Do squirrels eat grubs?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Squirrels do eat grubs. Grubs are the larvae of various insects, such as beetles, and they can be found in the soil, particularly in lawns and gardens. Squirrels are omnivores, which means they have a varied diet that includes both plant and animal matter. While squirrels are primarily known for their love of nuts and seeds, they are opportunistic eaters and will consume a wide range of food sources to meet their nutritional needs.

Grubs are a rich source of protein, which is an essential component of a squirrel’s diet. Squirrels have strong jaws and sharp teeth that enable them to break open the tough outer shells of grubs and extract the nutritious contents inside. They may dig into the soil or use their sharp claws to uncover grubs that are hiding beneath the surface.

In my own experience, I have observed squirrels feeding on grubs in my lawn. During the spring and summer months, when grubs are more abundant, I have seen squirrels actively foraging for these juicy morsels. They would scratch the soil, sniff around, and then quickly snatch up any grubs they find. It is fascinating to watch their agility and determination as they search for food.

It is worth noting that squirrels are not the only creatures that eat grubs. There are several other animals that are attracted to these tasty larvae. Moles, for example, are notorious grub hunters. They tunnel through the soil, searching for grubs and other soil-dwelling insects to feed on. Skunks are also known to dig up lawns in search of grubs, often leaving behind unsightly patches of upturned soil.

Raccoons, dogs, and birds are among the other culprits that may feast on grubs. Raccoons, being opportunistic scavengers, will readily consume grubs if they come across them. Dogs, especially those with a strong prey drive, may be tempted to dig up lawns and gardens in search of grubs. Birds, such as crows and starlings, have been known to peck at lawns to access grubs and other insects.

Interestingly, even humans have been known to eat grubs in some cultures. While it may not be a common practice in many Western countries, in certain regions, grubs are considered a delicacy and are consumed as a source of protein. These edible larvae, often referred to as “insect caviar,” can be prepared in various ways, such as roasted or fried, and are said to have a nutty or buttery flavor.

Squirrels are indeed known to eat grubs as part of their diet. Grubs are a rich source of protein and attract various carnivores and omnivores, including moles, skunks, raccoons, dogs, birds, and even humans. Observing squirrels forage for grubs can be a fascinating sight, showcasing their resourcefulness and adaptability as they seek out different food sources.