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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.

  • Hole toward the roof allowed bats into a home in Hoover, Alabama

    Bat entry hole in a house in Hoover, Alabama

  • 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

  • A pile of bat guano in the attic of a house that has a bat problem

    Bat guano in the attic of a house

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

    Caleb doing a bat removal job in Moody, AL

  • Bat droppings in a rain gutter in Birmingham, Alabama with plant growing from them

    Bat droppings in gutter of a house in Birmingham

  • Stains around an opening at the corner of a roof where the bats were getting into a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Bat entry point at a house in Valdosta

  • Sloppy roof flashing allowed bats into a house in Birmingham Alabama

    How bats got into a house in Birmingham

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

    Entry hole at a Birmingham bat removal call

  • Bats in a fan and a huge pile of bat guano in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Bats and guano in the attic of a house in Hoover

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

    Droppings and rub marks are signs of a bat problem

  • A bat bug, engorged with blood, feeding on a bat that is under the shingles of a house

    Engorged bat bug feeding on a bat

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

    Justin sealing bats out of a house in Homewood

  • Man working up high sealing bats out of a commercial building on a foggy day

    Bat control job at a commercial building

  • Gaps in the flashing and shingles allowed bats to get into a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bat entry point into a house in Birmingham

  • 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

  • A bat in flight toward the camera, with teeth bared in a menacing way.

    This bat removed itself from a Birmingham home

  • Poorly-done do-it-yourself bat removal job in Birmingham, Alabama

    DIY bat-removal job in Birmingham - FAIL

  • Bats on a screen on an attic vent at a bat removal job in Leeds, Alabama

    Bats hanging out in an attic vent in Leeds

  • Triangular gap in the bricks about one inch across allowed bats into a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bat entry gap in a house in Birmingham

  • Men on the roof of a school sealing bats out of the school

    Back-To-School Bat-proofing 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

  • Large pile of bat guano in the insulation in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bat guano in an attic in Birmingham

  • A bat grasped in a bat-removal technician's gloved hand with its head poking out

    Old-school bat-removal

  • Three men on ladders sealing bats out of a building in Leeds, Alabama

    Bat removal and exclusion in Leeds, Alabama

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

 

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Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
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Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
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Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

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Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
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Nov 27, 2019 11:45:10 am.

Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Heading to Lincoln to look at a bat problem for a customer. Then off to talladega for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Sep 05, 2019 09:22:36 am.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

We're Deodorizing an Attic After a Bat-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Sep 04, 2019 11:50:17 am.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

Back to Warrior AL for more bat removal and exclusion. Hope the rain cooperates.
by Jason McFarland
Jun 20, 2019 08:14:59 am.

Love it when a really good song comes on the radio in between stops. Gets me a little squirrelly. Lol Have a Good Friday everyone.
by Jason Arruda
May 31, 2019 11:48:33 am.

Out seeing our wonderful clients in the pest control industry that refers us for wildlife (rats, bats, snakes, squirrels , bees, etc. Thank you from all of us!!
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2019 01:45:40 pm.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Another beautiful bat day in Birmingham Metro! Have a bat removal in Hoover then a bat inspection and clean-up in Mountain Brook.
by Jason McFarland
May 02, 2019 09:33:10 am.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
by Jason Arruda
Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

Justin Sealing Bats Out of a Commercial Building in Columbiana, Alabama
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2019 11:07:31 am.

This Was How Bats Got Into this Brick House in Birmingham, Alabama
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Apr 17, 2019 10:11:22 am.

Here's How Bats Got Into a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Apr 15, 2019 09:22:51 am.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

Bats are flying in Alabama, if you notice black specks stuck to your house or see lg piles of droppings call right away.
by Dean Scott
Apr 04, 2019 10:52:33 am.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

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, and their surrounding areas.

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