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The Kissing Bug: Not So Innocent

Kissing bugs. Sounds sweet and innocent; however, they are the exact opposite! Kissing bugs are similar to ticks in that they are hematophagous (blood feeders) pests. They prey on humans, most commonly when people are asleep in their beds. These pests like to hide in a mattress during the day and come out at night. Like many pests, they are attracted to light. If you have a night light in your house, make sure to keep it far away from your bed!

In other countries, kissing bugs often carry diseases. However, in the United States, this is rare and not cause for concern.  With that said, if you find a kissing bug in your home, do not squish it! There is still a possibility of it carrying a parasite which could be released when you squish it. So, just like a tick, it is best to capture the bug, place it in a plastic bag, and seal it to ensure you are disposing of the bug safely. 

Since it is uncommon for these pests to be disease carriers, the main annoyance with these bugs is that they tend to bite faces rather than limbs like most pests. They get their name because bites around a human’s mouth and eyes are most commonly associated with the kissing bug. If you wake up with 2 to 15 small bites in an area on your face, this could be a sign that you have a problem with kissing bugs in your home. This is your red flag signal to call McFadden Pest Control.

At McFadden Pest Control, we know what to do and will be aggressive in making sure to take care of the problem. We want our clients to feel safe and comfortable in their own homes. We do whatever it takes to ensure it! We know how important and valuable a good night’s sleep is and that it directly correlates to better overall wellness. If you know anything about our company, you know that all of us at McFadden Pest Control care about our clients beyond pest control!   

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Cheers to 45 Years: Hear From Founder, Tom McFadden

Tom McFadden started McFadden Pest Control in 1978. He had a regular 7:00A.M to 3:00P.M job and decided to start his company in the evenings after he got home from work. He had a young family, and after his friends started asking him to take care of the insects in their homes, he realized it could be a great extra income for them. On his first day, he had about six clients and would meet their needs after 3:00 P.M. 

We asked Tom McFadden a series of questions, and his answers clearly explained why the business has been successful. His heart is part of the business, and he truly sees people and their generosity. Tom’s humble spirit was pronounced in the answers to the questions. We hope that you will read this interview and understand that when you hire McFadden Pest Control, you are valuable to their family.

“What are you most proud of today in the business?”  “How successful the business has progressed and how proud I am of the report we have always had with the clients,” Tom genuinely stated.

We also asked him to tell us something he would never forget that involved McFadden Pest control. He was reminded of a client “who was a young boy, ill with cancer, and had an infestation of roaches. It was terrible. They had eaten the labels off of the canned goods and were falling out of cabinets”.  He was in and out that day, working hard to get rid of the problem. Despite all of the client’s hardships, he offered for Tom to sit down and have coffee and toast with him. While reflecting on this event, Tom said, “It touched my heart that he wanted to show hospitality to me, and I carry that with me to this day. Take time to help.”

We asked him if he ever thought about handing the business over to a family member, and he said, “no”.  He thought for sure Heath was going to go and work in business in Washington D.C., and after graduation, when he called to ask if he could come home and work with him, they immediately worked out a plan to get Tom ready for retirement. He said that he knew the clients were in good hands because they knew his work ethic, which was the most important thing to him.

Tom still rides around with Heath to see his old clients. “They are like family; we have watched them grow over the years, as they have done the same with mine.”

Tom values the customers. He remembers every phone call made before a pest treatment suggesting he come hungry because there would be something waiting for him. He remembers the children of clients and their activities or where they went to school. He remembers clients who stopped what they were doing to talk to him.  He not only remembers, but he values them. Tom said, “What a blessing McFadden Pest Control has been, and I hope that with trust in God, that will continue.” 

We believe this glimpse into the heart of McFadden Pest Control shows our clients that this isn’t just a business but a family. When you trust McFadden Pest Control with your home and loved ones, you become a valued member of the family.

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? 
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Is Your Yard Under Attack?

If you are seeing signs that your grass, trees, or vegetation are not thriving, do not fear! And, please, do not go to your local hardware store to try and take care of the problem yourself. Often the products you buy are only acting as a band-aid. McFadden Pest Control has the knowledge and tools to help! We want our clients to know that we can treat any pest problem; inside or outside.

Signs of Attack:

  1. Holes in your plant leaves are a sign that your pants need your attention. This issue comes from many different pests and/or diseases. Common pests could be slugs or earworms…or it could be a disease. Signs like these are very difficult for the average homeowner to identify. However, with our 45 years of experience in the area, we know how to identify the cause and how to treat the cause before it becomes extremely costly.
  2. Ant hills all around your yard and/or garden. Ants usually indicate other pests, like aphids, being on your property.  If you see ants moving in, it’s time to take care of business. This may mean taking care of multiple different pests at the same time.
  3. Sooty mold on the leaves is a dark fungus that can indicate a scale problem. Scales are related to an aphid and can cause damage to your plants. You should look for almost black soot on your leaves that won’t just come off if you wipe the leaf.
  4. Chewed bark on your trees should always get your attention.  This could be a sign of an Asian Longhorn Beetle coming to take over your yard. These pests chew the bark of trees and can eventually kill the tree if not addressed.
  5. Dead grass or brown patches could be a sign that you have a pest problem. We often think of those signs as a lack of irrigation issues or pet problems, but that is not always the case.  Japanese Beetles can come in and eat the grassroots, especially in the spring and fall. 

If you see a problem and you want answers, please call McFadden Pest Control.  We want to make sure your yard and garden are thriving!  We have the skills and experience to be able to identify the pest and take care of the situation so that you can continue spending time outside and seeing success in your efforts.

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? 
Feel free to reach us at 843-763-4533 or info@mcfaddenpestcontrol.com.

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The Swarm

Termites are pests that live in large colonies and behave very similarly to bees.  Like bees, each termite has a job they are responsible for to ensure they keep the colony going.  One of the jobs of a termite is a swarmer. The swarmer must leave the colony, find a mate, reproduce, and scout out a new location to build a nest.  Swarmers look different than most of the termites in the colony.  They are winged with black bodies, which often makes them mistaken for flying ants. Once you see a swarmer on the loose, it is safe to say that the colony they came from has at least a thousand other termites working behind the scenes. McFadden Pest Control considers this a problem that needs our professional attention.   

What do you do if you notice a termite swarm?

Before you try to tackle this on your own, call McFadden Pest Control. If you are seeing a swarm, this means you may already have a problem, or the potential of a problem showing up has just gone up.

Immediate steps you can take:

  1. Contain the space- Termite swarms launch from a single location. This means if you can close off the opening, you can contain the termites rather than them finding a new source of food. 
  2. Create a barrier- Placing rocks around the perimeter of your home creates a more difficult entrance for termites to get through. This is a distraction that could lead termites to pass by your home and on to their next location. 
  3. Turn off outdoor lights- Swarmers are attracted to light. This means that they often swarm during the day or at night if lights are left on outside. 
  4. Get rid of moisture- Termites need water to survive. When there is standing water in your gutters or around your drains, this entices termites to show up to your house.

Termites are not a pest you want around your home.  They cause structural damage, and the cost associated with a large problem can be astronomical.  Call McFadden Pest Control to take care of any termite issue you think could be swarming around.

Are you interested in learning more about McFadden Pest Control? 
Feel free to reach us at 843-763-4533 or info@mcfaddenpestcontrol.com.