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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), 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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The greasy stains around a gap where the cinder block wall meets the soffit panel were all the evidence we needed of bats in the attic of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Our bat removal and exclusion crew will place check-valve traps over the gap to get all the bats out of the attic before permanently sealing the gap to bat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 29, 2022 10:32:39 am.

I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

A crew doing bat removal and animal exclusion at a Temple, Georgia home is screening all the gable vents and sealing gaps in the edges of the roof to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic. Bat exclusion will also keep other nuisance animals and pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:35:32 am.

A gap of about half an inch running along the edge of the roof behind the rain gutter is why a colony of bats need to be removed from the attic of a house in Ringgold, Georgia. Our bat-exclusion specialists are on the scene animal-proofing the roof to keep wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:11:49 am.

A gap of about half an inch between the two soffit panels where they meet under the peak of the roof is how bats are getting into the attic of a house in Toccoa, Georgia. Bat-removal experts from our North Georgia office are on the scene animal-proofing the roof to get the bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 10:49:06 am.

As part of a non-chemical mouse control job in Ball Ground, Georgia, our rodent pest control technicians are sealing gaps between the exterior wooden trim and the concrete walkways that are allowing mice to get into the house. You can't achieve permanent mouse control without rodent-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2022 08:46:46 am.

A team of wildlife-control experts doing bat removal in Big Canoe, Georgia has finished bat-proofing the house and is starting the clean-up phase of the job. This includes cleaning up the guano and contaminated insulation, carting it away for safe disposal, and installing new insulation in the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:51:28 am.

Our North Georgia Bat-Removal Specialists Found Bats Roosting on a Gable Vent Screen in the Attic of a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:28:52 am.

A gap in the miter joint at the corner of two sections of drip edge on the roof sheathing of a house in Suwanee, Georgia allowed bats into the attic. Our wildlife-exclusion crew will replace the drip edge with an animal barrier that will keep bats and other nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2022 07:27:17 am.

This morning our North Georgia wildlife-management technicians are doing bat removal and exclusion in Toccoa. Bat removal is accomplished strictly by exclusion, without the use of any poisons or other methods that would harm the bats.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2022 07:16:42 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

A gap you could just barely slip your fingertips into between the shingles and the roof trim near the peak of the roof allowed bats into the attic of a house in Clayton, Georgia. We'll use one-way traps to prevent the bats from getting back into the house when they return from feeding, and permanently bat-proof the roof once all the bats are out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 22, 2022 07:38:08 am.

Greasy rub marks around a gap between the roof trim and the shingles at a junction point made it easy to figure out how bats were getting into the attic of a house in Oxford, Georgia. A bat-removal crew from our North Georgia office is animal-proofing the house to keep bats and other assorted wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2022 09:45:43 am.

A gap between the soffit panel and the shingles at a roof junction point on a house in Cumming, Georgia allowed bats to get into the attic. These gaps are common and often develop as the roof settles over time. We'll seal the gaps to animal-proof the roof as part of the bat removal and exclusion work.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2022 09:35:57 am.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

The roofer left gaps in the flashing along the edge of the roof that allowed bats into the attic of a Suwanee, Georgia home. Our bat removal experts will patch the gaps in the flashing to animal-proof the roof and keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2022 09:19:48 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

Bat guano on an electrical box mounted on the siding of a house in Oxford, Georgia was coming down from the gable vent immediately over it, which bats were using to get into the attic. We're sending a bat-removal crew to the house to animal-proof the roof to keep bats and other wildlife out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 09, 2022 08:59:16 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the roof trim and the siding was enough space for bats to get into the attic of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. We have a crew of bat-removal experts sealing the gap and animal-proofing the rest of the roof to prevent the bats from getting back into the attic after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2022 09:55:56 am.

Water damage to the vertical wooden trim of a chimney box allowed bats into the space between the chimney pipe and the enclosure at a house in Acworth, Georgia. Our bat-removal team is replacing the damaged trim as part of the wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2022 09:44:15 am.

Serious water damage to a plywood soffit panel created gaps that allowed bats into a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Our bat-removal specialists will have to fix the water problem and replace the soffit panel to keep bats out of the house because there's not enough of the soffit panel left to fix.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2022 09:41:29 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the wooden roof trim and the shingles will have to be sealed to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bat removal is accomplished by exclusion. All the possible entry points are sealed so the bats can't get back into the attic after they leave to feed at night.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2022 09:32:48 am.

A triangular gap between the soffit and an attic gable vent that probably has been there since the house was built allowed bats into the attic of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. As with all bat-removal work, the gap will have to be sealed to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic. The bats remove themselves when they leave to feed. We just lock the door behind them.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2022 09:22:18 am.

The roof is starting to settle, which opened a gap between the shingles and the soffit panel at a roof junction point, which is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. Our bat-removal specialists will seal the gap to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2022 09:18:37 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

The homeowner looked down at the guano on the ground outside the house, and up at the bat stains on the gable vent, and knew that a colony of bats needed to be removed from the attic of their Winston, Georgia home. A wildlife-removal team from our North Georgia office is on their way to do the work.
by Webmaster
Aug 01, 2022 09:09:59 am.

A gap about fingertip wide between the siding and the soffit of a house in Madison, Georgia allowed bats to get into the attic. Our wildlife-removal professionals will seal the gap to keep bats and other animals and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2022 08:18:16 am.

Animal-control technicians from our North Georgia office are doing bat removal and exclusion in Flowery Branch today. A gap between the metal roof overhang and the siding underneath it allowed the bats to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 29, 2022 08:11:59 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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