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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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We Found Bat Guano on the Deck of a House in Dawsonville, Georgia
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May 29, 2020 10:21:47 am.

We have a crew working to remove a colony of bats from the soffit of a house in Cloudland, Georgia, and seal up the roof so the bats can't get back in.
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May 29, 2020 10:15:00 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
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May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Handful of Bats in the Attic of a House in Woodstock, Georgia
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May 26, 2020 10:21:38 am.

We have a team working out in Snellville removing a colony of bats from the attic of a house.
by Webmaster
May 21, 2020 10:42:35 am.

A crew from our North Georgia office is sealing bats out of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia
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May 21, 2020 10:39:38 am.

We're removing a colony of bats from the attic of a house in Madison, Georgia. Later today we'll seal the roof of the house to keep them out.
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May 19, 2020 10:36:45 am.

A rat-control crew from our North Georgia office is on its was to seal Norway rats out of a brick house in Dalton, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:34:55 am.

Our North Georgia office sent a crew to remove a colony of bats from the attic of a house in Bremen, Georgia, and seal the roof to keep them out of the house.
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May 15, 2020 10:36:10 am.

One of our bat-removal teams is working at a house in Acworth, Georgia replacing the gable vent and sealing the roof to prevent bats from getting into the attic.
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May 14, 2020 10:30:02 am.

One of out bat-control crews is in Big Canoe re-attaching the metal roof to a house and sealing around it to keep bats from getting into the attic.
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May 14, 2020 10:27:49 am.

This Sloppy Flashing Allowed Bats into the Attic of a House in Alpharetta, Georgia
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May 14, 2020 10:17:55 am.

This Roof Gap Allowed Bats into the Attic of a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
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May 12, 2020 10:16:22 am.

Colony of Bats in the Attic of a House in Carrollton, Georgia
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May 11, 2020 11:07:25 am.

We're headed out to Carrollton, Georgia to remove bat guano and contaminated insulation from the attic of the house.
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May 11, 2020 11:04:14 am.

A team from our North Georgia office is headed to a house in Canton. They'll be re-flashing the roof to keep bats from getting into the attic.
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May 11, 2020 10:57:59 am.

We have a team in Carrollton, Georgia today bat-proofing the attic of a house.
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:25:06 am.

This Gap in the Stones Allowed Bats into a House in Cumming, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:21:54 am.

A bat-control crew from our Metro Atlanta office is replacing faulty flashing to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Conyers, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:18:00 am.

Our North Georgia branch sent a crew of technicians to bat-proof the roof of a house in Griffin.
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:11:02 am.

A crew from our North Georgia office is sealing the roof of a house in Buford to keep bats out of the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
May 07, 2020 10:35:56 am.

Justin T. Bat-Proofing the Roof of a House in Griffin, Georgia
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May 05, 2020 10:27:13 am.

Our North Georgia office sent an inspector to check out a reported bat problem in the attic of a house in Roswell.
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May 04, 2020 10:42:57 am.

A Gap Behind the Soffit Allowed Bats into the Attic of a House in Suwanee, Georgia
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May 04, 2020 10:29:13 am.

One of our crews is sealing around the roof of a house in Roswell, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 01, 2020 10:32:48 am.

We have a bat-control team headed out to Roswell, Georgia to keep a colony of bats out of the attic of a house
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:11:47 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
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Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

A team of animal-control professionals from our North Georgia office is on their way to seal roof rats out of the attic of a house in Rome, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2020 11:23:07 am.

This Was the Bat Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Suwanee, Georgia
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Apr 28, 2020 11:01:02 am.

This was the Bat Entry Gap into a House in LaGrange, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2020 10:40:41 am.

We have a team on their way to replace a gable vent to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Cumming.
by Webmaster
Apr 24, 2020 10:45:48 am.

One of our bat-removal crews in in Canton, Georgia sealing bats out of the attic of a stone house.
by Webmaster
Apr 24, 2020 10:43:44 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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