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Bat Removal - Greater Birmingham, Alabama

The Bats of Alabama

An Eastern pipistrelle bat being held with its wings spread.

The Eastern pipistrelle, (Perimyotis subflavus), also known as the tri-colored bat, is common in Alabama.

A lot of people are afraid of bats. This is unfortunate.

The truth of the matter is that the bats of Alabama are overwhelmingly beneficial animals who are an important part of our natural environment, making bat removal an job that needs to be treated with respect and care. It's important to manage bats in such a way that keeps the bats out of our homes and buildings, but doesn't harm them in the process.

Let's take a few moments to talk about these these fascinating creatures.

First of all, bats are not rodents or birds. They're mammals of the taxonomic order Chiroptera. The Latin word roughly translates as "winged hand," which is a pretty good description of a bat's forelimbs. They have membranes between what would be the "fingers," which form wings when the bat stretches their "hands" out.

Unlike the "wings" of other mammals that can "fly" (such as flying squirrels), the wings of a bats allow them to take off and fly to higher altitudes, not just glide from high altitudes to lower ones. That makes bats the only mammals that can truly fly.

Why do Bats Fly, Anyway?

The reason why bats fly is also one of the reasons that they're so beneficial.

Bats go out every night and fly around looking for insects to eat, and they're particularly fond of mosquitoes. They eat hundreds or thousands of them every night, in fact, making electric bug zappers seem wimpy by comparison. Bats are like bug zappers on wings. Better yet, they don't burn electricity.

Bats are such good mosquito-eaters, in fact, that that some people even build houses for them to live in, just to keep the mosquito population down. The USDA even publishes plans for people who want to build their own bat houses, which you can download here. (We also provide bat house installation as a service, if you want the mosquito-munching benefits of having bats around, but would rather not build a bat house yourself.)

Bat Removal and Exclusion in Alabama

Looking down from a man-lift at the ground during a bat removal job

Rid-A-Critter has the staff and equipment to handle any bat-removal job.

Of course, the main reason why people put up bat houses is because we'd rather they didn't live in our houses.

The fact is that although bats do us a big favor with their ravenous mosquito-eating, they sure do make a mess when they get inside homes, barns, commercial buildings, bell towers, and yes, belfries. They're not the neatest tenants you could ever hope to have.

Bat guano (poop) contains organisms that cause diseases like histoplasmosis, and many of their parasites like ticks, fleas, and bat bugs can also transmit diseases. In addition, bats can transmit rabies (although they seldom get close enough to us for that to happen). Finally, they just make a huge mess of things. We've had jobs where we had to remove whole truckloads of guano from the house after sealing the bats out.

What all this means, of course, is that as much as we may love our Alabama bats, we draw the line when they move into our houses. No worries, though: Rid-A-Critter has the personnel and resources to humanely handle any bat control job -- no matter how big or how small.

Our bat-removal and bat-proofing program is built around respect for the bats and an understanding of how important they are to our ecosystem. So we don't "exterminate" bats. We use various ways to get them out of buildings (such as one-way doors that let them out, but not back in), and then we seal every single crack, crevice, and hole in the building to keep them out.

Finally, we clean up after the bats, removing the guano, replacing the insulation if needed, and just generally tidying up. (Please note that guano removal and insulation replacement, if needed, are quoted separately from bat removal and exclusion.)

The bottom line is that when you choose Rid-A-Critter to help you with your bat problem, you're choosing a one-stop solution that's guaranteed to solve your bat problem.

Bat Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of bat control and bat-proofing jobs that we've done in Birmingham and throughout our Metro Birmingham, Alabama service area.

  • Bat guano on the roof of a commercial building in Anniston Alabama

    Bat guano on a roof in Anniston

  • A hole in a roof formed by the shingles rising up from the roof structure

    Entry hole found at Hueytown bat-proofing job

  • Bats on a mesh screen trying to get back into a home after being sealed out by Rid-A-Critter

    Annoyed bats at bat -proofing job in Irondale

  • Bats between the slats of a gable vent in the attic of a home in Hoover, Alabama

    Bats in a gable vent in an attic in Hoover, AL

  • Bats sealed out using a hardware cloth screen in Anniston, Alabama

    Bats sealed out of an attic in Anniston

  • There is a gap of about an inch between the roof sheathing and the fascia board

    Bat entry gap in Anniston

  • A gap in the siding allowed bats to get into a home in Birmingham, Alabama

    Entry hole at a Birmingham bat removal call

  • A pile of bat guano in the attic of a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Bat guano in an attic in Valdosta

  • A man lift truck in front of a big building during a bat removal job

    Bat removal from a big building

  • Man on a ladder examining the roof of a house in Warrior Alabama in preparation of sealing the roof to keep bats out of the attic

    Sealing bats out of a house in Warrior

  • A bat, facing the camera, snarling, held in a technician's gloved hand

    Cameron holding a bat he removed from a house

  • Bat exclusion job at a large commercial building in Birmingham, Alabama

    Bat proofing commercial building in Birmingham

  • Man on the roof of a commercial building in Columbiana Alabama using sealant to keep the bats out of the building

    Sealing bats out of a building in Columbiana

  • Bat control specialist on a ladder bat-proofing a house in Homewood, Alabama

    Justin sealing bats out of a house in Homewood

  • Man on a ladder inspecting the edge of a roof as part of a bat removal job at a house in Warrior Alabama.

    Bat removal job at a house in Warrior

  • Man on a ladder bat-proofing a home in Moody, Alabama

    Caleb doing a bat removal job in Moody, AL

  • A dead bat splayed on its back. It was dead when we found it. We did not kill it.

    A dead bat found in an attic on a bat-removal job

  • Pile of bat poop on top of the insulation in an attic at a Birmingham, AL bat control job

    Bat guano in an attic in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Bats on a screen at an Oxford, Alabama bat-proofing job

    Bats expertly excluded from a home in Oxford

  • Technician lifting a shingle to reveal a bat entry gap of about three quarters of an inch underneath

    Bat entry gap in a house in Hoover

  • Bat guano stains on the outside of a gable vent at a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Bat guano stains at a Valdosta bat-removal job

  • Split picture of an attic with the dirty attic shown on the left, and the same attic after cleaning and removing bat filth and contaminated insulation on the right

    Before and after a bat cleanup job

  • Bats on the screening of a gable vent after bat removal job in Hoover, Alabama

    Bats in a gable vent in a Hoover, Alabama home

  • Bat droppings and rub marks on an opening at the peak of a roof

    Droppings and rub marks are signs of a bat problem

Please call us today for an on-site inspection by a local bat removal expert.

 

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One of our inspectors found a bat colony in the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2021 10:51:57 am.

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by James G.
Apr 02, 2021 08:50:24 am.

One of our Birmingham, Alabama bat-removal crews is working at a stone house in Hoover, removing bats from the attic and sealing the gaps between the stone walls and the roof trim to make the house bat proof.
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2021 10:59:02 am.

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Mar 26, 2021 09:50:31 am.

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Mar 22, 2021 06:32:47 pm.

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Mar 19, 2021 09:26:33 pm.

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by James G.
Mar 19, 2021 09:21:09 am.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Bats are starting to get more active as the weather warms up and more insects are available for them to eat. Today we have a crew removing bats from a house in Alpine, Alabama and sealing them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 15, 2021 10:36:00 am.

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by James G.
Mar 15, 2021 09:32:58 am.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Bats are taking over Alabama today! Got lots of calls for them!
by Amber A.
Mar 11, 2021 05:59:35 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

We have an inspector checking out a report of bats in the attic of a house in Warrior, Alabama. If he finds any, we'll schedule the house for a bat removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Mar 03, 2021 10:09:01 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

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by James G.
Feb 22, 2021 08:33:44 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Whew what a day in Barnesville Ga today bats bats and more bats but we have the proper equipment set up and we wait till it gets warmer !!!! Rid-A-Critter to the rescue
by Carl D.
Jan 21, 2021 08:23:29 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

A homeowner in Birmingham, Alabama just called and told us there's bat guano on the siding of her house. We're sending an inspector to check out the problem and write up a plan to get the bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2020 10:32:40 am.

Video of Jason and Justin Sealing Bats Out of a Building in Trussville, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 17, 2020 09:54:30 am.

Heavy Bat Stains in the Attic of a House in Odenville, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 10, 2020 10:46:38 am.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides humane bat removal and control in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas.

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