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Metro Atlanta Bat Removal and Bat-Proofing

Bat guano at a bat removal job in Marietta

Bat guano at a bat removal job in Marietta

Humane bat removal and exclusion is one of our most-needed wildlife control services, especially during the warmer months when bats are most active. That's when it becomes a real challenge to keep up with the demand. But we also get some bat-control calls during the cooler months, especially during mild winters.

Many people are afraid of bats. That's kind of a shame because bats are very interesting, overwhelmingly beneficial animals who play an important role in nature. For example, if you hate mosquitoes, then you should thank bats that there aren't even more of them. The Atlanta bats bat community collectively eat millions of mosquitoes every night.

In fact, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a single bat can consume between 600 and 1000 insects every single night. Think about that for a while. Just the thought of that many more mosquitoes makes you want to start scratching. And because mosquitoes are much bigger disease vectors than bats are, bats actually help keep us healthy by dramatically reducing the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases.

Let's take a few moments to talk about bats before we talk about how and why to control them.

Bats are in a Class by Themselves

Well, technically not a class, but an order. Bats are neither rodents nor birds. They're the sole members of the taxonomic order Chiroptera, which means "winged hand." A bat's front leg can be compared to a very short arm to which a very large hand with very long fingers is attached. The fingers have membranes extending between them, and when the bat stretches out its fingers, those membranes form wings.

In other words, a bat's wings are actually its hands, with webbing stretched between the fingers to form wings capable of true flight. They are the only animals in the world who have wings like that.

Bats are the Only Mammals that can Take Off and Fly

Bats are unique among mammals because they can take off and gain altitude from a resting position, maintain sustained flight, and perform complex maneuvers while in flight. No other mammal can do that. Flying squirrels can glide from a high point to a lower point with impressive accuracy, but they can't gain altitude nor perform complex maneuvers in flight.

The Bats of Georgia

Bats on a vent screen in an attic in Atlanta, Georgia

Bats screened out of an Attic at an Atlanta rat removal job

There are at least 16 species of bats that we know of in Georgia. Two of them, the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus), account for almost all of the bat control work performed by Georgia bat control companies. The rest usually don't colonize homes or other human-occupied buildings.

Like bats in general, both of these bats are protected under both federal and state wildlife laws. That's why there's no such thing as a "bat exterminator." Anyone who controls bats in a way that deliberately kills them or causes them harm is committing a crime. We treat bat problems using a safe, humane, non-chemical approach called bat exclusion, or what a lot of folks call "bat-proofing." That means waiting until the bats leave the house or building -- which they do pretty much every night anyway -- and then sealing them out.

Bat exclusion is very detailed work that requires specialized knowledge of bat biology and behavior, the ability to use a wide range of tools, and specialized materials and equipment. That's why very few do-it-yourself bat-proofing jobs are successful. The same is true for most bat exclusion work done by handymen, roofers, and carpenters. Very few people other than animal control specialists have the knowledge, experience, and tools needed to permanently seal bats out of a home or other building.

Why Bat Control is Important

Looking down from a man lift way up in the air at a bat removal job in a Marietta, Georgia school 
Bat removal job at a school in Marietta.

The problem with bats is that as helpful as they are, like all animals, they do carry their share of diseases. When bats get into homes, lofts, church steeples, or other buildings used by humans or domestic animals, they create a health hazard. Bat guano (poop) contains germs and fungi that can cause serious diseases, and bats can have ectoparasites like fleas, ticks, mites, and bat bugs. Some of these arthropods can transmit diseases.

Bats also have a fairly high incidence of rabies, although not as high as some people think. According the CDC, it's somewhere around six percent, on average, among bats that were turned in to be tested. The percentage of rabid bats in wild populations may actually be lower.

Nonetheless, even at six percent, that means that the average bat colony in a house includes at least some infected bats. Given that we're talking about an incurable and particularly gruesome disease, even a small number of rabies-infected bats in an attic is something to be concerned about.

What is comes down to is that as much as we love bats, we don't want them living in our homes, schools, houses of worship, or other human-occupied buildings.

Bat Guano Cleanup and Disposal

When we do a bat-removal and bat-proofing job, we make sure to clean up after the bats. They're not the tidiest critters. We clean up and haul away the guano, and if needed, we can also replace the contaminated insulation. This is especially important if you have a heating or air-conditioning unit in the attic. You don't want to be blowing all those germs and fungus spores from the bat guano throughout your home. (Please note that guano removal and insulation replacement, if needed, are quoted separately from bat removal and exclusion.)

In a nutshell, bat control is not an easy job. It requires a lot of skill, experience, and specialized equipment. But no worries. At Rid-A-Critter, we have all of those things. We can handle any bat-removal and bat-exclusion job, whether it's at a home, church, school, or industrial building. We can take care of the entire job, from obtaining the permits, to hauling away the guano. And we stand behind our work with the best warranty in the business.

If you have a problem with bats and are located anywhere within Metro Atlanta, please contact us for an inspection and estimate. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

Metro Atlanta Bat Control Gallery

Here are a few randomly-selected pictures of some of the thousands of bat control and bat-proofing jobs we've done in and around Atlanta. 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.

 

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Our inspector looked under the shingles and found a gap in the sheathing that we'll have to seal to get bats out of the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. Gaps along the edge of the roof are one of the most common ways that bats get into houses.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 10:15:42 am.

Gaps along the edges of the roof of a house in Marietta, Georgia will have to be sealed to get a colony of bats out of the attic. Bats are treated by waiting until they leave to feed on insects, and then bat-proofing the house so they can't get back in. They then fly off to roost elsewhere.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 09:26:39 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

A Smyrna, Georgia bat-removal inspection revealed a gap between the soffit and the brick wall that will have to be sealed to prevent bats from getting into the attic. What probably happened was that the roof started to sag at the peak and pushed the soffits outward at the eaves, creating a gap between the soffit and the wall.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2021 10:02:49 am.

We're checking out a bat problem in the attic of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The inspection is a critical part of any bat-removal job because effective bat exclusion requires that every possible entry point be identified and sealed to keep bats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2021 09:52:49 am.

A gap in the metal flashing around the roof is allowing bats into a commercial building in Stone Mountain, Georgia. We're sending a bat-removal specialist to check out the problem and draw up a plan to remove the bats and exclude them from the building.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2021 09:47:13 am.

Bats in the attic of a house inn Grayson, Georgia are making quite a mess. Once we exclude the bats from the attic, we're going to be removing several of tons of bat guano from the attic and hauling it away. Obviously, we'll also have to replace the soiled attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:23:17 am.

A gap between a shutter and the brick wall behind it allowed a colony of bats to get into a house in Hampton, Georgia. We'll be bat-proofing the entire house once the bats leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:14:28 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta bat-removal specialists is checking a bat colony in the attic of a Johns Creek, Georgia home to determine if there are any flightless pups. We need to make sure that all the bats can fly before we bat-proof the house, so we don't trap any bats inside the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 11:08:08 am.

Rainy weather but it’s not keeping the bats away! Give us a call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jul 21, 2021 06:06:23 pm.

A bat-removal specialist from our Metro Atlanta office is checking out a bat problem in the attic of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The homeowner said there was a lot of guano in the attic, which we'll remove, along with replacing the contaminated attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2021 09:47:11 am.

We're sending a bat-control expert to check out a report of brown bats in the attic of an Atlanta home. If the report checks out, he'll draw up a plan to remove and exclude the bats from the attic. Sealing bats out of the house is the only legal way to control them.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2021 09:40:41 am.

Gaps between the stone walls and the roof trim have resulted in a colony of bats getting into the attic of a Johns Creek, Georgia home. Getting the bats out of the attic and keeping them out will require that we seal that gap and any other potential entry points to bat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 11:10:51 am.

A house in Stone Mountain, Georgia needs bats removed from the attic because of a gap in the brick wall at the top of a window frame. The homeowners didn't even know the gap was there until they watched bats flying past the window one night.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2021 10:24:23 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta bat-removal experts is inspecting a bat problem in the attic of a house in Decatur, Georgia. The homeowner says the bats are getting in under the roof flashing, which is very common. We'll do whatever is necessary to seal the bats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2021 10:09:14 am.

A house in Johns Creek, Georgia needs bats removed from the attic and excluded because water rot in the roof fascia created gaps that allowed the bats to get in. We'll be fixing the water problem, replacing the fascia, and sealing up any other gaps we find to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2021 10:04:48 am.

A sloppy job of installing the soffit trim left gaps in the corners that allowed bat into the attic of a house in Rex, Georgia. We'll close the gaps and any others that we find to exclude bats and other animals from the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 09:55:06 am.

A colony of bats in the attic of an old house in Smyrna, Georgia startled a crew of carpenters who'd shown up to remodel the house. They'll work on other parts of the house until the bats are removed from the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 09:47:53 am.

We'll have to re-flash the roof to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Peachtree City, Georgia. The existing flashing isn't lying flat against the sheathing, which resulted in gaps that allowed a colony of bats to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 09:43:27 am.

Bats got into the attic of a house in Riverdale, Georgia through a gap in the edge of the roof that runs all the way around the house. That gap will have to be sealed to exclude bats from the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 09:40:14 am.

A house in Palmetto, Georgia needs a colony of bats removed from the attic. The bats got in through a missing soffit vent cover on the back of the house. No one noticed when it fell off -- except the bats, who used it to their advantage to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 16, 2021 09:35:38 am.

We found a hanful of bats living in the attic of a house in Atlanta while inspecting for another animal problem. Once the bats are out of the attic, we'll bat-proof the roof, which will also keep squirrels, roof rats, and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 10:31:24 am.

Our inspector found a pile of bat guano in the attic insulation of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. Removing the guano and replacing the insulation will be part of the bat-removal and exclusion job we do at the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 10:25:55 am.

An unexplained triangular hole in the soffit allowed bats into the attic of a house in Tyrone, Georgia. We have no idea why the hole is there. We do know that it will have to be sealed to keep the bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 10:14:43 am.

The bat problem in the attic of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia because with a construction gap running along the edges of the roof. Bats are small animals, so sealing bats out of a house requires finding and closing even very small gaps in the construction.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 10:07:39 am.

A loose soffit vent hanging from the soffit panel on the back of the house allowed bats into the attic of a house in Covington, Georgia. Once the bats are out of the attic, we'll reattach the vents and close any other gaps to exclude bats and other animals from the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2021 10:23:31 am.

A large colony of bats in the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia are making quite a mess. In addition to removing the bats and sealing them out, we'll have to remove a ton or so of guano, as well as replace the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2021 09:59:38 am.

A carpenter's failure to measure twice and cut once resulted in a gap between the roof trim and shingles that allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Atlanta. Once the bats are out of the attic, we'll seal that gap along with all the others to make the roof bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2021 09:56:08 am.

Removing the bats from the attic of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia will require sealing a half-inch gap the runs along the entire perimeter of the roof. Once the bats are out of the attic, we'll also cart away the guano and replace the soiled insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 10:07:21 am.

Construction gaps along the entire roof resulted in a bat colony getting into the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. We'll be removing the bats from the attic, bat-proofing the roof, removing the guano, and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 10:00:23 am.

We Found Bats on a Gable Vent Screen in the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 09:33:02 am.

A rotten screen behind the gable vent and a gap in the soffit under the peak of the roof allowed a colony of bats to set up housekeeping in the attic of a Newnan, Georgia home. Once all the bats are out of the attic, we'll bat-proof the house to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2021 10:37:15 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides bat removal and bat-proofing in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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