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

    Old-school bat-removal

  • 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

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

    Bat entry gap in Anniston

  • 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

  • There is a gap between the roof fascia and the sheathing

    How bats got into a house in Hoover

  • Bat entry gap between the fascia and the roof sheathing under the shingles of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Bat entry gap 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Bats sealed out using a hardware cloth screen in Anniston, Alabama

    Bats sealed out of an attic in Anniston

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

    Bat guano removed from a house in Birmingham

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

    How bats got into a house in Birmingham

  • Man on a ladder sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Warrior Alabama

    Bat-removal job in Warrior, Alabama

  • 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

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

    Back-To-School Bat-proofing job

  • 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

  • A pile of bat guano in the attic of a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Bat guano in an attic in Valdosta

  • Pile of bat guano about two inches high and eighteen by 24 inches wide in the insulation between the joists in the unfinished attic of a house in Odenville Alabama

    Bat guano in the attic of an Odenville home

  • 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

  • Bat-removal technician in lift truck at a bat removal job at a firehouse in Birmingham

    Bat removal at Birmingham, Alabama fire station

  • Man on a ladder with his head under a soffit sealing bats out of the attic of a house in Lake Martin Alabama

    Sealing bats out of an attic in Lake Martin

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

    Bat entry hole in a house in Hoover, Alabama

  • 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

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

 

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In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

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Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

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
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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
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Mar 06, 2020 09:12:32 am.

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