Shrew Control

Shrew Control, Trapping & Removal Services

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Of the diverse 250 worldwide species, 30 types of shrews live in North America. The most abundant species include the Northern short-tailed, masked, least, desert, and pygmy shrews. They are among the smallest mammals in the world and remain active year-round during both day and night hours. Though their insectivore diets often benefit humans, shrews are also capable of a certain amount of destruction and persist as nuisance pests wherever they are present.

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APPEARANCE

While they share characteristics with mice, such as size, shrews are distinctive animals. They have elongated snouts, long and narrow skulls, small eyes, sparsely haired tails, and five clawed toes on each of their feet. They are typically uniform in color and their velvety soft fur often appears darker in the winter. Common colorations include brown, black, and gray. The average adult shrew grows about 5 inches (120 mm) long, and males are slightly larger than females.

DIET

Insects make up a huge portion of shrew diets. They regularly feast on beetles, butterfly and moth larvae, wasps, crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, snails, earthworms, slugs, centipedes, and millipedes. Some species, like the northern short-tailed shrew, produce venom that allows them to immobilize and eat larger prey like frogs, snakes, mice, birds, and salamanders. Finally, select types of shrews forage for seeds, roots, and vegetable matter.

HABITAT

Abundantly distributed creatures, shrews are found in a variety of habits in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Favorite nesting locations include brushy woodlands, bogs, marshes, cultivated fields, flower and vegetable gardens, meadows, and along river banks. Though nesting habits do differ slightly from species to species, many shrews prefer to construct tunnels or inhabit those left over by moles and voles.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Since shrews are so plentiful throughout North America, they consistently come into contact with humans, which often generates the need for shrew control. Their diets often lead them into private gardens and lawns. Though shrews do not traditionally invade homes, preferring to nest inside the ground, they will retreat into barns, basements, and sheds in areas with harsh, cold winters.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Since they eat other pest species like spiders and beetles, shrews are capable of benefiting people. However, in areas where populations grow large enough, the tiny mammals also cause destruction. Their consumption of seeds occasionally affects overall tree populations. Some species of shrews target bees as food sources and devastate pollination efforts. Shrews give off a pungent musky odor that’s especially offensive when they gather in large numbers, as well.

Additionally, shrew populations may break into homes to feed on stores of food. Since they eat approximately three times their weight in food per day, losses tend to be significant. Furthermore, their urine and feces contaminate the products they feed on. Finally, some shrews are venomous. Though their venom is primarily used to paralyze prey, shrews will bite humans if they are mishandled or feel threatened. Thankfully, bites do not usually require medical attention and occur only rarely.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Shrew control begins with rodent-proofing methods of exclusion. Helpful actions to take include erecting fences around vegetable gardens, sealing cracks in building foundations with caulk, replacing broken window and door screens, keeping food in tightly sealed storage bins, fitting indoor and outdoor trash bins with lids, and maintaining lawns and ornamental vegetation.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Though shrew bites are rare, they are most often the result of mishandling. To avoid injury, untrained individuals should never attempt to capture problematic shrews. Instead, contact Trutech wildlife specialists to remove the pests in such a way that keeps both the involved people and animals safe.