The Best Rat Trap Baits
Bait and traps are great, but what happens when they fail to entice your target rodents? Bait or trap shyness, are a common challenge facing both amateurs and professionals, so we dig a little deeper so you can get better results.
Rats like humans are relatively bright and will learn by experience what is likely to kill them – they become wary. They call this trait neophobia, and it primarily refers to a fear of new things, like your traps.
To keep the odds of successful rat control in your favour, you need to use a bait and technique that is going outsmart the rats and here is one technique to do just that.
The best rat trap bait
Believe it or not, the best and the most reliable bait is not peanut butter as many would suggest, but is, in fact, dark chocolate with a minimum 70% cocoa content.
How to bait a rat trap
Rat traps come in all shapes and sizes, but most traditional traps have a flaw. They allow mice, and young rats to cherry pick the bait right of the trigger. So how do we get around this?
A simple trick with any rodent control device is to glue the bait to the trap, or in the case of chocolate, melt one edge and use it to stick the chocolate on the trigger/stage.
This one simple hack will double your chances of catching those pesky rats the first time.
The top rat baits we hear about again and again include:
- Peanut butter
- Sugar puffs
- Raisins and sultanas
- Chocolate in all its forms
- Sunflower seed centres made into a paste.
If you know any better baits or techniques, please share them with our visitors. Thank you.
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