Keep Shrews at Bay with Rodent Control in Alaska

February 1, 2017 2:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Rodents are a nuisance. Most of these pests do nothing better than destroy your lawn and ravage your vegetable garden. But did you know your lawn and garden can actually benefit from the presence of a shrew? This tiny mammal can feast upon some of the creatures (such as snails and slugs) that could cause major damage to your prized tomato plant.

Unfortunately, this little rodent can also turn into a big problem if it were to get into your garage or home. Not only can the shrew do some major damage to your property, but its painful bite could also transmit a deadly disease. Luckily, with rodent control in Alaska, you can take a few simple steps to keep your loved ones safe.

Identifying a shrew

Shrews are quite small and incredibly quick, which means it can be quite difficult to get a good look at them. These tiny creatures have elongated snouts and are covered with thick brown coats. Their narrow eyes aren’t well suited for seeing, so they primarily rely on their senses of hearing and smell to navigate, while also avoiding any predators. While they may look cute and innocent, remember that the shrew is venomous. Luckily, their venom is not fatal to humans, but a bite will result in a mild reaction.

Determining whether you have an infestation

Having a shrew problem isn’t as easy as identifying whether something has been digging around your yard, as they typically live in the same tunnels created by moles and other underground dwelling rodents. The only way to figure out whether your property is home to a family of shrews is to actually see and identify them. Watch out for their long, pointed snouts and dark eyes to distinguish them from common mice.

Preventing an infestation

Shrews aren’t too much of a nuisance in the yard area, as they tend to primarily survive on a diet of wasps, snails and grasshoppers. Many homeowners welcome shrews because they keep these pests out of their yards. But it’s important that shrews remain in designated areas where they cannot get into your garden and eat seeds and roots. Regularly mow and weed your lawn to remove any possible hiding spots. Finally, do not let the shrews get inside your home, as they will feast upon any foods they can find before contaminating your home with feces and urine!

Eliminating the problem

Never attempt to pick up a shrew, as it will likely bite. While its venom isn’t deadly, the actual bite can be quite painful and may transmit diseases. Instead, contact a professional rodent control specialist with Pied Piper Pest Control. Our team of trained professionals knows the quickest and most efficient ways to trap these rodents. They will then take the necessary steps to ensure that you won’t face another shrew infestation in the future.

Call Pied Piper Pest Control today for more information about rodent control in Alaska, including dealing with a shrew problem. We look forward to helping you!

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