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

 

Signs of Shrew Damage

Overview

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.

Burrows

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.

Sounds & Odors

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