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Bat Removal in the Macon Area

Common Bats in Georgia

Bat colony we later removed from an attic

Bat colony we later removed from an attic

Bats are one of the most misunderstood of all animals commonly encountered in our Macon regional service area, and bat-removal is one of our most popular services, especially in the summer, when they're most active.

One of the biggest misunderstanding about bats is that a lot of folks believe that they're rodents -- winged mice, as it were. That's completely untrue. Bats aren't even close relatives of rodents.

Bats are mammals that belong to the taxonomic order Chiroptera, which literally means "winged hand." That's a pretty good description, too. A bat's wing is actually a very large hand in comparison to their bodies, with webbing stretched between the fingers that forms a wing and enables them to take off and fly.

Bat removal job on the roof of a commercial building in Warner Robins

Bat removal job at a commercial building in Warner Robins

Another common misconception about bats is that they're blind. That's completely untrue. Different species of bats have different visual acuity ranging from so-so to quite good, but no bats are completely blind.

Because they fly at night, however, including during new moons when it's very dark outside, they also use echolocation -- basically sonar -- to help them navigate, avoid obstacles, and find prey. In this regard, they're especially amazing animals. Their sonic abilities were studied at great length by the U.S. government when sonar for ships and subs was being invented.

Speaking of prey, our Georgia bats mainly eat insects, which we'll talk some more about a bit farther down the page. We have no vampire bats in Georgia.

The Problem with Bats

Close-up of a bat bug

Bat bugs are closely related to bed bugs

A lot of people are afraid of bats, and to be sure, bats can be dangerous when they get into our homes. Not that the bats are likely to attack you or anything like that. Their main desire with regard to us human folks is to stay away from us. But they cause problems in other ways.

The main problem with bats is that they're not the cleanest of critters, and their guano (poop) creates an unhealthful condition when it piles up -- quite literally -- in attics and other places where bats roost. We've removed literally tons of guano from some serious rat jobs.

The problem with the guano (other than the obvious one, which is that it's, well, poop) is that it harbors a variety of bacterial, fungal, and possibly viral pathogens that can cause disease. These germs can get airborne and circulate into the inside of your home where the human folks live, especially if you have heating or air-conditioning equipment in the attic.

Rabies is another serious health problem associated with bats. Although the chances of exposure are small, it could happen if a member of your family (including a family pet) went into the attic and startled the bats. Once symptoms begin to show, it's too late to treat for rabies. The patient will die, and it will be a painful death. So even a small chance of exposure is too big a chance to take. If you have bats in your home, they have to go.

Finally, bats carry parasites that can be displaced and some of which can become human pests. One of these insects is the bat bug, a parasitic insect that's so similar to bed bugs that even entomologists have a hard time telling them apart. If they get into your home's living area they can make your life pretty miserable.

In Defense of Bats

Bats on a vent screen in an attic in Georgia

Bats screened out of an Attic at a Georgia bat removal job

All that being said, although we can't tolerate them in our homes, bats are very beneficial members of our natural ecosystem. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that a single bat can consume between 600 and 1000 insects on every one of its night flights. That's a lot fewer 'skeeters for us to content with; and considering that mosquitoes transmit far more diseases than bats do, in balance, bats do more good than harm for public health.

In fact, bats are protected under both Federal and Georgia state law. With very few exception, it's a crime to deliberately kill bats. That's also why there's no such thing as a "bat exterminator."

Bats are controlled through removal and exclusion, or what a lot of people refer to as "bat-proofing." We wait until the leave the home on their nightly flights, and then we seal them out. That may sound easy, but it's really not. It's highly-specialized work.

You see, bats are really very tiny animals. With their wings folded, they can get into a home through some really small holes. Sealing them out of a house requires a great deal of training and skill to find and seal all the possible openings and a specialized knowledge of bat biology and behavior. It's very detailed, specialized work. Bat exclusion work done by handymen and homeowners almost always fails.

In addition, bat exclusion is hazardous because of the need to work up high and the potential exposure to bat-borne pathogens and parasites. It's definitely not the kind of job for folks who are afraid of heights, nor for the squeamish. It also requires equipment to get up to where the bats are, which can range from ordinary ladders to bucket trucks and man lifts -- not the sort of thing most handymen have at their disposal.

Bat Removal and Control

The Macon regional office of Rid-A-Critter provides high-quality bat removal and bat-proofing services at residential and commercial buildings throughout our Greater Macon, Georgia service area. There literally is no job too big nor too small.

A "typical" bat abatement job includes the following:

Please note that guano removal and insulation replacement, if needed, are quoted separately from bat removal and exclusion.

We also take care of any permits, if needed, and can provide documentation of the work we did for insurance puposes. We also offer easy financing for qualified customers. Just ask your Rid-A-Critter representative or contact us for more details.

Bat Control Gallery

Here are a few pictures of some of the bat control and bat-proofing jobs we've done in the Macon, Georgia regional service area.

Please contact us for more informations about bat removal in and around Macon, Georgia. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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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.

Bats and more bats. Leaving a bat quote in Macon and headed over to Cochran Ga. to give another quote for bats.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 16, 2019 11:06:32 am.

This Was How Bats Got Into this House in Sylvester, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 09, 2019 11:26:15 am.

Tiny Bat Entry Gap into a House in Sylvester, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2019 11:16:56 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.

Off to Gray this morning to rescue another customer from a bat infestation, then heading to Dublin for a bat removal and exclusion this afternoon.
by Jason McFarland
May 09, 2019 09:39:52 am.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Selfie from a Bat-Removal Job in Talbotton, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 06, 2019 10:13:18 am.

Justin Bat-Proofing a Commercial Building in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 01, 2019 11:39:58 am.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
by Jason Arruda
Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

About to start a big bat removal and exclusion in Macon, before I head to Columbus for a bat inspection and quote.
by Jason McFarland
Apr 26, 2019 07:55:05 am.

Bats are flying good in Macon area now, Just finished a bat removal in Forsyth, and now I’m headed for a bat quote and clean-up in Warner Robbins.
by Jason McFarland
Apr 17, 2019 09:39:17 am.

This Was the Bat Entry Gap into a House in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 15, 2019 09:32:50 am.

This was How Bats Got Into a House in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2019 10:37:49 am.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

Finishing up a bat removal and exclusion in Perry, then heading to Byron to do a bat clean-up.
by Jason McFarland
Mar 28, 2019 09:40:42 am.

Excluding animals is a continuous task. That’s why our Warranty Division is always hard at work keeping those reoccurring, persistent, and pesky Critters out of your home. Have you let your Warranty coverage lapse?? Get caught up today !!
by Tim McDavid
Mar 28, 2019 09:29:04 am.

Here We Are Bat-Proofing an Apartment House in Thomaston, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 27, 2019 11:36:30 am.

Here's How Bats Got Into a House in Columbus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2019 10:27:05 am.

This Was How Bats Got Into a House in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 22, 2019 10:35:33 am.

Here's a Bat Sealed Out a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 20, 2019 11:29:39 am.

A Bit of Bat Guano in a Rain Gutter in Valdosta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 19, 2019 11:25:39 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

Yet Another Tiny Bat Entry Gap into a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 01, 2019 09:27:05 am.

Here's How the Bat Problem in a House in Macon, Georgia Began
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2019 10:30:40 am.

This was How Bats Got Into a House in Albany, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2019 10:27:38 am.

Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Bit of Bat Guano in the Attic of a House in Americus, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 15, 2019 10:24:50 am.

There's a Bat Problem in the Attic of a House in Eastman, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 11, 2019 10:44:13 am.

This Was How the Bat Problem at this Valdosta, Georgia House Began
by Webmaster
Feb 11, 2019 10:33:03 am.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides bat removal and bat-proofing in Macon, Georgia and the surrounding areas including Albany, Americus, Barnesville, Byron, Centerville, Columbus, Cordele, Culloden, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Gray, Griffin, Hawkinsville, Juliette, Kathleen, Milledgeville, Perry, Roberta, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Yatesville, and Zebulon.

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