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Bat Removal and Exclusion in North Georgia

The Bats of Georgia

Two bats peeking out from between the slats of a gable vent.

Bat removal is one of our most-needed services.

The busiest "bat season" in Georgia begins around March and extends through to the fall, with the busiest time being the hottest part of the summer; but because our winters tend to be mild, we do get the occasional bat control call even in the middle of the winter.

Bats are very misunderstood animals. There's a lot of misinformation about bats out there, and too many people are needlessly afraid of them.

Let's take a quick look at these fascinating creatures and dispel some misconceptions, starting with one of the most common ones:

First of All, Bats are Not Rodents

Please don't call bats "flying rodents." They get highly offended. They're not rodents. And they're not birds, either.

Bats are mammals who 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.

Bats are Overwhelmingly Beneficial Animals

Non-lethal bat traps installed outside, under the edge of the roof, at the Solid Granite building in Elberton, Georgia.

Non-lethal bat traps installed along the roof of the Solid Granite building in Elberton.

There are at least 16 species of bats in Georgia, of which the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) are the species most commonly encountered as nuisance wildlife.

Bats play an important role in the ecosystem by consuming countless insects, including mosquitoes, during their nightly flights. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a single bat can eat between 600 and 1000 insects every hour. Multiply that by the number of bats flying around every night, and then think about how many mosquito bites the bats are preventing. Kind of makes you appreciate bats, doesn't it?

In fact, bats' insatiable hunger for insects is one reason why bats are protected under both federal law and state laws. Bats feed on insects that are pests of man and which often carry diseases, making bats important allies in fighting vector-borne diseases.

When is Bat Control Needed?

Bat control technician on a ladder performing bat control for the City of Gainesville Water Authority, with bats flying around him. 

Bat removal and exclusion for the City of Gainesville Water Authority

It's only when bats get into attics, structural voids, church steeples, bell towers, and other areas of buildings that bat removal is allowed. When bats get into buildings used by humans or domestic animals, they can cause serious health hazards:

In densely populated cities, bat control is especially important from a public health point of view.

Bat Bugs

Bat Bug found at a bat removal job.

Bat Bug found at a bat removal job.

Bat bugs are another problem commonly associated with bats. Bat bugs are very closely related to bed bugs. Its nearly impossible to distinguish between the two by the naked eye. The usual means of identification is the surroundings in which the insects are found.

Sometimes after a bat-removal job, bat bugs will migrate into the human-occupied area of a home and start feeding on people instead of bats. They can't survive forever this way and they can't reproduce without bat blood, but they can live for a mighty long time -- several months, or maybe even a year -- on human blood. Over time, their populations can become very large, sometimes even necessitating a costly bat bug-control job.

Bat Control and Exclusion

Because they are overwhelmingly beneficial animals, bat control must be performed without harming the bats. The goal is humane bat removal and relocation, not "bat extermination." At Rid-A-Critter, we have always practiced humane, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly bat relocation. We're not "bat exterminators." We're bat conservation professionals. We get the bats out of your house and seal your house to keep them out permanently, but we don't kill them. We remove bats from your property alive so they can find a more suitable place to live.

Two bat control experts in a bucket truck performing bat removal in McDonough, Georgia

Bat control job in McDonough, Georgia

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 can provide replacement of contaminated insulation, if needed. (Please note that guano removal and insulation replacement, if needed, are quoted separately from bat removal and exclusion.)

Our comprehensive bat control program consists of bat removal, bat exclusion (sealing up your house to prevent bats from getting in), and sometimes installing "bat houses" to provide alternative places for bats to live. We also acquire any necessary bat control permits to make sure that the job is done in full compliance with state and local requirements.

North Georgia Bat Removal Gallery

Here are a few pictures of some of the many bat control and exclusion jobs we've worked on throughout North Georgia.

With offices throughout North Georgia, Rid-A-Critter has the tools and personnel to handle any bat removal job, no matter how big or how small. If you have a problem with bats, please call us today for an on-site inspection by an experienced bat control expert. The longer you have bats in your house, the more of a mess they make.

 

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Today we're sealing up gaps in the roof trim to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Suwanee, Georgia. Bat removal is accomplished by exclusion, which basically means making it impossible for the bats to get back into the house after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:20:12 am.

Our North Georgia office has bat experts working at a Dalton, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job. The bats are getting into the attic through holes in the soffit where pipes pass through, as well as the usual gaps along the edges of the roof.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2021 11:21:23 am.

Our North Georgia bat experts got an early start at a Young Harris, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job. Hopefully they'll beat the thunderstorms.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2021 10:40:08 am.

Weather damage to the roof trim right behind the rain gutter created a gap that allowed a colony of bats into the attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia. Bat exclusion technicians from our North Georgia office are replacing the trim because there's not enough left of it to be worth repairing.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 09:40:20 am.

A small gap between the roof trim and the brick wall allowed bats into the attic of a home in Jasper, Georgia. Bat removal technicians from our North Georgia office are on the scene sealing that gap and any other potential entry points to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 09:33:59 am.

An inspector is on his way to a house with a bat problem in Dawsonville, Georgia. Bat removal and exclusion techniques can differ from house to house, so we send inspectors to draw up individual plans for bat remediation based on the specifics of the building.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 09:26:02 am.

Lifting up the shingles revealed a three-quarter inch gap along the entire edge of the roof at a Jasper, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job. We're closing that gap to permanently seal the bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2021 11:18:21 am.

A piece of stone fell out of the wall near the soffit and allowed bats to get into the attic. We'll patch the hole and any other potential ways to get in as part of a Dawsonville, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Aug 11, 2021 10:42:07 am.

A homeowner returned from vacation to find bat guano all over the floor of the garage of his house in Canton, Georgia. Bat-removal technicians from our North Georgia office are on their way to get the bats out of the garage and exclude them from the whole house.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2021 10:52:41 am.

Our technicians working an Alpharetta, Georgia bat-removal job found a huge amount of guano in the attic. Once the bats are removed and excluded from the house, cleaning up the guano and replacing the insulation will be the next part of the job.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2021 10:27:38 am.

Today we have bat-control experts working at a house in Loganville, Georgia. Bat removal is accomplished using exclusion, which basically means sealing the bats out of the house. Once they leave to feed, they can't get back in; and they have to fly off to find a new place to roost.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2021 10:10:40 am.

A sloppy miter joint where the roof trim meets the shingles allowed bats to get into an attic. We're sealing that gap and all the other potential bat entry points as essential parts of a Woodstock, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2021 10:02:12 am.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are finishing up a Rome, Georgia bat-exclusion job today. The bats have been removed from the attic, and the house has been made bat-proof. Today is guano-removal and insulation-replacement day.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2021 09:54:52 am.

Our North Georgia office has a crew working at a Suwanee, Georgia bat-removal job. There's a little gap between the top of a dormer and the roof trim, which is how the bats are getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2021 09:45:40 am.

It will be necessary to repair water damage and re-flash part of the roof at a Canton, Georgia bat-removal and exclusion job we're doing. The water damage created a gap that has to be repaired and sealed to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 02, 2021 10:30:58 am.

Our technicians are sealing a gap between the soffit and the brick wall of the house at an Alpharetta, Georgia bat-removal job. You can't just shoo bats out of an attic. You have to seal all the gaps to make it bat-proof so the bats can't get back in after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Aug 02, 2021 10:24:38 am.

We're sending a Jasper, Georgia bat-removal expert to inspect a bat colony that needs to be removed and excluded from the attic of a house. This basically means sealing the bats out of the house while they're out feeding at night, sometimes using one-way traps to get the bats out of the attic more quickly.
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2021 10:10:01 am.

Bat-proofing the attic of a house in Buford, Georgia will require that we re-flash the roof. Gaps between the flashing and the roof framing and trim allowed the bats into the attic, and getting the bats out will require that we close up all those gaps.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 10:03:51 am.

A carpenter's failure to measure twice left a gap in the roof trim that allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Young Harris, Georgia. Once we're sure all the pups can fly, we'll remove the bats from the attic and permanently exclude them from the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 10:06:41 am.

A piece of roof trim that abuts the chimney was cut about an inch too short and created a gap that we'll have to fix to get bats out of the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia. Bats can gnaw their way into homes. They have to use openings created by humans or other animals.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 09:29:42 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

A Rockmart, Georgia bat-removal inspection revealed a two-inch square gap in the corner of the soffit trim that will have to be sealed to exclude bats from the attic. It looks like the gap has been there since the house was built. It just took the bats a while to find it.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2021 09:57:47 am.

A gap between the top of the siding and the bottom of the soffit allowed a colony of bats to move into the attic of a house in Griffin, Georgia. We'll wait until we're sure that all the bats have left the attic, and then seal all the gaps in the house to exclude the bats from the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:11:08 am.

Rainy weather but it’s not keeping the bats away! Give us a call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jul 21, 2021 06:06:23 pm.

A gap running along the edge of the roof of a house in Roswell, Georgia resulted in a colony of bats getting into the attic. We'll be sealing up that gap to keep bats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2021 09:51:02 am.

We're sending a bat-control expert from our North Georgia office to draw up a plan to remove and exclude a bat colony from an A-Frame style house in Dawsonville, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2021 10:18:03 am.

Bats got into the attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia through a gap that opened up between the soffit and the brick wall as the roof settled. That gap will have to be sealed to get the bats out of the attic and keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 09:58:22 am.

A house in Norcross, Georgia has a serious problem with bats in the attic. The bats got in through a half-inch gap between the brick wall and the frieze board, which will have to be sealed to permanently exclude bats from the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 09:51:20 am.

A rotting gable vent screen with holes in it resulted in bats getting into the attic of a house in Villa Rica, Georgia. Replacing that screen will be one of the thing we do to exclude bats from the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 10:03:32 am.

A one-inch gap between the wooden roof trim and the shingles at a roof junction will have to be sealed to get bats out of the attic of an Alpharetta, Georgia home. Bats can't gnaw their way into buildings. They have to use gaps made by humans, or occasionally by other animals.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2021 10:02:20 am.

Bats got into the attic of a Norcross, Georgia home through a gap between the soffit panel and shingles at a roof junction. This is a pretty common situation. When all the bats are removed from the attic, we'll seal the entire roof to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 10:04:58 am.

An inspection of the roof determined that bats got into the attic of a Suwanee, Georgia home because sloppy roof trimming and flashing left gaps along the entire roof edge. We'll be closing those gaps and re-flashing the roof to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 09, 2021 09:53:12 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides humane bat removal and exclusion in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Dunwoody, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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