Due to hamsters being such a low maintenance pet, they have seen a spike in their popularity in recent years due to being so easy to keep if you live a busy lifestyle.
With so many people leading such busy lives these days, more and more people are starting to turn to keeping hamsters and other small pets rather than the more traditional cats and dogs.
We have noticed that a large number of people who are new to keeping pet hamsters have started reaching out and asking about the bugs in their hamster’s food.
Now, there are usually two ways that this can be interpreted, the first is parts of freeze-dried insects in their hamster’s food but this is normal with some brands as hamsters are omnivores and would naturally eat insects in the wild.
If this is the problem then there are some excellent hamster food options without insect parts that you can try.
The second thing, and the most common one by far is that there are actual live bugs living in your hamster’s food.
Although there are a number of bugs that can do this, the most common one by far are weevils and they will happily live in your hamster’s food and eat it but there are steps you are able to take that we will cover below to prevent this.
How To Deal With Bugs In Hamster Food!
It can be common for weevils to lay eggs in hamster food resulting in your stored hamster food having live bugs in it. In some cases, the weevils will hatch once you have put the food in your hamster’s bowl and your hamster will simply eat them.
Unfortunately, in some areas, it is almost impossible to prevent weevils and other bugs from laying their eggs in your hamster’s food once you open the bag.
Some people have taken to storing their hamster’s food in cereal containers once the bag is open due to it being much harder for the bugs to get into the food to lay their eggs.
Some people don’t care as much as others and will simply leave the bugs in their hamster food to their fate. Hamsters will happily eat a wide range of insects with various insects making up a surprisingly large part of the diet of a wild hamster.
How To Prevent Weevils In Hamster Food!
The easiest way to prevent weevils in your hamster’s food is to freeze any new hamster food that you get for at least three days to kill any weevil eggs in the food.
Once the hamster food has then been defrosted you store it in a suitable container with a locking lid like a cereal container until you need to put new food in your hamster’s bowl.
Although this can be a lot of hassle, it is the more popular and most effective way of preventing bugs in your hamster food. Weevils are surprisingly resourceful and they can often get into places that people initially think they won’t.
Weevil eggs can also be frozen for as long as a day and survive without issue so we always recommend that you freeze new hamster food for at least three days.
You are able to use cereal containers, pasta containers, or coffee containers as your preferred method of storing your hamster food once you have defrosted it.
The key thing to look for is a reliably locking lid that will form a tight seal once closed to prevent the weevils getting into your hamster’s food with a cereal container usually being the best option due to their low price and efficiency.
Can Hamsters Eat Weevils?
Hamsters can eat weevils and the majority of hamsters will happily eat any weevils that they end up finding in their food. Weevils can provide a great source of protein for your hamster as well as being an excellent source of vitamins and minerals too.
There are actually reports of people who keep multiple hamsters developing a taste for weevils and fighting each other to decide who gets to eat any weevils they find.
There are even some reports of the hamsters being so focused on fighting each other than the weevil just walks off and lives to pester another day.
We know that a huge number of people presume that hamsters are herbivores but they are actually omnivores and they will eat both plant and animal-based foods without issue.
In some situations, the food that your hamster hoards can end up with weevil eggs in it with your hamster ending up with additional treats when they hatch.
Are Weevils Harmful To Hamsters?
Weevils are not toxic and many wild animals will eat them as a part of their natural diet. Hamsters can also eat weevils without issue with there being plenty of hamster owners who let their hamsters eat any weevils in their food rather than try to remove them.
Hamsters tend to eat weevils as soon as they find them so the weevil doesn’t get much of a chance to try and defend itself. Even if it did though, the jaws of the weevil are just too weak to deal any type of harm to your hamster anyway.
As we touched on earlier, there are multiple reports of hamsters kept in the same cage actually fighting each other to decide who gets to eat a weevil in their cage.
This can potentially mean that the other hamsters in the cage pose more of a threat to your hamster than the actual weevil.
That brings our article going over bugs in hamster food and how you are able to stop them to an end. There are a range of different bugs that can end up living in hamster food but the most common one by far is the weevil and your hamster will simply eat them if it finds any in its meals. We have covered the most popular method to prevent bugs from living in your hamster food but it does tend to be more time and effort than it’s worth for most people.