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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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Chris found bat stains on a gable vent and guano on the siding underneath it, which were evidence of a colony of bats that need to be removed and excluded from the attic of a house in Tyrone, Georgia. A bat-removal crew from our Atlanta office will screen the vent and animal-proof the roof to keep bats and other critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2022 10:30:16 am.

All it took was a fingertip-sized gap between the brick wall and the soffit for a colony of bats to find their way into the attic of a house in Decatur, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will seal that gap once the bats have all flown out of the attic to keep bats and other wildlife outside where they belong.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2022 09:48:20 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the brick wall and the frieze board allowed bats into the attic of a house in Atlanta. With their wings folded, bats are very slender animals, making bat exclusion very detailed and painstaking work.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 09:33:44 am.

A sloppy job of roof flashing left a triangular gap between the flashing and the fascia that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Atlanta. Bat-proofing the house will consist largely of removing all the flashing and reinstalling it properly to seal bats and other wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 23, 2022 10:56:27 am.

A space between the bottom of the wooden gable vent and the brick wall of a house in Atlanta is allowing bats into the attic. There's also a lot of guano in the attic insulation, which will have to be removed and replaced as part of the bat removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 09:18:23 am.

A handyman tried to keep bats out of the attic of an Atlanta home by stuffing a piece of scrap plywood in the gap along the edge of the roof. Our bat-removal technicians are at the house doing the job the right way.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 10:00:36 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the stone wall and the wooden soffit is the reason why a colony of bats need to be removed from the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. The bat-exclusion work will also keep other nuisance animals and rodent pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2022 10:20:21 am.

Chris wasn't Surprised to find Bat Guano on a Deck Chair at a Conyers, Georgia Bat-Removal Inspection
by Webmaster
May 17, 2022 09:26:51 am.

A half-inch gap between the frieze board and the exterior brick wall explains why a house in Atlanta needs bats removed from its attic. Because the bats are smaller than most animals, the bat-exclusion job will also keep other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 09:48:02 am.

Lifting a shingle revealed a gap between the roof sheathing and fascia that allowed a colony of bats to get into the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. This is one of the most common ways that bats and other nuisance wildlife get into homes. Our Metro Atlanta bat-removal crew will take care of the problem.
by Webmaster
May 12, 2022 10:50:51 am.

A crew doing bat removal in Marietta, Georgia will is removing a massive amount of guano from the attic so it can be properly disposed of. They estimate that there are several tons of guano, the result of a large bat colony that should have been removed and excluded years ago.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 09:29:39 am.

A sloppy job of roof flashing left gaps between the metal and the sheathing and fascia that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. A bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion crew from our Metro Atlanta office will seal the gap to bat-proof the attic.
by Webmaster
May 10, 2022 09:26:24 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

A wildlife-control team from our Metro Atlanta office is doing bat removal and exclusion in Peachtree City today. The bats got into the attic through a half-inch gap running along the edge of the roof under the shingles. We'll seal the gap so the bats can't get back in after they go out to feed.
by Webmaster
May 09, 2022 10:38:14 am.

A wildlife-exclusion team from our Metro Atlanta office is doing bat removal in Newnan, Georgia today. Bats are removed by excluding them from a building so they can't get back inside after they return home from feeding on mosquitoes. Once they realize they can't get back in, they move on and find another place to live.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 09:08:00 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Water rot to the wooden trim created irregular gaps in the wood that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Douglasville, Georgia. The rotten wood will be replaced as part of the bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 10:50:14 am.

A rotten mesh fabric soffit vent has irregular holes in it that are allowing bats into the attic of a house in Atlanta. Our bat removal crew will replace the soffit vents as part of the bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 10:44:26 am.

Today we're doing bat removal and exclusion at a house in Stonecrest, Georgia. There are only a handful of bats in the attic, all adults, but the homeowner is wisely bat-proofing the attic now while the colony is still small. They do multiply, after all.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:32:38 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

A single bat in the attic of a house in Atlanta prompted an inspection call to find out how the bat got in. It turns out there's a half-inch gap running along the edge of the roof that will have to be sealed to make the house bat-proof. The bat-proofing will also keep other nuisance animals and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 25, 2022 10:13:14 am.

A large amount of bat guano in a soffit seeped through the plywood soffit panel and caused the panel to rot and fall away from the soffit of a house in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Most cases of bats causing actual damage to homes is due to their guano, which is corrosive and holds moisture.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2022 09:18:18 am.

A gap between a bowed section of roof flashing and the shingles near the end of the soffit allowed bats into the attic of a house in Austell, Georgia. Sloppy roof flashing is the cause of cases of bats and other wildlife getting into attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2022 09:14:55 am.

A bowed section of roof sheathing created a fingertip-sized gap at the edge of the roof that allowed a handful of adult bats into the attic of a house in Fayetteville, Georgia. There are no pups in the colony, so we're doing the bat removal and exclusion job now while the problem is still small and easily addressed.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2022 09:46:57 am.

Piles and piles of guano in the attic were abundant evidence of a large colony of bats that need to removed from the attic of a Dacula, Georgia home. Bat colonies can grow undetected for many years unless the homeowner has a reason to go into the attic, or notices them leaving the house at night to feed.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2022 09:25:22 am.

A homeowner went up into the attic of her Atlanta home and was greeted by a colony of bats. A bat-conservation specialist is on his way to inspect the attic and come up with a plan to remove and exclude the bats without causing any harm to them.
by Webmaster
Apr 20, 2022 09:34:15 am.

Today we're starting a bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job at a house in Atlanta. There are only seven bats in the attic, all adults. That will make the guano-removal part of the job much easier.
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2022 10:58:07 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

We have a peculiar bat-proofing job in Powder Springs on the schedule today. There's only one solitary bat hanging from the gable vent. Just one bat, and very little guano. We'll still have to bat-proof the entire house, but the cleanup stage will be much easier than usual.
by Webmaster
Apr 11, 2022 09:50:44 am.

Bats are getting into the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia through a half-inch gap between the roof sheathing and the rain gutter. It will have to be sealed to exclude bats and other nuisance animals and pests from the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 11, 2022 09:45:49 am.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

A gap in the wooden soffit trim next to the brick chimney is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Chamblee, Georgia. We're sending an inspector to size up the bat problem and draw up a plan for bat removal and wildlife exclusion.
by Webmaster
Apr 06, 2022 09:11:42 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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