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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 before they were removed and sealed out of the house.

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?

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.

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). 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.

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A handful of bats hanging from the top of a gable vent with a pile of guano on the sill beneath them in the attic of a Hiawassee, Georgia home.
Bats in a gable vent in an attic in Hiawassee
Screening installed over a triangular gable vent to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Rome, Georgia.
Bat-proof screen over a gable vent in Rome
Guano dripping through the perforations in a soffit panel are evidence of a colony of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia.
Evidence of bats at a house in Cumming
A male animal exclusion technician on a ladder sealing the edge of the roof of a house in Canton, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
Bat-proofing the roof of a house in Canton
A steel cage installed over a dome shaped roof vent as part of an Acworth, Georgia bat removal and wildlife exclusion job.
Bat-proofed roof vent on a house in Acworth
Smiling male animal exclusion technician on the roof of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia installing an animal barrier on the peak to keep bats out of the attic.
Bat-proofing the roof of a Hiawassee home
A half inch gap between the brick wall and the frieze board that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Norcross, Georgia.
Bat gap behind the frieze board in Norcross
The gloved fingers of an animal removal technician by a half inch gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia right above the rain gutter that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Why this house in Alpharetta has bats in the attic
A male bat removal technician with a ladder on the roof of a house in Temple, Georgia is sealing gaps in the roof to keep bats and other animals out of the attic.
Bat removal and exclusion job in Temple
A smattering of bat guano that dropped down from the attic onto a window sill is evidence of a colony of bats need to be removed from the attic of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia.
Bat guano on a windowsill in Hiawassee
A poorly cut miter joint in the roof trim where it meets the shingles created a tapered gap about fingertip high that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Gainesville, Georgia.
Bat gap in a miter joint in Gainesville
Ridge Guard animal barrier installed on the peak of the roof as part of an Ellijay, Georgia bat removal and wildlife exclusion job.
Ridge Guard at an Ellijay bat-removal job
Male wildlife control technician straddling the roof installing a Ridge Guard animal barrier on the peak as part of a Madison, Georgia bat removal job.
Ridge Guard installation at a bat job in Madison
A steel cage installed over a dome shaped roof vent as part of a Blue Ridge, Georgia bat removal and wildlife exclusion job.
Bat-proofed roof vent on a house in Blue Ridge
A metal animal barrier installed along the edge of the roof behind the rain gutter to keep bats and other animals out of the attic of a house in Toccoa, Georgia.
Bat exclusion from the attic of a house in Toccoa
The flashing was not properly attached to the roof sheathing, causing it to slip down and expose a half inch gap in the edge of the roof that allowed bats into the attic of a Bowden, Georgia home.
Shoddy flashing at a Bowden bat-removal job
Male animal exclusion technician on a ladder sealing the edge of the roof of a house in Acworth, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
Bat removal and exclusion in Acworth
A warped section of siding near the roof of the house is sticking out on one end, creating a taped cap along its bottom edge that allowed bats into a house in Snellville, Georgia.
Bat gap under the siding at a house in Snellville
A metal animal barrier installed along the edge of the roof as part of a bat-removal job in Jasper, Georgia.
Bat-proofed roof at a house in Jasper
A solitary bat looking into the attic of a house in Hiram, Georgia from the outside of the screen over the gable vent after a bat-proofing job.
Unhappy bat sealed out of an attic in Hiram
A male animal removal technician sitting on the peak of the roof of a house in Ranger, Georgia installing Ridge Guard animal barriers to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
Bat exclusion at a house in Ranger
A steel cage installed over a dome shaped roof vent as part of a Flowery Branch, Georgia bat removal and wildlife exclusion job.
Bat-proof roof vent cover at a Flowery Branch home
Ridge Guard steel mesh animal barrier installed along the roof ridges as part of a Carrollton, Georgia squirrel removal and wildlife exclusion job.
Ridge Guard installed at a Carrollton squirrel job
A male animal control technician on the roof of a house in Cumming, Georgia installing a Ridge Guard wildlife barrier on the peak of the roof to keep bats and other animals out of the attic.
Bat-proofing the roof of a house in Cumming
Screen installed over the wooden slate of a rectangular gable vent to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Hiram, Georgia.
Bat-proofed gable vent on a house in Hiram
A fingertip sized gap where two section of roof meet near a rain gutter that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Temple, Georgia.
Bat gap into the attic of a house in Temple
A gap of about three quarters of an inch between the brick wall and the frieze board that allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Acworth, Georgia.
Bat gap behind the frieze board in Acworth
Lifted shingle reveals a gap of about three quarters of an inch at the edge of the plywood roof sheathing right behind the metal rain gutter allowed bats into the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia.
Bat gap in the roof sheathing in Jasper
A gap of about five eighths of an inch between the roof flashing and the wooden trim that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia.
Bat gap in the roof flashing in Hiawassee
Lifted shingle exposes a gap about five eighths of an inch high between the roof sheathing and the top of the metal rain gutter that allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Rome, Georgia.
Why this house in Rome has bats in the attic

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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Doing quotes for Bat Exclusions in Douglasville this morning, then sealing a house for Bats in Ackworth! Blessed to be busy!
by Brandon C.
Jun 01, 2023 08:53:16 am.

Sold a exclusion in Gray Ga for bats now to Griffin Ga for a dead animal smell in a commercial building then to Meansville Ga for a quote for animal exclusion, possibly more bats.
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2023 12:31:31 pm.

A homeowner just found a handful of bats hanging from the top of a gable vent in the attic of their Hiawassee, Georgia home. One of our inspectors is on his way to check out the problem and draw up a plan for bat removal and exclusion.
by Webmaster
May 30, 2023 09:25:00 am.

Stone Mountain this morning to check out some gray squirrel damage on a house. Then to Blue Ridge to seal some bee holes
by Chad W.
May 29, 2023 05:34:22 am.

Oglethorpe Ga customer having issues with something entering her crawlspace. Headed out to do a inspection.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2023 10:06:56 am.

Headed to Alpharetta Ga this morning quote a house with some severe squirrel damage then Winder Ga to get rid of some bats out of a house
by Chad W.
May 25, 2023 06:07:59 am.

Critter truck getting maintenance then it’s off to Gray Ga for noises in the attic.
by Jason Arruda
May 24, 2023 10:23:13 am.

Zebulon, Thomaston, Butler, Ellaville, Americus, Albany and Moultrie Ga cities I’ll be today quoting wildlife removal services.
by Jason Arruda
May 23, 2023 10:22:46 am.

Bats are flying in trussville heading to give some customers an exclusion quote. Raccoons in an attic in Tuscaloosa.
by Chris Scott
May 22, 2023 09:12:55 am.

Exclusion sold in Gray Ga. Going to be another satisfied customer.
by Jason Arruda
May 18, 2023 04:00:20 pm.

Was able to squeeze another customer in today in Gray Ga. Issue is bats.
by Jason Arruda
May 18, 2023 02:58:01 pm.

In Tyrone Ga on a few exclusion quotes, then to Fayetteville Ga. Bats, squirrels and attic noise
by Jason Arruda
May 18, 2023 10:01:35 am.

Customer stated “Chad, I have bats in the belfry”. How could I not go check this out ?
by Chad W.
May 18, 2023 06:16:33 am.

Doing inspections/quotes in Butler Ga., Thomaston Ga., and Griffin Ga. today from Snakes in a crawl space, bats in a gable and squirrels in the attic.
by Jason Arruda
May 11, 2023 11:04:31 am.

Wildlife Crews across Georgia and Alabama sealing homes, removing animals and insulation replacement. Be safe out there. Making customers happy!
by Jason Arruda
May 10, 2023 09:06:09 am.

Going to Decatur Ga this morning to quote a bat job then to Stonecrest to seal a house then going north to Blairsville to treat a cabin for carpenter bees.
by Chad W.
May 10, 2023 06:54:49 am.

Going to be in Macon Ga all day today quoting animal exclusions. Bats, squirrels and snakes.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2023 09:13:28 am.

Quoted animal (rats, squirrels) exclusions in Luthersville Ga, Peachtree City Ga and Griffin Ga. so far. We have a crew in Jeffersonville Ga. Doing Carpenter bee service.
by Jason Arruda
May 08, 2023 01:50:14 pm.

Quoted a home in Fayetteville for squirrels and getting ready to go to Miledgeville for a Carpenter bee quote for a log cabin.
by Jason Arruda
May 02, 2023 11:14:43 am.

Albany Ga today quoting bat removal/Exclusion.
by Jason Arruda
May 01, 2023 09:22:28 am.

Calls coming in from bats to squirrels and everything in between. Visiting homes in the Fayetteville, Griffin, Newnan areas today. Exclusions are being scheduled! Happy Tuesday
by Jason Arruda
Apr 25, 2023 11:53:41 am.

This morning's quality-assurance checks confirmed that all the bats have been removed and sealed out of the attic of a house in Rome, Georgia. Now it's time to clean up and dispose of the bat guano and replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2023 09:11:12 am.

Guano dripping through the perforations in a soffit panel were evidence of a colony of bats that needed to be removed from the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 17, 2023 09:39:42 am.

I’ll be quoting in Fayette, Spalding, Upson and Pike Counties today. Bats, squirrels and Carpenter bees.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 17, 2023 09:15:51 am.

Dodging the rain, started off in Atlanta, mice in the attic, then out to temple, ga. Has had rats, now has a raccoon who has ripped down the soffit.
by Chris Collender
Apr 14, 2023 09:31:01 am.

Out quoting exclusions for Bats, Bats and more Bats in Miledgeville today.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 14, 2023 09:04:23 am.

Carpenter bees are out and about, quoted a larger home in dawsonville, he has holes everywhere
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2023 10:36:29 am.

Beautiful day, started off in Ellenwood, mice in the kitchen, now headed to rats in a rental property in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2023 09:34:04 am.

The Ridge Guard that we installed on the roof as part of a Canton, Georgia bat-removal and animal-exclusion job last week did the trick. The final inspection confirmed that none of the bats have gotten back into the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2023 09:25:30 am.

Trying to work around this rain, Mableton, ga quote for mice, then off to Temple, ga for squirrels, now headed to Snellville for rats
by Chris Collender
Apr 03, 2023 12:08:49 pm.

Technicians from our North Georgia office are installing steel cages over the roof vents as part of an Acworth, Georgia bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job. We use cages rather than screens because they also keep other animals, not only bats, out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2023 08:59:48 am.

Beautiful day to be out and about, quoted squirrel jobs in Decatur(where it’s greater), and Riverdale, headed out to Covington for mice, back to Marietta for squirrels chewing on facia board
by Chris Collender
Mar 29, 2023 03:16:33 pm.

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

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