Shrews

Shrew Facts

Scientific Name:

Soricidae

Color:

Dusty gray

Weight:

½-1 ounce

Length:

3-4 inches

Tail Length:

As long as body - up to 4 inches

Body:

Small head & slender body; elongated snout

Ears:

Furry & do not stick out much above the hair on the head

Eyes:

Relatively large eyes

Lifespan:

1-2 years

Droppings:

¼ inch long; corkscrew shaped; dark color

 

Shrew Control Options

Traps, rodenticides, repellents and prevention are all options for controlling shrews.

Traps

Small infestations of shrews can be eliminated using expanded trigger mousetraps.

Shrews are only occasional visitors in homes. Indoors, traps can be placed along walls as would be done for the House Mouse. Outside, traps can be placed at the beginning of the runways a couple of inches from the burrows beneath natural cover. Traps can also be placed directly in the runways in the turf. For traps that are placed beneath cover, meat provides an enticing treat to shrews.

You should never try to capture or touch a shrew. They are aggressive, high-tempered little animals with sharp teeth. Some are even equipped with a toxin in their saliva.

Extreme caution should be taken in any shrew control methods.

Prevention

Shrews can be kept out of buildings via good rodent proofing techniques. Close mowing and brush removal will reduce the severity of shrew infestations.

To protect young trees during the winter, use a 12-inch tall fence made of hardware cloth buried 3 inches into the ground to create a shrew barrier.