The effectiveness of any rat bait depends on the environment and habits of those rats. Rats usually tends to avoid new objects, so those traps take a long time to be effective. Rat traps can be more effective if they have attractants which is usually called baits. Because rats are scavengers, the most effective rat attractant is food. Fruits and vegetables also attract the black rats. Meats and fishes are brown rats’ favorite food. However, it is the best to utilize food baits which are not likely to spoil in unreachable locations. We shouldn’t use peanut butter because some people may be allergic to the smell of this kind of bait. Another nest materials can attract them such as bits of string, yarn or even cotton balls.
Rodenticide are created to kill rodents, rather than to catch them. These baits can harm human, pets and wild animals if misapplied or ingested. Bait stations need to be used to prevent children and pets from accessing these baits.
However, it is recommended that pest control experts should be consulted prior to using any bait around a home. Proper pest identification before treatment is very necessary because differences species have different treatment methods. Contact experts to have the best solution.