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Bat Removal and Bat-Proofing

Metro Atlanta Regional Office of Rid-A-Critter

Bat droppings on a porch in Alpharetta

Bat droppings on a porch in Alpharetta

Bat removal is one of our most-needed 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 for bat removal. But we also get some bat-control calls during the cooler months, especially during mild winters.

A lot of 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 our natural ecosystem. For example, if you hate our Atlanta mosquitoes, then you should thank bats that there aren't even more of them, because mosquitoes are a delicacy for bats. The bats of Georgia 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. They are the only animals in the world who have wings built 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 really can't "fly" so much as they can glide, nor can they gain altitude or perform complex maneuvers.

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. Bats are controlled by 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 the CDC, it's somewhere around 6 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 6 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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Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Tiny Bat Entry Gap into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2019 11:30:36 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

We're Deodorizing an Attic After a Bat-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Sep 04, 2019 11:50:17 am.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Typical Bat Entry Gap into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Aug 29, 2019 11:52:00 am.

Doing Insulation Replacement at a House in Brookhaven, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2019 11:47:45 am.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Small Colony of Bats in the Attic of a House in Dallas, Georgia
by Webmaster
Aug 14, 2019 11:08:33 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Just finished a bat guano clean-up and insulation blow back in Marietta. What a difference it made!
by Jason McFarland
Jul 25, 2019 09:59:31 am.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

Well-Hidden Bat Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 18, 2019 09:44:55 am.

Obvious Bat Stains on a Commercial Building in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 17, 2019 10:23:05 am.

Lots of Bat Bugs in the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2019 11:22:24 am.

Here's How Bats Got Into this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2019 10:52:59 am.

Started on the south side with a bat removal in Locust Grove, now head to Sandy Springs for a bat clean-up
by Jason McFarland
Jul 11, 2019 11:41:24 am.

Another Tiny Bat Entry Gap into a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 10, 2019 11:48:24 am.

Luxurious Bat Entry Gap into a House in Rex, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 03, 2019 11:29:25 am.

Tiny Bat Entry Gap into a House in Newnan, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 03, 2019 11:12:44 am.

Typical Bat Entry Gap into a House in East Point, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 27, 2019 10:19:00 am.

This Was the Bat Entry Point Into a Warehouse in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jun 13, 2019 12:47:21 pm.

Beautiful day to be doing bat exclusions in Atlanta and Dunwoody today.
by Jason McFarland
Jun 13, 2019 10:21:56 am.

And Douglasville hoping it #bats out of a clients #house
by Carl F.
Jun 07, 2019 10:44:54 am.

Love it when a really good song comes on the radio in between stops. Gets me a little squirrelly. Lol Have a Good Friday everyone.
by Jason Arruda
May 31, 2019 11:48:33 am.

Out seeing our wonderful clients in the pest control industry that refers us for wildlife (rats, bats, snakes, squirrels , bees, etc. Thank you from all of us!!
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2019 01:45:40 pm.

Heading to Cumming for a bat removal, then down to Peachtree City for a bat clean-up and quote.
by Jason McFarland
May 30, 2019 08:05:24 am.

Justin is Bat-Proofing a Commercial Building near Atlanta
by Webmaster
May 23, 2019 10:53:13 am.

Clear Evidence of a Bat Problem in a House in Stockbridge, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 22, 2019 10:02:57 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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