Bat removal in Georgia can only be done through a process called exclusion (see GA DNR website). AWL Wildlife Removal has safely and humanely removed bats from churches, homes, and businesses throughout Georgia. This article will tell you more about bats in Georgia and how we can remove them from your property.
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Bat Removal in Georgia
In order to guarantee that bats cannot regain entry to attic or wall space, we must totally exclude them. Being creatures of habit, bats will usually search out another entry into the building they are in before totally leaving to find a new roost. As bats are protected as non-game species in Georgia, the Department of Natural Resources only allows exclusion as an acceptable bat removal technique. This ultimately means that all possible entries in the areas desired to be “bat-free” must be sealed or screened. We would employ bat release valves over the active entries so that the bats may exit to hunt. Once the bats leave through the valves, they can’t get back in the building and must seek a new roost. These valves must be employed only after we have sealed all other possible entries so that the bats have no access to the building.
Bats in the Georgia Ecosystem
Bats are a very important part of our ecosystems in Georgia. They consume tons of insects nightly, many of which are pests to man and crops. Despite the ways that bats can help us, they occasionally become pests themselves. Bats roosting in buildings can be a health hazard to humans. They can cause serious odor problems when droppings are allowed to build up. Their droppings can host a fungus that causes the potentially fatal respiratory disease, histoplasmosis. Small children, the elderly and people with lowered immune systems are especially susceptible to this disease. Bats carry various ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks and bedbugs that can infest a building occupied by bats. The greatest potential threat is that of rabies. Although less than one percent of bats worldwide carry the rabies virus, the threat of human exposure from bats is very real.