Want to know which bait is the most successful for catching rats?
That is precisely what I will cover in this post! Getting rid of rats means using the correct bait.
A rat problem is something you need to resolve double-time because rats can carry some nasty diseases! After all, you have your health to consider.
In this post, we will take a look at the bait that I use for trapping rats in the order that I use them.
If you want to catch a rat, you should be using stinky, sticky bait!
One top tip from me: Scatter some of the rat trap bait around the trap too. I do this for three excellent reasons:
- It will attract the rat to the area of the trap
- It lulls the rat into a false sense of security
- The extra food will help to mask any human scent on the trap
Rats have an excellent sense of smell and will be very wary of anything new in their environment. If they sense that a human may have touched it, the rat might avoid your trap.
If you have rats in your attic, they will already be aware of the items in your attic. Rats will avoid anything new. Leaving a scattering of bait around the rat traps will help tempt it!
Here is a list of the best rat baits to use:
- Meat (Smoked Bacon is best)
- Cat/Dog Food (Sticky is best)
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate (Melt onto the trap)
- Fruit (Natural rat food)
- Gumdrops (Sticky and sweet)
- Nuts (Natural rat food)
- Seeds (Natural rat food)
- Cheese (Sticky and soft)
I’ve gone into more detail for each of the baits below.
Best Rat Trap Bait
Meat (Bacon/Sausage First)
Meat is the best rat bait for traps and is what I use every single time! Be sure to change it every 2-3 days, though.
Cooked or uncooked – the smellier, the better as far as I am concerned.
Rats love to eat meat, so throw on some bacon, or cut up sausage, and you are bound to attract a rat to your trap! Meat is the best food bait for rats. It would be best if you considered using smoked meat too, due to the extra tasty scent.
There are some drawbacks when it comes to using meat on a rat trap. After a few days, the meat begins to smell just as bad as a dead rat!
While it will still do an excellent job on your rat trap, I constantly revisit each trap and load it up again after 2 or 3 days.
Pet food needs to be changed every 2-3 days when used as bait.
Cat and dog food is full of meat, but it is also full of other ingredients that will attract a rat.
I love using cat or dog food as rat bait because they will happily lick away the residue. The more time the rat spends around the trap, the chances of catching it increase.
Smear some cat or dog food onto your rat trap for bait, and wait.
Like meat, you will need to replace the bait every couple of days to keep it fresh. You will need to wash the rat trap thoroughly before applying some more bait too.
Sticky, sweet, and full of fat! Peanut butter is one of the best bait for rat traps!
- Strong smell – yup
- Sticky – yup
- TASTY – yup
Peanut butter has all that is required to be an excellent rat trap bait, and it is one that I have used time and time again with high levels of success.
When setting up some rat traps, I always opt for the meat option first, but I will also load at least one rat trap with peanut butter.
You have to cater to the sweet-toothed rats, too, right?
All you need to do is smear a small amount of peanut butter upon the rat trap before setting it.
Leave the rat trap in an area where you know the rat has been frequenting.
I always leave four snap traps in my attic smeared with peanut butter, just in case I let my guard down and a rat gets in.
Chocolate is a superb option for rat trap bait because it is sweet, sticky, and tasty. Even for rats! Let’s face it, the quicker you get rid of rats, the more chocolate that is left over for you to eat.
Chocolate is one of the best rat bait options.
For some reason (which I have yet to discover), milk chocolate works better than its darker counterpart.
I guess that milk chocolate is sweeter.
And hey, it’s a bonus for me if rats do not like dark chocolate because it means more for me.
Load some chocolate on your snap trap, and get going!
Fruit will leave sweet residue on the trap, enticing the rat over to it!
Because it is both sticky and sweet, fruits are a top choice for rat trap bait.
Not only is fruit a regular part of a rat’s diet, but it will also leave sweet-smelling residue on the rat trap. When considering the best bait to catch rats, you have to think about what they eat in the wild.
As you may already know, rats have an excellent sense of smell, and they will smell fruit from a distance.
Consider which fruits are available in your area – because that is precisely what the local rats are used to eating!
You can also use dried fruit (it lasts longer on the trap), but I have had much more success when using fresh, sticky fruit.
Gumdrops offer those sweet-toothed rats some sugary goodness!
Candy in the form of gumdrops are excellent rat bait for one main reason:
Gumdrops are challenging to remove from the rat trap! The more difficult a food is to withdraw from the rat trap, the more successful you will be in catching a rat.
Think about it. If you use a nut as rat trap bait and the nut can easily roll-off, you are just giving the rat a free meal.
The last thing you want is for the rat to think that your home is a fantastic place to get a quick meal.
Make sure you crush some nuts onto the trap to make them difficult to remove!
Although I mentioned above that nuts could easily roll off a rat trap, you have options for placing the nuts down.
What do I do?
I crush the nuts onto the rat trap to create more of a smell and make it more challenging to remove the nut without triggering the trap. I also scatter a few nuts around the trap.
Here is a tip – crush the food on BEFORE setting the trap! It will save you from hurting your fingers!
As they form part of a rat’s regular diet, you can use seeds as rat trap bait.
Seeds are a regular part of a rat’s diet and should be used to coax them onto your freshly set rat traps!
Similar to nuts, it is a good idea to crush a small number of seeds onto the trap, along with a small number of whole seeds.
A good tip here is to set place some seeds around the rat trap. These seeds will act to draw the rat towards the trap, mask the scent of the trap, and give the rat some confidence to jump on it!
Cheese has a strong smell and will help to mask the scent of your rat trap!
The reason why cheese is such a fantastic idea for rat trap bait is that:
- It has a strong smell
- It can be sticky
- Rats are attracted to fatty foods
Cheese does not just work in cartoons. It works in real life too! Stick cheese with a strong odor is one of the best things to put in a rat trap!
Baiting A Rat Trap
Take a look at this video for how to bait a rat trap:
What food is irresistible to rats?
The best food to catch a rat is raw smokey bacon. I have used bacon so many times to catch a rat, and trust me, they find it eventually! It would be best if you replaced the bacon every few days, so be sure to wear gloves.
Peanut butter is irresistible to rats too.
Do rats learn to avoid traps?
If your trap for rats is set up and baited correctly, rats will not have any memory of anything terrible happening near a trap!
A rat does not know what a trap is but will avoid anything if it carries the scent of a human. You must always wear gloves when baiting a trap.
Rat trapping is more straightforward when you do not leave your scent on everything you have set up to trap them.
Do rats like cheese?
Yes – rats like cheese. I have used cheese to catch rats in the past. Usually, a rat will prefer sticky cheese with a strong odor.
Not only will the smell attract the rat to the rat, but it is also challenging to remove from the trap, which increases the chance of successfully catching the rat!
Now you know all of the food items I use and consider the best rat bait.
Although this information is freely available, I have confirmed this list repeatedly when catching rats.
When deciding which is the best rat trap bait, you have to consider what a rat eats in the wild.
In the wild, rats will eat pretty much anything. However, a healthy rat will opt for the following:
As I said, a rat will eat anything. Especially if it is hungry!
You must place any bait onto the rat trap before setting the trap. I am sure that you have already worked that out for yourselves, but I had to mention it!
Good luck catching the rats!
The bait you choose will define your rat control success rate.