We know you have lots of options when it comes to choosing a pest control provider for your home or business…We may be biased, but we would love to be “THAT” go-to service provider for you! Our company has worked hard over our 68 years in business to earn the unofficial title as KC’s Most Trusted Pest Company that you – our KC community – have given us. Here are ten of many reasons why you should choose Gunter Pest Management:
1. We’ve been in business since 1950.
Roy Gunter, an early resident of Overland Park, founded Gunter Pest Management in 1950. De-Bug, as we were loosely named, began in the township of Lake Lotawana, Missouri. Still in the 1950s, as business grew, Roy’s health began to fail. His first cousin, Reggie “L.R.” Gunter joined the family business and took over for Roy.
1971 – Norman Besheer, Reggie Gunter’s son-in-law, takes over the family business after years of a career as a lawyer. Norman still works as CEO every day – at 89 years old!
2000 to present – Jay Gunter Besheer, Reggie Gunter’s grandson, becomes president.
2016 to present – Hayley Besheer, Reggie’s great-granddaughter, works part-time as Director of Business Development.
2. We’re a fourth generation family owned and operated pest control company.
3. More than half of our 30-some employees have been on staff for over 15 years. A few have worked at Gunter for over 30 years!
4. Gunter treats our employees like family.
Our management team takes our entire staff on an all-expenses-paid team bonding trip every few years if we meet certain goals. We provide wonderful benefits to our staff and chances to rise in the ranks. Even our GM Jeremiah Ryden was once – 25 years ago – one of our summer technicians.
5. 75% of our technicians are termite/lawn/or pest control certified.
This means they’ve been in the industry at least three years and have studied and then passed this exam to become certified in their particular service providing area. A few of our staff – like our GM Jeremiah – are certified in all three! This is an OPTION for pest, termite and lawn care technicians and many of our competitors’ staff members have not taken the initiative to become certified in their division.
6. You’ve become familiar with our recognizable green and white beetles driving all over town!
Our President, Jay, and his wife, Pam, came up with the Volkswagen idea in 1999 — soon after, our slogan “The only ‘bugs’ you’ll want in your home will be ours!” developed from customers all over town spreading the word about our green and white service beetles. Check out the evolution of our service beetles below!
7. We are very involved in the Waldo community where we’ve been based for over 40 years.
8. ONE STOP SHOP!
Use Gunter for multiple home or business services that we provide, ranging from pest control to lawn care to outdoor mosquito control to termite protection. Interested in multiple services? Try our BUNDLE PROGRAM for a 15% off discount on three or more services for the year!
9. We’re locally owned!
You know us as KC’s Most Trusted Pest Company.
Founded in Lake Lotawana – Roy Gunter, an early resident of Overland Park, founded Gunter Pest Management in 1950 and began in the township of Lake Lotawana, Missouri.
Moved and business grew in Armour Hills – As business grew, Roy’s health began to fail. His first cousin, Reggie “L.R.” Gunter took over the family business. Reggie and wife, Betty, continued their humble business from their home in Armour Hills, a classic and central Kansas City neighborhood.
Moved to an office in Waldo in 1980
Moved again to our permanent Waldo headquarters in 1985 – We are still here today, 23 years later! 220 West 72nd Street, next door to Sutherlands and Quiktrip in Waldo!
10. Don’t believe the above :)? Simply “Ask Your Neighbor why to choose Gunter Pest Management!”
In the 1950’s, when Reggie Gunter (current president Jay Gunter Besheer’s grandfather) was running the company, virtually all new business was derived from recommendations from satisfied neighbors and friends. Reggie was quick to coin a clever motto; “ask your neighbor!” which it seems that over the years, our KC customers have done just that!