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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.

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.

  • 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
  • Bats on an attic window vent found at a Pell City, Alabama bat removal job
    Bats in an attic in Pell City, Alabama
  • 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
  • A bat, facing the camera, snarling, held in a technician's gloved hand
    Cameron holding a bat he removed from a house
  • Pile of bat guano in a loft
    Bat guano in a loft
  • A gap of about an inch between the roof flashing and the fascia will have to be addressed to remove bats from the attic of an Anniston Alabama home.
    Bat gap under the flashing in Anniston
  • A handful of bats in the eave between the rafters of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama will be removed by a Birmingham are bat removal company.
    Bats in the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills
  • 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
  • Bat guano dripping through the ventilated part of a soffit panel on a house in Valdosta Alabama
    Bat guano dripping through a soffit in Valdosta
  • Bat entry gap of about three eighths of an inch between the roof sheathing and the fascia behind the rain gutter
    Tiny bat entry gap in Chelsea
  • A pile of bat guana on some insulation removed during a Birmingam bat control job
    Bat guano removed from a house in Birmingham
  • Bats by a fan in an attic at a bat control job in Bessemer, Alabama
    Bats found by an attic fan in Bessemer
  • 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
  • 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
  • There is a gap of about an inch between the roof sheathing and the fascia board
    Bat entry gap in Anniston
  • Bat guano in the insulation and rungs of a hinged attic stair in the pulled down position in a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Bat guano on an attic stair in Hoover
  • Bat guano on the wooden siding under the soffit of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Bat guano on the siding of a Birmingham home
  • Sloppy roof flashing allowed bats into a house in Birmingham Alabama
    How bats got into a house in Birmingham
  • 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
  • Man working up high sealing bats out of a commercial building on a foggy day
    Bat control job at a commercial building
  • 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
  • One inch gap between the brick wall and the frieze board of a house in Birmingham Alabama needs to be sealed to bat proof the attic.
    Bat gap behind the frieze board in Birmingham
  • Two men high in the air on a lift truck sealing bats out of a hospital
    Dean and Jason bat-proofing a large hospital
  • A half inch gap at the end of the soffit where it meets the chimney that allowed bats into the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    Bat gap needs to be sealed in Vestavia Hills

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

 

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Chris found a handful of bats in the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. A bat-removal crew from our Birmingham office will seal the roof of the house to keep the bats out while the problem is still small and easily addressed.
by Webmaster
Sep 24, 2021 08:13:28 am.

Technicians from our Birmingham office are installing screening over a gable vent as part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama bat removal and exclusion job. The screening will prevent the bats from getting back into the attic after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2021 10:15:59 am.

Mice chewed through the screen behind a foundation vent to get into a house in Trussville, Alabama. Mouse control experts from our Birmingham office are re-screening the vents to keep mice out of the house, and using traps to eliminate the existing mouse population.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:24:11 am.

One of our Birmingham crews is bat-proofing a house in Trussville, Alabama. Bat removal and bat exclusion are two sides of the same coin: The bats are removed by sealing them out so they can't get back in when they return from feeding.
by Webmaster
Aug 16, 2021 10:33:17 am.

A half inch gap at the end of the soffit where it meets the chimney allowed bats into the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Bat removal and exclusion at this house will require that the gap be sealed to keep bats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 12, 2021 11:20:55 am.

Someone tried sealing a gap along the edge of a roof with caulking, which dried up, fell out, and allowed bats into the attic of the house. We'll repair the damage and seal the gap properly as part of a Hoover, Alabama bat removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2021 09:59:03 am.

Our inspector found a large colony of bats in the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Removing and excluding the bats will require that every potential entry point be sealed so the bats can't get back inside after they leave to feed.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2021 10:15:44 am.

A gap between the roof trim and the shingles will have to be closed up to exclude bats from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. Once we're sure that there are no flightless pups left in the attic, we'll bat-proof the roof to permanently eliminate the bat problem.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 09:23:34 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Rainy weather but it’s not keeping the bats away! Give us a call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jul 21, 2021 06:06:23 pm.

The Mice Gnawed through a Vent Screen to Get into this House in Birmingham
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2021 10:13:50 am.

Bats got into the attic of house in Birmingham, Alabama through a half-inch gap between the brick wall and the soffit. These gaps often open up over time due to the roof settling, and they have to be sealed to keep bats and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 21, 2021 09:54:15 am.

Removing the bats from the attic of a house in Anniston, Georgia will require re-flashing the roof to close gaps that the roofers left when they did the job. This isn't unusual. Roofers are more concerned with keeping rain out of the house than keeping bats out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 10:10:34 am.

A less-than-wonderful roof flashing job left gaps that allowed bats into the attic. We'll be re-flashing the roof and sealing any other gaps we find to keep bats out of the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Jul 09, 2021 09:48:04 am.

A half inch gap between the soffit and the brick wall of a Birmingham, Alabama home will have to be sealed to keep bats out of the attic. These kinds of gaps open up over time as the roof settles, pushing the eaves of the house away from the walls.
by Webmaster
Jul 07, 2021 09:56:28 am.

An inspector is on his way to check out a bat problem in the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. The homeowner ran out of the attic immediately upon finding the bats, so we have no idea of the size or severity of the bat problem yet.
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2021 10:36:12 am.

A gap between the roof soffit and the brick chimney allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. We'll install temporary one-way traps to get the bats out of the attic; and once they're all gone, we'll permanently seal the bats out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2021 12:17:15 pm.

The owner of a house in Hoover, Alabama pulled down the attic stair and was showered with bat guano. We have an inspector from our Birmingham office on his way to check out the problem and draw up a plan to remove the bats from the attic and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2021 09:49:10 am.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Bat-removal technicians from our Birmingham, Alabama office are sealing the metal roof of a house in Helena to make it bat-proof. It really doesn't matter what the roof is made of. If there are gaps in the construction, they have to be sealed to keep bats out.
by Webmaster
Jun 18, 2021 10:03:06 am.

A bat-removal crew from our Birmingham, Alabama office is finished bat-proofing a house in Hoover. Now they're cleaning up the guano in preparation for replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Jun 18, 2021 09:56:54 am.

A small gap between the brick walls and the frieze board of a house allowed bats to get into the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our bat-removal experts will seal that gap and any others they find as part of making the house bat-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2021 10:06:00 am.

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.

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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