Squirrels are mainly vegetarians
it comes to squirrels, there are a lot of
things that these little critters will eat that make gardeners hate
them. Not only are squirrels one of the most hated creatures in
the rodent family because of their diet but they are also one of the
cutest looking rodents! Squirrels have been an annoyance to many
gardeners for centuries and if you are interested in exactly what do
squirrels eat, that is what we are going to explore in this article!
squirrels are vegetarians. There are a few exceptions like the
flying squirrel. The flying squirrel will eat small birds,
insects and definitely steal eggs from birds nest in order to make a
meal. Generally speaking though, squirrels will mainly stick to
things that are vegetarian related.
main diet of squirrels is: nuts, seeds, fruits, lichens, buds,
mushrooms, roots, pine cones, leaves, twigs, bark, black walnuts,
oranges, avocados, apples, apricots. One of their favorites is
definitely corn on the cob that is dried and hung up for them.
Squirrels are not picky eaters at all and they will pretty much
consume anything that is in front of them as long as it tastes good,
this is especially true when it comes to flower bulbs!
that we have explored exactly what a squirrel eats, let’s go ahead
and explore why exactly gardeners
hate these adorable creatures so much. Well, as you might know,
squirrels love to dig and hide their extra food all over the place.
This is not just done just before the winter time; it is actually done
all year round. So while the squirrels are digging, they are
usually not only trying to hide their extra nuts the garden soil, but
they are also digging up fresh bulbs that gardeners plant in the
spring time. One of the favorite things on a squirrel’s menu
is flower bulbs.
about the taste of a bulb is absolutely something that a squirrel can
not resist and if they happen to dig one up while they are hiding
their nuts in the soil, and then they will swap it out! This is
one of the reasons why gardeners and squirrels simply do not get along
at all. Gardeners will spend all of that time planting a whole
lot of bulbs only to get half of the flowers that they planted due to
squirrels digging up the rest!