Due to the rise in customer orders and to prepare for future growth, Kness hired James Hayward as Eastern USA Retail Sales Manager and Nick Fugate as International and Midwest USA Pest Control Sales Manager in 2014 to assist with National and International customer relations. In 2016, Western USA Pest Control Sales Manager Jeff Caudill and Western USA Retail Sales Manager Misty Little were brought on to round out the Kness sales force.
In addition to bolstering its sales team, Kness recently added Scott Vestal as Plant Manager. With over 23 years of manufacturing experience, Vestal brings additional manufacturing knowledge and expertise to the growing company.
In an effort to keep up with increasing product demand, Kness recently implemented their fifth Si-150v Toyo plastic injection molding machine. The new model, which is capable of producing around 1,100 plastic assemblies on an average day, has helped increase productivity while elevating product quality. “The new equipment has provided new opportunities for Kness,” mentioned Kathy Wauson, President. “In fact, we’ve reinforced our team because of a spike in product sales.”
“Our company continues to grow and that can be attributed to our production processes and dedicated team,” said President Kathy Wauson. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our exceptional employees who continue to raise the bar.”
Kness continues to develop new product prototypes which have been featured on television shows such as the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’. Learn more about the company at www.kness.com.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Termites may be “pretty” in the eyes of a scientist, but don’t let good looks fool you: The prettier termites are more destructive than their uglier counterparts, a University of Florida researcher says.
Scientists who deem subterranean termites as “pretty” say they sport symmetrical traits and are more likely to come from mature colonies, said Thomas Chouvenc, a research assistant in entomology. So-called “ugly” termites have asymmetrical traits, he said. They generally come from young colonies. Such “ugly” termites developed under stressful conditions, are short-lived and not very efficient at maintaining the colony.
Thus, the older and larger the colony is, the prettier the termites are. And mature colonies can cause a lot more damage, said Chouvenc, a researcher with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
“If you have a mature colony with a million termites at 100 percent of their capacity, your house may be in trouble,” Chouvenc said. “If the colony is very young, with just a few hundred termites in poor shape, then it would take more time for them to damage a structure. In the end, mature termite colonies are the ones doing the most economic damage.”
Plenty of economic damage, in fact. Asian subterranean termites are among the most damaging termites in the world, especially in the tropics, and represent a significant part of the $40 billion annual cost worldwide, Chouvenc said. This species was recently introduced in Florida and is spreading fast.
In their quest to discover more about how the Asian subterranean termite brings up its young and how that impacts larval development, Chouvenc and UF/IFAS entomology professor Nan-Yao Su conducted a study in which they examined the symmetry of the soldier caste of the Asian subterranean termite. They studied 459 soldiers from 73 six-month-old colonies to see how well they nurtured the young termites.
Younger colonies produced less-symmetrical termites, while more mature ones produced more symmetrical ones, the study showed. That’s because younger colonies are under more stress. They only have a king and queen to find food and groom the larvae, said Chouvenc, an entomologist at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. Once the larvae grow into workers, they can provide brood care to the newly laid eggs, so as the colony grows, the investment in caring for “baby” termites improves over time.
“A termite with poor symmetrical traits looks all messed up, like it was hit by a car,” said Chouvenc. “On the opposite end, termites raised in a mature colony in great conditions develop smoothly and are good-looking specimens.”
Here’s how baby termites can grow into “good looking” or “ugly” adults: The more worker termites in a colony, the better off the larvae – or “babies” – will be. Chouvenc compared the situation to nursing care in most animal societies, including humans.
If you have only two nurses for 10 baby termites, they don’t receive much attention, food and bath time, and the babies will develop in stressful conditions, resulting in asymmetrical babies, Chouvenc said. As the colony grows, you have 10 nurses for 10 babies, making better conditions to grow.
Because young colonies have small numbers of poorly efficient termites, compared to mature colonies, there is an incentive to eliminate such young colonies before they grow too big, to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place.
The latest UF/IFAS study is published in the journal Insectes Sociaux.
“Strategic planning and goal setting is important for any organization,” said NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf, CAE. “The coming years present many potential changes and challenges and efforts such of those of the P3 Steering Committee last week help articulate priorities and focus key efforts.”
During this two-day meeting sponsored by BASF and Forshaw, participants advanced the discussion that began in May 2016 during the P3 Strategic Planning Summit by focusing on trends in such areas as technology, science, consumer outreach, public health, environment and legislation.
“Through regular review and analysis by our steering committee, we are assured that we remain in a proactive position to support our industry,” said Stumpf.
The P3 Steering Committee is chaired by Scott Steckel of Varment Guard Environmental Services in Columbus, Ohio and comprised of 20 industry leaders from across the country who represent all segments of the industry.
To learn more about NPMA’s strategic goals, visit http://npmapestworld.org/about-npma/about-us.
Editor's note: BedBug Central has been busy surveying the pest control industry about bed bug activity, and the company will be sending out another survey about April activity later this week. In advance of this survey, BedBug Central provided results from its February survey available here. (Note, some of the data/graphics can be difficult to read. Click on the image link to open up a larger version.)
Jeff White, Director of Innovations and Technical Content at BedBug Central, provided the following overview of the survey results.
February bed bug activity appeared to be similar across most of the country with most regions reporting about 50% of companies being "up," about 40% being "flat" and about 10% being "down" (about 50% of companies reporting bed bug activity being flat or down).
The only region of the continental US to differ from the rest was the West Coast, where companies reported about 25% being "up," about 35% being "flat" and about 40% being "down" (about 75% of companies reporting bed bug activity being flat or down).
Overall, I would interpret these results as suggesting that bed bug activity was slow in February as overall most regions are still reporting that bed bug revenue is growing from month to month but February had about 50% or more companies reporting "flat" or "down" revenue. Activity being "flat" or "down" is consistent with historical trends as much of the industry is aware that February in most markets tends to be a slow month for bed bugs.
The only other observation from the data submitted was that companies who determined their bed bug activity status from budgets or the same month in previous years reported very different trends compared with companies that determined their activity by feel or gut-sense. This suggests that even though bed bug activity may feel "up," "flat" or "down," how activity feels isn’t always the true story when compared to budgets and historical data.