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Metro Atlanta Bat Removal and Bat-Proofing

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

Humane bat removal and exclusion in the Metro Atlanta area 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 Removal Gallery

Here are a few randomly-selected pictures of some of the thousands of bat-removal and bat-proofing jobs we've done in Metro 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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Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Good morning. We have a crew on their way to do bat removal and exclusion in Mableton, Georgia this morning. The bats are getting into the attic through a half-inch gap between the plywood roof sheathing and the fascia that extends the length of the roof, which we're covering with a metal animal barrier to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 07:37:11 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

We're just about finished with a Peachtree City bat-removal job. There have been no bats in the attic since Friday, so we're certain they've been sealed out of the attic. Now we're removing and carting away the guano and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:38:26 am.

A small gap between two sections of soffit panel allowed bats into the attic of a house in Morrow, Georgia. A crew of bat-removal specialists from our Metro Atlanta office is on the scene animal-proofing the roof and installing one-way traps that will prevent the bats from getting back into the attic after they go out for dinner.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:32:20 am.

A gap between the bricks and the wooden trim of a chimney cap is allowing bats into a house in Dacula, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew is installing a new chimney cap to keep bats and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:15:49 am.

Bat guano dripping through the perforations in a soffit panel was all the evidence we needed of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Brooks, Georgia. A bat-removal crew from our Metro Atlanta office is on the scene excluding the bats from the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2022 08:38:26 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the wooden soffit trim and the brick chimney is the reason why we're doing bat removal in the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia today. We'll seal that gap as part of the animal-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 10:00:06 am.

A gap about the size of a fingertip between the roof trim and the brick wall right under the peak of the roof is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. A bat-removal crew from our Metro Atlanta office is sealing the gap to keep bats and other pesky animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2022 09:54:30 am.

Gaps between the siding and the sloping roof of a house in Nelson, Georgia allowed bats to get into the attic. Bat-proofing the house will requiring sealing the spaces where every single piece of siding meets the roof. The good news is that exclusion is a long-lasting solution to a bat problem that doesn't harm the bats in any way.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2022 08:35:30 am.

The reason we're doing bat removal and exclusion in Atlanta today is because a tapered gap between the roof and the top of the chimney allowed a colony of bats into the attic. Our bat-removal experts are animal-proofing the entire house to prevent problems with bats and other nuisance wildlife and pests.
by Webmaster
Sep 02, 2022 08:29:37 am.

We just sent a crew to perform bat removal and exclusion at a Conyers, Georgia home. The bats got into the attic through a gap behind the flange of a bathroom exhaust vent.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:58:12 am.

Chris C. discovered a handful of bats roosting on the gable vent of a house in Dunwoody, Georgia. The homeowner wisely opted to have us perform bat removal and exclusion at the house now, before the bat colony grows and the problem gets worse.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 09:09:36 am.

All it took was lifting a shingle to reveal the half-inch gap along the edge of the roof that allowed a colony of bats to take up residence in the attic of a house in Powder Springs, Georgia. We're animal-proofing the roof to keep bats and other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 08:56:48 am.

The reason why we're doing bat removal and exclusion in Decatur, Georgia today is that the roofer left a half-inch gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia that allowed a colony of bats to get into the attic. We'll cover the gap with an animal barrier to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 29, 2022 08:55:16 am.

Our Metro Atlanta Bat-Removal Professionals are Doing Guano Cleanup and Insulation Replacement at an Atlanta Bat-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2022 06:40:17 am.

The end cap is missing from the roof ridge vent, which allowed bats into the attic of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Our bat-removal team is installing Ridge Guard, a durable, steel animal barrier that will keep bats and nuisance wildlife of all kinds out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2022 06:31:27 am.

A gap of about an inch between two overlapping soffits that meet at a right angle is allowing bats to get into the attic of a Stone Mountain, Georgia home. One of our Metro Atlanta bat removal and exclusion teams is heading out to the house to seal out the bats and other nuisance wildlife.
by Webmaster
Aug 25, 2022 09:48:19 am.

Lifting a shingle revealed a half-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia running the length of the roof, which allowed bats into the attic of a house in Atlanta. Our bat-removal team is installing an animal guard along the roof that will keep all manner of nuisance wildlife, including bats, out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:12:14 am.

An animal-removal crew working a Duluth, Georgia bat-removal and exclusion job is starting the guano-removal and insulation-replacement phase of the job today. All the bats are out of the attic, and the house has been animal-proofed to keep bats and other wildlife out.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2022 07:19:32 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Bat-Removal Professionals from our Metro Atlanta Office are Heading Out to Fix a Handyman's Attempt at Bat-Exclusion in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2022 09:59:35 am.

Settling of the roof over time created a gap you could stick your fingertips into between the bottom of the gable vent frame and the shingles that allowed bats into a house in Stockbridge, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will seal the gap to animal proof the roof and get the bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2022 09:53:32 am.

The plastic roof ridge vent has become partially detached from the roof, allowing bats to get into the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia through a gap between the vent and the shingles. Our bat-exclusion crew will install Ridge Guard to permanently seal bats and other nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2022 09:48:54 am.

Chad W. and Mason B. Sent Video of an Attic Bat Removal Inspection at a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 19, 2022 09:29:33 am.

We had to break out the 48-foot ladders to get to the roof at a Dunwoody, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job. Any higher than than that and we would have had to bring a cherry picker.
by Webmaster
Aug 18, 2022 11:21:28 am.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

We're doing bat removal and exclusion in Newnan, Georgia today. The bats are getting in through gaps along the edges of the roof that we'll cover with metal to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 10:04:04 am.

The guano dripping down from around the drop ceiling and onto the brick wall alerted a car-repair shop owner to a colony of bats living over the drop ceiling of his Atlanta garage. Our bat-control experts are on the scene animal-proofing the building to keep the bats out. They'll also remove the guano and replace the drop ceiling tiles.
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2022 09:08:18 am.

All it took was a fingertip-sized gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia for bats to get into the attic of a house in Peachtree City, Georgia. Bat-removal and exclusion experts are on the scene covering the gap with a metal animal barrier that will keep bats and other pesky wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2022 08:35:16 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, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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