Bats in the belfry, attic, basement or chimney? Scratching or scurrying noises in the ceiling? Foul odors in your home? Critter Control can help eliminate bats in your home and prevent them from re-entry. Call your local Critter Control office today at 1-515-505-8963 for effective bat removal services.

Identify A Bat Problem

Bats are very beneficial to humans. One large bat colony may consume up to 500,000 pounds of insects in one night. Bats hunt common pests including mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, beetles, and moths.

Appearance & Habitat

There are many species of bats throughout the world. The most common bats found in the area would be the little brown bat and the big brown bat. These bats are relatively small and share very similar characteristics.

  • Wingspan of 9-15 inches
  • Wings that resemble broad webbed hands
  • Short legs with sharp claws
  • Large ears
  • Fur that ranges in color from light tan or yellow to dark brown and black

Bats will roost in groups numbering in the millions. They will use their feet to cling upside down to the ceiling or walls of their nesting areas. Commonly, bats will roost in caves, hollow trees, and buildings. When dusk arrives the bats will awaken and fly out of their roosting area to hunt for insects. Bats prefer to roost near ponds, lakes, or pools. Inside homes bats will roost inside of attics, chimneys, and walls, among other areas.


Bats will enter homes with the hope of finding a safe and dark roosting area. They will find sanctuary within attics, walls, and chimneys. During the summer months, bat pups are learning to fly and may accidentally enter buildings through open doors or windows.


Bats and humans coexist fairly peacefully. When you find bats in the attic, or bats in the chimney, the damages will not be so peaceful. One colony of bats can create a great mess and health hazards within your home. Bat guano will create a musky smell in your home and stain drywall beyond repair. Furthermore, bat guano can harbor dangerous fungal spores that can cause severe illnesses.


Bats are a known carrier of rabies, and their guano can harbor fungal spores including histoplasmosis. The symptoms vary greatly, but the disease will primarily affect the lungs. When bat guano is harboring said fungal spores and is disturbed, one may inhale the dust/fungal spores, creating health problems.

Bat Control

Trapping and Removal

Due to bats carrying diseases, untrained individuals should never approach them! Bats will scratch and bite when they feel threatened and can easily injure humans. Critter Control of Des Moines technicians are trained and knowledgeable on the proper method to handle bat problems. Trust the professionals!

Damage Repairs and Prevention

Critter Control of Des Moines has expert attic restoration methods and prevention materials to get bats out and keep them out! We take the necessary precautions to keep bats from roosting in attics and other areas of the home by sealing all vents, holes, chimneys, windows, and gaps leading inside homes.

If you are dealing with a bat control problem, call Critter Control of Des Moines. (515) 505-8963

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