BATS IN THE ATTIC – Bat Trapping and Removal
Think you have bats roosting in your house? You are not alone! Bat removal is our most popular service here at Georgia P.A.W.S.
Bats are territorial creatures. Once they pick a roosting spot, they will revisit it every year unless you stop them from getting to it. And it takes an expert (like Georgia P.A.W.S) to stop them from getting back into your home. Bats can get into spaces less than 1/2 an inch in diameter. Check out these pictures of bats we have found roosting in attics around Atlanta.
DANGERS OF BAT DROPPINGS (GUANO) IN THE ATTIC
Bats can be some of the most destructive and dangerous pests to have in your home. Bats urinate and defecate everywhere they roost, causing staining and odor problems which are difficult to remove. Bat guano (droppings) are associated with several diseases which are dangerous to humans such as rabies and histoplasmosis (a lung disease caused by the spores of the fungus which grows on bat guano). The CDC has confirmed the source of the COVID-19 originated in bats. And some of the worst viral disease outbreaks — SARS, MERS, Ebola, Marburg and likely the newly arrived 2019-nCoV virus — originated in BATS!
Check out the damage and contamination that bats, their guano and urine can do!
BENEFITS OF BATS
While it is very dangerous to have bats in your house, bats can be very beneficial to have around the outside of your house. Bats eat many flying insects, including mosquitoes. In fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service state than an average bat can consume between 600-1000 insects an hour! WOW, that’s a lot of insects!
Did you know that bats are a protected species and that it is illegal to kill them? Removal must be done by a trained professional, like our trained technicians here at Georgia P.A.W.S.
Georgia P.A.W.S will provide a free inspection of your house to determine where the bats are entering and where they are roosting. Next, we will seal your home at all possible entry points such as the exhaust vents, gable vents, roof vents and the construction gap around the house (The construction gap is a gap left by the builder between the roof decking and facia board.) After the house is sealed, a bat valve or bat curtain will be hung at the point of entry. This will allow any bats in the house to get out; but none will be able to get back in.
First you will see an example of an entry hole that bats used to get into a home. The next picture is a bat valve that we put over that hole to make sure that all the bats left the home but could not get back in.
Below are pictures a bat curtain, technician sealing a chimney, and sealing gaps.
Once the bats are removed and the house is sealed, Georgia P.A.W.S can remove any or all of the contaminated insulation and install new insulation. Check out our attic cleanup & restoration page for more information on this process.
Call us today for a free inspection! 678-313-3781