Mealworms are larvae of the mealworm beetle. They undergo four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Mostly, Larvae reach a length of 2.5 cm or more.
The adults and larvae of mealworms live in moist, dark places. Stored grain and damaged grain residues are their typical habitats. However, you can also find them in moist organic matter.
Mealworms break down biowaste and polystyrene foam.
They are also known as super worms.
Mealworms are 44-69% protein by dry matter. Mealworms are commonly used as poultry and fish feed in Indonesia. The question is can dogs eat mealworms?
Can dogs eat mealworms?
Yes, dogs can eat mealworms. Mealworms contain 44-69% protein and 15% fat. Moreover, there is no poison. They are a much more ecologically friendly alternative to meat. So, your dog can eat mealworms without any problem.
Can dogs eat dried mealworms?
Yes, dogs can eat dried mealworms as they are nutritional bombs. Mealworms are a great source of protein as well as amino acids. Mixing mealworms with your dog’s regular diet will ultimately benefit your dog in the long run.
What is the difference between a mealworm and an earthworm?
Earthworms have pink fleshy color, larger size, and softer body without legs. Comparatively, Meal worms have brown-orange color, small size, and a harder body.
Can dogs get sick from eating mealworms?
No, your dog won’t get sick after eating mealworms as there is no poison in mealworms. Mealworms aren’t dangerous for dogs at all. If you have seen your dog eating mealworms, you don’t need to panic. Mealworms don’t pose a threat to your dog; they provide some additional protein. Dogs often consume bugs that don’t taste as good as mealworms.
Can a mealworm bite the dog?
The mandibles of mealworms function like jaws for eating, cutting, and holding food. They can bite your dog. However, they aren’t as dangerous as other worms.
Are mealworms harmful to humans?
No, mealworms are not harmful to humans. Food retailers sell mealworms and other insect-based food items like insect burgers that are edible for humans. They are usually sold in food markets along with other edible insects as street food. However, mealworm infestations can pose a threat to humans in situations such as poultry farming.
How do mealworms taste like?
Mealworms have a light, nutty aftertaste and a mild umami flavor. Almost anything goes well with them. You can add mealworms in dry or wet dog foods or food toppings.
Can mealworms eat dog food?
Yes, mealworms can eat dog food. Fungi, seeds, and decaying plants are their primary sources of nourishment in the wild. Moreover, mealworms in captivity can eat old cereal, dog or cat food, fruits, and vegetables.
Written by: Usman H. Yahya Reviewed by: Stephanie G. Gabriel