What is the Best Bait for Catching Rats
Rats will eat pretty much anything, as you’ve probably noticed by the ransacking they’ve been doing in your kitchen. They love anything that they can get their paws on. However, there are some baits that you can use that have proven to be more effective.
Often peanut butter works just fine, rats typically cannot chew through the jar of peanut butter so it is a new and exciting treat for them. They also love meats, such as bacon or slim jims. The greasy smell will lure them right into a trap. However, if you notice there is a cereal or food that they have been particularly fond of, you can try that as well. Since it is a known treat, they may get more excited for it and go straight to the trap. Keep in mimd that rats don't navigate using their eyes as much as their nose. The bait should be fresh and produce an odor so that they will be enticed. This is especially important in spaces like garages and basements that tend to have a a musty smell.
The trapping process can take a while, so don’t be surprised if you aren’t catching rats on the first couple days. It is not unusual for them to be a bit weary and stay clear of traps. If you haven’t had any catches for about a week, it would be time to change to a different bait. This way you aren’t confusing them by changing it daily, and they have some time to get used to the food just sitting there.