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How To Manage A Pigeon Infestation

Feral pigeons cost home and business owners millions of dollars in damage and expensive cleanups each year. The Kness Pest Defense team will walk you through the problems an infestation causes, signs of a pigeon infestation, and what you can do to tackle pigeon issues.

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How To Identify Termite and Carpenter Bees and The Damage They Cause

If you begin to see suspicious damage to the wood structure of your home, there could be a chance that wood-boring insects may be to blame. Although you might think that termites are the culprit, other insects can wreak havoc on wood structures. Along with termites, carpenter bees are known to damage wood. The Kness team will help you see the difference between these two types of insects and the damage they cause.

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Best Mouse Trapping Strategies

The mice are coming! The mice are coming! This is the mindset that homeowners should have, not of fear but of preparation and vigilance. Defending your home against a mouse infestation is the best way to ensure you and your family have a clean and healthy living space.

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Kness’ Ketch-All Mousetrap Captures Retailers’ Choice Award

Albia, IA (December 15, 2020) – Kness Pest Defense's world-renowned Ketch-All® Multiple Catch Mousetrap has been awarded the 2020 Retailers' Choice Award by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). Each year, this award is bestowed on standout products that are showcased at the National Hardware Show. The Retailers' Choice Committee selected the Ketch-All for the Most Innovative Item category.

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Six Ways To Help Keep Your Home Pest-Free During Winter

While we all begin to hunker down inside ahead of any frightful winter weather, rodents, insects, and other small animals are searching for shelter too. The team at Kness Pest Defense has assembled six tips to help keep your home free from pests during the snow-filled season.

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Fall Pest Prevention Tips and Good Habits To Keep Pests Out

When the seasons trade a plethora of green and warm weather for cooler temperatures and a spectrum of yellow, orange, and red leaves, we know the transition from summer to winter has begun, and so do pests. Looking for shelter, food, and water in preparation for the seasons ahead, pests such as rodents, ants, ladybugs, stink bugs, flies, roaches, and other nuisance animals pose a threat to your home during the autumn months.

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Kness Announces Leadership Transition

Albia, IA (August 6, 2020) - Kness Pest Defense, an industry leader in pest control products, is announcing the transition of leadership roles within the company. On July 30th, Kathy Kness-Wauson officially retired from the day-to-day operational responsibilities as President of Kness Pest Defense after leading the company for 34 years. Effective on that same day, the board appointed Kness General Manager, Dan Crew, to oversee the company's operations. This shift represents the first time in the company's 96-year history that a non-Kness family member has been selected to direct Kness Pest Defense.

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Helpful Tips On Managing and Preventing Carpenter Ants

When we generally think of ants, it’s easy to picture these tiny insects emerging from a little mound in the dirt to steal our picnic food. But with over 12,000 different species of this colonial creature across the globe, some types of ants can ruin more than just the family outing. One of those unsuspecting species is the carpenter ant. This kind of ant is known to cause severe structural damage to homes and other wood structures. People can be unaware of their presence in a structure until it’s too late. In this article, the Kness Pest Defense Team will cover ways in which you can identify, control, and prevent a carpenter ant infestation.

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Defending Your Home From Common Spring Pest Invaders

Spring is here, and along with bringing warmer weather, the season also brings along some very unwanted and invasive pests. Some of these pests can pose health threats to humans and create billions of dollars in property damage every year. Some of the most common and pervasive spring pests are ants, flies, rats, and mice. To protect your home this spring, the Kness Pest Defense team of experts has assembled some preventative tips and home defense solutions.

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Five Tips and Methods For Raccoon Trapping and Prevention

Raccoons are very clever and resourceful creatures that can pose a problem to homes and buildings. If they become a nuisance, there are a few different ways to trap this pest. This article will focus on capturing these critters with live traps, such as the Kness Kage-All® Small Animal Trap. The Kness Team has assembled some helpful tips to make live trapping raccoons effective and straightforward.

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Kness Manufacturing Taps Jesse Henderson as Western Regional Sales Manager

Albia, IA (March 12, 2020) – Kness Manufacturing, an industry leader in high-quality pest defense products, is proud to announce the hiring of Jesse Henderson as the company’s Western Regional Sales Manager. Henderson, with nearly two decades of sales and managerial experience, will oversee the sales of Kness’ diverse lineup of pest solutions in the Western United States.

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Tips For Trapping and Deterring Pesky Pigeons

Feral pigeons are some of the most pervasive pests around and can create problems for homes and businesses alike. Their homing abilities can make long-term removal very difficult and, to some degree, impossible. However, trapping methods exist that will at least help you begin the process of removing them. The Kness team has assembled a few tips for trapping and deterring these relentless birds.

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Effective Rodent Control and Trapping Methods On The Farm

Farms across the U.S., and the world, are always under threat of invading rodents. Every year, mice and rats cause millions of dollars in damages to crops, stored grain, buildings, and farm equipment. On top of that, these pervasive critters are known carriers of diseases and bacteria that are transferable to humans. For many farmers, suppressing infestations is a constant uphill battle. When left unchecked, valuable time and money can be lost while trying to recover from the damages that rodents cause. To help you become better prepared, we’ve outlined key techniques for rodent control as well as trapping strategies that you can incorporate around the acreage.

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Kness Unveils New Bird Deterrent Product

ALBIA, Iowa (January 10, 2020) — Kness Mfg. Co., Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of pest control products, is excited to announce Kness Avian Away™, a revolutionary product aimed at deterring birds from congregating or nesting in unwanted places. This product continues Kness’ tradition of pest control innovation and fresh ideas.

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5 Tips For Winter Pest Control At Home

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter, and we aren’t the only ones to take notice. While pest infestations are usually seen as a problem during spring and summer, both animals and insects are looking to seek shelter in any warm place they can find. Houses can be an easy target during cold weather because of their ability to provide unique habitats to survive. We’ve assembled five helpful tips to get you started on keeping vermin at bay this winter.

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Best Spots to Place Kness Flies-No-More Solar Traps

Albia, IA (November 11, 2019) – Before you start noticing files around your home or business, it’s a great idea to get a preventative game-plan ready for a potential fly infestation. While you may arm yourself with a flyswatter, that method of dealing with flies is highly inefficient. More passive systems, like the Kness Flies-No-MoreTM Solar Trap, is a perfect solution for a more long-term approach to tackling issues with flies – for indoor and outdoor areas. There are many places flies commonly frequent in these environments. We’ve assembled some best practices for the most effective spots to place traps – like Kness Flies-No-More – and a few other preventative measures you can use to ensure these insects don’t get out of hand.

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New Kness General Manager Brings 31 Years of Industry Experience

Albia, IA (October 08, 2019) – Since 1924, Kness Manufacturing has specialized in manufacturing high-quality pest defense products. The Iowa-based industry leader recently expanded their leadership team and is proud to announce the hiring of Dan Crew as the company’s General Manager. In his new position, Crew will oversee the daily operations of Kness. Being involved in various aspects of the business such as creating and implementing strategies designed to grow the company, manage the development of key performance goals, and other important functions that ensure the delivery of quality Kness products to customers.

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Kness Expands Pest Control Offerings with Remote Monitoring System

ALBIA, IA (September 20, 2019) - Iowa-based pest control product manufacturer Kness Mfg. Co., Inc. is excited to announce the launch of KritterSense™, an innovative technology that is designed to monitor and analyze trap activity. The device is geared toward pest and wildlife control companies; aiding in the placement and effectiveness of traps.

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Reliability: The Backbone of Kness Products

Albia, Iowa (June 26, 2019) - Kness Manufacturing has been building innovative pest defense products for more than 95 years. During that time, Kness has established itself as one of the most reliable brands in the industry. The reliability stems from the company’s pursuit of supplying customers with the highest-quality pest control products. Kness’ product reliability is evident in their pro-grade performance, built-in quality, hand testing, and return rate.

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Kness Gives Hope and Independence To Those With Special Needs

Albia, IA (April 30, 2019) - Kness Manufacturing, an Iowa-based pest defense products manufacturer, continues to form strong relationships with various vocational rehabilitation centers throughout Southern Iowa. These programs help those that face challenges with disabilities gain work skills and independence through employment. Currently, Kness is working with three organizations: Tenco Industries, Ragtime Industries, and The Well Resource Center.

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Keep Pests Out of the Office

Every day it is a team effort to keep a business on the path of success. The same thing can be said for preventing rodents, bugs and other pests from invading the office. When everyone in the company is on board with keeping up a clean work environment, it can boost overall productivity while saving time and money dealing with major pest problems down the road. Here are some helpful tips that anyone can use in their daily office routine. If pests are already an issue in the office, Kness Pest Defense offers a wide range of solutions to help eliminate pest problems.

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Kness Pest Prevention In Your Garage

Garages are one of the most versatile spaces a homeowner has. It’s space that can be used for just about anything. From storing junk that won’t fit in the basement to acting as a shelter for a party, the garage is an extension of your living space. However, it can provide a great place for bugs and rodents to thrive as well. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure that you don’t give any uninvited house guests an opportunity to get into your garage and damage your property or even your vehicles.

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Kness Has You Covered For Spring Pest Prevention

Spring finally brings along warmer weather and the chance to clean around the house after a long winter. However, you are not the only one looking for a fresh start during spring. Pests emerge with the change in seasons searching for food and shelter.

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The Kness Ketch-All Mousetrap’s Innovative Design Continues to Stand Out

ALBIA, Iowa (March 7, 2019) - Kness Mfg. Co., Inc, an industry-leading manufacturer of pest control products, reflects back on its long design and production heritage of the Kness Ketch-All® multiple catch mousetrap. Developed in 1924, the Ketch-All was the 1st multiple catch mousetrap.

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Rodent Prevention 101

You could say that mice and rats are the “perfect” houseguests; they’ll eat (and chew on) just about anything and build their nests wherever you let them. Unfortunately, every year in the US, rodents cause over one billion dollars in structural damage to houses, apartments, offices, and businesses.

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Fall Pest Prevention Tips

As temperatures start dropping and leaves change color, pests begin looking for a warm place to spend the winter. While it may seem difficult to prevent pests, there are a lot of small steps you can take to keep them out of your home.

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How to Avoid Pests in Your Basement

Pests often make themselves at home in your basement, whether it’s finished or not. All kinds of insects and rodents can thrive below ground where it’s damp, dark, and humid. This area also tends to have less activity than the floors above, making it a comfortable home for crickets, spiders, millipedes and other critters. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you avoid and get rid of pests in your basement, keeping it as clean and sanitary as possible.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic 2021 Summer Conference

    July 29 - 31, 2021
    Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
    Myrtle Beach, SC

  2. Mid-States Fall Rendezvous

    August 6-7, 2021
    Phoenix Convention Center
    Phoenix, AZ

  3. House-Hasson Dealer Market

    August 13-14, 2021
    Wilderness at the Smokies Resort
    Sevierville, TN

  4. Pennsylvania Pest Management Eastern Region Conference

    September 9, 2021
    Radisson Hotel
    Trevose, PA

  5. National Hardware Show

    October 21-23, 2021
    Las Vegas Convention Center
    Las Vegas, NV

  6. PestWorld 2021

    November 2-5, 2021
    MGM Grand Hotel
    Las Vegas, Nevada