Director: David Fiess, MPA Phone: (260) 449-7459 FAX: (260) 449-7460 Email:
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

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (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. 


To reduce the use of toxic chemicals, homeowners/occupants should clean up crumbs on the counter, sweep and mop the floors, put food into containers with tight-fitting lids, place trash into containers with lids, clean up after pets indoors and outdoors, remove any debris (containers and tires that can hold water) outside the house, clean out gutters and birdbaths, and fix any leaking pipes or hoses inside and outside the house.


To reduce the use of toxic chemicals, homeowners/occupants should seal any holes or cracks into the house, place sweeps at the bottom of exterior doors, put covers over any vents or pipes that enter the house, use window screens, keep house and garage doors closed when not entering or exiting, inspect any boxes or bags from grocery or other stores before taking them into the house, and inspect luggage for bugs after returning from a hotel/motel before taking the luggage inside.


To reduce the use of toxic chemicals, homeowners/occupants should use snap traps or glue traps for rodents and glue traps for cockroaches or other insect pests inside the house.  When traps are used, the location of the dead animals or insects are known.  They can be discarded easily.  Using poison baits or sprays does not control where the pest dies.  Also, children or pets can come into contact with the pesticides and become ill or die due to the exposure.

Low-risk, Low-toxicity Pesticides

To reduce the use of toxic chemicals, homeowners/occupants should allow trained, professional pest management operators to place rodent bait around the exterior of the house.  If bait cannot be placed into burrows, then it should be secured in bait stations that only allow rats and mice to enter to access the bait.  For cockroach and other insect control on the interior of the home, gel bait, bait stations or non-toxic products should be used.  The baits and non-toxic products should be placed where children and pets cannot access, such as behind counters, refrigerators, stoves, and other hard-to-reach places.

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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?

Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV or AIDS.