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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 before they were removed and sealed out of the house.

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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There's a large colony of bats living in the attic of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. Removing and excluding the bats from the attic will require that we cover a half-inch gap running the length of the roof with a metal barrier to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 09:49:08 am.

Wildlife-control professionals from our Athens office are doing bat removal in Hoschton, Georgia. The bats are roosting on the slats of a triangular gable vent in the attic, which will be screened to keep bats and other nuisance animals out of the house. We'll also clean up the guano and replace the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:50:43 am.

We'll be installing Ridge Guard along the roof ridge as part of an Athens, Georgia bat removal and exclusion job. The tough, steel animal barrier will also keep other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2022 10:27:56 am.

A wildlife-management crew from our Athens office is installing heavy-duty screening over the gable vents to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Bat removal is accomplished by sealing the bats out of the house so they can't get back in after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2022 09:58:32 am.

The stains on the soffit panel where it met the chimney of a stone house was a clue to how bats were getting into the attic of a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. A bat-removal crew from our Athens office is installing a one-way trap over the gap to allow the bats to get out, but not get back in.
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 10:27:33 am.

Technicians working out of our Athens office are doing bat removal and animal exclusion in Watkinsville, Georgia. The bats are getting in through a construction gap along the edge of the roof, which we'll cover with a metal shield to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 10:14:16 am.

A roughly triangular gap between the wooden roof trim and the shingles at a junction point is why wildlife-control technicians from our Athens office are doing bat removal and exclusion at a house in Jefferson, Georgia today. There is exactly one way to control bats, and that's to bat-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2022 09:39:33 am.

A gap about two inches high in a brick column where the mortar apparently fell out is allowing bats into the attic of an Athens, Georgia home. Our bat-exclusion crew is blessed with technicians who have exceptional masonry skills. They'll seal the gap to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:51:08 am.

All it took was a fingertip-sized gap between the soffit panel and the shingles at a roof junction point for bats to get into the attic of an Athens, Georgia home. We'll seal the gap as part of the bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2022 09:23:20 am.

Wildlife-control technicians doing bat removal in Columbus, Georgia are sealing a one-inch gap behind the frieze board that's allowing bats into the attic. Bat removal from attics is accomplished by exclusion. The bats actually remove themselves when they fly off to feed at night. We just seal the roof so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2022 10:57:06 am.

Wildlife Management Experts from our Athens Office are Animal-Proofing the Edges of the Roof to Close a Bat Gap into the Attic of a House in Bishop, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:31:00 am.

Wildlife-exclusion specialists from our Athens office are doing bat removal at a Bogart, Georgia home. Today they'll be installing Ridge Guard on the peak of the roof to keep bats, as well as other nuisance animals and pests, out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2022 10:26:34 am.

Bats in the attic of a house in Winder, Georgia have made quite a mess. The insulation is full of guano and will have to be replaced as part of the bat removal and wildlife exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2022 09:46:34 am.

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

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.

We're sending an inspector from our Athens office to check out a customer's report of a colony of bats that need to be removed from the attic of their Jefferson, Georgia home.
by Webmaster
May 04, 2022 09:27:08 am.

One of our bat-removal specialists is on his was to inspect the attic of a house in Bishop, Georgia for a possible bat colony in the attic. The homeowner found droppings that may be bat guano, but didn't find any actual bats.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2022 09:54:54 am.

Today an animal-removal crew from our Athens office is doing bat removal and exclusion at a Washington, Georgia home. There are only a handful of bats in the attic, but the homeowner wisely decided to remove the bats and seal wildlife out of the house before the problem gets worse.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:09:12 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 bat-exclusion crew from our Athens, Georgia office is screening the gable vent to keep bats and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic of a house in Bogart. There were only a handful of bats in the attic, which will make the guano-removal and cleanup phases of the job much easier.
by Webmaster
Apr 18, 2022 10:53:10 am.

An inspector from our Athens office is heading out to check out a colony of bats that need to removed from the attic of a Jefferson, Georgia home and sealed out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 13, 2022 10:29:37 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're heading off to Athens to check out a report of bats in the attic of a house. The homeowner says that the bats are getting in under the roof flashing, which is a pretty common situation.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2022 09:59:57 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 between the roof sheathing and the fascia is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Social Circle, Georgia. We have an inspector heading out there this afternoon to draw up a bat removal plan.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2022 10:07:08 am.

An inspector from our Athens office is checking out a bat problem in the attic of a house in Winder, Georgia to draft a bat-removal and animal-exclusion plan.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2022 10:02:14 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Bats are getting into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia through a gap between the siding and the roof trim right at the peak of the house. We're sending an inspector to draw up a plan to remove and exclude the bats from the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 04, 2022 09:20:58 am.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

Mouse droppings in the pantry? Bats in the gables? Rats overtaking your living area? Squirrels nesting in your attic? Noises in the walls? Scratching noises coming from you attic? Snakes in your crawl space? We handle them all.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 04:29:56 pm.

Got critters? Squirrels, bats,rats, raccoons, birds etc. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee give a call for a free consultation.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 12:34:04 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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