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Bat Removal - Greater Birmingham, Alabama

The Bats of Alabama

Two bats peeking out from between the slats of a gable vent before they were removed and sealed out of the house.

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.

  • Heavy duty screening installed over a triangular gable vent to keep bats and other animals out of the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Bat-proofed gable vent on a Tuscaloosa home
  • Three quarter inch gap between the roof trim and the metal flashing at the end of the roof needs to be sealed to exclude bats from the attic of a Hoover Alabama home.
    Bat gap under the flashing into an attic in Hoover

  • Poor flashing allowed bats into a Birmingham home
  • A clogged rain gutter resulted in water damage to the soffit fascia which created a three inch gap that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Helena Alabama.
    Water damage led to a bat problem in Helena
  • One inch gap between the end of the soffit and the shingles at a roof junction needs to be sealed as part of a Trussville Alabama bat removal and wildlife exclusion job.
    Bat gap into the attic of a house in Trussville
  • A gap about three fingers wide between the shingles and the roof trim right at the peak of the roof allowed bats into the attic of a Trussville Alabama home.
    Bat gap at the peak of the roof in Trussville
  • Gap between the metal roof flashing and the roof near the rain gutter needs to be repaired to get bats out of the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Bats got in under the flashing in Birmingham
  • Man on a ladder sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Warrior Alabama
    Bat-removal job in Warrior, Alabama
  • Looking upward at the apex of the roof of a large house in Birmingham Alabama where gaps in the roof are allowing bats into the attic.
    Bat proofing job at a large house in Birmingham
  • Man walking on the roof of a house while performing a Trussville Alabama bat removal and exclusion job.
    Working at a Trussville bat removal job
  • A half-inch gap between the roof trim and the clapboard siding near the peak of the roof allowed bats into the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Bat gap behind the roof trim in Hoover
  • A triangular piece of metal mesh on the lower right corner of a triangular gable vent has openings that are much too big to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    DIY bat-proofing fail in Birmingham
  • 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
  • A piece of metal bent to fit the contour of an inside corner of the drip edge and screwed into the roof fascia to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Bat proofing at a house in Birmingham
  • 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
  • Man on a ladder screening a gable vent as part of a Birmingham Alabama bat removal and exclusion job.
    Bat removal and exclusion in Birmingham
  • Gap the height of a fingertip between the shingles and the roof trim will be sealed as part of an Oxford Alabama bat removal and wildlife exclusion job.
    Bat gap into a house in Oxford
  • Three quarter inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia that bats used to get into the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama has no bat stains at all
    How bats got into an attic in Hoover
  • Screening installed over an octagonal gable vent to keep bats and other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Bat-proofed gable vent at a Birmingham home
  • Bat exclusion job at a large commercial building in Birmingham, Alabama
    Bat proofing commercial building in Birmingham
  • A tall ladder leaning up against the top of a very high brick wall during a bat removal and exclusion job at a school in Birmingham Alabama.
    Bat-exclusion at a school in Birmingham
  • A half inch gap between the soffit and the brick wall of a Birmingham Alabama home that will have to be sealed to keep bats out of the attic.
    Why this Birmingham home has bats in the attic
  • Bat entry gap stained with bat guano on the edge of the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Bat entry gap in Birmingham Alabama
  • A triangular gap in a triangular wooden block that is under the peak of the roof of a storage shed outside a commercial building in Birmingham Alabama.
    Bat gap into a commercial building in Birmingham

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

 

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A crew doing bat removal and exclusion in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this morning will be heading to Birmingham this afternoon to do more of the same. This is a busy time of the year for bat-proofing.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2022 10:18:50 am.

A team of technicians doing bat removal and exclusion in Leeds, Alabama is using the Ridge Guard animal barrier to seal bats and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2022 10:33:30 am.

A team of wildlife-control operators from our Birmingham office are doing bat removal and exclusion in Hoover, Alabama. Bats actually remove themselves from a house every night when they leave the attic to feed. All we do is seal them out so they can't get back into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2022 10:31:26 am.

The reason we're doing bat removal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama today is that there;s a gap between the shingles and the roof trim all the way up at the peak of the roof. We're bat-proofing the roof, which will also keep other nuisance animals and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2022 09:46:44 am.

Our Birmingham-area animal-exclusion specialists are sealing a gap along the edge of the roof to keep bats and other wildlife out of the attic of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama home. Bat removal is accomplished through exclusion. The bats remove themselves when they leave the attic to feed.
by Webmaster
Jun 20, 2022 10:08:40 am.

A team from our Birmingham office is installing Ridge Guard as part of a Vestavia Hills, Alabama bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job. Ridge Guard is a powder-coated steel animal guard that installs on the roof ridge to keep nuisance animals and rodent pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2022 11:32:24 am.

We're bat-proofing a house in Birmingham, Alabama today.There's also a huge amount of bat guano that will have to be removed from the attic, and the insulation will have to be replaced. Bats generate a lot of poop for such small animals.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2022 11:05:23 am.

Here's a Video of Our Crew Installing Ridge Guard at a Moody, Alabama Bat-Exclusion Job
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2022 10:52:47 am.

Here's a Video of Insulation Replacement at a Woodstock, Alabama Bat Guano Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2022 09:21:36 am.

Technicians working a Trussville, Alabama bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job discovered that a gap about three fingers wide between the shingles and the roof trim right at the peak of the roof was how the bats got into the attic. That's where they'll place the check valve trap that will prevent the bats from getting back in after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2022 10:00:45 am.

Gaps between the slats of a tablet-shaped gable vent without a screen are allowing bats into the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. Screening the gable vent will be the most important part of this bat-removal and wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2022 09:48:16 am.

Bat guano completely destroyed a carpet stored in the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. A team from our Birmingham office will get the bats out of the attic and animal-proof the roof; but the carpet, unfortunately, is permanently ruined.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 10:00:52 am.

A crew working at a Trussville, Alabama bat removal job is screening the gable vents to keep bats and other small animals out of the attic. One of the advantages to bat-proofing a house is that it also keeps squirrels, rats, and other wildlife outside where they belong.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:41:18 am.

Wildlife-control experts from our Birmingham office are busy doing bat removal and animal exclusion in Leeds, Alabama today. This consists of finding and sealing every gap or hole that bats and other nuisance animals or pests could possibly use to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 07, 2022 09:25:23 am.

A wildlife-exclusion crew from our Birmingham office is sealing a gap between the soffit and the brick wall at a Leeds, Alabama bat-removal job. These gaps usually open up when the roof settles and pushes the eaves outward, creating openings that must be sealed to keep bats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:23:04 am.

Normal settling of the roof caused a one-inch gap between the soffit and the brick wall, which in turn allowed bats into the attic of a house in Helena, Alabama. Gaps that open up to a house settling over time are why old houses often need bat removal and wildlife exclusion after not having had any problems in many years.
by Webmaster
Jun 06, 2022 09:09:37 am.

Wildlife-control technicians doing bat removal in Columbus, Georgia are sealing a one-inch gap behind the frieze board that's allowing bats into the attic. Bat removal from attics is accomplished by exclusion. The bats actually remove themselves when they fly off to feed at night. We just seal the roof so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2022 10:57:06 am.

This Afternoon, a Crew from Our Birmingham Office will be Correcting a Handyman's Attempt at Bat-Proofing a House in Oxford, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2022 10:48:07 am.

Our Birmingham bat removal crew is working in Leeds, Alabama today. There are numerous gaps in the roof trim that need to be closed up to bat-proof the roof and prevent nuisance animals in general from getting into the attic. Bats are removed by exclusion so that they can't get back in after they leave the attic to feed.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2022 10:43:28 am.

A crew of wildlife-exclusion experts from our Birmingham office are doing bat removal and exclusion in McCalla, Alabama today. It's an old building with a lot of gaps that will have to be sealed to make the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2022 10:13:48 am.

A gap between the shingles and the roof flashing is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Leeds, Alabama. Bat conservation technicians will re-flash and animal-proof the roof to keep bats and other nuisance animals and pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:05:15 am.

As part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama bat-exclusion job, a bat-removal crew from our Birmingham office is screening the gable vent to keep animals and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:01:00 am.

A wildlife-control crew from our Birmingham office is doing bat removal and exclusion at a Homewood, Alabama home. The bats are using a gap in a water-damaged section of roof fascia to get into the attic. We'll fix the water problem and repair the damage to keep bats and other animals and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 26, 2022 10:02:25 am.

A three inch gap in the trim between the soffit panel and the brick wall of a house in Chelsea, Alabama allowed bats to get into the attic. Our bat-removal technicians will seal the gap to keep bats and other wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 25, 2022 09:36:20 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the metal flashing on the chimney and the roof shingles is why a colony of bats need to be removed from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. Our Birmingham office will do the honors, as well as seal the roof to prevent future problems with bats or other nuisance wildlife or pests.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 09:14:13 am.

We're doing the first stages a bat removal and exclusion job at a school in Birmingham. The job is being done in stages to avoid distracting the students during their school year.
by Webmaster
May 24, 2022 09:05:38 am.

One of our inspectors is heading out to look at a commercial building that needs bat removal in Birmingham, Alabama. Bat exclusion at commercial buildings usually requires a larger crew and special equipment like platform lifts, but otherwise uses the same basic methods as residential bat control.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2022 08:30:25 am.

A fingertip-sized gap between the shingles and the roof trim at a roof junction point needs to be sealed because it is allowing bats into the attic of a house in Fairfield, Alabama. The bat removal and exclusion work will other keep other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 09:50:41 am.

Here's a Video of Chris S. Finding Bats in the Attic of a House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 09:21:59 am.

Look at All This Bat Guano in a Church Attic in Odenville, Alabama
by Webmaster
May 12, 2022 10:07:51 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

Our Bat Conservation Specialists are Bat-Proofing a Metal Roof on a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
May 09, 2022 10:32:02 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. We are fully licensed and insured.

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