Hahn Exterminators Inc
A-1 Pest Control
Call (417) 883-4611
Serving Springfield Mo. 40 years

It is always easier to prevent problems than having to deal with them after they have risen. Many customers find Annual or Semi-Annual service work well. In some instances quarterly service is needed. Businesses frequently need service more often due to the constant traffic of the public and the bringing in of supplies. Many factors will go into the determination of service including location, type of structure, and ability to keep clutter as minimal as possible. Many people ask if we do a one time service and of course we will. If you have a sudden problem that you need taken care of, just give us a call. There is never a contract requiring you to have future treatments or service.

Below is a list of some of the specific problems we face routinely.

We are authorized in both Premise and Termidor. Each has pros and cons depending on particular situations. We are trained in the latest techniques for treatment. Termites in this area are subterranean so the treatment is directed at treatng the soil where they can access the structure. That is relatively easy with crawl space homes and more of a challenge with slab and basement structures. Perimeter Plus is a new method that shows a lot of promise.

Termites are related to roaches not ants or mites.

Ants are always best treated by finding the nest. In many cases that is not possible. In those situations and because ants are social insects, using non-reppellant chemicals work by distributing the chemicals thru the nest. Many of these are similar to the ones we use for termites. If you see flying ants inside your home, it is usually a sign there is a nest somewhere inside. Too much or too little rain many times cause sudden invasions of some ants.

Odorous house ants get their name from the coconut like odor when crushed.

Southwest Missouri is in the heart of Brown Recluse territory. They are commonly seen inside homes, particularly in areas of clutter or packed items. They are hunters and go out in search of their insect prey. Black Widow spiders have also been on the increase lately. They are more common ouside the home but will sometimes be seen in garages and are less common inside your home. Fall is the peak time for all types of spider migrations.

Recluse venom is a necrotoxin destroying tissue. Widow toxin is a nuerotoxin.

The German is most prone to getting out of control in short periods of time. It has grown adapted to living near people and are less common in outdoor settings. The Oriental is more common outside or in crawl spaces where moisture is high. They are larger and dark colored. The Brown Banded is less common but likely again to be around people and more likely than the German to be in areas outside of kitchens and bath rooms.

German cockroachs carry their eggs almost to the time that they hatch.

Fleas pose unique challenges because each stage in their developement is a problem in it's own. Pupae are impenetrable to chemicals and fleas can be dormant for quite some time. Its common to see large numbers after pets & family return from trips and fleas sense there presence and all hatch at once. Growth regulators for fleas are very helpful in treatment.

Be vigilant in keeping flea programs in place throughout the year.

The weather in the Ozarks and types of dwellings we have here tend to propagate large populations of silverfish. They prefer areas of warmth and moisture. They are more common in homes with cedar roofs. They are also more likely seen inside homes with recessed lighting. They can damage some paper and fabric products if present in large numbers. Treating all areas especially in attics is necessary for control.

Silverfish like warm temps and are related to firebrats that nest around ovens.

Bed Bugs have been around man since he lived in caves and are believed to originated from bat bugs. Virtually eliminated by 1940 but have returned. Changes in chemicals and people's habits are believed to be the reason. They can be picked up in many ways you wouldn't think. Some of the more common are used furniture, people visting from infested areas, work enviornments that people work closely together, and entertainment outlets.

Bed Bugs are very sensitive to heat and that is used to get rid of them.

We frequently get calls from people thinking they have fleas when investigation determines springtails the culprit. They jump with a spring-like appendage in their tail. They eat dead plants, fungi and algae and will not show up inside unless there is moisture enough to allow them to thrive. When inside you usually see them in bath rooms and kitchens. Actually beneficial outside, making sure things remain dry inside will go along way to making sure you don't have to put up with them

Springtails, also known as Snow Fleas, can be seen in piles of snow.

Centipedes:These insects hunt for other insects and prefer to be near water but can be found in basements bathrooms but also ares of clutter. Though venomous to other insects, it is difficult for their jaws to penetrate our skin. We have found them to be in homes in which insects like silverfish are a problem. Millipedes: They have 2 pairs of legs per body segment and likely to be seen on the floor especially basements, migrating in from mulch under a doorway many times dead curled up.

Defined by having 1 pair of legs per body segment not by having 100 legs.

At first these resemble a flour beetle or weevil but thet are seen more away from upper cabinets and on floors. They eat mold and fungus spores and are common in new construction, byproducts of the lumber yard and fed by the moisture still present in walls from drywall. In most cases they will go away when things eventually dry out but make sure no moisture problem exists and general pest control can hasten their departure.

Always check for moisture and plumbing leaks when seeing these

There are a variety of stored grain pests from moths to beetles to weevils but the one we encounter the most is the Indian Meal Moth. It is critical for the customer to find what product they are coming from and to eliminate that product. After doing that, vacuuming all the crevices in that pantry area and some light pesticides would be appropriate. It can take a time for control since some cocoons are probably hidden and away from the original source and will continue to hatch out and be seen flying around.

This is an Indian Meal Moth. Weevils are like beetles but have a snout.

We can go for years and not see boxelder bugs and then conditions will be right for population explosions of these guys. They will be around the boxelder trees but will migrate to warm ares like on siding and eaves of homes especially areas with the sun on them. With the massive numbers sometimes, they can eventually find their way inside and be a nuisance but the main treatment area would be the siding and tree if accessible.

Boxelders are a species of maples and many maples are attacked.

This is another pest that has been increasing. Having 2 large pinches at the back, they get their name from the superstition that they enter peoples ears. Nocturnal, they are mostly in damp shady areas. They are scavangers, feeding mostly on decaying plant material but can be predaceous. They can on some occasions build up large numbers that end up spilling over to the insides of homes.

Though scary looking they are not aggressive but can pinch if handled.

These are funky looking crickets that can develop in areas of dampness. Also none as Camel crickets they eat a variey of plant and animal material and sometimes fabrics. When numerous or when things dry out they sometimes come in homes. Though they are in crawl spaces, perimeters also need treated since they typically exit the crawls at night to forage. If crawl spaces are consistantly damp, that should be corrected for lasting control.

There is liitle study of these insects by Entomologists.

Virtually everyone is afraid of the stinging pests but most of these pests are not as aggressive as people believe. Many times when finding Bees it is best to call a beekeeper to gather the hive for transport because they are so benefitual. Nobody wants to save wasps and hornets so we get several calls when these are found especially late in the year when the nests have built to a large and visbile size.

Most times outside bee swarms are temporary and they will move on.

These are mostly harmless critters that thrive on vegetation and are especially prolific in lawns that are fertilized. In the fall they will attempt to overwinter in protected areas like behind siding and brick. In the spring when it begins too warm on the sunny side of homes, they will begin to emerge on the inside of homes around window sills where it is most favorable for them. Homes with regular problems benefit from fall perimeter treatments to prevent them from building up in the walls to begin with.

Most noticeable on white or light colored surfaces

Found on all continents except Antartica, these are one of the most feared pests, due in part to great exaggerations of the toxicity of the stings. They usually only enter homes when disrupted outiside by new construction, flooding or severe droughts. The best management is to seal openings that allow entry, reduce harborage outside for them and other pests that they would hunt, and reduce populations of crickets and other prey that they would be hunting for.

Scorpions will fluoresce in ultraviolet light to a brilliant yellow green.

At times people experience problems with gnat like pests and each has different characteristics. Fruit flies flies tend to be sourced around decaying food, fungus gnats like to breed in potting soil of house plants, Moth flies will breed in floor drains especially and Phorid flies are typically associated with moist organic waste like sewage. Knowing what you have is important to finding and treating them at their source.

Phorid flies and fruit flies are similar but fruit flies have red eyes.

Generally considered a beneficial insect as they consume aphids and scale insects that eat our crops, these insects have built up larger numbers in recent years. In much the same way as boxelder bugs do, with fall and winter approaching, they are attracted to warmer areas like siding that faces the sun. With the large numbers many can find their way inside. Much of their increased numbers have been a result of gov't and farming concerns releasing them on purpose to control other pests.

They have few natural enemies limited only by food supply

Rodent activity is definitely a health hazard and should not be ignored. If you have developed a rodent problem we can help to get rid of them and help find where they are getting in the house. Care needs to be taken to make sure any treatment materials are not accessible to children and pets.

We don't usually handle nuisance wildlife but can certainly suggest some good companies that do.

Follow the pest proofing suggestions to help stop many of these problems.


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