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April 24, 2014

Another crazy day, honey bees in Atlanta, bats in loganville, rats in Decatur, then back to Atlanta for squirrels.
by Chris Collender
Apr 22, 2014 03:42:16 pm.

Sealed a house in Thomson ga yesterday for bats. Also sealed a recording studio in Athens for bats. Today we sealed a house for squirrels in Augusta and gave quoted in Aiken , waynsboro, grove town, Evans, and Martinez.
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Apr 17, 2014 04:03:11 pm.

I think I'm going batty, no wait, that's just springtime at Rid A Critter. Bats in jeffersonville, bats in Griffin, and bats in Butler.
by Dean Scott
Apr 16, 2014 03:15:50 pm.

Whew, first day back from the Caribbean was a busy one. Rats in Atlanta, then more rats in Alpharetta, then finished of the day with some more rats in Decatur. No worries though, they don't stand a chance against RAC. P .
by Dean Scott
Apr 15, 2014 09:40:19 pm.

Bats,bats,bats... Sealed a house in appling ga today for bats then gave a quote in Thomson and hepzibath for bats. Glad we can Handel all the bats in the CSRA
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Apr 15, 2014 08:17:43 pm.

Today was a another good day. A lot of new customers set up for Full Exclusions.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 15, 2014 06:19:43 pm.

Started off in Gainesville with rats, them to flowery branch with more rats, then off to lilburn, yep, rats, then stone mountain where squirrels are chewing on cedar house, last stop, Smyrna, will see what he has.
by Chris Collender
Apr 10, 2014 02:08:47 pm.

Bats, bats, bats...... They are flying all over the CSRA. Been to Martinez,Evans ,Augusta ,Jackson SC and North Augusta SC. In the past 2 days. We are excluding them every day!
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Apr 10, 2014 02:00:42 pm.

Crazy day yesterday, started off in Cummings with rats, then to Smyrna again with rats, off to Atlanta, yes rats again, still in Atlanta, squirrels and flyers, yep, in Atlanta, carpenter bees, last quote in Atlanta, squirrels, I'm tired
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2014 08:28:20 am.

All over the world yesterday, squirrels in Marietta chewing on a cedar house, bats in a house for sale in sandy springs, squirrels in a house in stone mountain, back to sandy springs for rats and off to Acworth for carpenter bees
by Chris Collender
Apr 03, 2014 10:18:07 am.

Sealed a house for grey squirrels in lithonia ga and then off to give two quotes for bats in Covington ga.
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Apr 02, 2014 12:43:59 pm.

Sealed a home in edgefield sc for bats. They had about 400 of them getting in. Then went to Jackson sc for a bat exculison quote and they have about 500 bats getting in. We will be back to seal their home in a few days
by Jeff Vredenburgh
Apr 01, 2014 06:44:57 pm.


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Bat Removal and Exclusion in Atlanta, North Georgia, and Aiken South Carolina

 

The Bats of Georgia and South Carolina

Men on ladders sealing bats out of an apartment building in Atlanta, Georgia

Making an apartment house in Atlanta, Georgia bat-proof by sealing them out

Bat removal is one of our most-needed services.

The busiest "bat season" in Georgia and South Carolina 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 (except for this past one, of course), 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 and South Carolina, 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 in Georgia and South Carolina. 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 Georgia cities like Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Roswell, Peachtree City, and Sandy Springs; as well as the Aiken, South Carolina Metro area, bat control is especially important from a public health point of view.

 

Bat Bugs

Bat Bug found at an Aiken, South Carolina bat removal job.

Bat Bug found at an Aiken, South Carolina 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.

That's why we make sure to check for bat bug infestations with every bat removal job we do, and treat for bat bug control, if necessary.

 

Bat Control in Georgia and South Carolina

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 and South Carolina 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 Georgia and South Carolina. 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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We provide humane bat removal and control in the following areas:

Georgia: All of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Augusta, Carrollton, Dacula, Doraville, Jasper, Marietta, Macon, Milton, Peachtree City, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and everywhere in between.

South Carolina: Aiken, Evans, Martinez, North Augusta, and the surrounding areas.

Alabama: Click here for our Alabama office.

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