There is no houseguest quite as unwanted as the highly adaptable, grossly destructive, and possibly even dangerous wild house rat. Rats have been notable throughout history as carriers of fleas and diseases, as well as unwelcome vermin that will ruin both your food and your house. They can be destructive, disturbing, and even a little scary. This is why it is important to counteract their movements in and around your home with a variety of different rat traps – and peanut butter. Because having a trap means nothing until you have something as alluring as peanut butter. Right?
Do Rats Like Peanut Butter?
But why peanut butter? Do rats like peanut butter? In fact, they absolutely do. There is little information regarding exactly why rats and peanut butter go together so well – or how anyone found out that they did. Regardless of why and how, it has been tested and proven that one of the best and most trusted ways to bait a rat is by spreading the yummy, sticky substance that is peanut butter right onto a trap. Once you get it all set, the rats will be sure to come running.
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There are two distinguishable rats that you might notice in your home: black rats and brown rats. Black rats are vegetarians, so they eat only plant foods – while brown rats eat both meat and plant foods. You know what the perfect plant food that both of them will love is? That’s right. Peanut butter. Not only does it fit with a rat’s diet, but it is also sticky, making the rat more likely to disturb as well as set off the trap. Who knew that peanut butter would be good for something other than eating with a spoon?
Other Ways to Trap Rats
Besides using peanut butter, there are a few other tried and true ways to effectively trap rats and quickly spare your home of any further damage. For example, you can place cardboard tunnels over the rat traps to create an enclosed space that will attract rats to the peanut butter trap even more so than they already are (if that’s even possible). It is also important to note that rats are very shy creatures that take a while to warm up to new surroundings, so don’t be worried if it’s been a week or so and nothing has happened. Rats will have to first grow accustomed to the traps before they will approach them. So wait patiently, because soon the rats will give in to the temptation of the peanut butter.
Trapping rats can be frustrating as well as a little gross, but in the end, it will all be worth it. There are a variety of ways to trap rats, with multiple different trap types out there that will catch a rat however you deem appropriate. One thing that is universally true, though, no matter the trap – peanut butter. To successfully protect your home against invading wild rats, be sure to use peanut butter as bait. Because just like us, rats and peanut butter seem to go together incredibly well.