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Bat Removal and Exclusion in North Georgia

The Bats of Georgia

Two men on a balcony inside a church doing bat control work in Talbotton, Georgia

Bat removal job at the Zion Episcopal Church in Talbotton, Georgia

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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by Richard Adcock
Feb 08, 2016 10:37:58 am.

Colder weather , critters will move in doors to survive .
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Feb 05, 2016 08:36:48 am.

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Feb 04, 2016 11:49:31 am.

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by Richard Adcock
Feb 04, 2016 11:44:56 am.

Squirrels in the attic... Ready or not here we come you can't hide, we will find you.
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Feb 03, 2016 02:28:47 pm.

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Feb 03, 2016 02:15:52 pm.

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Feb 03, 2016 08:30:23 am.

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Feb 02, 2016 04:38:27 pm.

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Feb 01, 2016 10:12:41 am.

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Jan 29, 2016 01:01:26 pm.

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Jan 29, 2016 12:55:54 pm.

Weather is going to confuse the critters. It was pretty cold and now its mild. I know our field techs prefer the mild temps and are happy for them. If you hear noises in your attic call Rid A Critter, the best critter control co around town
by Richard Adcock
Jan 26, 2016 09:57:33 am.

Don't hire a handyman or roofer to seal your house against critters. The animals will die inside or they will chew their way back out or back in. The animals that live there need to be trapped properly along with sealing. Call Ridacritter
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Jan 25, 2016 09:26:19 am.

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Jan 22, 2016 03:33:03 pm.

Nasty weather , be careful
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Jan 22, 2016 09:29:33 am.

Brrrrrrrr it's cold outside, I bet the unwanted wildlife (critters) are looking to find warmth too. If you're hearing noises in the attic or crawlspace and even in the walls running, scratching don't hesitate to call us. Stay warm everyone
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Jan 21, 2016 06:30:48 pm.

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Jan 21, 2016 10:39:20 am.

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Jan 19, 2016 01:39:17 pm.

Be safe out there critter removal techs, its cold and windy today. Colder weather expected tonight and tomorrow. Critters will be looking for a warm place to go. Call Ridacritter if you hear scratching, running, chewing sounds in your attic
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Jan 18, 2016 09:30:08 am.

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by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2016 10:24:23 am.

Cold day yesterday, 2 Decatur jobs, rats and possums, then to Dacula for flyers, then to Suwanne for squirrels, 2 more Atlanta stops, squirrels and rats, then on the way to Roswell for squirrels. Life is good
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2016 07:18:21 am.

Had a productive day in Lawrenceville seeing clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 12, 2016 02:36:41 pm.

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

Georgia: All of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Augusta, Canton, Carrollton, Columbus, Cummings, Dacula, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Kennesaw, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, and everywhere in between.

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

Alabama: Click here for our Alabama office.

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