Currently, 47 species of bats live in the United States, and 16 species call Alabama home. These night flyers help keep insect populations down, eating up to 1,000 insects a night. These small mammals often make their way into attics to roost during the day by squeezing through gaps around the roof. Bats can cause serious diseases and may carry more than 60 human-infecting viruses, which can be harmful. Common diseases spread by bats are rabies, histoplasmosis and White Nose Syndrome. During the inspection process, we look for any openings that are small (or large) enough for a bat to enter, and then seal those gaps. Once the main entry point is located, we will install a one-way bat cone to allow any bats currently in the space to safely fly out at night.