The Health Department responds to complaints involving residences that are unfit for human living and residences that are a threat to public health. Conditions that are considered unfit for human living and a threat to public health include illegal drug labs, lack of water or sewage disposal within a residence, large accumulations of human or animal waste, infestations of pests that can transmit disease (vectors) such as mice and cockroaches, and large accumulations of garbage containing food products. The Health Department will not respond to nuisance complaints such as bedbugs or the accumulation of trash that does not include food products.

If you are concerned about a residence that is unfit for human living or is a threat to public health, please contact the Health Department at (574) 235-9721.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not capable of transmitting disease and are therefore considered a nuisance pest. The Health Department will not respond to bed bug complaints. For information on bed bugs and how to get rid of them, visit https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs and see additional resources.


People with asthma, allergies, a compromised immune system or other breathing conditions may be more sensitive to mold. In rare circumstances, the Health Department will respond to complaints involving mold. For information on how to get rid of mold, visit https://www.cdc.gov/mold/ and see additional resources.