Professional Shrew Removal Services
Thank you for considering ®American Animal Control, LLC for shrew removal and control. Many of our clients do not know the difference between shrews and vole. Both are small furry critters which can many times be mistaken for a rodent such as a mouse or rat. There are several characteristics that must be taken into consideration to properly identify the difference between shrews and voles as well as shrew damage and vole damage.
Shrew Removal and Control is of our Pest Control Services
Shrews are small, most no larger than a mouse. But is considered a mammal.
In general, shrews are little short furry creatures that forage for seeds, insects, nuts, worms, and a variety of other foods. Shrews will primarily live underground. They can be found living under snow in yards. ®American Animal Control, LLC wildlife removal specialist have even trapped and removed shrews in very wet soil and even in the water. They have small eyes and don’t have good vision, but have excellent hearing and smell senses.They are very active animals, with big appetites. Shrews typically can eat 80–90% of their own body weight in food daily.
Shrews do not hibernate and can be found all winter long. Many species undergo morphological changes that drastically reduce their body weight. They can lose between 30% and 50% of their body weight, shrinking the size of bones, skull, and internal organs. Most rodents have gnawing teeth that grow throughout life, the teeth of shrews will wear down and create a problem because they only have one set of teeth to get throughout their entire lifetime. Shrews are very territorial, and will drive off other shrews or small rodents like mice. Shrews will only coming together to mate. Many species of shrews will dig burrows for caching food and hiding from predators. Female shrews can have up to 10 litters a year. Shrews have gestation periods of 17–32 days. The female often becomes pregnant within a day or so of giving birth, and lactate during her pregnancy, weaning one litter as the next is born.
Shrews can be Venomous DO NOT HANDLE
Shrews are somewhat different that most other mammals. Unlike most mammals, some species of shrews are venomous. Shrew venom is not introduced into its prey by fangs, but by grooves in the teeth. The venom contains various compounds, and the contents of the venom glands of the American short-tailed shrew can be sufficient enough to kill approximately 200 mice by intravenous injection.
®American Animal Control, LLC receives most of our shrew removal and shrew control calls first thing in the spring when the snow has melted. Shrew trails will appear in yards and are very obvious to spot. Shrews are very active in the winter months under the snow. Shrews try to use cover to avoid predators at all time when moving around for food or shelter. When vegetation has disappeared in late fall and early winter snow cover serves as valuable cover for shrew movement. Using the same trails over and over for the ease of travel, shrews will develop a smooth trail in the dead grass or yard under the snow. Right when the snow as melted away these tails are very easy to spot. They will eventually disappear as the grass grows high enough to cover and or fill back in the shrew trails. Shrew then will move back under the cover of vegetation for the warm weather months. These areas of cover often times are in flower beds, gardens, mulch beds, or under shrubs. Sometimes the shrew dens will be found in these areas. A small hole about the average size of a quarter with a small indented trail leading up to it, may possible be a shrew den.
Shrews are opportunistic and will occasionally eat the roots of plants. This can cause concern to some customers. If you believe you may have a shrew problem, and need shrew control, or shrew removal services, please feel free to give us a call. ®American Animal Control, LLC provides professional shrew removal, and shrew trapping services. Call 877-264-3638