Indy McDonald’s shut down due to ‘pest issue,’ reopens hours later

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Marion County Public Health Department temporarily shut down an Indianapolis McDonald’s due to a “pest issue,” but it is back open.

The restaurant in question is located at 16th and Meridian streets on the near north side.

The health department said its Food Division closed the restaurant because of the "excessive" pests, which officials said involved fruit flies and house flies.

“A lot of times they may be in spots that aren’t easy to see, under equipment, in floor drains places like that," said Derek Trackwell, a supervisor for the Department of Food Consumer Safety for Marion County Public Health. "It just got to the point where it was too much for them to handle.”

Public Health forced the location to clean up the problem, or keep the doors closed.  Our cameras caught pest control crews spraying in the dining room late Wednesday afternoon.  According to a sign posted on the door, the closure began at 10:40 a.m.

Health department officials said the restaurant reopened around 7:30 p.m. because it was in compliance and the pests were eliminated. The department will continue to monitor the situation and follow up.