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Do rodents eat insects?

There are many different kinds of rodents that are omnivores. This means that they will eat just about anything. If you have come across a rat then you know exactly what is being talked about here. These little beasts will get into just about anything and can make for quite a disastrous event within your kitchen or cabinet should they find some kind of tasty nugget to eat.

The question you may have is if all rodents are alike? Are there limitations to what rodents will eat and will all of them eat the same kind of diet is one another? This includes whether they would eat insects or not?

This is an interesting question and relates mostly to the kind of diet of the specific rodent. For example, a rabbit is most inclined to eat nothing more than fruits and vegetables. Despite having rather large and sharp teeth in the front of its mouth it limits its diet to vegetation. There have been cases during extreme shortages of food where a rabbit may diverge from its normal food sources, but these are in very rare cases. Also, the rabbit will very seldom if at all eat such things as insects or bugs.

Then there are rodents such as mice and rats who would find an insect to be quite a tasty treat for it. These animals are well known for eating virtually any kind of food that they find. They will eat fruits and vegetables like rabbits will, but will also find just as much nourishment out of eating things that are high in protein, such as bugs, lizards, and other kinds of rats or mice. These rodents have no aversion to eating such things as pork or chicken that you have left out or thrown away in your garbage can, proving that there really is very little limitation to what they will eat.

It is these kinds of rodents that will find bugs to be quite enjoyable for a meal. They will have no problem eating such thing as cockroaches, caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, and other insects that are large enough for them to be able to get some nourishment from.

What this demonstrates that it really depends on the kind of rodent that you are talking about in relation to whether they would eat insects or not. Many find that having rats or mice around their farm property actually helps to reduce the amount of insect population that is to be found. This is why they don’t necessarily get discouraged or upset about having these rodents around. They can help to reduce one problem, but you should be aware that these animals can create problems of their own. Read more: Rat Control, Get Rats Out of the Attic, Rat Trapping, Rats in the Ceiling, Rat Feces.

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