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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.

  • 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

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

    Bat entry gap in Anniston

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

    How bats got into a house in Birmingham

  • Bat guano and tufts of insulation on top of a large galvanized steel heating vent in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bat guano in an attic in Birmingham

  • 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

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

    Bat guano in the attic of a house

  • 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

  • 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 guana on some insulation removed during a Birmingam bat control job

    Bat guano removed from a house in Birmingham

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

    Bat control job at a commercial building

  • 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

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

    Bat guano in an attic 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

  • 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

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

    Bat guano on a roof in Anniston

  • 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

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

    Entry hole found at Hueytown bat-proofing job

  • Bat on a pegboard removed from a commercial building in Birmingham

    Bat in a commercial building in Birmingham

  • 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 guano on the wooden siding under the soffit of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bat guano on the siding of a Birmingham home

  • 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

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

    Justin sealing bats out of a house in Homewood

  • Two men high in the air on a lift truck sealing bats out of a hospital

    Dean and Jason bat-proofing a large hospital

  • Bats on the exterior of a house under a one-way trap after being sealed out

    Homeless bats after being sealed out of a house

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

 

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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.

We have crew in Birmingham, Alabama cleaning bat guano out of the attic. The bats have already been removed and excluded. We're working on the cleanup and insulation replacement now.
by Webmaster
Jul 10, 2020 10:43:10 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

We have technicians in the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama sealing the gable vent to keep bats from getting into the attic
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2020 10:12:16 am.

We Found a Pile of Bat Guano in the Attic of a House in Odenville, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2020 10:08:23 am.

Jason A. found bats living in the motor housing of a garage door opener. We set traps to remove the bats from the motor housing and the rest of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 03:39:17 am.

Unbelievable Video of Bats Living in a Garage Door Opener
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 03:34:27 am.

The Bats Got into an Attic in Birmingham, Alabama Through this Gap
by Webmaster
Jun 05, 2020 05:56:55 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

This Was the Bat Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Hoover, Alabama
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2020 11:14:14 am.

We have a crew in Birmingham sealing up a house to keep bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 03, 2020 10:49:21 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

Our crew is Bat-Proofing a House in Warrior, Alabama
by Webmaster
Apr 01, 2020 11:03:05 am.

Today we're sealing bats out of the attic of a stone house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2020 11:54:27 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Bees and bugs are flying in Birmingham. Spring is here, bats, squirrels and birds will be getting active.
by Dean Scott
Mar 19, 2020 12:39:50 pm.

Chris S. is removing roof rats and sealing them out of the attic of a house in Homewood, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2020 10:29:56 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Challenging Bat-Removal Job at an Old House
by Webmaster
Mar 06, 2020 09:12:32 am.

We're Bat-Proofing the Attic of a House in Lake Martin, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 05, 2020 10:44:25 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

We're Sealing Bats out of a House in Warrior, Alabama
by Webmaster
Feb 28, 2020 09:33:55 am.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

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
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 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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