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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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I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

A crew of bat-removal professionals from our Athens office are screening the gable vents and sealing gaps in the edges of the roof to exclude bats and other wildlife from the attic of a house in Jefferson, Georgia. Bats are controlled strictly by exclusion, without harming them in any way.
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2022 10:43:37 am.

There is a gap you could slip your fingers into between the frieze board and the bricks, and that gap allowed bats into the attic of an Athens, Georgia home. Our wildlife-exclusion experts will seal the gap and any other potential entry points they find to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2022 08:59:44 am.

This morning one of our teams of wildlife-management specialists are bat-proofing a house in Athens, Georgia. Bats are removed from a space by sealing them out. There's no need to actively remove them because they remove themselves every night when they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Aug 29, 2022 08:37:24 am.

A tapered gap between the soffit panel and shingles about fingertip high at the tall end allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Braselton, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will close that gap and any others that they find in the course of bat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:21:10 am.

An improperly installed drip edge had a fingertip-sized gap underneath it that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Winder, Georgia. A bat-removal crew from our Athens-Clarke County office is installing an animal barrier along the edge of the roof to keep bats and other nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 09:15:30 am.

A gable vent with no screen behind it is the reason our Athens-area wildlife-control specialists are doing bat removal from the attic of a Watkinsville, Georgia home today. It's pretty unusual to come across a gable vent that never had a screen to begin with. More often, we replace screens that have rotted away to keep bats out of attics.
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2022 07:24:03 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Chris found several dozen bats roosting in a gable vent in the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Bat-removal specialists from our Athens office are screening the vent and sealing gaps in the roof to exclude bats and other wildlife from the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 15, 2022 10:06:28 am.

Today we have a crew doing bat removal at a vacant warehouse in Athens, Georgia so it can be lease to a new tenant. Vacant buildings are especially prone to bat problems because, well, bats don't like us very much. They see us as predators who want to eat them. So a large, empty space like a vacant warehouse is an attractive roosting place for a bat colony.
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2022 09:01:08 am.

Dirty-looking stains on a wooden gable vent were actually from bats using it to get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our bat-removal crew will screen the gable vent to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2022 08:47:34 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

A team from our Athens office is doing bat removal in Bishop, Georgia today. There are only a few bats in the attic, but it's better and easier to deal with bat problems while the colonies are still small.
by Webmaster
Aug 09, 2022 09:14:32 am.

A gap about an inch high in the framing under a roof overhang allowed bats into the attic of a house in Comer, Georgia. A bat-removal crew from our Athens office is sealing the gap and installing one-way traps that will allow the bats out of the attic to feed, but not get back inside. The bats will have to find another place to live.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2022 09:47:10 am.

Bat guano on top of an air-conditioning unit outside a house in Athens, Georgia was the first evidence the homeowner noticed of a colony of bats that need to be removed and sealed out of the attic. We have a crew of bat-exclusion specialists on the job.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2022 09:39:23 am.

Heavy staining on the wooden slats of a gable vent pointed to a colony of bats that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our bat-removal specialists will install one-way traps and screen the vents from the outside to keep bats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 03, 2022 09:29:12 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Chris found a couple dozen bats hanging out on the slats of a wooden gable vent in the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our bat removal and exclusion crew is heading out to the house to bat-proof it, which will also keep other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 02, 2022 08:07:39 am.

Bat-conservation professionals from our Athens office are doing bat removal in Watkinsville, Georgia this morning. Bat control is accomplished by exclusion. The bats remove themselves when they leave to feed. We just lock the door behind them, as it were, to prevent the bats from getting back into the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 02, 2022 08:04:38 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

Heavy staining on the slats of a triangular wooden gable vent left no doubt as to how a colony of bats got into the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Our bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion crew will screen the vent to keep bats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2022 10:19:04 am.

We're installing an animal shield along the edge of the roof as part of an Athens, Georgia bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job. The sturdy metal shield will keep nuisance animals and rodent pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2022 10:21:31 am.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

Wildlife-exclusion technicians who are bat-proofing a house in Athens, Georgia are installing Ridge Guard along the roof ridge vent to keep bats and other nuisance animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 11, 2022 11:24:40 am.

A gap averaging about three-quarters of an inch between the soffit trim and the siding allowed bats into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Bats are a lot smaller than they appear in flight. With their wings folded, they can get through very small gaps, all of which must be found and sealed to make a house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 07, 2022 09:08:28 am.

Technicians at a Bogart, Georgia bat removal and wildlife exclusion job just started replacing the attic insulation. When bats or other nuisance animals get into attics, they contaminate the insulation with their urine and droppings. The only way to eliminate the odors and health risks is to replace it.
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2022 09:56:47 am.

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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