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Bat Removal in the Macon, Georgia Area

Common Bats in Georgia

Bat droppings on a porch in Alpharetta

Bat droppings on a porch in Alpharetta

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 if you need bats removed and sealed out of your home or business. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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The colder weather starting to set in has the critters looking for warmth and safety in homes and businesses. Give us a call if you need a wildlife exclusion or hear scratching in the attic or walls.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 02, 2020 10:28:57 am.

We're finishing up a bat-removal job at a house in Macon, Georgia. The bats have already been excluded from the attic. Now we're removing the guano so we can replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Oct 13, 2020 10:38:37 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Evicted Bats Sealed Out of the Attic of a House in Thomaston, Georgia
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2020 10:16:18 am.

Started out in Fort Valley with a bat Clean-up then headed to Warner Robbins for a for a bat removal and exclusion.
by Jason McFarland
Jul 30, 2020 01:37:10 pm.

We have technicians hard at work sealing gaps in the brick work to keep bats out of an apartment building in Macon, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2020 10:35:41 am.

Headed to Cordele for a bat exclusion, then to Warner Robbins for a bat removal and bat Clean-up.
by Jason McFarland
Jul 24, 2020 06:48:54 am.

Video of Jermel and Aidan Bat-Proofing a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2020 09:58:48 am.

Headed to Cordele for a bat exclusion, then to Warner Robbins for a bat removal and bat Clean-up.
by Jason McFarland
Jul 16, 2020 07:42:43 am.

Aidan sent Video of Bats in the Soffit of a House in Perry, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2020 10:21:34 am.

This was How the Bat Problem in the Attic of a House in Macon, Georgia Began
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:38:32 am.

Video of Bats in a Chimney Cap in Thomaston, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:15:35 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Jason A. found bats living in the motor housing of a garage door opener. We set traps to remove the bats from the motor housing and the rest of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 03:39:17 am.

Unbelievable Video of Bats Living in a Garage Door Opener
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 03:34:27 am.

We're doing a Bat-Removal Job at an Apartment Building in Tifton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2020 10:33:20 am.

This Construction Gap Allowed Bats into the Attic of a Zebulon, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jun 05, 2020 06:07:03 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of a Bat Removal Job at a House in Macon, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 20, 2020 09:42:34 am.

This House in Perry, Georgia Needs Bats Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
May 11, 2020 10:38:19 am.

Jason A. and Justin T. are sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Cordele, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 08, 2020 10:08:08 am.

Bats are keeping us busy. Doing a exclusion in Quitman Ga. and a couple quotes today in Valdosta Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2020 09:25:03 am.

Heavy Bat Stains on the Exterior of a House in Cordele, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 05, 2020 10:30:57 am.

A team from our Macon office is sealing the roof of a house in Albany, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:07:38 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Our Macon office has a team in Albany, Georgia sealing bats out of the attic of a home.
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2020 11:03:24 am.

Jason and Justin are bat-proofing a brick house in Cordele, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2020 10:47:20 am.

We're sealing behind the soffit of a house in Macon, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 17, 2020 10:34:15 am.

A crew from our Macon office is sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Macon, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 13, 2020 10:13:36 am.

Another Failed Handyman Bat-Proofing Attempt at a House in Warner Robins, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2020 10:24:25 am.

Bat-removal technicians from our Macon office will be sealing the roof to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Cordele, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2020 10:16:34 am.

Our Macon Regional Office is sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Albany, Georgia today.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2020 09:59:36 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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