|Color||Usually, gray to black in color.|
|Size||7-8″ long with a 4″ tail.|
|Appearance||Appearing similar to mice, the shrew has a pointed snout and tiny eyes.|
Shrews primarily feed on insects, earthworms, slugs, and spiders and will also feed on small animals, seeds, roots, and other vegetable matter. Because of their small size, shrews lose body heat rapidly. In order to maintain constant body temperature, they have a high metabolic rate and consume food every three to four hours. In a 24-hour period, some species of shrews will consume three times their body weight.
A shrew’s habitat depends on the species, but they are typically near structures, occasionally invading buildings. Often reusing tunnels made by moles and voles, they live in gardens and wooded areas where food supplies are abundant.
Since a shrew’s territory does not require a lot of space, up to 80 shrews can all live within a single acre. Even though shrews are very territorial, they will intermix only to mate. Shrews breed from May through October, and a female produces at least two litters (21 day gestation period) during this time, each having from 4–10 young. The young grow extremely quickly and are independent at one month old. Typically shrews are born, live and die within a year, but some may live just under two years.
Shrews do not have a considerable negative impact on humans and go about their lives unnoticed by most people. They occasionally become a nuisance when they live in close proximity to humans because of their aggressive nature. Shrews occasionally fall into window wells, attack pets, feed on stored foods, contaminate stored foods with feces and urine and bite humans when improperly handled.
Due to their hostile nature and ability to move fast, shrews are difficult to get rid of. Contacting a pest control professional is the ideal way to resolve a shrew problem. Batzner Service Specialists are highly trained to conduct a thorough inspection to find evidence of shrews and determine the proper course of action to eliminate the problem.
Regular inspections of your home by a pest control professional throughout the year is the best method to identify and prevent any issues with shrews or other pests.