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Bat Removal in the Macon, Georgia 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 if you need bats removed and sealed out of your home or business. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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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.

A one inch gap between the chimney and the house proper where the caulking fell out allowed bats to get into a house in Macon, Georgia. We'll be removing the bats from the attic, cleaning up the guano, replacing the insulation, and bat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2021 11:02:51 am.

A bat-removal crew from our Macon office is bat-proofing a warehouse in Columbus, Georgia. Sealing bats out of commercial buildings is basically the same as residential bat exclusion. The buildings are bigger, but the techniques are the same.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2021 10:52:48 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

A gap between the roof trim and the stone exterior walls allowed a bat colony to take up residence in the attic of a house in Roberta, Georgia. Getting the bats out of the attic will require sealing the gap, among other bat-exclusion work.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2021 10:39:39 am.

Bats got into the attic of an Americus, Georgia home through a gap between the chimney and the soffit panel. We'll be removing the bats from the attic, and sealing all the gaps in the roof to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2021 10:25:37 am.

The sealant shrank and fell out from behind the frieze board and allowed bats to get into the attic of a stone house in Americus, Georgia. We'll be applying new sealant and fixing any other gaps we find as part of removing the bats from the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2021 11:09:03 am.

A poorly installed drip edge slid forward on the roof sheathing and allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Columbus, Georgia. Now the bats need to be removed from the attic, and the roof properly sealed to keep bats and other animals out.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2021 10:48:12 am.

Bats got into the attic of a house in Albany, Georgia through a gap in the roof flashing. This is very common. Roofers tend to be more concerned with keeping rain out of the attic than keeping bats out of the attic. We'll re-flash the roof to keep the bats out.
by Webmaster
Jun 03, 2021 10:44:11 am.

A bat-removal crew from our Macon-area office is installing check valve type traps that will allow bats to get out of the attic of a house in Columbus, Georgia, but prevent them from getting back in. This is to make sure all the bats have left the attic before we seal the roof.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2021 09:28:44 am.

Hope everyone had a safe & relaxing Memorial Day! If you noticed any animals running around inside over the holiday, we are open today and happy to help!
by Amber A.
Jun 01, 2021 10:47:17 am.

An inspector from our Macon office is checking out a bat problem in a church in Columbus, Georgia. Yes, the bats are in the belfry, among other places in the church.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2021 10:17:11 am.

A homeowner noticed dark stains on the siding right under the roof overhang. It turns out that bats were getting into the attic of their Columbus, Georgia home through a gap between the siding and the roof. We're removing the bats from the attic and bat-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2021 09:47:52 am.

A crew from our Macon-area office is busy vacuuming up, removing, and safely disposing of several tons of bat guano from the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia. The next step in the bat-removal job will be replacing the contaminated attic insulation.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2021 09:50:36 am.

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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

The colony of bats that we removed from the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia left a huge mess behind. We have a crew removing and disposing of the guano and contaminated attic insulation, and installing new insulation.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2021 10:37:40 am.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Our Macon office has a crew at a house in Roberta, Georgia sealing the gap along the edge of the roof to geep bats out of the attic. Once the bats are gone, they'll also be cleaning up the guano and replacing the insulation.
by Webmaster
May 21, 2021 09:54:08 am.

The animal resulting in the most calls today - Bats! They are beneficial to the environment but no one wants them in their attic. We can help with that!
by Amber A.
May 19, 2021 06:05:12 pm.

Bats have been getting into the attic of a house in Columbus, Georgia through gaps between sections of the water-damaged porch ceiling. Our crew is getting the bats out of the attic, repairing the water problem, and bat-proofing the attic.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 11:10:25 am.

A few inches of caulking that fell out from between the brick chimney and the wooden siding of a house in Valdosta, Georgia created enough of a gap for bats to get into the attic. A crew from our Macon office is removing the bats and sealing them out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 10:18:34 am.

Our bat-removal technicians are repairing water damage to the soffit of a house in Macon, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic. The bats were getting in through gaps caused by the water damage. This is not uncommon.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 10:10:56 am.

Our Macon, Georgia bat-removal technicians are closing up a gap between the brick wall and the roof frieze board to keep bats from getting into the attic of a house in Valdosta. As roofs settle, gaps often open up that allow bats to get into the house.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2021 10:32:47 am.

Today a team from our Macon office is screening a gable vent to bat-proof the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia. The bats have already been removed from the attic and found a new home elsewhere.
by Webmaster
May 17, 2021 08:51:43 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

A bat-removal team from our Macon office is replacing a soffit's box end and fascia to close gaps in the soffit and keep bats out of the attic of a house in Americus, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 14, 2021 09:24:43 am.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

We just finished applying screening to the entire soffit of a house in Albany, Georgia to keep bats out of the attic. We left a few spots unscreened so the bats could get out to feed, and then sneakily sealed up those last spots before the bats returned.
by Webmaster
May 12, 2021 11:17:10 am.

A homeowner in Columbus, Georgia found a pile of bat guano in the attic. We have an inspector on the way to check out the problem and draw up a plan to remove the bats from the attic and exclude them from the house.
by Webmaster
May 12, 2021 10:27:42 am.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

The Macon, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides bat removal and bat-proofing in Macon-Bibb County, 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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