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Bat Removal and Exclusion in North Georgia

The Bats of Georgia

Man hanging from a roof in a harness doing bat control work

David practices his rappeling on a bat control job in Fayetteville

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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Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

A colony of bats got into a house in Gainesville, Georgia through a gap between the frieze board and the brick walls of the house. We'll be performing a comprehensive bat-removal and bat-exclusion job to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 09:42:09 am.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

One of our inspectors is on his way to check out a problem with bats in the attic of a house in Flowery Branch, Georgia. He'll be drawing up a plan to get the bats out of the attic, and animal-proof the house to prevent future problems with bats or other wildlife in the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2021 10:05:25 am.

Gaps along the edges of the roof at a house in Ringgold, Georgia allowed a colony of bats to get into the attic. We'll be installing one-way traps to allow the bats to leave the attic, and then sealing up the roof to prevent the bats from getting back in.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2021 09:58:18 am.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Bats got into a house in Canton, Georgia through a gap around the cable Internet wires where they passed through a hole in the soffit. We'll seal that hole and any other entry points we find to remove and exclude the bats from the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2021 11:17:36 am.

A dent in the flashing, possibly caused by another animal, created a gap that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia. Our North Georgia bat-removal specialists will repair the flashing and seal any other gaps in the roof to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2021 10:59:35 am.

A rotted screen behind a gable vent resulted in a bat problem in the attic of a house in Chamblee, Georgia. Our bat-removal technicians will make sure that all the bats are out of the attic before replacing the screen and sealing the roof to bat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2021 10:42:25 am.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

We have a team from our North Georgia office preparing for a Buford, Georgia bat-removal and exclusion job. The bats got into the attic through gaps along the edge of the roof, which we'll be sealing to prevent future problems with animals getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 11, 2021 10:40:48 am.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

We're just about finished with a Loganville, Georgia bat-removal job. The bats are gone and have been sealed out of the house. Now we're picking up the guano and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2021 11:15:51 am.

A gap between the roof sheathing and fascia resulted in a colony of bats getting into the attic of a house in Flowery Branch, Georgia. We'll be sending a bat-removal crew to remove the bats from the attic and bat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2021 11:25:45 am.

One of our North Georgia bat-removal teams is sealing the roof of a house in Roswell, Georgia to prevent bats from getting back into the attic. We used one-way traps to allow the bats to leave the attic. Now we're permanently sealing them out.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2021 10:55:16 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Bats got into the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia through holes in the screens behind the gable vents. We'll be removing the bats from the attic and re-screening the vents so the bats can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2021 10:32:40 am.

Gaps caused by sloppy roof flashing resulted in a colony of bats getting into the attic of a house in Dawsonville, Georgia. We'll be removing the bats from the attic, cleaning up the guano, replacing the insulation, and bat-proofing the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2021 10:29:02 am.

A missing piece of vinyl siding trim on a house in Cumming, Georgia allowed a colony of bats to become established in the attic. One of our North Georgia bat-removal crews will be repairing that gap and any others they find to keep bats and other animals out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2021 09:11:08 am.

Bats got into the attic of a brick house in Acworth, Georgia through a gap between the soffit panel and the chimney. We'll be sealing that gap and any other potential entry points in the roof once the bats have been removed, and the house will be bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2021 09:06:41 am.

A gap between the roof trim and the shingles at a roof junction point resulted in a colony of bats getting into the attic of a house in Snellville, Georgia. Once the bats are safely removed from the attic, we'll be bat-proofing the roof to keep them out for good.
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2021 09:01:03 am.

One of our North Georgia bat-exclusion teams will be sealing gaps in the roof of a house in Canton, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic. They'll also be removing the guano, and removing and replacing the filthy, contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2021 08:58:16 am.

One of our North Georgia bat-removal crews is bat-proofing the attic of a house in Acworth, Georgia. The bats got in through gaps around the chimney, which we're sealing as part of a comprehensive animal-proofing of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2021 10:08:14 am.

Hope everyone had a safe & relaxing Memorial Day! If you noticed any animals running around inside over the holiday, we are open today and happy to help!
by Amber A.
Jun 01, 2021 10:47:17 am.

One of our Macon bat-removal teams is bat-proofing the roof of a house in Columbus, Georgia. The bats got into the attic through a gap between the roof sheathing and fascia, which we'll be sealing to prevent future problems with bats or other animals in the attic.
by Webmaster
May 28, 2021 08:58:34 am.

A gap between the soffit panel and the shingles at a roof junction allowed bats into the attic of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. These gaps often open up as the roof of a house settles, and they must be sealed to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2021 08:43:15 am.

There's a colony of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a brick house in Roswell, Georgia. The roof settled over time and created a gap between the brick wall and the roof trim that allowed the bats to get in, and that we'll be sealing to keep them out.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2021 09:37:18 am.

A gap in the mortar where the brick chimney meets the wooden siding of a house in Canton, Georgia allowed bats to get into the attic. We're in the process of removing the bats from the attic and sealing the gaps to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2021 09:27:40 am.

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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Huge gaps between the roof flashing and the trim of a house in Sugar Hill, Georgia allowed bats to become established in the attic. We're re-flashing the roof to seal bats and other attic-loving animals out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2021 10:29:42 am.

A gap between the soffit panel and the brick wall allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Suwanee, Georgia. We're removing the bats from the attic and sealing the gap to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2021 10:24:53 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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