Best Baits You Can Use to Trap Rats

August 14, 2018 3 min read


One of the biggest frustrations in trying to trap rats is identifying the right bait for the job at hand. We often hear people say they’ve tried it all, but have had little luck in reliably attracting rodents to a trap.

Unfortunately, it’s true that finding the best bait for your particular situation might require a bit of trial and error. But the good news is that these days there are more options for rodent bait than there have ever been before, ranging from scientifically developed formulations to everyday products you probably already have in your pantry.

Here, we take a look at a few of the best bait options for trapping rats:

1. Chocolate or Nut Butter Formula Lures

One bait option that is growing in popularity is the chocolate or nut butter formula lure. The lures have been scientifically developed to attract rats for a full month, and they are designed to remain stable in all weather conditions. That means you don’t have to check or re-bait your traps as often as most other options. Plus, they’re a non-toxic option, which means they’re safe around pets and birds.

In many environments, chocolate or nut butter proves to be a great rat lure because it gives off such an attractive, distinctive aroma. Rats don’t often encounter chocolate in rural settings and around suburban lawns, so they are instinctively drawn to it when they catch a whiff.

2. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter makes an easy rat lure that most people already have in their pantry. A scoop or dollop of the spread can serve as a highly attractive bait, since it gives off an intriguing odor that rats easily detect. Another perk of peanut butter? It’s also a non-toxic option.

3. DIY Lures

In some cases, your best bet is going to be to use food that the rats have already grown accustomed to. Consider where you’re having a rodent problem. Is there dog food, animal feed, or bird seed present? Do you have a compost bin or vegetable garden, or do you regularly leave food scraps in readily accessible areas? All of these could be attracting the rats, which gives you an opportunity to create lures that you know will work.

Revolutionary, automatic, and toxin-free rat and mouse control for your home or business.

With a DIY lure basket, you have the flexibility to use whatever lure you want. So if the rats near your home have fallen in love with your pet’s food, you can incorporate it into the lure. Or, if they can’t resist your compost, add a bit to the basket. You can even supplement the lure with chocolate or nut butter formula, or peanut butter to make it even more irresistible.

4. What Not to Use

You’ll probably notice that cheese didn’t make our list, even though it’s stereotypically known as a rodent’s favorite food. For the most part, cheese isn’t very effective in the real world. That’s because some rat subspecies don’t even eat cheese, and some types of cheese simply don’t give off an appealing scent to others. With most rats, you’re better off focusing on some of the solutions above.

5. Get Creative

Remember, trapping rats takes some patience—especially in identifying what will attract them to the trap. If one bait doesn’t seem to be working after a week or so, get creative and try something else. Learn a bit about what types of rats are common in your area, and set out bait that suits their diet. In the meantime, remove other potential sources of food, such as bird feeders or pet food, so the rats will be more drawn to your bait. With a bit of patience, you’ll start to see results and know that you found the best bait for your situation.

The Homeowners Guide To Catching Rats & Mice

Every year, rats and mice enter 20 million U.S. homes uninvited. They reproduce rapidly, and can cost thousands of dollars in damages and extermination costs. They can ruin equipment, spoil food and start fires by chewing on wires.

We’ve trapped millions (seriously, millions) of rats and mice and the knowledge of what it takes to achieve success is highlighted in this guide.

Homehowners Guide to Catching Rats


Also in News

How Rats Spread Typhus
How Rats Spread Typhus

September 14, 2021 5 min read

Rats have a well-deserved reputation as disease carriers. In fact, rodents have been spreading diseases for most of human history.
What Wildlife Is Impacted Most By Rat Poison?
What Wildlife Is Impacted Most By Rat Poison?

August 27, 2021 5 min read

People commonly discuss alternatives to poisons when dealing with mouse and rat problems. However, there's a related topic that is equally important, but discussed far less often. 
Top 6 Trail Camera's For Your Rat & Mouse Trap
Top 6 Trail Camera's For Your Rat & Mouse Trap

July 29, 2021 6 min read

Sometimes taking care of a mouse or rat problem is fairly straightforward. You set up a rat trap, and that's the beginning and the end of the story. But rodents can be surprisingly clever. What's more, their behavior is often influenced by additional variables you might never suspect.