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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Droppings and rub marks are signs of a bat problem
Bat entry hole in a house in Kennesaw, GA
Bats sealed out of an attic in Snellville
Installing non-lethal bat traps in Elberton
Baby bat and guano in an attic in Carrolton
Bat removal from a church in Georgia
Bat control job at a church in Monticello, GA
Bat entry point into a house in Calhoun
Bat removal job in Gwinette County, Georgia
Dean bat-proofing a house in Tallulah Falls
Bat's-eye view of a bat removal job in Fortson
Bat control job at a commercial building
Alpharetta, Georgia bat removal job
Bat-proofing a house in in Alpharetta, GA
Bat droppings on a porch floor in Columbus GA
Bat droppings on A/C unit in Mulberry Grove
Bats got into a house in Ellijay through this gap
Bats in an attic at a Roswell bat control job
Bats in attic vent at Hiram, GA bat control job
Big entry gaps at a Lawrenceville bat removal job
Rubmarks at a Rockdale bat removal job
Bat guano (droppings) in an attic in Irondale
Bat control job in beautiful rural Georgia
Bats in a bathroom vent in Roswell, GA
Sealing bats out of a big apartment building
Gainesvilla, GA bat control and bat-proofing job
Entry gap at Alpharetta bat removal job
Huge pile of bat guano in Cartersville
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.