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Shrew discovered by Tclenche (#6040)

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Observed: January 5, 2015 @ 6:15 PM
Posted on: January 5, 2015 @ 8:44 PM (diff: 0 days)
ok, this is getting very weird! Shrew # 4, all running left to right in front of the car as i drove home from work. I am wondering what is bringing them all onto the road? salt maybe? the weather?

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By Lessa on 1/6/2015 12:51:36 PM

That is pretty strange. They are nocturnal, sounds like it was dark out when you saw them... maybe it was the warm weather but building up to cold and windy. 

By Tclenche on 1/6/2015 9:06:48 PM

it was dark, and wet. I noted the place and time of the first shrew and thought no more of it. i would have forgotten to post it here if that was the only sighting, but after seeing 6 shrew sightings on one trip home, i thought it interesting enough to post. Note that the road had a heavy coating of salt and sand due to the rapidly changing weather conditions. I keep wondering what drew so many shrews onto the road???

By patsy on 6/8/2016 6:39:09 AM

Have 3 shrews that i have seen in my house. I have been here for 35 years and have not had a problem. How do i get rid of them? Not a very nice feeling having them here. I have sticky pads down but hard to catch.

By Lessa on 6/8/2016 2:20:53 PM

Hi Patsy,

I've never heard of anyone having them in the house. They feed on insects, unlike mice who will happily eat people food. They have wandered into my live traps baited with peanut butter and oats in the field - maybe that would be good bait? They are very harmless - probably they are inside because of colder temps. If they found their way in they will probalby go out as soon as it warms up. They have very fast metabolism so eat pretty much constantly and there is probably more food for them outside then in.

By Tclenche on 6/8/2016 8:06:45 PM

put the sticky pads along baseboards and if possible behind things, shrews and other rodents tend to follow the walls.

By patsy on 6/8/2016 8:47:35 PM

Yes I did catch one with sticky pads. The weather is very cold and damp. I think they may have gotten into my basement door while my son was bringing furniture inside. Oh dears they are so 

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