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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. Kinda 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, and it's 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.

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 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

This can be a real challenge in the South, where the architecture ranges from 18th century churches (bats just love those steeples and bell towers) to modern, commercial office buildings and skyscrapers. Every building style in Georgia presents unique bat control challenges. This is especially true of our historic homes, churches, and other fine, old buildings, which have a lot of nooks and crannies that are especially attractive to bats.

No worries. We're the region's bat-removal experts. We lead our industry in safe, non-lethal bat control and bat control and relocation. We've performed thousands of bat control jobs, and we have the training and equipment to handle any bat problem, no matter how big or how small.

Finally, we're nice enough to clean up after the bats, seeing as how we evicted them without notice. We also remove hazardous guano (droppings) and other bat by-products, and can provide replacement of contaminated insulation, if needed.

 

Bat Control is a Job for Professionals

Bat control technician lying on a high roof, facing down, performing bat control and  bat proofing in Marietta, Georgia.

Bat control job in Marietta, Georgia

Bat control is difficult and sometimes hazardous work. It requires extensive training, specialized equipment, and strict observance of safety and health precautions. But rest assured that we can handle any bat control job, in any building, no matter how difficult.

No other Georgia bat control company can match our crew, our training, our experience, our equipment, and frankly, our guts. That's why we're the guys who do those big, difficult, dangerous bat control jobs that other regional bat control companies won't touch.

Our comprehensive bat control program consists of bat removal, bat exclusion ("bat-proofing"), 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 your state's requirements.

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. And here's a video that Jason took of a young bat he found in a house in Atlanta, and another bat video that Jeff took at a house in Atlanta.

With offices throughout the region, Rid-A-Critter has the tools and personnel to handle any bat removal job, no matter how big or how small. Please call us today for an on-site inspection by an experienced bat control expert.

 

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Sealing a house in Aiken sc for bats today and have another house in grove town ga tomorrow to seal with bats
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Jul 21, 2015 10:43:43 am.

Sealed a house in downtown Aiken SC for bats. Customer had Aprox 300 plus bats .
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Apr 08, 2015 11:28:24 am.

Sealing a house for mice in north Agusta sc
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Mar 20, 2015 10:36:07 am.

Sealed a house in Athens for grey squirrels and working in a house today in Aiken for bats.
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Mar 12, 2015 10:48:50 am.

Burr, it's cold, your house is a critters paradise. Just quoted a house in Marietta with flyers, not going to Atlanta for rats.
by Chris Collender
Jan 08, 2015 10:05:11 am.

Busy day, rats in Marietta, squirrels in Roswell and brasseslton, back to Atlanta where flyers have invated a home, now to Decatur to quote another house with rats.
by Chris Collender
Dec 02, 2014 01:17:34 pm.

Busy day, mice in Atlanta, squirrels in Duluth, quoted a customer in Lithia springs that had squirrels but he didn't know about the massive bat infestation, crazy.
by Chris Collender
Nov 21, 2014 12:56:46 pm.

Crazy day today, saw a flying squirrel run up a brick wall in Atlanta, now flyers in a attic in sugar hill, now off to norcross for some cold weather bats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 19, 2014 01:15:35 pm.

Man what a cold day to be on a roof. Sealed a house for bats in hepzibath ga . Gave a quote for mice in north Augusta sc.
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Nov 18, 2014 12:26:29 pm.

Sealed a house in north Augusta for squirrels and quoted one in Aiken for bats.
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Oct 29, 2014 11:33:34 am.

Sealed a house in west lake in Martinez Monday and Tuesday. Sealed another in Evans today for grey squirrels
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Oct 23, 2014 02:27:44 pm.

Sealed a house in Aiken sc for opossum. And gave a quote in north Augusta sc for mice.
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Aug 28, 2014 01:31:22 pm.

Rid-A-Critter provides humane bat removal and bat-proofing in:

Georgia: All of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Augusta, Carrollton, Cummings, Dacula, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Marietta, Macon, Milton, Peachtree City, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Villa Rica, and everywhere in between.

South Carolina: Please here for service in Aiken, Evans, Martinez, North Augusta, and the surrounding areas.

Alabama: Click here for our Alabama office.

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