Director: David Fiess, MPA, CHHS 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

Meth Labs

Methamphetamine (Meth) is a dangerous drug that can unfortunately be easily created in a dwelling (apartments, houses, duplexes, and hotel/motel rooms).  Meth can also be made in outbuildings and vehicles.  One of the problems with meth is that the "cooking" of the drug causes environmental contamination that can affect our health.  Therefore dwellings where meth is manufactured are considered uninhabitable until they are properly decontaminated per state law.  The process to test and clean can be expensive.

The Fort Wayne - Allen County Department of Health ensures dwellings where operational meth labs were identified are decontaminated before they are re-inhabited.  In 2007, Title 318 IAC 1 was enacted to provide the cleanup and notification rules.  The law enforcement agency that closes the meth lab is to notify the local health and fire departments about the location.  The local health departments then work with the property owners to have the affected structures decontaminated prior to re-inhabiting them. 

Local law enforcement agencies have identified the following addresses in Allen County to have contained operational (active) meth labs.  Subsequently the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health posted the dwellings as uninhabitable.  The list includes the address of the posted dwelling, city, zip code, and date the dwelling was posted.  The list will be updated routinely when new dwellings are posted and previously-posted dwellings are decontaminated.

Address

City

Zip Code       

Posted Date

2124 Wells St

Fort Wayne

46808

7/7/2010

2719 Fairfield Ave, Apt 2

Fort Wayne

46807

1/19/2011

3302 Broadway, Apt 4

Fort Wayne

46807

1/28/2011

5106 Southern Hills Dr

Fort Wayne

46825

9/12/2012

14406 Yellow River Rd

Fort Wayne 46818 3/27/2013

5330 Goshen Rd, Lot 146

Fort Wayne 46818 6/19/2013

2922 W Coliseum Blvd, Lot C14

Fort Wayne 46808 7/25/2013

1519 Glenwood Ave

Fort Wayne 46805 1/21/2014

3904 Foresthill Ave

Fort Wayne 46805 5/19/2014

1436 Swinney Ave

Fort Wayne 46802 5/22/2014

1036 1/2 Saint Mary's Ave

Fort Wayne 46808 7/10/2014

830 Saint Mary's Ave, Apt 1

Fort Wayne 46808 7/11/2014


HELPFUL INFORMATION

CLEANING FORMER DRUG LABS*

My property was a drug lab, now what?

  • DO NOT ENTER OR WORK in/on the property until all safety hazards have been identified. 
  • Contact the Vector Control & Environmental Services Division at 260 449-7459 to find out the steps to make your property safe again. 
  • You will be required to clean up your property.

What do I have to do?

  • You must clean up your property before you reoccupy it; allow anyone else to occupy it; or sell it. 
  • Failure to clean your property leaves you open to liability for injury to others from exposure to dangerous chemicals. 
  • The Indiana Department of Child Services cannot return children to your property until it has been cleaned up.

Who can clean my property?

  • You must use an IDEM-certified cleanup contractor to clean the property and certify it has been properly cleaned.
  • IDEM listed contractors ("Qualified Inspectors") have the training, experience, and equipment to clean the property safely and cost-effectively.
  • IDEM lists certified cleanup contractors on its website at:  http://www.in.gov/idem/4184.htm.

What will the cleanup contractor do?

  • An initial assessment, which may include testing, to determine the level of contamination and what cleanup procedures need to be done.
  • Work with you to determine the best and most cost-effective way to clean the property.
  • Clean the property or supervise the cleanup to ensure it meets all requirements.
  • Properly dispose of all waste from the cleanup.
  • Test the property, once cleanup is complete, to confirm it meets the State's cleanup level.
  • Give you a "Certificate of Decontamination" that certifies the property has been properly cleaned.

Can I do the work myself?

  • Generally, no because there may be existing conditions that require specific safety precautions.
  • IDEM cleanup contractors understand the safety risks of working in former drug labs and will do everything they can to keep you safe.  Follow the contractor's safety advice!
  • Talk to your cleanup contractor.  They may allow you to do some of the work under their supervision.
  • If the contractor agrees to let you do some work, follow all of the instructions you are given!
  • DO NOT do any cleanup without first talking to your cleanup contractor; some work you do can complicate the cleanup or interfere with the testing.
  • NOTE:  Contractors will not certify work they did not do themselves or have agreed for you to do under their supervision.

What does clean mean?

  • The approved cleanup level for controlled substances in Indiana is 0.5 µg/100 cm².
  • Once the cleanup of the property is complete, the certified contractor will test the property using standard sampling procedures and laboratory analysis.
  • Cleanups involving removal of potentially-contaminated materials (tear-outs) may not require testing.

Who pays for the testing?

  • Property owners are responsible for all cleanup costs.
  • Check with your insurance carriers to see if they will cover some or all of the costs.

What cleanup method can I use?

  • Cleanup methods depend upon the level of contamination.  Some methods are ineffective or very expensive if the property is heavily contaminated.
  • In some cases, where there is very little or no contamination, the property can be cleared after testing.
  • The most common cleanup methods are washing all interior surfaces and/or removing all potentially-contaminated materials.
  • Some property owners have found tearing out the interior and rebuilding it is more cost-effective than washing.  Washing often must be repeated to be effective; rebuilt properties often may be certified clean without testing.
  • Cleanups can be very expensive, and some properties are much more difficult to clean than others.  If your property has a low value and is heavily contaminated or difficult to clean, it may be more cost-effective to demolish the structure.

*Adapted from IDEM's Brochure on "Cleaning Former Drug Labs"

 

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Mosquitoes are not affected by ultrasonic devices.