Bats in Roofs

How to Get Rid of Bats in Your Roof

As bats lose their natural habitats to urban expansion, colonies move into human structures to roost. Bats in roofs are a common, and often frustrating, problem. Many species are able to squeeze through gaps less than an inch wide. Any hole, crack, or crevice they can wiggle into becomes an entry point for bats in roofs.

Common roosting sites include:

  • Gable vents with torn screens
  • Eaves and soffits
  • Dormers and chimneys
  • Areas under broken shingles
  • Spaces behind gutters

Signs of Bats in Roofs

Once a bat colony moves into a house, it leaves some telltale clues. Regularly checking home exteriors for these signs is a great way to catch bats in roofs earlier rather than later. Check rooflines and spots behind downspouts or gutters for rub marks. Bats leave stains from the oil and dust in their fur as they fly in and out.

Guano is another strong sign of bats in a roof. If you find areas with stains or gaps large enough to admit a bat, look at the ground directly under these entry points. Any accumulation of bat droppings below these spaces is cause for concern.

Excluding Bats in Roofs

Residents who want to remove a bat colony from their property need to be careful. Some rare bat species have legal protections to keep people from moving or harming them. Excluding bats in roofs during their breeding season is also illegal in many areas, for good reason.

Until juvenile bats learn to fly, they are dependent on their mothers. When homeowners block off the entrance to a roost, female bats are unable to reenter and their trapped offspring cannot survive. To navigate issues with these animals, call the wildlife experts at Critter Control. Our team has safe, humane solutions for the removal of roosting bats in roofs.

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Anett B.
Brandon was out to please and make out lives easier with out bat situation. Above and beyond of the call of duty and got the job done. Thank you!
Celia G
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Emily G.
BAT POOP CLEAN-UP AND PREVENTION! Bat guano removed from gables. No bats found in attic, so put new screens on all gable vents, as one screen was close to breaking and then bats may have gotten in! Great work in Tulsa!
Jerry M.
Squirrels and chipmunks were in our attic. So we called Critter Control to do an inspection. Their representative climbed all over our very steep roof and found several places where squirrels had entered our attic.

Upon inspection of the attic, evidence of bats was also found. The Critter Control team came on time to completely caulk the entire perimeter of the house and create an exit strategy for the squirrels and bats.

Because bat droppings can cause histoplasmosis, this also required total removal and replacement of our attic insulation and sanitizing the space. Not a small job in a 1,300 sq. ft. attic! While Critter Control’s cost was high, our homeowners insurance covered most of it. Everyone representing Critter Control was professional, courteous and timely. I would highly recommend them to anyone who thinks they might have unwelcome guests living in their attic
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On recommendations from a nearby pest control company, I called Critter Control for suspicious bat droppings.

Madison came out the same day to do an inspection. She was knowledgeable, thorough, and highly professional. She examined the ‘matter’ that had been scattered on my threshold and thought it was foliage. But she then asked to go up to my attic space where the bats could be roosting. She had to walk up 3 flights of stairs with a heavy ladder. She again spent some time searching all the nooks and crannies and found nothing.

She seemed so interested in her craft, it was truly inspiring to see! She reassured me and is writing up a prevention strategy for my appraisal. She charged me NOTHING!! I am so impressed. We need more Madisons in this world!

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We noticed droppings on our brand new deck - we were given their number from our contractor. They came the next day. Brian looked at it and said - yeah, bats!! He then checked every area in our attic and he explained exactly what needed to be done.

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