What sort of bait should I use for rat traps?

So many choices, how do you know which works best?

Peanut butter

The usual recommendation for rats is peanut butter. Not only is it aromatic so rats will seek it out, it’s sticky and therefore they need to try to lick it off the trap, keeping them there for longer and making it very likely they’ll trigger the trap.

Professional lures

Invertebrates such as slugs and ants will also eat peanut butter, and so if you’re not catching anything but your bait is disappearing, consider buying a specially formulated rat lure from a hardware store or online. These are designed so that they will last a long time, sometimes months, without having to be replaced.

Simple foods

People also have success with the following.

  • Eggs
  • Dried or fresh meats
  • Dried or fresh fruit
  • Cereals

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