Iowa Patent of the Month – December 2022

Watching a hummingbird eat from your feeder is a pleasant experience. Watching a seagull or pigeon try to take your food out of your hand is not. Most people think of rodents when they hear the word pest, but a bird can be just as much of a nuisance. Kness Mfg Co., Inc. are experts in pest control. With more than 95 years of innovation and development, it’s no surprise to hear they have recently patented a solution for keeping birds away.

Kness Mfg’s design is a reflective deterrent with a base and center post. Further up the post, a dual set of spinners and fins are positioned and set to rotate in opposite directions. The spinners can be wind powered and solar-battery powered to ensure they operate regardless of weather. The reflectivity and constant motion of the spinning fins are designed to scare away and prevent birds from settling in. 

Iowa-based Kness Mfg has been committed to developing and manufacturing innovative pest defense products since 1924. Since their inception, the company has grown into a third-generation family-owned company and built a foundation of trust to match.

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