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Bats invading: How to keep them out of your house
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Bats invading: How to keep them out of your house

ATLANTA -- Friday's wet weather wasn't ideal for climbing ladders. But Richard Wallace and his team had no choice. Bats have invaded a Buckhead home.

"It's something that needs to be addressed immediately," said Wallace with Urban Wildlife Control.

A colony of at least 40 bats is living in the attic. Which means it's only a matter of time before they invade the rest of the house.

Georgia law states that the bats can't be killed. Instead they have to be removed.

As Richard shows 11Alive's Ryan Kruger, the process is pretty low tech but it can be dangerous.

"It can be done by the homeowner if they're willing to take the risk. Rabies shots are about $5,000," Wallace said.

He would know. In his 14 years in the industry, Wallace has had the series of rabies shots three different times.

His team spent Friday covering all of the access points with plastic bags. Bats love vents and crevices in the roof.

The bags act as a one-way door. When the bats come out they make their way down the bottom.

"They're not smart enough to figure out how to get back in," said Wallace.

But just because this house is now closed to them doesn't mean they're leaving the neighborhood.

"These bats live 20 to 30 years. They're gonna stay in this area for 20 to 30 years," Wallace said, "so they're gonna go somewhere else, another house."

Aside from rabies, bats can also carry ticks, fleas and bed bugs. Which can be even harder to remove from your house.

You can take action before the bats invade your home. Check for cracks and crevices, especially up high. And bat guano is always a sign that the flying mammals are nearby. A few steps to take to avoid these pesky creatures.

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