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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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Today we're repairing a sloppy roof flashing job as part of a comprehensive bat-removal and bat-proofing job at a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Bats are controlled by excluding them from a building without harming them.
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2021 10:10:49 am.

We have a crew repairing the soffit panel of a house in Smyrna, Georgia to keep bats from getting into the attic. The soffit developed gaps as the roof settled, allowing a colony of bats to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2021 10:07:45 am.

We have a Metro Atlanta bat-removal crew sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. They'll also be vacuuming up and disposing of the guano, and replacing the filthy attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 12, 2021 09:39:19 am.

One of our inspectors just found bat guano in the attic of a house in Berkeley Lakes, Georgia. He's writing up a bat removal and exclusion plan, which will also include removing the guano and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2021 10:21:38 am.

We have a crew from our Metro Atlanta office re-flashing the roof of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia to keep bats from getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2021 10:18:04 am.

One of our bat-removal teams is sealing gaps between the soffit and the brick walls to bat-proof the attic of a house in Atlanta. Bats can get into attics through very small gaps, making bat exclusion very precise work.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2021 10:11:24 am.

We have a Metro Atlanta bat-removal crew on their way to bat-proof the attic of a house in Dacula, Georgia. The bats are getting in through a half-inch gap between a box beam and the brick wall of the house.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2021 10:42:24 am.

We have an inspector writing up a plan for removing bats from the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia, and sealing up the roof to make the attic bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2021 10:09:48 am.

A gap between the soffit panel and the chimney is allowing bats to get into the attic of a house in Atlanta. We have an inspector on his way to check out the problem and draw up a bat-removal and bat-proofing plan.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2021 10:00:56 am.

We have a Metro Atlanta bat-removal team on their way to seal behind the frieze board of a house in Conyers, Georgia to prevent a colony of bats from getting back into the attic. Bats are controlled by removal and exclusion.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2021 09:58:23 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta bat-exclusion crews is repairing the roof flashing to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia. They'll also be cleaning up the guano and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 01, 2021 11:20:41 am.

A homeowner called to tell us that bats are getting into the attic of her Lithia Springs, Georgia home through a cap between the roof soffit and the bricks. We have an inspector on the way to devise a bat-removal plan for the house.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2021 10:19:01 am.

One of our technicians is heading out to remove a trapped gray squirrel from the roof of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The squirrel was caught early this morning and will be relocated to the forest, away from homes or buildings.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2021 10:10:23 am.

Typical Bat Stains on the Gable Vent of a House in Mableton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 29, 2021 10:16:21 am.

One of our inspectors found a colony of bats living in the attic of a house in Lithonia, Georgia. He's drawing up a plan to remove the bats from the attic and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Mar 29, 2021 10:09:04 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta bat-removal teams is bat-proofing the attic of a house in Hampton, Georgia. Once the bats leave the attic to feed, they won't be able to get back inside.
by Webmaster
Mar 29, 2021 10:05:14 am.

Here's Why this Stone House in Johns Creek, Georgia Needs Bats Removed from its Attic
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2021 09:45:23 am.

We have a crew installing one-way traps to exclude bats from the attic of a house in Ellenwood, Georgia. The traps will allow the bats to get out, but not get back in, while we permanently seal them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2021 09:25:41 am.

A homeowner in Fayetteville, Georgia is quite upset because she walked into the attic to find a colony of bats living up there. We have an inspector on his way to survey the situation and draw up a bat-removal plan.
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2021 09:22:38 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta bat-removal crews is sealing gaps in the roof to keep bats out of the attic of a Fairburn, Georgia home. Bat problems are treated by excluding the bats from places where they are not wanted.
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2021 09:11:19 am.

We're starting to get a lot of bat-removal calls throughout Metro Atlanta. Tomorrow we'll start bat-proofing the roof of a house in Berkeley Lake, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2021 09:36:15 am.

We're almost finished bat-proofing the roof of a house in Atlanta. The bats are out of the attic and have been sealed out. Now we're hauling away the guano and will be replacing the insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2021 09:18:15 am.

Here's a One-Way Bat Trap Installed on a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2021 10:07:19 am.

One of our crews is following up after a handyman spectacularly failed to seal bats out of the attic of a Marietta, Georgia home. Few handymen know enough about bat biology and behavior to effectively bat proof a house.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2021 10:06:06 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta bat-control crews is sealing a gap between the brick wall and the frieze board to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Atlanta. Bats are controlled by exclusion, not chemicals.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2021 09:55:01 am.

Bat-removal technicians are on their way to bat-proof a house in Lilburn, Georgia. It's a well-established colony and there's a lot of guano; so we'll also be cleaning up the guano and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2021 09:06:17 am.

Sloppy roof flashing is one of the most common building flaws that we correct to keep bats out of homes. That's why we'll be re-flashing the roof of a house in Duluth, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2021 08:55:43 am.

We have a call from a homeowner who needs bats removed from the attic of her Locust Grove, Georgia home. We're sending an inspector to draw up a comprehensive bat-removal and bat-proofing plan.
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2021 08:49:51 am.

Why This House in Douglasville, Georgia Needs Bats Sealed Out of the Attic
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2021 08:46:19 am.

We have a crew bat-proofing a church in Duluth, Georgia - an actual case of bats in the belfry. Bat control in houses of worship can be challenging because architectural features like steeples give bats plenty of places to roost.
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2021 08:39:34 am.

We're on the last stage of bat-proofing the attic of a house in Concord, Georgia. The bats have left and we've sealed them out of the house. Now we just have to clean up the bat guano and replace the dirty insulation.
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2021 10:24:01 am.

A crew from our Metro Atlanta office is redoing the roof flashing to keep bats out of the attic of a College Park, Georgia home. The roofers left gaps in the flashing that we need to fix to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2021 10:12:21 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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