Norway Rat

Other Names: Water Shrew, Pygmy Shrew, Common Shrew

A shrew is about the same size as a mouse or a vole and can be recognized it by its long pointy nose and very sharp teeth. Ounce for ounce, a shrew is the most voracious animal on the planet. It hunts constantly, eating animals five times larger than itself. It will even go after birds at feeders and attack family pets.

Identify Damage

Overview | Burrows | Plants


Shrews are primarily outdoor pests of ornamental and turf areas. Only occasionally do they enter homes and buildings - usually in basements and ground floor areas.

Thus, shrew control should be directed toward the exterior of the home.

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Shrews will run along tunnels or runways created by Moles & Voles.

This constant travel will create defined surface runways & tunnels through turf areas measuring about 1.5 to 2 inches.


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During the winter, when animal material is scarce, shrews dig into trunks and roots, killing or damaging the trees or shrubs.

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