10 Best Mouse Trap Bait Options

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If you have mice in your home, or you are being kept awake by strange noises in your attic, then you will need to either call a professional or tackle the problem yourself.

If you are going to tackle the mice problem yourself then you will need some effective mouse traps, and before setting your mouse trap, you will also need to know what the best mouse bait is.

Because when you know what bait mice like, they are much easier to trap!

Best Mouse Bait – Cheat Sheet

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Full List Of The Best Mouse Trap Bait

Peanut Butter

mouse trap bait, peanut butter on knife and toast
Peanut butter is the perfect mouse trap bait because it is sticky and sweet. Mice will have trouble stealing the bait and escaping the trap!

Peanut butter has worked for me in the past when I have caught mice and rats, and it is my go-to product when I need to catch them! It is one of the most common and well-known mice baits to use and is easily available.

Obviously, you need to ensure that nobody with a peanut allergy will be in contact with the traps before choosing this bait!

Mice have an incredible sense of smell which means you only need to use a small amount to tempt them.


chocolate bar, bitten. Mouse trap bait
Chocolate is an excellent mouse trap bait, especially if the environment is warm enough to melt it a little!

Mice have a sweet tooth, which makes chocolate a fantastic choice for mouse bait.

Simply add a piece of chocolate to the trap before setting it. I have found in the past that heating chocolate up and pouring a little bit of it on the trap works better than just adding a chunk of chocolate.

By adding a chunk of chocolate, you risk the bait either falling off or being taken by the mouse if it is clever enough.

Melting chocolate before applying means it is stuck to the trap and extra force is needed to remove it, which results in more successful trapping.

Cat/Dog Food

Cat eating food from dish
Wet Cat or Dog food is an awesome Mouse trap bait! Just ensure it is not accessible by any of your pets!

Wet cat or dog food is an excellent choice for mouse bait. Not only do you have the chuck to attract them but they will also want to lick the mouse trap clean afterward!

Again, you do not have to add a great deal of food onto the trap, simply add a small amount.


hazelnuts, cobnuts, mouse trap bait
Nuts are an awesome Mouse trap bait. Do not just add the nut onto the trap, ensure that it is on the trap tight. Make it difficult to take off!

Mice eat nuts in the wild, so why not use it as bait for a mouse trap?

Before setting the mouse trap, break the nut into pieces and try to squash it onto the trap. This will ensure the nut will not roll off before the mouse gets to it!

Hazelnut Spread

Jar of hazelnut spread
Hazelnut spread is perfect to use as a mouse trap bait. It is sticky, sweet, and difficult to eat without triggering the trap.

Hazelnut spread is nutty and chocolaty! A fierce combination of smells that will attract mice straight to the trap.

Like the rest of the options on this page, you only need to add a small amount to the trap to attract mice.

Ensure that you go for the full-fat version, do not be tempted to go for a reduced-calorie hazelnut spread.

Similar to the peanut butter, please do not use if anyone in the house has a nut allergy.


Caramel chocolate egg, half egg with caramel leaking out
Caramel is also sticky and sweet. Perfect bait for a mouse trap!

Caramel on its own works perfectly well, but it works even better if it is inside some chocolate.

Grab yourself some caramel and place it on the mouse trap! Not only is it very sweet and attractive to Mice, but it also sticks to the trap and increases the chances of a successful capture.

Soft Cheese

Soft cheese in a container
Mice love cheese, especially if cartoons are to be believed! Soft cheese will keep the mouse on the trap until it is triggered.

Mice like cheese, I do not need to tell you that! But which cheese is the best for mouse bait?

I have not had much success in the past with hard cheese, but I have had a lot of success with soft cheese.

It does not have to be the smelliest cheese either, any soft cheese is perfect for the job. The soft cheese will stick to the trap, increasing the chances of a successful capture!

The only drawback with cheese is that if you leave the traps too long, you will begin to smell it.


Carved beef joint
Meat is a good choice to use as a mouse trap bait. You need to replace regularly.

Mice eat meat too, and I have had success in the past when I have used cuts of hot dogs, and other meat.

Bacon is a great option, and although you can use cooked and uncooked, my preference is to place cooked Bacon onto the mouse trap because it reduces the risk of spreading bacteria.

Chicken, Turkey, Ham, and Beef are great meat options for trapping mice.

Like cheese, meat is an option that I use to catch mice however, it is worth remembering that you need to check on the traps regularly and ensure you swap over the meat before you smell it!

Mouse Food (Seeds)

2 mice eating seeds
Mouse food is an excellent choice to use as a bait!

Take a trip to the local pet shop and purchase some mouse food. When you have mice as pets, this is the food they live on.

Mouse food is mostly made up of seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, but it can also contain maize, wheat, and oats. All of these ingredients will tempt mice onto the trap.

Gumdrops/Gummy Bears

red, green gumpdrops
Gumdrops can be stuck onto the mouse trap. Because they are sweet, they will be a huge temptation for Mice!

Gumdrops are sticky, sugary and can even be covered in chocolate. Perfect for catching mice!

Simply buy some cheap gumdrops and push them onto the mouse trap before setting it. I have caught Mice before when using gumdrops on a mouse trap.

Not only are they appealing to mice, but they also stick nicely to the trap which means the mice need to apply some pressure to eat them. When pressure is applied…SNAP!

My Mouse Trap Bait Is Being Stolen, Help!

If your mouse bait is being stolen, then it is likely to be due to the traps being placed incorrectly. You should always look to place mouse traps in the best locations. They should be tight up against the wall with the trap closest to the wall, leaving the mouse in a restricted position.

Sometimes, it is not just the bait that disappears, it can be the entire trap!

We have written a post that covers the things you need to do to stop your mouse trap from disappearing, which is worth a read!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Above are 10 of the best mouse trap bait options to ensure you get a successful capture in your bid to have a mouse free house!

When setting your traps (includes instructions for how to bait a mouse trap), you must remember to set the traps correctly, and safely. Always apply the bait before you set the trap, and already ensure you are wearing gloves to avoid getting your scent on the trap.

If a mouse scurries up to the mouse trap and senses human scent, it may avoid taking the bait.

When setting bait onto mouse traps the best options are those that stick to the trap. Anything that can roll off (whole nuts for example) can result in a mouse grabbing the food and walking off without a care in the world!

Use more than one mouse trap too. The bad news is that if you hear mice, you are likely to have more than one. There is an old saying:

The second Mouse gets the cheese

That saying is very relevant when setting mouse traps. One mouse will try for the bait and will get caught, but how does that stop another Mouse grabbing the bait and having a nice feed?

With more than one mouse trap, you can increase your chances of ridding your house of a family of Mice. Check the traps regularly to dispose of any dead mice and reload the bait on the traps until you are sure all the mice are gone.

Personally, I have 6 mouse traps in my attic at all times, because you never know when one might stroll in and try to set up a family home!

Good luck


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