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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.

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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!  

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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

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The Calm Before the {Termite} Swarm

For some, creepy crawlies and pests give you the ‘heebie-jeebies,’ but it doesn’t always have to be that way.  In most cases, pests around your home are helping the ecosystem and keeping others, at times larger rodents, away from your property. We say that to ensure problems and termites don’t scare you.  The good news, everything is manageable and preventable.  So, whether you are talking about your health and safety or protecting your home, knowledge, and prevention is your best defense for quieting those ‘heebie-jeebies.’

We have all heard horror stories of people discovering costly damage to their property, because they did not realize that termites had set up shop in their home. Knowledge is power in the fight against infestation. 

It may not be immediately apparent that you have termites in your home, but there are some warning signs: 

  • mud tubes on trim or sheetrock
  • discarded wings 
  • termite frass (looks like sawdust)
  • cracking/sagging walls or door jams

All these things indicate that there could be termite activity on your property; however, this does not indicate that you are in trouble.  Good news, right?  Termite extermination is possible in most cases and effective to save your home before the damage becomes unmanageable. 

The best approach with termites will always be prevention. We have several options for keeping your home protected from these invaders. Each property will have unique risk factors, and our professional team will know how to set up a system of protection that will best manage risk to your property. 

It’s important to know that several types of termites invade differently depending on the time of year and location. Termite activity is found year-round in the warm, humid climate of South Carolina. 

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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843-763-4533 or email us

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