertwined siding of a house that the landlord of 8 Devine Road put. The rats, skunks, raccoons have entered my property through the gateway of the rotting fence from his property. I spoke with the landlord about the fence and he said he will just take the fence segments down all together. With the infestation of rats, rodents, skunks, and raccoons, this fence provides some barrier/control of the problem that 8 Devine Road has. I mandate that if the town of Randolph placed this fence in the backyards of the Devine houses, that this fence gets replaced immediately. If the town of Randolph does not own the fence, it is imperative that this homeowner fixes this fence, as the infestations of rodents on this property will continue to spread throughout the neighborhood. This fence has really served as some form of containment of this issue. Throughout the winter months and even in spring, trash was scattered all over the backyard of this house. A mattress, treadmill, television, and tarp were a few items just sitting in the backyard for months on end. These items have collected stagnant water, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes that may be carriers of EEE and West Nile.
Overall, I am asking for the Board of Health to:
1) Have the homeowner hire a licensed/certified pest control exterminator. I witnessed the landlord today using products to treat the interior of his home for pests. The landlord is not an expert on pest control and his superficial approaches have not eliminated this growing problem
2) Have the homeowner or Town of Randolph replace the rotting fence that provides a barrier to other houses.
3) Have the homeowner dispose of the trash and items in the backyard of his house. This will eliminate both food and water source for the rodents and also eliminate mosquitoes.
4) Have a licensed/certified pest control exterminator spray on surrounding properties, as the rodents from the infestation of 8 Devine Road have come on to the properties of surrounding houses.
5) Spray the neighborhood for mosquitoes, since the accumulation of trash and items on the property of 8 Devine Road has become the breeding grounds to mosquitoes.
6) Investigate the interior and exterior of 8 Devine Road property of filth and pests. After this assessment, make the appropriate determinations and corrective actions.