05.4.17

Fact Vs Fiction American Cockroach

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Fiction: Water bugs are just big cockroaches
Fact: American cockroaches mistakenly identified as water bugs (they’re not aquatic) or Palmetto bugs. They’re also popularly referred to as ship roaches.

Fiction: The bigger the cockroach, the slower it moves.
Fact: Considered the largest species of common cockroach, the American species moves at 50 body lengths per second, which equals about 210 mph for a running human!

Fiction: Cockroaches are clean.
Fact: Their feces and body parts can trigger allergic reactions and asthma. They track bacteria and viruses that result in gastrointestinal diseases. They contaminate food and serving surfaces with odorous secretions. They’re not pleasant houseguests!

Fiction: American cockroaches are picky eaters.
Fact: They’re omnivores that exploit every available food source. They relish protein – leather, cheese, beer, flakes of skin, hair, dead or wounded cockroaches, and dead plant or animal materials. They also eat bakery goods, cereals, soiled clothing, paper, glue and starch. Fermenting foods are their favorite.

Fiction: American cockroaches are rare.
Fact: They are strong flyers frequently seen at night in almost all the Continental United States.

Repost from Pest Management Professional
Contributors: Kate and Jeff McGovern
You can reach the McGoverns at jeffreymcgovern@mindspring.com

04.19.17

IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON TO SPREAD HARMFUL INVASIVE PESTS

Tips from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture advising that individuals take the following steps to keep invasive pests from spreading:

1. Buy plants from reputable nurseries. Ask if they comply with federal and state quarantine restrictions to ensure their plants are pest-free.

2. When traveling between states or to another country, check with a local USDA office before bringing back fruits, vegetables or plants.

3. Don’t move untreated firewood. Instead, buy or responsibly gather firewood near the place it will be burned. Or, take certified, heat-treated firewood.

4. Wash dirt and weed debris from boots, outdoor gear, vehicles and ATVs before traveling long distances to or from fishing, hunting, or camping trips.

5. If relocating to a new home, clean lawn furniture and other outdoor items before placing them in a moving van or storage pod.

6. Report any signs of invasive pests by going to www.HungryPests.com.

Link to the article:
http://kticradio.com/agricultural/it-only-takes-one-person-to-spread-harmful-invasive-pests/

02.21.17

Gunter Pest is Honored with Super Service Award by Angie’s List!

Thanks to our amazing Kansas City area customers, Angie’s List is honoring us again for the 2016 Super Service award!  Thank you Angie’s List, and thank you Kansas City!

Honored to receive Angie's List's Superior Service Award

Honored to receive Angie’s List’s Super Service Award

02.15.17

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Rats

Last week’s KCTV5 feature on Jay Besheer’s opinion about the “KC rat overload” stirred up quite a few questions from customers and an interest to learn more about rodents from the KC community in general!  President Jay came up with a “rat facts” that you might find interesting or perhaps didn’t know!

  1.  Rats are social in nature and prefer to live in groups.
  2. Although they will eat almost anything, they prefer fish, meat and cereal.
  3. Rats have poor vision and are color blind but have advanced senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.
  4.  Live 6-12 months on average, but much longer in captivity.
  5. Rats are very athletic!  They’re good runners, climbers, jumpers and swimmers.

In case you missed the video:

 

 

 

02.9.17

KCTV5 News Features Gunter President Jay Besheer

A few days ago, Gunter President Jay Besheer was interviewed by KCTV5 about the increase in rats this year in Kansas City for their story “Rat Problem on the Rise”.   According to KCTV5, The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department  received more than 2,000 complaints of rats in 2016.  (That’s nearly a 50 percent increase from 2015.)  We were very honored that KCTV5 called Gunter to ask if we could pass on words of wisdom and expertise!  Watch and see what President Jay has to say about the rat overload:

01.26.17

Norman Besheer featured in The Advocate publication!

Norman Besheer was recently featured in the January 2017 Issue of “The Advocate” – a publication of the Missouri Pest Management Association for his Hall of Fame Award presented to him last month!  Our General Manager Jeremiah Ryden presented the award to Norman.  It was a great moment for our team!  Read the feature below!

Norman Hall of Fame Article

12.8.16

Norman Besheer inducted into MO and KS Pest Control Association Hall of Fame!

Yesterday – December 7th, 2016 – Norman O. Besheer was given an award and inducted into the Missouri and Kansas Pest Control Association Hall of Fame!  This was a huge honor for Norman and for Gunter Pest Management as a whole.  Norman is our CEO and past president, until his son took over the business as President in 1998.

Read more about Norman, his past career as a lawyer and his years of contribution to the Pest Control profession and NPMA below.

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Norman Besheer inducted into Missouri and Kansas Pest Control Association Hall of Fame!

About Norman Besheer:

Norm Besheer got into pest control in 1971 when he left a law practice and joined his father-in-law, Reggie Gunter at Gunter Exterminating, Co. (now Gunter Pest Management, Inc.)  That very year (1971) the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) was passed by Congress under former president, Nixon.  The law mandated that every State of the Union pass laws requiring, among other things, the registration, certification and training and re-training of all pest control workers applying pesticides.  With Norm’s legal background, he immediately jumped in and lobbied hard for many weeks at Washington, D.C., Topeka and Jefferson City to pass fair and comprehensive laws beneficial to both public and pest management companies.  Since then, he has worked tirelessly for the pest management industry, leaving his mark as past president of the Missouri, Kansas and Greater Kansas City Pest Management organizations.  Norman also spent several years on the board of the NPCA (later the NPMA) as Regional Vice President and as National Vice President.

We are proud of Norman for all he’s done for Gunter Pest Management, the National Pest Management Association and Kansas and Missouri Pest Control Associations!

Norman Besheer inducted into Kansas + Missouri Pest Management Association Hall of Fame

Norman Besheer inducted into Kansas + Missouri Pest Management Association Hall of Fame

09.28.16

Oak Tree Itchy Mites: “Need to Knows”

This year has started to be another bad one for oak leaf itch mites in KC.  According to horticulturist Dennis Patton in the Kansas City Star, last year was considered one of the worst years for mite-related bites in the KC area for the past 10 years.

Symptoms: persistent itchy red marks, which sometimes have a fluid-filled center

Hate to start out with bad news, but conventional pest control methods will not alleviate oak mites.  Because they are wind-blown, you can’t spray the atmosphere to stop the mites’ movement through the environment.   HOWEVER people who come in contact with the mites can protect themselves from the mites by following these simple guidelines:

  1.  Cover up skin by wearing big hats, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and gloves if raking leaves.
  2. Use insect repellants that contain Deet and limit time outside to up to two hours
  3. Once or if exposed to mites, remove clothes and shower, lightly scrubbing with wash cloth – (will help by dislodging or smashing the bites before they have a chance to bite.)
  4. For those who are bitten, don’t scratch or bite could become infected.

Tips provided by The Kansas City Star.

 

 

 

02.11.16

Steps of Caution as Zika Virus Spreads

The National Pest Management Association advises the public to take action against mosquitoes now to avoid problems later

We’ve summarized a couple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family and eliminate breeding grounds at home as spring and summer approaches from mosquito activity:

1.  Protect your skin from mosquito bites at all times of the day by applying an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET

2.  Consider wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outside especially working in the yard for a longer period of time

3.  If traveling outside of the country, be aware of travel advisories currently in effect

4.  Mosquitoes need only about a half an inch of water to breed – so, eliminate areas of standing water around the property such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools and grill covers

5.  Screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tears

6.  CALL GUNTER FOR YARD TREATMENTS – 816 444 BUGS

For a full article from The National Pest Management Association, click here:

05.19.15

65th Anniversary Bug Bash!

SAVE THE DATE – YOU’RE INVITED!

Gunter Pest Management Celebrates 65 Years in Business with Customer Appreciation “Bug Bash” in Waldo on July 18th!

Join us (customers and potential customers of the Kansas City community), in celebrating our 65 years in business on July 18th from 6 – 9 pm at our corporate headquarters, 220 W. 72 St., KCMO.

Gunter pest control, fire safety and lawn service customers are invited along with former employees and any Kansas Citians interested in learning more about becoming a potential customer.   The “Bug Bash” will include food, refreshments, promotions, giveaways and dancing to live music under the stars, but no actual “bashing of bugs.”Jer Norm Jay Beetle pic  gunter management

(Bug Bash will be in our headquarters parking lot pictured above)

Word from our President, Jay Besheer: “We’re excited to celebrate 65 years of Gunter with employees, former employees and all 70,000+ customers – some of whom are third and fourth generation customers – who have contributed to our success.  Because of all of you, we’ve been able to grow from pest management, to bed bug services, lawn care and fire safety – all exciting businesses we’ve added to the Gunter brand over the years!”

Gunter is one of the oldest, family-owned businesses in the KC area, with 4th generation leaders at the helm.

Our president credits our customers for our long-lasting success as a Kansas City business: “We owe our longevity in part to actively listening to our customers’ needs and developing products based on their feedback.”

We recently launched an online newsletter that gives customers the chance to win a gift certificate from one of our many restaurant clients.  We want to continue to reward our customers for staying involved and supporting Gunter over the years.  We are well known for our leading edge technology and innovative approach to pest management.  Most of our customers and Kansas Citians recognize us for our green and white Volkswagen bugs technicians drive around the city, adopted as our mobile mascots in 1990.  And, over the last 25 years after adding the technician “bug mobiles” into our marketing/branding, we’ve been recognized for our motto, “the only bugs you’ll want at your home will be ours!”

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Gunter Pest Management began in 1950, when Roy Gunter – a resident of Overland Park, Kansas, started a small pest control business at Lake Lotawana, Missouri. As news of his great service spread, his business expanded into Kansas City, Johnson County and eventually into the metro area and entire region.

Due to Roy’s failing health, his first cousin, Reggie, “L.R.” Gunter joined the business in the fall of 1958.  His motto was, “Ask your neighbor,” (still our motto today), since virtually all of his new business came through recommendations from satisfied friends and neighbors.

L.R. Gunter and Patricia Gunter Besheer

(photo: Patricia Gunter Besheer (wife of Norman and mother of current President, Jay)

Reggie Gunter passed away in 1979. His son-in-law, Norman O. Besheer, became President that year and served in this capacity until 1998. Norman’s son — Jay Gunter Besheer — is now President.  This year, Gunter became a 4th generation family-operated service business as Jay Besheer’s daughter, Hayley Besheer, joined as Director of Business Relations.

Reggie Gunter’s philosophy was to give the longest warranty in town for a reasonable price and to give the best service by hiring only well-trained, intelligent, clean-cut technicians. That philosophy continues with the company today, with over 70,000 termite and general pest control, lawn and fire clients in the Greater Kansas City/Lawrence area.

To RSVP for the Gunter Bug Bash, please contact Gunter at 444-BUGS or hayley@gunterpest.com. 

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05.14.15

Early Gunter Memories 1940s-1970s

In the words of Jay Gunter Besheer – current President, grandson of Reggie Gunter

Original Founder – Roy Gunter

When Roy Gunter treated homes in the 40s and early 50s, he treated homes using pre-mixed pesticides from a company downtown. The product was called Bug-Off, so he just loosely called his company Bug-Off. One smart marketing concept he used was to put a sticker up in the client’s basement or garage. The sticker had a treatment date on it, as well as his phone number. There are still many of these old stickers in Kansas City homes today. In fact, in the early 1980s, I lived at a home at 1202 W 41 St in Westport. On the way down to the basement, there was a sticker in my grandfather’s handwriting (he had horribly illegible script). He had treated the home in 1961 for the previous homeowners.  I always thought that was an interesting coincidence.

2nd Gunter Founder – L.R. “Reggie” Gunter

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(left: Reggie Gunter around 1920)

(middle: Reggie Gunter Baker College Kappa Sigma fraternity picture – around 1920)

(right: Reggie Gunter with Patricia Gunter – mother of President Jay Besheer – around 1940 just before taking over the Gunter pest business)

When Reggie (Roy’s cousin) took over from Roy in the 50s, he began calling the company “L.R. Gunter, the Bugman.” He also started a filing system where he would keep track of when the client’s one year treatment was due and send them out a postcard to remind them to call for service. We still use this system today. This marketing technique led to a steady stream of business and convenient reminders for our customers. Reggie also started using the marketing line, “Ask Your Neighbor”.  As his business grew in the 60s and 70s, this marketing catch phrase was printed on our vehicles, postcards and anything marketing related.  Since most of his business came from friends and neighbors, it was a natural fit.

Reggie did all the service work until around 1962.  At 60 years old, he could no longer keep up with the rapidly growing demand for his pest service.  It was at that time that he hired his first employee. His name was Harold Slaughter. I’m not sure where my Grandfather met Harold, but I know that Harold was very good with customers. He was a chauffeur most of his life, so he was good at small talk. Growing up, I used to ride with Harold in the summers and watched Harold as he “worked the ladies.” I don’t mean that in a crude way. Harold was a true gentleman. But, he as a great routine of picking the newspaper up in the front yard, handing it to the client (usually a lady) on the way in, patting the dog’s head, and asking the client all about the updates in her life since he was there last year. Over the years, Harold became an iconic representative of our company. He was with us so long (until the 1980s) that many people assumed that he WAS Mr. Gunter.  Sometimes, Harold would correct them and sometimes he wouldn’t bother.  It didn’t matter to me.  All I knew was that Harold had that special personality that clients were looking for. Harold was like a second grandfather to me.  He always treated me with respect like he did the clients.  He taught me not only the technical aspects of the pest business but he also taught me the finer points of customer relations.

The only other “long-term” employee I remember from the 60s was named Dan Huitt. He worked primarily in the summers when business peaked out. He also became out termite treatment technician later on. Dan was a great worker, but had a wild streak at night. More than once, my grandfather received a call at home asking to bail Dan out of jail or to loan him some money. When I was a teenager, his stories were always interesting in the sense that they were much wilder than anything I had ever experienced.

03.31.15

Bug School

We’ve been in business since 1950 – and part of the fun around here (whether it be in the office or with our techs in the field) is continuing to learn about the lifestyles of various pests so that we may tackle them proactively in your home.  It’s important that we teach our customers as much as we can about dreaded pests that invade your homes so that you can assist us in preventing invasions!  It’s also fun to pass on strange and silly research about various pest lifestyles such as this one about Bed Bugs below…

BED BUGS:

– Research from the University of Nebraska suggests that alcohol and caffeine can affect bed bugs.  Bed bugs fed blood with caffeine or alcohol levels comparable to concentrations found in humans consuming drinks containing these substances consumed LESS blood and produced FEWER eggs than bug fed blood without caffeine or alcohol.

**However, it’s important to note: consuming alcoholic beverages or downing cups of coffee won’t work as a control strategy :)))

INDIAN MEAL MOTHS:

– Even if you make sure to remove all infested materials in kitchen/pantry, moths may still reappear.  Once the developing maggot has gotten its fill, it leaves the food source to pupate else wear, often in cracks and crevices and behind frames/other wall-mounted items.  The trick is thorough crack and crevice treatments, re-inspection of foodstuffs for a couple weeks post-treatment, fogging and customer sanitation (food sealed.)

-Seeing “worms” in your cake mix, bottom of your grocery bags, on ceilings, in drapes?  Well, they aren’t worms, but Indianmeal moth larvae.  When the eggs hatch, wormlike larvae search for food.  Although they might gross you out, they aren’t medically harmful and don’t spread diseases or pathogens.

-Indianmeal moths eat more than just grain.  They love corn, wheat, flours, cereals, chocolate, dried fruit, deeds, candy, pet food, the list goes on!

-If you have an infestation, we need your help to keep food prep and storage free of spills – sanitation is the key to prevention!  Fumigation and insect growth regulator are how we will treat, but we need your help to keep the untouched food sealed up and the infested food off the premises!

Source: Gunter Entomologist, PESTWORLD January/February 2014

03.19.15

Health Tips from Waldo Trainer

We had a blast representing Gunter at the monthly networking luncheon for Southtown/Brookside/Waldo yesterday!  This month’s speaker was Wayne Vandemerwe, Health/Fitness advocate and trainer at 300 BC Ultimate Bootcamp: http://300bckc.com

We learned a lot about making healthy decision and wanted to share some of Wayne’s fantastic tips with you!

Best exercises in the world:

1.   “The Push Away” – aka pushing the cookies away with your hand 🙂

2.  “Drive Past not Through” – skipping past those fast-food restaurants!

Tips to keep in mind  throughout the work week and to stimulate your brain:

-MSG tricks your tongue into thinking food has more protein than it does — aka it increases your cravings and tricks you into eating MORE!

-Many think chocolate milk is a great source of protein before or after a workout – yes, it is, but if you are looking to lose weight – this isn’t your best route because of all of the sugars.  Sugars can add to stored fat so try reducing your intake!

-Drink more green tea and mineral/spring water!

**Most bottled water is not at a correct pH balance – but spring/mineral water usually is!

-If you’re pH balanced it’s very difficult to get sick

-Your pH may become unbalanced by eating lots of white flour/breads, coke, tap water, etc

-Trader Joe’s has bottled water at a good pH – 7.2   *But, FIJI bottled water is the highest pH on the market – 7.8

-Your body cannot break down synthetic vitamins – so don’t scrimp and buy cheap, off-brands!

-Eat more Ezekiel bread!  All the good grains and cutting our white flour which is bad, bad, bad!

Hope these tips help you finish off your work week strong!  We spread them around the Gunter office and can tell a few people learned a thing or two about treating your body right :).

300 BC Ultimate Bootcamp has 2 locations – Waldo and Westport!  Go train and ease into a healthier lifestyle with your local Waldo/Westport trainer Wayne!

03.12.15

Gunter $30 off coupon!

NEW CUSTOMERS: Take advantage of our $30 off one-time-treatment coupon!

EXISTING CUSTOMERS: $5 off your next service if you refer this coupon to a new customer!  Make sure your friend mentions your name as referral when they call to schedule Pest Control service!

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We’ve been servicing the Greater Kansas City area since 1950!  Call to schedule service TODAY! 816 444 BUGS

 

 

03.6.15

How to Check Hotel Room for Bed Bugs!

The largest growth in our business is from the treatment of bedbugs.

What is a bedbug?

Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known, as it prefers to feed on human blood. — (Wikipedia)

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Photo: Wikipedia

Why Would Bedbugs Enter My Home?

Most of the accounts we service for bedbugs are hotels and apartment buildings, however, we treat many single-family residences too. Homes become infested as a result of traveling out of town and staying in a hotel that is infested with bedbugs.  When staying in a hotel it is a good idea to inspect your room for bed bugs as soon as you arrive. You do not want to unpack or settle in until you have checked to see if there are bed bugs in your room.

1.  Keep your suitcase on the floor away from the bed or place it in the bathroom – (these areas are less likely to have bed bugs.)

2.  Never put your suitcase, clothes or personal items on the bed as this is the most common way to get bed bugs in your possessions and transfer them to your home.

3.  Start your inspection with the mattress – as this is the most common area for bed bugs. Gently remove the sheet and mattress pad inspecting the four corners of the mattress and box spring.  Another important place to inspect for bed bugs that is often overlooked is the luggage rack or valet. Inspect carefully, concentrating on cracks and crevices. Bed bugs maybe found on the luggage rack if they have come in on other travelers’ luggage.

Tools to always travel with that come in handy when checking for bedbugs:

-Flashlight

-Magnifying glass

-Rubber gloves

-Large plastic bag

If you want to do a more in-depth inspection of your room we recommend the following:

Inspect along the edging, seams and other small areas of the mattress and box spring. Continue your inspection with the headboard. In most hotels the headboard is attached to the wall. Use your flashlight to look in the crack between the wall and the headboard.

Next inspect the furniture around the bed, and any pictures hanging on the wall. Bed bugs are known to hide behind framed pictures and around or on furniture. Make sure you inspect all the cracks and crevices of the night stand, including screw holes, joints and in the drawers. Once you have insured that these areas do not have bed bugs move on to other furniture in the room – especially upholstered chairs. As you are inspecting, pay special attention to the seams.

If you find bed bugs in your hotel room notify the front desk immediately and ask to be moved to a new room – one that is not next door to the room where you found bed bugs.

When staying in a hotel, it is a good idea to bring along a large plastic bag to put your dirty clothes into. Bed bugs can smell the chemical that we leave behind on our clothing and are attracted to this smell. Putting dirty clothing into a plastic bag will reduce the chance that you will get bed bugs on these items, and then bring them home with you.

If you stay in a hotel room and are worried about bed bugs take these precautions when you return home to reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs into your home.

02.18.15

About the House Mouse

SIGNS OF A HOUSE MOUSE: Droppings, footprint tracks, tail marks, oily hair “smudge” marks on walls/around corners, gnawing on doors/ledges/corners, musky odor, shredded nests.  If you’ve noticed any of these signs, call GUNTER at 816 444 BUGS to set up mice treatment!

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Understanding the biology, eating and living patterns of mice help us intercept and eliminate them from your homes and businesses at a higher success rate. We love to educate our customers whenever we can about mice and other pests that we are treating for, this way you may have a better understanding of the reasons behind our treatments — you might even be able to help us eliminate them faster by keeping your eyes and ears open for signs. HELP US HELP YOU!

The House Mouse, Mus Domesticus, thrives in various conditions in and around homes, commercial structures, open fields and agricultural operations.

How to physically spot them (and distinguish them from rats and other rodents):

-Adult body length = 3-3.9 inches, tail length = 2-3.9 inches, weight = 0.4-0.9 ounces
-Bright eyes, erect rounded ears, pointed snout
-Long tail sensitive to pain that acts as a balancer and thermoregulatory organ
-Feet with five toes each and walking pads with sweat glands

Understanding why they come inside:

-Poor body heat regulation (they can die at 99 degrees F) — AKA high temperatures cause mice to seek cool shelter
-The onset of cold weather may cause mice to move inside in search of shelter and food

-House mice can survive with little or no free water – they obtain their water from the food they eat.

Why you do not want them in your home or business:

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-House mouse urine is highly concentrated – males specifically have strongly scented urine and is four times as allergenic than females
-When females reproduce, a litter of more than 10 pups is common.  They breed year-round!

-Mice have poor eyesight, relying on their hearing and their excellent senses of smell, taste, and touch — this can be good and bad.  Good in the sense that they are easily baited.  Bad in the sense that if there is an abundance of tasty human food present, it will be hard for the mouse to take the bait over the tasty human food, understandably :).

-House mice eat many types of food but prefer seeds and grain

-In homes and commercial buildings, they may feed on various stored food items or pet foods — they usually contaminate foodstuffs with their urine, droppings and hair.

-Mice aren’t afraid to try new foods and are considered “nibblers,” sampling many kinds of foods.  Foods high in fat, protein or sugar may be preferred even when grain and seed are present – bacon and chocolate candies for example.

How to help prevent them from entering your home or help Gunter treat current mice:

-Have you detected mice droppings, footprint tracks, tail marks, oily hair marks on walls and around corners?  If so, call us right away 816 444 BUGS to set up treatment!

-House mice may burrow into the ground in fields or around structures when other shelter is not readily available — this means, during halloween and fall festival season — we always suggest to grocery stores, businesses and the “Martha Stewart” home decorators to keep straw, wood/logs, and anything that mimics a field to a minimum.  Your lovely decorations could end up as a nice little home for house mice!

-Mice constantly explore and learn about their environment, memorizing the locations of pathways, obstacles, food and water, shelter, and other elements in their domain — this is why we place bait stations in corners often!

-Mice may reject baits simply because they do not taste as good as other available foods – so, in order to have the best outcome when treating your home or business, keep food tightly sealed and stored!

-Keep good sanitation, sweeping crumbs and stack sacked or boxed foods in orderly rows on pallets in a way that allows for thorough inspection for evidence of mice.

Regular removal of debris and control of weeds from around structures will reduce the amount of shelter available to rodents.

Call us for any questions or assistance in eliminating your pests!  816 444 BUGS

“The only bugs you’ll want at your home will be ours.”

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Credit: Gunter Entomologist staff, Pest Management Professional publication, Wildlife Damage Management

Photos: Encyclopedia Brittanica, Wikipedia

02.11.15

Gunter Commercials

Have you ever noticed our green & white beetles roaming the streets of KC?  Did you know they talk, too?

Watch our Gunter commercials starring our locally-known green beetles and friendly techs!

Click here to watch:  http://bit.ly/17iqbtZ

Photos from Gunter TV Spot with Technician and Sales Manager John:

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06.3.14

Interesting email from a client

Jay,

The ants are disappearing, both inside and out. So when they are all gone,
do we leave it at that and assume or hope they won’t come back again this
season? Or should we take the other traps they didn’t use and put them where
the traps that worked were?

Strange to watch them scurry about. My camera couldn’t get them close up in
focus, but my binoculars could. I do think they were terrorists. The one I could
see closely had one of those head-coverings the Taliban wear, and his front pincher
was holding the pincher of an ant who was wearing a black burka, so I would assume
it was one of his wives or mistresses.

They had stopped scurrying, and for a few seconds just stood there together, in
some kind of arabic embrace. There were moving and swaying together, obviously
oblivious of all the other ants going around them. In that embrace, the female ant
seemed to be swaying more dramatically than the male. She reminded me of a
thrusting go-go dancer.

Maybe she had ants in her pants.

Tom

02.26.14

What’s in a name?

The modern pest management field is not very old. Although there are stories of “rat catchers” in the middle ages and more recently in the 1700 and 1800s, the use of insecticides and insect control as a true business began less than 100 years ago. DDT was one of the first insecticides developed in 1939. This led to products that technicians could use in order to kill various types of insects. It was around this time that a cottage industry was started and entrepreneurs began calling themselves “Exterminators.”

When my grandfather started in business, his company name was originally, L.R. Gunter, the Bugman. However, as he grew enough to add a couple of employees, the name was changed to Gunter Exterminating Company to better reflect that he was no longer a sole practitioner. Most of our competitors at the time were also called Exterminators. The industry began changing in the 1970s and most new pest companies began calling themselves “Pest Control” companies. We didn’t change the name because we felt that Gunter Exterminating Company gave potential clients the idea that we had been in business a long time.

Around the turn of the century, pest companies began using less insecticides and practicing IPM (integrated pest management) measures, which promised more inspection and less pesticide applications. This paradigm shift led to pest firms changing their names to Pest Management Professionals. This is what we call ourselves within the industry (PMPs). So, around 2000, our 50 year old company had a new name – Gunter Pest Management.

Since we also perform lawn beautification services, we also use the name Gunter Pest & Lawn or sometimes, Gunter Lawn Care. As our lawn division grows, we will probably make a formal name change to Gunter Pest & Lawn.

07.15.13

Check Check Check for Bedbugs

Summer is usually a heavy travel time. Many hotels across the nation have problems with bedbugs (including right here in Kansas City). Below are some tips for reducing your odds of getting or transporting bedbugs:

• Check hotel headboards, mattresses and box springs for live bed bugs, their exoskeletons and/or dark blood spots.
• Hang all clothing. Leave nothing lying on the bed or furniture.
• Avoid storing clothing in a hotel’s furniture drawers.
• Store suitcases on a luggage rack as far away from the bed as possible.
• Vacuum suitcases when returning home, and immediately wash clothing in hot water.
• Between trips, store luggage in a sealed plastic bag in a garage or basement, away from bedrooms.
• If you suspect you have bed bugs, have your home inspected by a trained professional. Bed bugs cannot be controlled by over-the-counter treatments.

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