The house shrew (Crocidura russula) is a mammal of the shrew family that feeds on insects. They are located in residential areas and other populated areas and can be called a “popular” pest. Because the house shrew loves to eat insects, this can sometimes be seen as useful, but if the disadvantages of this animal outweigh the advantages, some action needs to be taken. We will help you remove the house shrews.
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House shrews, like all larger pests, produce a significant amount of faeces. This is of course very unsanitary and can attract other pests and in the worst case, larvae. The house shrew has a habit to collect the droppings in one specific place or stuck them to the wall. You can imagine this causes a lot of inconvenience.
The droppings of house shrews can often be confused with those of rats, because they are quite large and elongated. The difference between the two is that rats often disperse their faeces and also cause digging and gnawing damage, unlike the house shrew.
The house shrew has a very narrow and pointed skull with a protruding snout. The incisors are sickle-shaped and the creature has a kind of trunk. The head of the house shrew therefore sometimes looks similar to that of a mole. House shrews range from 5 – 9 cm and have a short, hairy tail. The colour of a house shrew is most of the time brown-grey on the back and yellow-grey on the underside of the body.
Males have visible musk glands and a shiny coat. Furthermore, the animal has short walking legs and small ears, which are sometimes not clearly visible through the coat. A house shrew’s sense of sound is extremely well developed, but this is especially true for soft, subtle sounds. Because they have small eyes, they usually use their other senses to visualize the situation and find food.
The house shrew is quite social, which may mean that they live in groups during the winter to survive and take care of the young together. The nest is made in a sheltered place with leaves or grass. Sometimes corridors dug by other mice or moles are also reused.
From February to November, house shrews reproduce and give birth to an average of 4 young after a gestation period of about a month. The mother takes the young, holding each other in a row and walking around together for the next 20 days. Since a female can have 2 – 5 litters per year and can live to over 1.5 years, this means that they can reproduce quickly.
The house shrew mainly lives at night and is not only good on land, but can also swim. You can find them in thickets, on meadows, forest edges, but also in undergrowth. They eat all kinds of insects, larvae, woodlice and worms, but also young mice and carrion if necessary. Because the house shrew has to digest at least half its own weight in food every day, this means that it has to be hunted a lot. If a house shrew has not been able to find enough food, it can safely eat its own droppings.
If this amount of food cannot be found and eaten, the house shrew will die within a few days.
House shrews prefer grassland or forest edges, as well as gardens and hedges. As a result, it often happens that they invade barns, stables and farms or houses. It is advisable not to leave your doors and windows open and to ensure that there are as few cracks and seams as possible so that the house shrew can still gain access to your home or shed.
We can remove the pest in one go and ensure that all house shrews are expelled or captured. In every situation we provide a suitable custom solution, taking your living environment into account.
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Protect Pest Control is a professional pest control agent and uses safe and successful ways to control the house shrew. We prefer to keep out and catch the house shrew and have many techniques for this.
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Protect Pest Control offers you a suitable custom solution after an appointment on location, when it suits you. We will help you remove the house shrews.
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