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Bat Removal and Exclusion in North Georgia

The Bats of Georgia

Two bats peeking out from between the slats of a gable vent before they were removed and sealed out of the house.

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 Removal Gallery

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 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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The real estate agent showing a home to a young couple was dismayed to find huge piles of bat guano in the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. Our bat-removal professionals will be there starting this afternoon to bat-proof the house, clean up the guano, and replace the attic insulation so the house can be sold.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2022 10:52:10 am.

A crack team of wildlife-management professionals from our North Georgia office are doing bat removal in Jasper. It's an old house with many gaps that will have to be located and sealed in order to seal bats and other nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2022 10:32:42 am.

This morning our wildlife-management professionals are doing bat removal in Rome, Georgia. The bats are getting into the attic of the house through the ridge vents in the dormers. We're using Ridge Guard to seal the bats and nuisance animals in general out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2022 10:23:08 am.

Extensive staining of the wall and soffit under the peak of the roof, and guano on the siding, were evidence of a well-established colony of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a Chatsworth, Georgia home. As a general rule, the more staining, the larger the colony: and the more bats and guano that will have to be removed.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 10:27:56 am.

The soffit panel is sagging down a few inches near the peak of the roof, which is why a wildlife-removal crew from our North Georgia office is busy doing bat removal in Villa Rica, Georgia today. They'll properly reinstall the soffit panel to keep bats and other pesky animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 10:09:18 am.

A wildlife-removal crew doing bat exclusion in Woodstock, Georgia is re-flashing the roof to keep bats out of the attic. Sometimes the existing flashing is so poorly done that the best course of action is just to replace it all to keep bats and other nuisance animals out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 09:58:49 am.

A wildlife-removal crew from our North Georgia office is doing bat exclusion at a house in Madison today. Bat removal is accomplished by sealing the house so bats can't get back in after they leave to feed. We don't actively remove the bats. They remove themselves, and we lock them out.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:46:41 am.

A gap you could fit your fingers into between the frieze board and the stone wall of a house in Madison, Georgia is allowing bats into the attic. Our bat-removal crew will install temporary one-way traps to prevent the bats from getting back into the attic after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:39:22 am.

A fingertip-sized gap in a piece of bent roof flashing that probably was that was since the roof was installed allowed bats into the attic of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. Bat exclusion isn't something most roofers thing about. They're more concerned about rainwater than keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 09:33:53 am.

Our North Georgia animal-removal crew is doing bat removal and wildlife exclusion in Jasper today. There are only about a dozen bats in the attic; but animal problems only get worse, never better, if not addressed.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2022 10:36:44 am.

Lifting the shingles revealed a gap at the top of the drip edge that allowed bats into the attic of a Suwanee, Georgia home. This isn't uncommon. Gaps in the roof sheathing are the cause of many of the bat-removal jobs that our wildlife-management technicians do.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2022 11:39:43 am.

A gap under the shingles where the porch roof meets the bricks allowed bats into a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will seal the gap as part of the animal-exclusion stage of the job.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2022 10:23:53 am.

The roofer didn't actually attach the drip edge to the roof sheathing. Over time it crept out and opened up a three-quarter inch gap between the drip edge and the fascia that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will install a new drip edge that will keep bats and other wildlife out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2022 10:19:24 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the soffit and the brick wall that's probably due to the roof settling is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia. Permanent bat removal and exclusion will require that out crew seal that gap, which will also keep other animals and pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:47:32 am.

A gap of about half an inch between the wooden roof sheathing and fascia is the reason our wildlife-control crew is doing bat removal from the attic of a house in Loganville, Georgia. Bats like small gaps like that because they're too small for predators to get into their nesting areas.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:06:41 am.

Lifting a shingle revealed a half inch gap over the fascia board that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Canton, Georgia. We have a bat-removal crew covering the gap with a metal animal shield that will keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:03:07 am.

Our wildlife-exclusion experts are finishing up a bat-removal job in Young Harris, Georgia this morning. There were numerous gaps in the roof due to the home's normal settling that had to be sealed to keep bats and other nuisance animals and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2022 09:29:15 am.

A gap between the wooden roof trim and the shingles at a roof junction point is why a colony of bats need to be removed from the attic of a Canton, Georgia home. Bats are very slender animals once they fold their wings. They can get into homes through gaps about the size of your thumb.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2022 11:00:21 am.

Wildlife-control technicians doing bat removal in Columbus, Georgia are sealing a one-inch gap behind the frieze board that's allowing bats into the attic. Bat removal from attics is accomplished by exclusion. The bats actually remove themselves when they fly off to feed at night. We just seal the roof so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2022 10:57:06 am.

A wildlife-removal crew from our North Georgia office is heading out to do bat removal in the attic of a house in Alpharetta. There are only a handful of bats in the attic, which is a good thing because it will make the guano-removal and cleanup stages of the job easier.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:35:03 am.

Our North Georgia wildlife experts are busy doing bat removal and exclusion in Woodstock. The bats are getting into the house through multiple gaps in the roof trim, most of which probably opened up due to the roof settling over time.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 11:02:19 am.

Animal-removal technicians doing bat exclusion in Suwanee, Georgia are installing Ridge Guard on the roof ridge to keep bats and other wildlife and pests out of the attic. Ridge Guard is a metal animal shield that replaces cheap, plastic roof ridge vents.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 10:37:04 am.

We'll have to seal all the gaps between the stone chimney and the walls and soffits as part of a Blue Ridge, Georgia bat removal job. Keeping bats or other wildlife and pests out of homes with stone walls or chimneys is challenging because of the irregular surfaces.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 10:26:17 am.

Guano stains on the trim under a perforated soffit panel was a clue that there was a colony of bats that needed to be removed from the attic of a house in Jasper, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will also clean up the guano, replace the attic insulation, and animal-proof the roof to prevent future wildlife and pest problems.
by Webmaster
May 23, 2022 11:03:04 am.

A square gap in the soffit panel about two inches across is the reason the attic of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia needs a colony of bats removed from the attic. Bat removal is accomplished by exclusion, since the bats effectively remove themselves every night when they go out to feed. We just prevent them from getting back in.
by Webmaster
May 23, 2022 10:59:39 am.

Today we're inspecting a house in Ellijay, Georgia for bat removal and wildlife exclusion. The homeowner says that the bats are getting into the attic through a gap in the roof flashing. There may be other bat-entry gaps, as well. We'll find out when we finish the inspection.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 09:15:03 am.

A tapered gap at a roof junction between the soffit panel and the shingles, about an inch at the wide end, is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Big Canoe, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will seal the gap to keep bats and other wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 10:05:09 am.

A lifted shingle revealed a half inch gap running along the edge of the roof that is the reason why a house in Loganville, Georgia needs bats removed from the attic. The bat-exclusion work will also keep other wildlife and pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 09:58:01 am.

A half-inch gap between the brick wall and the wooden roof trim was all the invitation that bats needed to get into the attic of a house in Norcross, Georgia. Our bat-removal inspector is in the attic as we speak sizing up the bat colony so we can schedule the house for bat removal and wildlife exclusion.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 10:17:06 am.

Bat guano on a glass deck table was surefire evidence of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Hiawassee, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will also animal-proof the roof and replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 09:34:56 am.

A crew doing bat removal in Young Harris, Georgia is just about done with the wildlife-exclusion stage of the job. Once that's done, the next step will be removing the attic insulation, which is full of bat guano, and replacing in it fresh, clean, energy-efficient new insulation.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 09:55:07 am.

A circular gable vent with no screen on it is the reason a house in Gainesville, Georgia needs bats removed from the attic. The bats got into the house through the gaps between the slats in the gable vent. We'll screen the vent and animal-proof the house to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 12, 2022 10:47:25 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides humane bat removal and exclusion in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Dunwoody, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, and everywhere in between.

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