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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

Bat removal is one of our most-needed wildlife control services, especially during the warmer months when bats in and around Atlanta 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 control bats 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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Whew what a day in Barnesville Ga today bats bats and more bats but we have the proper equipment set up and we wait till it gets warmer !!!! Rid-A-Critter to the rescue
by Carl D.
Jan 21, 2021 08:23:38 pm.

Whew what a day in Barnesville Ga today bats bats and more bats but we have the proper equipment set up and we wait till it gets warmer !!!! Rid-A-Critter to the rescue
by Carl D.
Jan 21, 2021 08:23:29 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has a technician adjusting the limit switches and replacing the weather seal on the garage door of a house in Conyers, Georgia to keep Norway rats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2020 10:51:15 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Our Metro Atlanta rat-control technicians are replacing a crawl space door and frame to keep Norway rats out of a house in Tucker, Georgia. Loose-fitting or water-damaged crawl space doors are common ingress points for rats.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2020 10:59:48 am.

We have technicians repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof trim of a house in Duluth, Georgia. They're also setting traps to catch and remove squirrels from the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2020 11:13:28 am.

We're still getting quite a few calls for bat-removal work. Today we have a crew heading to Atlanta to seal up the roof of a house to keep bats out of the attic. Bats are protected animals that must be controlled using non-lethal methods.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2020 11:02:51 am.

Example of Bat Funnel Traps Being Used at a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Nov 09, 2020 10:11:06 am.

Evidence that This House in Senoia, Georgia needs Bats Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Oct 29, 2020 10:31:16 am.

We're starting a bat-removal job from the attic of a house in John's Creek, Georgia. Once the bats are gone and the attic is made bat-proof, we'll clean up the guano and replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Oct 28, 2020 10:23:00 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has crews sealing squirrels out of the attics of several houses in Mableton, Georgia today.
by Webmaster
Oct 16, 2020 09:54:02 am.

We have a crew bat-proofing the attic of a house in Atlanta. The bats were getting in through a tiny gap in the wooden trim of the soffit. We'll seal that gap and any others that we find to prevent bats from getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 15, 2020 10:15:10 am.

We're working on a bat-proofing job in the attic of a house in Douglasville, Georgia. Bats are beneficial animals that are controlled by excluding them from attics, church bell towers, soffits, and any other places where they may be roosting.
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2020 08:47:18 am.

We have a crew bat-proofing the attic of a house in Senoia, Georgia. We basically seal the roof and install temporary one-way traps to allow the bats to leave the attic unharmed, but not be able to get back in.
by Webmaster
Sep 11, 2020 10:00:48 am.

Undeniable Evidence that this Senoia, Georgia Home has a Bat Problem in the Attic
by Webmaster
Sep 11, 2020 09:57:54 am.

We have a crew out sealing the roof and soffit of a house in Monroe, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2020 10:15:04 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

One of our inspectors found bat guano in the attic of a house in Whitesburg, Georgia. We'll be sending a team to get the bats out of the attic and seal them out, clean up and remove the guano, and replace the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2020 10:14:07 am.

Going a little Batty today! Commercial bat removal in Atlanta then a big bat clean-up in Sandy Springs this afternoon.
by Jason McFarland
Aug 27, 2020 10:19:00 am.

This was How Norway Rats Got into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2020 09:37:42 am.

We're working at a Johns Creek, Georgia bat-removal job. The bats got in through the gable vent, which we'll seal (along with the rest of the roof) to keep the bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2020 09:23:51 am.

Clear Evidence of a Bat Problem in the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2020 10:24:17 am.

We have an inspector heading out to a house in Atlanta to check out some droppings on the siding of a house. From the customer's description, it sounds like they need bats removed from and sealed out of the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2020 09:53:29 am.

Here's Why this House in Duluth, Georgia Needs a Bat Colony Removed from its Attic
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2020 09:42:53 am.

This was How the Bats Got into the Attic of this Atlanta Home
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2020 09:37:37 am.

Technicians from our Metro Atlanta office are sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia today. The next step, once all the bats are sealed out, will be to remove the guano and the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2020 10:22:50 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, 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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