Pest Control

Do you need pest control year-round?

Whenever you consider adding any year-round service to your expenses, ask yourself the following questions:  

Do I lack the knowledge or skills to perform the task myself?

Is it financially responsible?

Is it necessary?

How much time will I save?

Is the company I am considering hiring effective at the task needing to be done?

When it comes to professional pest control, the answer likely is yes to all the questions above. Year-round pest control is something that any homeowner SHOULD outsource, especially if they live in the Charleston area.  In simplest terms, outsourcing means taking something and passing it off to someone else. In our case, this is someone that is an expert in the pest control industry.

DID YOU KNOW? According to the National Pest Management Association, 63% of homes in the U.S. contain cockroach allergens.  The most common symptoms of someone allergic to those allergens are nasal congestion, ear infections, and sinus infections. 

McFadden Pest Control is here to help you ensure your home is ready to battle the unwanted invasion of pests.  

Here are just a few tips that you can do to be ready for year-round pest control.

  • Keep your garbage can sealed.  Pests, especially rodents, are looking for our food to make their own.
  • Fix any leaks that could give roaches access to water.  Any pool of water is an attractant to pests.
  • Keep your gutters clean.  The debris can create a warm home for mice and squirrels.
  • Vacuum up any food debris in the kitchen to help mitigate the risk of ants and insects.

Fortunately, as a local, family-owned pest control business that’s been serving the Charleston area since 1978, we’ve got you covered. We use the most modern, non-invasive, pet-safe techniques to keep your home free of unwanted critters. Whether you’re dealing with roaches, mosquitoes, wasps, termites, or rodents, we’ll solve the problem.

We’re delighted to explain the details if you’re curious. But, if you’d rather keep it out of sight and out of mind, we’re happy to do that too. Either way, you can count on McFadden Pest Control.

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? Feel free to reach us at 843.763.4533 or

Pest Control

The Dropping Signs: What to Keep an Eye Out For

We, as humans, are trained to identify signs.  We know that a hand wave signifies a friendly hello or a stop sign signifies to stop your vehicle. We study road signs before we are permitted to get a driver’s license, and we are trained to read signs on a door before entering an establishment. Meanwhile, pests leave signs all over your home for you to be able to identify. Do you keep an eye out?

Deciding who and what is occupying your home with you can be determined in many ways, but one of the best ways is by what they leave behind.  An animal’s droppings can tell you precisely what is moving around in the attic, under the house, or even in your closet.

Here are the most common types of droppings that you will find in your home to help you in deciding if you need to call for help:

Mouse droppings measure about 3mm to 6mm and are dark brown or black.  The droppings are small and smooth with a pointed end.

Roaches leave a good bit of droppings compared to other critters.  Their droppings look like specs of pepper or coffee grounds most of the time; however, the larger the roaches, the larger the droppings.  If you have giant bugs, the droppings will look more like dark cylinders with blunt ends and ridges down the side.

Tip: If you find roach droppings in your home, you will want to get professional help because they are some of the toughest pests to exterminate.

Bat guano is small and dark as well.  They are elongated and turn to dust when touched.  A bat’s droppings have a very distinct smell.  The smell is musty and unpleasant.  Bat guano fumes can be very harmful to humans over time.

Ant droppings are also very distinct, although a line of ants can sometimes be a more significant sign than what they leave behind.  They leave behind a pile of what looks like wood dust, similar to termites.

Learning to read the signs of pests in your home will help you identify and respond appropriately to what is living in your home with you.  We at McFadden Pest Control are ready to respond to a problem and educate you on the appropriate preventative process of quality pest control.

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? Feel free to reach us at 843.763.4533 or

Pest Control

It’s A Family Affair

McFadden Pest Control will be celebrating its 45th Anniversary this upcoming year.  Since the company’s founding in 1978 by Tom McFadden, McFadden Pest Control has provided homes and businesses in the Charleston, SC community with friendly, personal pest control services.  

Owned and operated by Heath Gunther, grandson of Tom McFadden, McFadden Pest Control has grown in size and services. However, one thing stays constant – our dedication to our families.  After being in business for forty-five years, we have been able to serve thousands of households and businesses, many are multi-generational families.  Something that we don’t take lightly and are honored to watch. For all our clients who know Tom McFadden, he still pops into the office frequently and stays updated on the business’s growth.  

We recently asked Heath Gunther what sets McFadden Pest Control apart from others in the industry.  His response was simple, “We focus on client satisfaction and excellent customer service. That means courteous, professional technicians and staff that respect how important your home and family are to you.” 

We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating the 45th Anniversary throughout 2023, with a client appreciation event in February to kick off the celebrations.  Please stay tuned and connected through our social media channels for additional details and information on the occasion. 

Again, we are honored to have served our community for the past forty-five years and look forward to many years to come. Cheers to you, our McFadden Pest Control family!  

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? Feel free to reach us at 843.763.4533 or


Taxidermy & Pest Control 

Heath Gunther, Owner of McFadden Pest Control

As hunting season is in full force, it is oftentimes a dream to bring home that trophy animal. Once in your home, it’s a conversation piece and a proud reminder of the hunt. However, it’s not a “set it and forget it” situation. If left untreated, moths and their larvae can begin to eat away at the mount causing noticeable damage to the hide and fur.

Moths and their larvae specifically focus on the hide, which you will notice when patches of fur start to fall out. If you start seeing any bald spots or adult moths inside your home, it’s time to call in some reinforcement. 

So, remember, the best approach is prevention. Don’t wait until it’s too late!  Our professional team will know how to treat and prevent further damage to your prized trophies. 

Good luck in the field this hunting season! 

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? Feel free to reach us at 843.763.4533 or