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Bat Removal in Atlanta

Georgia is home to 16 bat species but the Little Brown bat, Myotis Lucifugus, is one of the most common bat varieties in Georgia. Very similar to another commonly found Georgia variety, the Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus Fuscus, it is much smaller with a body length of 2 to 3 inches.

During the springtime, females and their young gather in colonies within buildings, hollow trees or other warm areas. The males roost singly apart from the colony. When the young bats are 3 to 4 weeks old they are weaned and begin to fly and hunt insects. The small mammals are relatively harmless and can be beneficial because they eat great numbers of insect pests. However, they can become a pest if they roost inside your home. The most successful method to prevent bats from becoming a nuisance is to seal up holes or cracks that allow entry into your home.

How bats become a nuisance

Both species commonly found in Atlanta roost in colonies in the attics of homes or other buildings. With openings and roofs, eaves and chimney vents potentially having gaps, the animals only need a 5/8″ or greater small hole to gain access and accumulating guano is the biggest problem once the bats establish a colony.

Damage caused by bats

Bats intruding into human living areas present a risk of exposure to rabies. The bat guano also provides a breeding ground for dangerous microorganisms and can damage sheet rock and insulation. As well as disease risk and odor problems, bats also carry insect pests such as fleas, ticks and mites.

Atlanta bat removal & control

It is illegal to use poison to kill bats in Georgia. To properly remove bats, their entry points must be located and a check valve installed. Next, exclusion procedures must be carried out to prevent future infestation. After the bats are removed, you must seal the building and have the infested area professionally cleaned to kill microorganisms and insect pests.