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
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.
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