Bat removal and exclusion are one of our most-needed services. The two actually are the same service because bats are removed by sealing them out of buildings.
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. They also provide a public health benefit by feeding on mosquitoes and other insects that can transmit diseases.
It's only when bats get into attics, structural voids, church steeples, bell towers, and other areas of buildings that bat control is needed. When bats get into buildings used by humans or domestic animals, they can cause health hazards of their own:
Because they are overwhelmingly beneficial animals, bat removal and exclusion must be performed without harming the bats. The goal is humane bat removal and exclusion, not "bat extermination." At Rid-A-Critter, we have always practiced humane, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly bat removal. We get the bats out of your house and seal your home to keep them out, but we don't kill them.
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.)
Here are a few pictures of some of the many bat control and exclusion 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 for an on-site inspection by an experienced bat control expert.