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Bat Removal and Exclusion in North Georgia

The Bats of Georgia

Men working on lifts doing bat control work at a school in Americus, Georgia

Bat removal and bat exclusion job at a school in Americus

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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A crew from our North Georgia office is in Alpharetta removing and sealing bats out of the attic of a house.
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Apr 08, 2020 10:09:02 am.

Picture of a Bat in a Tin Roof at a House in Griffin, Georgia
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Apr 06, 2020 10:40:38 am.

Pile of Bat Guano on a Porch Roof in Griffin, Georgia
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Apr 06, 2020 10:37:37 am.

We're removing the bats from the attic of a Roswell, Georgia home and sealing them out so they can't get back in.
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Apr 03, 2020 10:59:47 am.

We're in Dunwoody, Georgia sealing the gaps in a house to keep bats from getting into the attic.
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Apr 03, 2020 10:55:44 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

We have a crew of technicians bat-proofing the attic of a house in Ranger, Georgia.
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Apr 02, 2020 10:14:13 am.

We're sending technicians to bat-proof the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia.
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Apr 02, 2020 10:06:28 am.

We have a crew on their way to seal a roof to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Suwanee, Georgia
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Apr 01, 2020 11:23:11 am.

Our North Georgia office has a crew sealing bats out of the attic in a house in Hiram
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Apr 01, 2020 11:20:08 am.

We have a crew in Alpharetta sealing bats out of the attic of a stone house
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Apr 01, 2020 11:11:53 am.

A Gap in the Roof Allowed Bats to Get into the Attic of a Dawsonville, Georgia Home
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Mar 31, 2020 10:32:12 am.

We have a crew in Cumming, Georgia today sealing bats out of the attic of a house.
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Mar 31, 2020 10:28:18 am.

We have a crew removing bats from the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia and sealing up all the gaps so the bats can't get back in.
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Mar 31, 2020 10:23:45 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

We're busy removing bats from the attic of a house house in Canton, Georgia and sealing the roof to keep them out.
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Mar 27, 2020 10:59:23 am.

We have a crew from the North Georgia office on their way to Roswell to seal up a house to keep bats out of the attic.
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Mar 27, 2020 10:57:18 am.

We have a crew in Rome today sealing bats out of a stone house. Rome Georgia, that is, not that other Rome.
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Mar 27, 2020 10:55:17 am.

Our North Georgia office just sent a crew to seal bats out of the attic of a house in Norcross, Georgia
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Mar 27, 2020 10:48:16 am.

Our North Georgia office sent a crew out to Carrollton today to get bats out of the attic of a house.
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Mar 25, 2020 11:06:22 am.

We're out at a bat-removal and bat-proofing job at a house in Lawrenceville, Georgia today.
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Mar 24, 2020 10:55:51 am.

Our North Georgia bat-removal technicians are sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Young Harris, Georgia
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Mar 23, 2020 11:06:45 am.

This was How Bats Got into the Attic of a Stone House in Toccoa, Georgia
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Mar 23, 2020 10:58:24 am.

Our North Georgia bat control technicians are sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Suwanee, Georgia today.
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Mar 23, 2020 10:53:02 am.

Here's Why this House in Gainesville, Georgia has Bats in the Attic
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Mar 19, 2020 10:50:51 am.

We're out in Big Canoe, Georgia today bat-proofing a house to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2020 10:47:38 am.

A Few Bats in the Attic of a House in Dunwoody, Georgia
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Mar 17, 2020 10:33:07 am.

We're removing bats from the attic of a house in Woodstock today!
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Mar 16, 2020 08:46:35 pm.

This Tiny Gap Allowed Bats into the Attic of this House in Suwanee, Georgia
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Mar 12, 2020 09:10:15 am.

Barely-Noticeable Bat Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Snellville, Georgia
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Mar 12, 2020 08:59:46 am.

This Gap in the Roof Allowed Bats into the Attic of a House in Sharpsburg, Georgia
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Mar 12, 2020 08:50:21 am.

This is Why this House in Roswell, Georgia Needs Bats Removed from the Attic
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Mar 12, 2020 08:41:43 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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