Bobcat Guardian Program
Rodents and other pests are a common occurrence on the sea islands, and many residents and businesses have turned to local pest control companies for assistance in preventing or eliminating rodents from their property.
Unfortunately, the use of some pesticides, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGA's), have resulted in significant impacts on local wildlife. Smaller predators like hawks, foxes and raccoons are known to consume rodents infected with SGA's, which may result in their deaths. Bobcats, at the top of our island's food chain, may also die because they feed on infected rodents as well as these smaller predators.
The Towns of Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island consider our respective communities to be a shared range for local bobcats. Samples taken from recently deceased bobcats in our area identified the presence of SGA’s, such as Brodifacoum, Bromadiolone, Difenacoum, and Difethialone, in many of these animals. These chemicals were found to have contributed to a majority of the premature bobcat deaths. Both communities are now recommending alternative approaches to rodent control, such as Integrated Pest Management and the use of alternative chemicals, such as Cholecalciferol and Bromethalin, which are less toxic to bobcats and safe for pets when used with tamper resistant bait stations.
The Town of Seabrook Island has initiated the Bobcat Guardian Program in an effort to raise awareness among residents and business owners concerning the adverse impacts of SGA's on the local bobcat population and to reduce or eliminate the use of such chemicals within the town.
Take the Pledge
To assist in these efforts, the Town of Seabrook Island has asked local pest control companies to consider joining our Bobcat Guardian Program by voluntarily pledging to eliminate their use of SGA’s within the town. Pest control providers who take the Save Our Bobcats Pledge will be highlighted below for their support of the town’s efforts to protect our local bobcat population.
Post control companies who wish to participate in the Bobcat Guardian Program may complete and return the Save Our Bobcats Pledge form by mail or email, as follows:
2021 Program Participants
The following pest control companies have taken the Save Our Bobcats Pledge and committed to cease their use of SGA's in the Town of Seabrook Island:
A-Advanced Pest Control
P.O. Box 96
Summerville, SC 29484
Anchor Pest Management, Inc.
647 Dupont Road
Charleston, SC 29407
Atlantic Pest & Termite Management Inc.
1720 Signal Point Road
Charleston, SC 29412
Clark's Termite & Pest Control Inc.
P.O. Box 465
Irmo, SC 29063
General Pest Solutions LLC
P.O. Box 50199
Summerville, SC 29485
Ledford's Termite & Pest Control Inc.
1010 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407
Lightning Termite & Pest Control
1239 Red Bank Road
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Terminix Services Inc.
3145 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, SC 29455
Kiawah Island Bobcat Preservation
Kiawah Island Bobcat Information
Kiawah Island Bobcat Management Plan
Kiawah Island Bobcat Research
Rat Poison & Wildlife (PDF)
Header Photo by Charley Moore
Video by Town of Kiawah Island