Shrews have an elongated, rodent-like body; their fur is greyish brown. Also, their head is small and their snout in pointy. Their eyes are small and black, and their tail is long and hairless.
They prefer habitats with plenty of ground to cover themselves with – so they can protect themselves from predators.
They eat every 3-4 hours to maintain their energy and body heat. They tend to eat small invertebrates and small mammals and vegetables.
Shrews are outdoorsy creatures, but when they need shelter, they could enter your home. Shrews gnaw on roots and trees with their sharp teeth in search of food and contaminate plants with their urine and feces.
Some shrews are nocturnal, while some are diurnal. Those that are living in colder climates they may hibernate.
Shrews reproduce up to three times a year in the warmer months of the year. The female shrew pregnancy is twenty-one days long. At the end of it, she’ll give birth to up to ten young offsprings.
When shrews aren’t breeding, they’re living a pretty solitary life and forge alone. They are very territorial and can be aggressive towards other shrews, animals, and people.
The shrews use echolocation to get a sense of their territory.
Here are some signs to help you identify the shrew’s presence:
- Their droppings are small, dark-colored, and shaped like a corkscrew.
- Their odor is powerfull, both indoors and outdoors.
- A number of your bird seeds are missing.
- A small tunnels in the grass that will lead to a burrow entrance hole.
- The shrew tracks are small and will appear in sand or dirt.
Now that you knew what to look for when looking for a shrew, here’s how to catch them and move them out of your property:
- Before placing your trap, contact the wildlife control office in your district to learn about your relocation options after trapping the shrew.
- If you found the shrew outdoor, place the trap at the entrance of its burrow. To trap the shrew indoors, place the trap along the wall next to the place where you’ve found the shrew signs.
- Bait the trap with small insects or bacon.
- Make sure the trap works by pressing on the trigger plate – if it closes, it works!
- Check the trap every morning and twice during the day. By doing so, you’ll guarantee that the shrew won’t be trapped protracted than necessary.
- To release the shrew, transport it to a wooded area far away from your property and other population sources.