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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're all finished up bat-proofing the attic of a house in Suwanee, Georgia. The bats returned to the house after feeding only to find that they'd been sealed out. We'll be replacing the attic insulation today.
by Webmaster
Apr 09, 2021 09:20:04 am.

We have an inspector on the way to check out a bat problem in the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia. Once the problem is confirmed, he'll be writing up a plan to remove the bats from the attic and bat-proof the roof.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2021 10:40:05 am.

Chris found a a colony of bats living in the attic of a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. They're getting in through a half-inch gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia. He's drawing up a bat-removal plan for the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2021 10:37:17 am.

We have a bat-proofing crew repairing the sloppy roof flashing on a house in Dunwoody, Georgia to keep a colony of bats from getting back into the attic. Bats are controlled by waiting until they leave, and then sealing them out.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2021 10:12:29 am.

We have a North Georgia bat-removal crew sealing constructions gaps in the roof of a house in Alpharetta to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2021 09:54:28 am.

We have a bat-removal team from our North Georgia office repairing gaps in the roof to keep bats out of the attic of a Canton, Georgia home. We'll leave them a few ways to get out, but they won't be able to get back in.
by Webmaster
Apr 01, 2021 11:17:32 am.

We have a bat-removal team from our North Georgia office getting bats out of the attic of a house in Cumming. They're using one-way traps that will allow the bats to get out of the house, but not back in.
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2021 10:56:21 am.

One of our inspectors found a huge bat colony in the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. We're sending a crew to remove the bats from the attic, bat-proof the roof, clean up the guano, and replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2021 10:54:05 am.

Here's Why this House in Adairsville, Georgia Needs Bats Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2021 10:50:12 am.

One of our crew is doing a bat-removal and exclusion job at a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The bats are getting in through a gap in the roof trim at a miter joint. We'll seal the bats out of the attic and clean up the guano.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2021 09:48:30 am.

This Sloppy Flashing Allowed Bats into the Attic of a Gainesville, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2021 09:18:09 am.

We'll be finishing up a Blue Ridge, Georgia bat-removal job later this afternoon. The bats are gone and have been sealed out of the attic. Our technicians are cleaning up the guano and well be replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2021 09:08:30 am.

This was How Bats Got into the Soffit of this House in Dunwoody, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2021 09:33:03 am.

We have a bat-removal crew sealing gaps in the roof flashing of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia to exclude bats from the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2021 09:05:10 am.

We have a bat-removal crew installing funnel traps to get the bats out of the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. Once all the bats are gone, they'll remove the traps and seal the gaps to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2021 10:10:28 am.

One of our North Georgia bat-removal crews is sealing a gap behind the frieze board that goes all the way around the house to make the attic of a brick home in Roswell, Georgia bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2021 10:01:54 am.

A Failed Attempt by a Handyman to Bat-Proof a House in Canton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2021 10:29:34 am.

Here's Why this Carrollton, Georgia Home Needs Bats Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2021 10:20:04 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

One of our North Georgia bat-removal crews is just about finished bat-proofing that attic of a house in Rydal. The bats are gone and have been excluded from the attic. Now our crew is cleaning up the guano to make things spiffy.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 09:52:00 am.

One of our inspectors is on his way to check out a bat problem in the attic of a house in Madison, Georgia. He'll draw up a bat-removal and exclusion plan and provide the homeowner with an estimate for bat control.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 09:42:50 am.

A bat-removal crew from our North Georgia office is busy removing bats from the attic of a house in Snellville, and sealing all the construction gaps in the roof to make the attic bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2021 09:39:46 am.

Out bat-removal technicians are about halfway through bat-proofing the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. When the bats leave to feed later on today, they'll seal the remaining entry gaps to keep them from getting back inside.
by Webmaster
Mar 15, 2021 10:39:39 am.

This Stone House in Buford Georgia Needs Bat Exclusion
by Webmaster
Mar 15, 2021 10:13:51 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Our inspector found a colony of bats in the attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia. We'll be sending a crew to sneakily bat-proof the house while the bats are out feeding. The bats will be annoyed, but they'll get over it.
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:10:07 am.

This Sloppy Flashing Allowed Bats into the Attic of a Dunwoody, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:06:48 am.

We have bat-removal specialists sealing gaps in the roof to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. They'll also be cleaning up the guano and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 12, 2021 10:00:24 am.

One of our bat-removal teams is on their way to seal bats out of the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. They'll also be removing the guano and replacing the smelly, contaminated attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 11, 2021 10:08:40 am.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

We've finished removing the bats from the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia and sealing them out of the house. Now we're cleaning up the bat guano in preparation of replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2021 10:00:42 am.

We have a crew bat-proofing the attic of a house in Cumming, Georgia. Bats are treated using only non-lethal measures, which basically means sealing the bats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Mar 03, 2021 10:06:47 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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