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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.

  • Rat droppings and urine on top of a rectangular insulated heating duct and in the attic insulation of a house in Homewood Alabama

    Rat droppings in an attic in Homewood

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

    Bat proofing commercial building in Birmingham

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

    Bat entry point into a house in Birmingham

  • Several dozen bats on the screen behind the fable vent in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bats in an attic in Biirmingham

  • Poor flashing allowed bats into a Birmingham home

  • Lifted shingle reveals a half inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    How bats got into an attic 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

  • A cluster of bats by a gable vent in the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama

    Bats in a gable vent in attic of a house in Hoover

  • Many bats in a gable vent in an attic at a Birmingham, Alabama bat removal job

    Bats in a gable vent in a Birmingham attic

  • A bunch of bats on a mesh screen used to temporarily seal them out of a house while making permanent repairs

    Bats temporarily sealed out of a house

  • The wooden trim soffit shrank which opened up a gap in the miter joint that needs to be repaired to keep bats out of a house in Birmingham Alabama.

    Bat gap in a soffit miter joint in Birmingham

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

    Bat removal from a big building

  • 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

  • Before and after picture of bat guano cleanup in a mechanical loft

    Bat guano cleanup in a loft

  • Bat on the screen of the gable vent trying to get back in after it was sealed out of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Bat sealed out of a house in Hoover

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

    Old-school bat-removal

  • 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

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

    Bat guano in the attic of a house

  • A bat in a technician's gloved hand after being sealed out of the attic of a home.

    Close-up of a bat removed from attic of a house

  • 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

  • Quarter inch gap between the roof sheathing and the metal rain gutter allowed bats into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bat gap into the attic of a house in Birmingham

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

    DIY bat-removal job in Birmingham - FAIL

  • Construction gaps behind the rain gutter allowed bats to get into the house

    How bats got into a house in Birmingham

  • Gap between the top course of stones and a wooden timber that allowed bats to get into a stone house in Tuscaloosa Alabama

    Bat entry gap into a house in Tuscaloosa

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

 

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Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Hope everyone had a safe & relaxing Memorial Day! If you noticed any animals running around inside over the holiday, we are open today and happy to help!
by Amber A.
Jun 01, 2021 10:47:17 am.

Bats got into a house in Hoover, Alabama through gaps around a window where the caulking fell out. We have technicians re-caulking the windows and sealing gaps in the roof to seal bats and other animals out of the house.
by Webmaster
May 28, 2021 09:01:27 am.

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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Our technicians are busy sealing a gap between the frieze board and the brick wall of a house in Birmingham, Alabama to prevent bats from getting back into the attic. The bats were removed using temporary one-way traps. Now we're permanently excluding them.
by Webmaster
May 19, 2021 10:07:02 am.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

One of our Birmingham, Alabama bat-control crews is repairing the shingles and re-flashing the roof of a house to keep bats out of the attic. Bats can get into homes through very small gaps, making bat-proofing very precise work.
by Webmaster
May 11, 2021 10:40:59 am.

Here's What Happens When a Trainee Drops His Cell Phone Inside a Wall
by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Going to Birmingham to battle some bats 🦇
by James G.
Apr 28, 2021 09:15:14 am.

Heading to Hoover Alabama today 🦇 bats in attic !
by James G.
Apr 26, 2021 08:28:40 am.

Video of a Handyman's Failed Attempt to Bat Proof a Chimney Cap
by Webmaster
Apr 23, 2021 09:08:00 am.

I think the Bats are seeking shelter from the cooler temps! Lots of Bat calls today!
by Amber A.
Apr 22, 2021 05:55:59 pm.

Heading to Birmingham Alabama today 🦇 bats destroying the attic. Time for eviction!!!! 🥊
by James G.
Apr 22, 2021 09:08:25 am.

We have technicians with carpentry skills fixing gaps in the soffit trim of a house in Birmingham, Alabama to keep bats out of the house. The trim shrank and separated at the miter joints, which allowed bats to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 21, 2021 10:31:44 am.

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.

Off to mccalla Alabama 🦇 in attic
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.

Heading to Helena Alabama today 🦇 in attic
by James G.
Mar 26, 2021 09:50:31 am.

Had a long day in Birmingham Alabama today, Eviction notice served on 🦇 and 🐀!
by James G.
Mar 22, 2021 06:32:47 pm.

Heading to alabaster Alabama today 🦇 in a exterior vent
by James G.
Mar 19, 2021 09:26:33 pm.

Heading to alabaster Alabama today 🦇 in a exterior vent
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.

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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