Bat Removal and Exclusion in Georgia & Alabama
Bat removal and exclusion are some of our most needed services. The two actually are the same service because bats are removed by sealing them out of buildings.
Bats are mammals that belong to the order Chiroptera, which means “winged hand.” A bat’s front limbs have membranes between their metacarpals and phalanges (basically, their “fingers”) that form true, aerodynamic wings. These wings enable bats to take off from a resting position, ascend, and fly, making bats the only true flying mammals. There are at least 16 species of bats in Georgia & Alabama, of which the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) are the species most commonly encountered as nuisance wildlife.
Bat Removal and Exclusion
Bats play an important role in the ecosystem by consuming countless insects, including mosquitoes, during their nightly flights. They also provide a public health benefit by feeding on mosquitoes and other insects that can transmit diseases.
It’s only when bats get into attics, structural voids, church steeples, bell towers, and other areas of buildings that bat control is needed. When bats get into buildings used by humans or domestic animals, they can cause health hazards of their own:
- Bat droppings (“guano”) may contain pathogens and serve as a breeding medium for insects and fungi, some of which can cause disease.
- Bats carry parasites like bat bugs, fleas and ticks, many of which are disease vectors.
- Bats have a fairly high incidence of rabies.
Because they are overwhelmingly beneficial animals, bat removal and exclusion must be performed without harming the bats. The goal is humane bat removal and exclusion, not “bat extermination.” At Rid-A-Critter, we have always practiced humane, non-toxic, environmentally friendly bat removal. We get the bats out of your house and seal your home to keep them out, but we don’t kill them.
We also clean up after the bats, seeing as how we evicted them without notice. We can remove hazardous guano (droppings) and other bat by-products and replace contaminated insulation if needed. (Please note that guano removal and insulation replacement, if needed, are quoted separately from bat removal and exclusion.)
Professional Bat Removal
With offices throughout Georgia and Alabama, Rid-A-Critter has the tools and personnel to handle any bat removal job, whether big or small. If you have a bat problem, please call us for an on-site inspection by an experienced bat control expert.