Director: David Fiess, MPA Phone: (260) 449-7459 FAX: (260) 449-7460 Email: dave.fiess@allencounty.us
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; Pat De Haven, Secretary; Seasonal Mosquito Technicians

General Information

MISSION STATEMENT

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.  Railroad camp cars are inspected by division staff, in conjunction with the Food and Consumer Protection division and Pollution Control division.  Division staff educate apartment complex managers and residents about IPM when dealing with bed bug, cockroach or mouse infestations.  Lodging establishments 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 and Community Health & Case Management Service 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.

 

 

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Photo Gallery

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  • Trina Riecke, Lead Case Manager, conducts a developmental assessment of a lead-poisoned child.
  • Lucky the Lead Free Lemur is a mascot of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  He appears at health fairs and other events to promote lead prevention.
  • This engorged American Dog Tick was pulled off a human.  To prevent tick attachment, wear light-colored clothing, long pants with the bottoms placed into the top of socks, and apply a DEET-product to your clothing.  Check your clothing and body after exiting a high grass or wooded area.
  • De-rimmed tires breed mosquitoes and can provide drinking water for rats.  Culex species, ones that can carry WNv, and Ae. triseriatus, carrier of LaCrosse Encephalitis, use tires as a habitat when in the larval form.  The sun heats the black rubber allowing for increased mosquito production, even when it is cool out.  Tires should be properly disposed of or covered to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • A female Culex mosquito laying an egg raft, which can consist of 200-300 eggs.
  • A blood sample to be tested for lead is taken from a capillary in the tip of the finger.
  • Mold needs water to grow.  Remove the water source and there won't be a mold problem.
  • The American dog tick is the largest tick in Indiana and can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
  • Children enjoy meeting Lucky the Lead Free Lemur.
  • Sticky traps are a great tool to catch cockroaches.
  • Trina Riecke educates a citizen about how to maintain a healthy and safe home.
  • Rats like to eat grease, as can be seen in the pan on the stove.
  • Educating the public on Vector-borne diseases is an on-going effort.
  • Ae. triseriatus, a carrier of LaCrosse Encephalitis, lays her eggs in treeholes and containers.
  • Mosquito larvae
  • Cockroach infestation in kitchen cabinet.
  • Mosquitofish can be placed into ornamental ponds to eat mosquito larvae.  The fish only get to be an inch in length.
  • Un-maintained swimming pools are perfect for breeding the mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus.
  • Double whammy for mosquito breeding - uncovered boat with un-rimmed tire in it.
  • Notice the pop can the rats tried pulling into a burrow.
  • This rat ate poison bait stored in a secure station.
  • Bed bugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become infected if scratched too much.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Free radon test kits are available at the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health.
  • Ingredients taken from a meth lab that was found in a house.
Did You Know?

Rabies may have inspired the vampire legend (Reuters, Nov 1999).