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Bat Removal and Exclusion in North Georgia

The Bats of Georgia

Man laying on a flat roof with his head over the edge doing bat control work in Marietta

Laying down on the job during a Marietta bat removal and exclusion project

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 Control Gallery

Here are a few pictures of some of the many bat control and bat-proofing 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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Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

A Gap Around a Pipe Allowed Bats into the Soffit of a House in Acworth, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 14, 2020 09:31:53 am.

This is Why this House in Hiram, Georgia has Bats in the Attic
by Webmaster
Aug 14, 2020 09:27:37 am.

Here's Why There are Bats Living in the Attic of this House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 07, 2020 06:41:32 am.

Here's Why this House in Dunwoody, Georgia Needs a Colony of Bats Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2020 10:26:43 am.

Our North Georgia office has a team working at a house in Cumming, Georgia. They're sealing around the entire roof to keep bats out of the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2020 09:49:55 am.

We're working at a brick house in Suwanee, Georgia sealing the gap behind the frieze board to keep bats out of the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2020 10:51:33 am.

Today We'll be Sealing this Gap to Keep Bats Out of the Attic of a Suwanee, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2020 10:25:39 am.

This was How Bats Got into the Attic of this House in Flowery Branch, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 31, 2020 10:20:33 am.

A homeowner in Rome, Georgia noticed bat stains and guano under the gable vent. Sure enough, they had a bat problem in the attic. We'll remove the bat colony and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2020 10:14:26 am.

This Bat Entry Gap into the Attic of a Suwanee, Georgia Home Needs to be Sealed
by Webmaster
Jul 24, 2020 10:06:43 am.

This is Why this House in Carrollton, Georgia has a Bat Problem in the Attic
by Webmaster
Jul 24, 2020 10:01:16 am.

We have technicians replacing the drip edge to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia today. The existing drip edge wasn't properly attached and slipped forward off the roof sheathing.
by Webmaster
Jul 24, 2020 09:56:50 am.

We have a crew on their way to a Jasper, Georgia bat-removal job. The bats are getting in through a gap under the frieze board.
by Webmaster
Jul 24, 2020 09:41:16 am.

This Tiny Gap allowed Bats into the Attic of a Stone House in Roswell, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2020 10:33:15 am.

We have technicians working to remove a colony of bats from the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia and seal up the roof so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2020 10:11:28 am.

A crew from our North Georgia office is heading out to bat-proof the roof of a house in Canton, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic. The bats are getting in through a gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2020 11:00:07 am.

This was the Bat Entry Gap into the Attic of a Stone House in Buford, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2020 10:35:13 am.

Installing a Check Valve to Remove Bats from the Attic of a Dunwoody, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2020 10:51:03 am.

Lots of Bat Guano in the Attic of a House in Rome, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2020 10:45:07 am.

Our North Georgia office has bat-control technicians sealing the roof of a house in Bent Tree, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2020 10:27:23 am.

This Shoddy Trim Work Allowed Bats into the Attic of a House in Woodstock, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2020 10:20:05 am.

Chris Found Bat Guano in the Gable Vent in the Attic of a Carrollton, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jul 07, 2020 10:02:28 am.

Our North Georgia office has technicians working to seal bats out of a house in Cumming. The bats were getting into the attic through a gap between the brick wall and the frieze board.
by Webmaster
Jul 07, 2020 09:59:32 am.

Here's Why this House in Bremen, Georgia Needs Bats Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2020 11:06:10 am.

A Gap Under the Shingles Allowed Bats into the Attic of a House in Big Canoe, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2020 11:01:59 am.

Family of Bats Sealed Out of the Attic of a House in Blairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 03, 2020 10:52:57 am.

Sad Bat Removed From and Sealed Out of the Attic of a House in Dumwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 03, 2020 10:44:07 am.

Video of Bats Sealed Out of a House in Blairsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:24:35 am.

Justin is Sealing Bats Out of the Attic of a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2020 11:03:07 am.

Picture of a Bat in the Attic of a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2020 10:58:57 am.

One of our crews is replacing an old, rotted crawl space door to keep Norway rats out of a house in Colbert, Georgia. Once the rats are sealed out, we'll set traps to remove the rats that are already in the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:41:21 am.

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

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