Pest Control

Pest Control At Your Rental Property

If you own an Airbnb or a rental property, you know they are an investment, taking time, money, and due diligence.  It is important to remember that you might have little control over who rents or visits your property.  Intrusive pests are known to hitch a ride on suitcases, backpacks, and purses, all items coming and going through the doors of your rental property. 

Don’t just sit back and wait for a negative review to put you into action to take care of a pest problem.  Hiring a pest control company to help you before a problem that guests can see is vital to the success of your rental.  Reviews are what make sales in the rental property world!  McFadden Pest Control will send in our professionals to do an overview of what potential problems we see that are typical for the area of your rental.  We offer reasonable rates and promise to give you our best service so that you can sit back and know that pests will not appear on any reviews! 

Here are a few tips on what you can do to avoid any pest problems, along with a plan of action from McFadden:

  • Seal up any gaps around doors and windows.
  • Keep the roof and gutters in good condition.
  • Make sure you provide a sealed trash bin.
  • Provide airtight storage containers for food items, such as rice and pantry items.
  • Provide Clorox wipes for guests to clean up after meals.

Let’s ensure you are successful in your rental property and keep the human guests coming through the doors rather than the pests!

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Top 4 FAQs at McFadden Pest Control

  1. Why should I hire a professional pest control company when there are so many DIY products?

Not only does a McFadden pest control specialist identify the exact pest(s) causing a problem, but they also find the source of entry into your home to eliminate the problem.  At times, former customers have spent hundreds of dollars on store-quality pest control products only for the issues to worsen before calling a professional.  Save your money and time and call a professional pest control company.

2. Are pest control products safe for my family and pets?

In short, yes.  McFadden uses products that are safe for your family and pets.  We love our family and pets just like you love yours!

3. What is the most effective type of termite treatment?

The answer to this question depends on the type and severity of the invasion of the termites and the type of property they have invaded. The most effective treatment is to hire a professional pest control company to assess the problem and give a unique approach to the situation. Here at McFadden Pest Control, we also offer termite bonds. 

4. How much does it cost to hire McFadden Pest Control?

Depending on the type of service, McFadden Pest Control offers a variety of cost-effective options.  Our technicians will create a specific plan directly associated with your home’s needs.  Our customers find that the price for our services is small for the added assurance of a pest-free home.

These are our top frequently asked questions, but that does not mean these are your questions. Do you have more questions we can answer for you?  We are happy to discuss what you need to know before moving forward with our pest control and preventative care.  Call our office or email us to ensure you have the information you need.  We want our customers to make informed decisions that lead to success. 

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Termites: The Ins & Outs

Termites and people have something in common in Charleston; they are active!  It has been said that termites are the most prevalent in South Carolina over any other state in the U.S.!

South Carolina primarily has two types of termites Subterranean Termites and Formosan Termites

The Subterranean Termites require moisture and therefore love soft, rotting wood.  They often leave signs of entering a home because they use mud tubes and find openings in the foundation. 

The main differences between the Subterranean and Formosan termites are their appearance.  The Formosan termites are a hint more orange, whereas the subterranean termites are brown.

Are you concerned you have termites, or are you looking to transition your termite bond from one company to another? What do you expect? 

First and foremost, you should expect excellent customer service!  The McFadden Pest Control Team believes hard work and integrity are vital to our business success.  A technician will check under your sinks, attic, and crawl space.  Be prepared for all cabinets and closets to be inspected during this process.  Once the technician determines whether you need treatment or preventative care, you will be educated about a termite bond. 

TIP: A termite bond is an agreement for termite inspections to provide treatment and control if termites are ever found and repair damages or retreatment.  These contracts are for one year, with the option to continue preventative medicine each year upon payment. 

There are some locations in the United States where termites are not a problem, but living in Charleston is not on that list.  With that said, protecting your home against termites is a necessity.

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The Ants Go Marching

If you have been in the Charleston area for any length, you are aware that the ants march one by one.  An important thing to remember is that if you see one ant, the likelihood of many more following is excellent because they live in colonies.  Ants are amazing, hardworking creatures which are precisely why you don’t want them in your home or workplace.  

  • Ants can lift 20 times their body weight.  So, if an 8-year-old was as strong as an ant, they could lift an entire car! 
  • Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies. 
  • When finding food, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been. 
  • Once the queen dies, the entire colony will follow within a few months. The colony has to have a queen to survive. They often do not replace the queen.

There are three different roles for ants within a colony.  There is a queen ant, the female working ants, and the males.  The queen ant and the males have wings and can sometimes be mistaken for termites.  While ants are more of a nuisance, you do not want to mistake a termite for an ant because termites damage your property.  Don’t stress when you first see a sign of an ant or if you are worried about whether you have an ant problem or a termite problem.  At McFadden, we are well equipped with knowledge and tools to take care of either situation or help you stay at peace regarding pest control. 

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Pest Control in Your Apartment

We want to believe that if there is any problem when renting, a landlord will take care of the problem. However, that is only sometimes true.  If you have noticed a pest problem, the first step is to check your lease agreement to determine who is responsible for pest control.  Often a renter is responsible for pest control when the problem comes from your actions, leaving food out, doors open, etc.  This means you want to keep your apartment or rental property clean, ensure your furniture does not have bedbugs before bringing it into the space, and keep fleas from your pets.  If you are responsible for pest control in your apartment, McFadden Pest Control can help.  The most common pests that show themselves in an apartment building are the following:

  • Ants: This is because ants love food crumbs, and within an apartment, there are many opportunities for the ant to find what they want. 
  • Cockroaches: These pests love the city and look for water and food within apartment buildings. 
  • Rodents: Rodents love hiding anywhere they can. They will destroy anything that gets in their way by chewing to their destination, making them a challenge in apartment buildings but not one that McFadden can’t handle!
  • Fleas: Give your animals their monthly/annual flea and tick medicine and bath often.   

Don’t wish you had a professional pest control company on your speed dial.  Go ahead and give McFadden Pest Control a call today to learn more about how you can protect your family and apartment.

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Professional vs. “DIY” Pest Control

The saying “you get what you pay for” rings true when determining the value of a “DIY” pest control remedy versus professional pest control management programs.

While “DIY” pest control has its place, it’s essential to know and understand when it is appropriate to ensure an infestation does not occur in your home or office.  If you watch your cat, bring in one mouse they are proud to present to you and let it go in your home; catch the mouse and get rid of it.  This is a perfect example of a “DIY” pest control project. However, in most other situations, you should call a professional.  

It is important to remember when you notice a problem with pests, you likely see a minimal reality of what is living inside your home.  Most pests do as we should when hiking in the woods; they leave no trace.  They stay covered and away until the humans in the home make the house dark, and there is stillness as everyone is in bed, and then they emerge. The primary issue with “DIY” pest control is that if it is not successful in irradicating the problem, pests’ reproduction is significant, and a larger issue can occur quickly.  

DID YOU KNOW? Cockroaches can produce hundreds of offspring in 1 year.  

If you have ten cockroaches in your home start by the end of 1 month, you now have 250, which becomes 500 by month two.  A professional can use their knowledge, professional-grade products, and prior experience to combat the problem before the ten pests become 500, which could be 1,000 in three months if not taken care of properly.  Please don’t risk the problem multiplying by trying to do it yourself; call a professional to ensure you keep your home free from pests.   

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Pets & Pest Control

Let’s be honest; we are all willing to do whatever it takes for our pets to live a happy and healthy life with our families.  Have you considered the ramifications of pests on our pets’ lives?  Not all pesticide is harmful to our pets.  Possibly the most dangerous thing a pet owner could do when it comes to pest control is purchase a product from your local hardware store.  These “DIY” products are often very harmful to pets.  If you have a pet you adore, leave pest control to the professionals. 

Here are just a few pests that could be lurking that could be harmful to your pet:

Ticks: Ticks can cause blood loss, skin irritation, Lyme disease, and other diseases.   If your pet is scratching and has been outside, check for ticks. 

Bedbugs:  Bed bugs are a lot like ticks, and while they would choose a human before a pet when a human is not around, they will attach themselves to pets.  This also leads to itchy skin for your pets. 

Mice: While they may not physically come near your pets, these rodents bring with them disease, bacteria, and toxins that can be very harmful to your pets.  Along with infection, mice often bring fleas into the home.

Fleas: Fleas are prevalent for any animal to face. Fleas are parasitic pests and can jump up to a foot to catch a ride on your pet.  Fleas can cause animals to scratch to the point of infection.  Look for dirt-like specks on your animal for evidence of fleas. 

At McFadden Pest Control, we love our pets. Therefore, we promise to protect yours. 

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Charleston’s Pest: Winter Edition

The time of year and the weather it brings indicate what pests you are most likely to see here in the low country of South Carolina.

With the fall leading into winter bringing cooler temperatures, cockroaches are the most common pest you are likely to see around your home or office.  A baby cockroach is the size of a ballpoint pen and can run almost as fast as an adult cockroach.  This makes them hard to catch and see.  It takes an average of 36 days for these tiny cockroaches to become large adults.  When cockroaches are present in your home, they typically look for warmth and food.

Another common cooler-temperature pest here in Charleston is termites.  Termites are the pests that can cause the most damage because they eat 24 hours a day.  Termites cannot be ignored because they can be a much larger problem the longer you wait.   If you believe you have termites, you should seek professional help and guidance from McFadden Pest Control.  

Another common pest we are all typically uncomfortable living with is rodents, who also happen to move indoors as the temperatures drop.  These pests are generally visible and easy to spot or find their droppings.  Call a professional if you have taken these steps and still see signs of droppings around your home.    

TIP: Declutter your garage or attic to eliminate areas where rodents can nest.  

We often think of warmer temperatures when we think of pests but as the cooler weather moves in, so do new problems here in Charleston and the low country.  McFadden has a well-trained team to help eliminate these cooler-temperature pests that move in as the weather changes. 

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McFadden Pest Control: Your BFF

When you hear the words ‘pest control’, you might think to yourself I know I need to have a relationship with one, but I will call when I need one.  We challenge you to change your perspective.  Pest Control, often like a true best friend, is there for you to offer support over the changing seasons of your life, protect you, and, most importantly, provide a smile.  Here at McFadden Pest Control, we think about bugs, so you don’t have to.  As simple as that.   We would rather you have a relationship with a pest control company before you find yourself in need.

With forty-five years of business under our belt, McFadden Pest Control is THE family-owned pest control business in the low country.   We pride ourselves on providing the most modern, non-invasive, pet-safe techniques to keep your home free of unwanted pests and critters, including roaches, mosquitos, wasps, termites, rodents, and more.  

Here is a list of services that we offer:

  • Pest Control
  • Mosquito Control
  • Termite Bond
  • Termite Treatment
  • Rodent Control

In addition to your home, don’t forget about your office, boat, taxidermy (yes, even your taxidermy), and more.  We offer various services and plans to ensure that all your property is pest and termite free.  

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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.

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