How to Get Rid of Shrews

If you have an active infestation, follow these guidelines to learn how to get rid of shrews, and the best products for treatment.

Shrews are small mammals about the size of mice. They have small eyes, long snouts, and dense fur with uniform color. They also have five clawed toes on each foot and dark-tipped small teeth. Many times, their feces are shaped like a corkscrew. In contrast to shrews, mice have four toes on their front feet and larger eyes than the shrew. 

Moles are related to shrews but are larger. Both shrews and moles belong to the taxonomic order Insectivora, whereas mice and rats belong to Rodentia.

There are different shrew species located all over North America. They nest in outdoor burrows near low-lying shrubbery and globular nests made of shredded leaves. They can range up to 1.5 acres.

Shrews are more active at night than during the day. Daily food is insects, beetles, spiders, meats, birds, mice, and small snakes. They can damage roots and trees by their gnawing activity.

Shrews are more active at night than during the day. Daily food is insects, beetles, spiders, meats, birds, mice, and small snakes. They can damage roots and trees by their gnawing activity.

How do I get rid of shrews, just use a trap? What bait should I use?

Use peanut butter and rolled oats. Adding a bit of hamburger or bacon grease may also help. Victor Mice Snap Traps work well for trapping shrews.

Written by our resident pest control expert Ken Martin.