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Location: 2242 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 • Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Meet the Staff: Josh Blauvelt, BS, CHHS, Asst. Director; Tom McCue, BS, Env. Health Specialist II; Francis Koch, Env.Technician; Trina Riecke, Lead Case Manager; Cindy Wable, Lead Case Coordinator/Env. Technician; Pat De Haven, Secretary • Seasonal Mosquito Technicians
In support of the Department's overall mission, the Vector Control and Environmental Services division strives to efficiently save lives, maintain health, and improve living conditions for Allen County residents and visitors through education, vector-borne disease surveillance, inspection, and enforcement of State and Local regulations in a professional manner.
Vector Control Programs
A vector is any animal or insect that transmits disease from one animal to another. Examples of vectors are mosquitoes, ticks, raccoons, bats, rats, mice, and others. These insects and animals are vectors only when they are carrying a disease.
The Vector Control and Environmental Services division maintains programs to manage or control vectors. Division staff survey for and control mosquitoes that may be carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile virus, LaCrosse Encephalitis, or St. Louis Encephalitis. In an effort to control Norway rats, residential properties are assessed for toxic bait placement and code enforcement. Identification of ticks for the public is also conducted. The Division assists the Community Health and Case Management Services division and local animal care and control agencies with investigating animal bites to humans to prevent rabies transmission.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is utilized by division staff to control rats and mosquitoes. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices, such as sanitation, exclusion, trapping, and applying low-toxicity, low-risk pesticides only as necessary.
Environmental Services Programs
Complaints of mold, bed bugs, cockroaches, abandoned refrigerators/freezers, indoor air issues, trash, and discarded tires are investigated. Division staff also ensure structures containing identified meth labs are decontaminated. Division staff educate apartment complex managers and residents about IPM when dealing with bed bug, cockroach or mouse infestations.
On October 31, 2014, the Allen County Commissioners approved an ordinance that would help the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health resolve the above-mentioned complaints. Allen County Code Title 10 Article 12, Public Health Hazards, will be enforceable on January 1, 2015. The ordinance provides a needed extra step of enforcement to ensure property owners/dwelling occupants maintain safe and healthy environments inside and outside of their homes.
Utilizing Allen County Code Title 10 Article 11, Sanitation Standards for Lodging Establishments, hotels, motels, and inns are permitted and inspected to ensure that certain minimum sanitation standards are met for the health and safety of all visitors and guests.
The Vector Control & Environmental Services division, along with other federal, state, and local agencies, are educating the public about lead hazards, identifying and managing lead-poisoned children, and identifying and eliminating lead hazards.
Railroad camp cars are inspected by division staff, in conjunction with the Food and Consumer Protection division and Pollution Control division.
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Rats deposit 40 - 50 droppings daily, while urinating 0.5 ounces; mice deposit 50 - 75 droppings, while leaving 3,000 urine droplets behind.