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Bat Removal in the Athens-Clarke County Area

The Importance of Bat Control

Two bats peeking out from between the slats of a gable vent.

Bat removal is one of our most important and most popular services. Bats are very common in the Athens, Georgia area, and when they get into homes and other buildings, they have to be removed.

Most of our bat-removal work occurs during the summer, when bats are most active; but we get bat calls in the winter, too, especially during warm spells.

Whatever the time of year, however, bat control is very important.

Although the fear of bats that many people have is unfounded -- they're actually overwhelmingly beneficial animals who never deliberately attack people except in self-defense -- bats in a home present a serious health risk and need to be removed and excluded. Over time, they can generate huge amounts of guano (poop) and urine, they can cause odor problems, their parasites can vector diseases, and they have a fairly high incidence of rabies.

It's also necessary to clean up after the bats to remove their guano and displaced parasites, and sometimes to replace contaminated insulation to remove odors and pathogens. Contaminated insulation can't be cleaned. It has to be replaced. (Please note that guano removal and insulation replacement, if needed, are quoted separately from bat removal and exclusion.)

Bat Bugs

Among the parasites commonly carried by bats, one is somewhat unique. It's called a "bat bug," fittingly enough, and it's pretty much indistinguishable from a bed bug. The two insects are so hard to tell apart that even professional entomologists have to take a very close look.

In fact, the biggest difference between bat bugs and bed bugs is that bat bugs prefer bat blood to human blood. But they prefer human blood to dying of starvation; so once we remove the bats, the bat bugs will look for other hosts -- like you and your family, the people living in the house.

Although bat bugs are not known to carry diseases, they sure can create an annoyance once they get into your home's living spaces. Once they get established in your home, bat bugs can be every bit as difficult to control as their bed bug cousins. That's another good reason to take bat problems seriously, as are the other parasites that they carry like fleas, ticks, and mites.

Bats and Rabies

In addition to the disease-causing organisms in their guano and carried by their parasites, bats themselves have a fairly-high rate of rabies. By the time symptoms of rabies in humans or other animals begin to manifest, the disease is no longer curable, and the infected person or animal is doomed to a very unpleasant death.

Between five and ten percent of bats are estimated to be infected with rabies. Nonetheless, the risk of directly catching rabies from a bat is very low because bats and people rarely come in contact with each other in the course of their normal activities. Once bats are living in your home, however, the risk of contact obviously increases, and the bats must be removed.

The risk of rabies is another reason why you really shouldn't try to do your own bat control. Given the infection rates, it's a virtual certainty that some of the bats in any large colony (including the one in your attic) are infected, so the last thing you want to do is go getting them all agitated and flying around inside the attic. Call us instead. We're professionals. It's what we do.

Speaking of which: In addition to being important, bat control is also very challenging. Bats have very small bodies and can squeeze through tiny openings to get into a home. Bat-proofing a house or building requires exquisite attention to detail, as well as all kinds of specialized equipment and tools. It's also hazardous work both because of the disease organisms and because of the necessity to work up high, where the bats are. It's really not a DIY-sort of job.

Bat Biology

Of the 16 species of bats that we know make their homes in Georgia, two of them, the Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus), are the ones we most commonly encounter in the field as the bats most likely to set up housekeeping in human-occupied buildings.

Bats collectively comprise an entire taxonomically order. They belong to the order Chiroptera, which literally means "winged hand," and that's a pretty apt description of a bat's front limbs. They look like a stubby arm with a massive hand and very long fingers, with webs extending between the digits. These wings give bats remarkable flight abilities. Guided by both their sonar and their vision (bats are not blind), bats are able to fly with impressive speed and great precision, and to perform remarkable maneuvers.

Their flying ability sets bats apart as the only mammals who can truly fly, meaning that they can take off, gain altitude, maintain sustained flight, and maneuver in the air. Flying squirrels, the only other mammals who can fly at all, don't even come close to bats' flying prowess. Flying squirrels really just glide, although with impressive accuracy. Bats can truly fly.

Humane, Non-Toxic Bat Removal and Exclusion

At Rid-A-Critter, we never use poisons to control bats. We control them using exclusion, or "bat-proofing," which means that sealing you house or building to keep the bats out. Exactly how we do this depends on the type and size of building, but the general idea is always the same: We seal the bats out so that after they get done dining on insects during their nightly flights, they can't get back into the building.

This surely annoys the bats. We suspect that many bat cuss words are hurled our way by the bats that we evict. But being seald out of a house doesn't harm them. They'll fly around for a while and try all the ways they know of to get back in; but eventually they'll give up and find some other place to live. It might represent a lifestyle change for them if their new digs aren't as comfy as your attic, but the bats will be okay. They're very resilient.

Bat-proofing a building can take several days depending on the building's size and how many opening there are to seal. We can't rush this kind of precise work. If we miss a single hole, the bats will find it; so we approach every bat exclusion job methodically, with a great deal of precision. It's really very meticulous work.

We can also clean up after the bats, including hauling away their guano, which can amount to hundreds of pounds of poop in a house with a long-standing bat problem. If needed, we can also replace the contaminated insulation. This is important for both health reasons and odor control. In many cases, you'll also save on energy because the modern, high-quality insulation that we install is much more efficient than what was available just a decade or two ago. (Please note that guano removal and insulation replacement, if needed, are quoted separately from bat removal and exclusion.)

Because of their small size, bats are among the most difficult of all animals to exclude from a building. The flip side of this, however, is that when our Athens, Georgia bat-removal experts seal your home against bats, you're also getting protection against gray squirrels, flying squirrels, rats, birds, and all sorts of other critters who tend to take a liking to attics. They're all bigger than bats, so bat-proofing your house will keep these other animals out, as well.

Bat Control Gallery

Here are a few randomly-selected pictures of some of the many Athens, Georgia area bat control and bat-proofing jobs we've done.

Please contact us for help with bat removal and exclusion. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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We're installing a new roof ridge vent to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Bat removal often requires replacing things like roof vents, fans, and ridge vent to prevent bats from getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2021 10:35:42 am.

Another Handyman's Spectacular Fail at a Watkinsville, Georgia Bat Exclusion Attempt
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Aug 13, 2021 09:55:15 am.

We have bat-control technicians from our Athens office on the roof of a house sealing bats out of the chimney and roof vents at a Bogart, Georgia bat-removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2021 11:05:33 am.

A team of Athens, Georgia bat-removal specialists are dealing a gap between the frieze board and the brick wall of a house in Athens to keep bats out of the attic. There's also quite a bit of guano up there that they'll be removing, as well as replacing the heavily-soiled attic insulation.
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Aug 05, 2021 10:11:14 am.

The roof flashing is folded under the sheathing, creating a gap along the edge of the roof that our technicians are correcting as part of a Bogart, Georgia bat removal job. Bat exclusion, by definition, means closing any possible entry gaps to seal bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2021 10:20:30 am.

Technicians at an Athens, Georgia bat-removal job discovered gaps in the roof flashing that will have to be sealed to keep bats out of the attic. Effective bat exclusion requires that any potential entry gap be found, and closed, to exclude bats from the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2021 10:11:13 am.

There's a gap between the top row of siding and the roof overhang at the next house that's allowing bats to get into the attic. We'll seal that gap as part of a Bogart, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job. Bat removal is accomplished by sealing the bats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2021 09:54:10 am.

Techs from our Athens office are replacing the roof flashing and drip edge as part of an Athens, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job today. They're replacing it with sturdy metal barriers along the edge of the roof that will keep both bats and rain out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2021 09:50:33 am.

A small, triangular gap between the roof sheathing and the drip edge was the reason we're sending a crew to an Athens, Georgia bat-removal job. The bats found the gap and used it to get into the attic. We'll seal that gaps and any others that we find to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2021 09:28:44 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Rainy weather but it’s not keeping the bats away! Give us a call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jul 21, 2021 06:06:23 pm.

A homeowner noticed dark stains under the peak of the roof of their home. Turns out they have a colony of bats that need to be removed and excluded from the attic. The stains were from where the bats were squeezing through the gap to get in and out.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2021 09:57:22 am.

A gap between the soffit and the brick wall that looks like it's been there since the house was built allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Getting the bats out of the attic will require sealing up that gap and any other potential entry points that we find.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 11:07:00 am.

One of our Athens, Georgia bat-removal specialists is checking out a bat problem in the attic of a house in Winder. Once all the bats are out of the house, we'll seal all the gaps so they can't get back in, essentially making the roof bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2021 10:10:56 am.

A gap between the roof sheathing and fascia along the edges of the roof of an Athens, Georgia home allowed bats to get into the attic. Once all the bats have left the attic, we'll seal that gap to make the house bat-free and bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 09:57:03 am.

A bat-control expert from our Athens, Georgia office is inspecting a house in Hoschton to draw up a plan to remove bats from the attic and keep them from getting back in. The bats got in through a gap between the brick wall of the house and the soffit, which will have to be sealed.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2021 10:33:14 am.

A sloppy miter joint in the roof trim resulted in a colony of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Pendergrass, Georgia. Bats can't gnaw their way into buildings. They can only use existing gaps, including gaps due to shoddy workmanship.
by Webmaster
Jul 09, 2021 09:42:23 am.

A homeowner observed bats flying into and out of the soffit of their Athens, Georgia home. We have a bat-removal specialist on-site inspecting the problem and coming up with the best plan to remove the bats and exclude them from the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 08, 2021 10:23:16 am.

Bat-removal experts from our Athens, Georgia office are checking out a report of bats in the attic of a house in Hoschton. They'll determine the severity of the bat problem, how they got into the attic, and what we have to do to get the bats out and keep them out.
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2021 10:23:22 am.

The reason a house in Athens, Georgia has bats in the attic is that there are numerous gaps in the roof that need to be sealed to bat-proof the house. Bats can't gnaw their way into an attic. They use gaps that are already there.
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2021 10:18:25 am.

The gap around an electrical conduit where it passes through a soffit panel allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Statham, Georgia. We're sending a bat-removal specialist from our Athens office to size up the bat problem and draw up a bat-proofing plan.
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2021 10:31:07 am.

A homeowner observed bats flying into and out of the attic of her Athens, Georgia home. We're sending an inspector to evaluate the bat problem and come up with a plan to remove the bats and seal them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2021 12:09:40 pm.

Bat-removal technicians from our Athens, Georgia office will be installing one-way traps to get bats out of the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Once all the bats are out of the attic, it will be permanently sealed to make it bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2021 09:31:49 am.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

A handyman who attempted to bat-proof the attic of a house in Braselton, Georgia left a half-inch gap between the metal shield and the fascia board. We'll be correcting his mistake to properly seal the bats out of the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 09:51:36 am.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Huge gaps in the metal roof flashing resulted in a colony of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. Bat-proofing the house will require re-flashing the roof and sealing any other potential bat entry gaps.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2021 09:56:11 am.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

A homeowner called to tell us she found bats and guano in the attic of her Athens, Georgia home. The bats got in through a gap in the roof trim at a junction point. Our bat-removal experts will seal the gaps to get the bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 14, 2021 11:04:27 am.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides bat removal and bat-proofing in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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