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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jay Gunter Besheer, president of Kansas City-based Gunter Pest & Lawn, is approaching his 50-year work anniversary with the family-owned firm.
Besheer is the grandson of Reggie Gunter, longtime owner of Gunter, and he began working for the company when he was only 13.
Gunter has been operating in Kansas City since 1950. Besheer officially started working at Gunter in 1969, but in the early 1960s he spent his childhood and teenage summers alongside his grandfather and his employees, often entertaining homeowners as the service was performed. “I spent many a Saturday afternoon riding along with my grandfather as he exterminated homes,” Besheer recalled. “We had a great routine. He would introduce himself, then introduce me, then proceed to say, ‘Jay, tell the nice lady what you want to do when you grow up.’ I would say, ‘I’m gonna be a bugman, just like my grandpa.’”
Reggie Gunter transitioned the business to Jay’s father, Norman O. Besheer, who left his career in law to join Gunter. Norman Besheer became president upon Reggie’s death in 1979, and he still works for Gunter as CEO (at age 89).
After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1977, Jay Besheer joined the company full time. “When I graduated, I dove head first into the job I had always known to be my dream job. I have always felt lucky to have known what I wanted to do with my adult life at such an early age,” he said.
Under Norman’s and Jay Besheer’s leadership, Gunter has achieved many milestones. In 2001, Gunter acquired A&L Pest Control; A&L was one of the premier pest management firms in Greater Kansas City, with more than 20,000 clients at the time of the merger. The merger of A&L and Gunter formed one of the largest pest management firms in the Midwest. Other purchases throughout the years included Cleartox Termite Control; Johnson & Johnson Pest Control; Beaman Pest Control; Allied Exterminators; Woodbury Pest Control (St. Joseph); and Power Pest Control (St. Joseph).
As of 2017, Gunter had more than 27 employees and more than 100,000 clients. The company prides itself on using the latest technology and putting customers first.
An inspection report released Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates that the North Carolina farm linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella from contaminated eggs had an ongoing rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions and poor employee practices, CNN reported.
On April 13, Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled nearly 207 million eggs produced at its Hyde County farm in North Carolina that it believed were at risk of contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Three days later, Cal-Maine Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled 280,800 eggs purchased from the same Rose Acre Farm.
he eggs, which reached consumers in nine states, made at least 23 people sick and caused six hospitalizations, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laboratory and other evidence identified eggs produced at the North Carolina Rose Acre Farm as the likely source of the multistate salmonella outbreak, the CDC said.
The pest control industry owes much of its recent growth to the rapid expansion of several vertical niche markets, including mosquito control, which has seen a significant upturn in business thanks to more aggressive marketing on the part of business-savvy PMPs and ongoing media coverage of the threat posed by mosquito-borne illnesses. This combination has resulted in a growing number of PMPs offering mosquito control services during the past few years. If you’re considering entering this potentially lucrative field, or would simply like to learn more about the most effective mosquito treatment protocols and marketing techniques, you’ll want to attend the PCT Virtual Mosquito Conference scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, and sponsored by Syngenta and MGK (both Platinum level sponsors) . The program will feature several leading mosquito control experts who will offer valuable insights about this important public health pest. (Click here to register).
In this informative keynote session, one of the country’s leading university educators and urban entomologists will share his “real-world” insights about the health threat posed by mosquitoes and review what the industry is doing to combat vector-borne disease outbreaks. With a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Koehler is a much sought-after speaker at industry educational events. A former medical entomologist with the U.S. Navy, Koehler is an endowed professor of urban entomology at the University of Florida who divides his time between university extension work, research and teaching.
Gregory Pest Solutions is a leading provider of mosquito control services in the Southeast, offering a comprehensive program designed to protect families and pets throughout the mosquito season. The company’s Smarter Mosquito Control service program starts with an inspection followed by a customized treatment plan that includes vegetation management, exclusion and targeted pesticide applications. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Motes is past president of the South Carolina Mosquito Control Association and a former board member of the Georgia Mosquito Control Association.
June Van Klaveren, a veteran marketer with more than 25 years of industry experience, will provide PMPs with practical advice on how to grow their mosquito business through effective marketing. With a client base of pest control companies across the United States, Van Klaveren has worked with PMPs to create a wide array of marketing materials designed specifically for the mosquito market, including flyers, door hangers, invoice stuffers, postcards and custom e-communications.
Dan Moreland, publisher of PCT magazine, is an award-winning journalist who has covered the professional pest management industry for more than three decades. In this session, Moreland will provide an overview of key trends in the mosquito market.