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  • Scientific Name: Soricidae
  • Nicknames: Not Available
  • Length: 1/8" - 5/8"
  • Color: Brown, Black
  • Aggressive? If Picked Up
  • Do They Bite? Yes
  • Poisonous/Venomous? No
  • Disease Carrying? Possibly
  • Invasive Species? No

The Shrew

Shrews are often mistaken as moles and mice. Each front foot of a shrew has 5 toes; mice have only 4 toes on each front foot. Mice also have larger eyes than a shrew and lack the elongated face/snout seen on a shrew. A shrew somewhat looks like a mole but there are differences which enable you to distinguish between the two. First, moles are usually larger than shrews. Next, moles have elongated front teeth. Another difference between moles and shrews is habitat location: moles tunnel and live underground, shrews thrive above ground.

Human bites are rare and are usually received only when handling a shrew. The shrew's poison is not lethal to humans.

The shrew has a very short lifespan and a high reproductive rate. Many adult females will become pregnant hours after giving birth and will eat anything they can over power. In order to maintain its metabolic needs, shrews will eat their approximate weight in food every day.

The vast majority of shrews go about their business, rarely encountering humans or causing harm to our belongings.

Living Spaces

They generally live outdoors underground.

Diet Choices

They feed on seeds and other shrubbery.

Fun Fact

They will eat their approximate weight in food every day!

How Do We Remove Them?

One of the pest management experts at McMahon Exterminating will visit your home and provide a proper assessment and ID the bugs that are infesting your home or property to better understand the type of insects or pests that they are dealing with to properly coordinate a plan that will work best for you.

We help educate the customer on things that they might be able to do to help deter the pests as well, and will try to prevent this from becoming a reocurring infestation.

The treatment will begin and we will monitor the situtaion closely to make sure that the numbers are being depleted in the area. We want to try to deter the insects from coming to your area as opposed to just chemically treating them, as that will only be a short term solution for you but with McMahon's C.A.N. initiative and our three easy steps — Canvas the area, Act on those results, and Negate re-entry for the pest, we can work to getting your home to pest free status.