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Unusual Attractants Used to Bait Rodents

Unusual Attractants Used to Bait Rodents

Albia, IA (February 6, 2024) – When it comes to getting rid of rodents, no stone should be left unturned. Most of us have heard about the most common attractants such as peanut butter, however, some pest management professionals (PMPs) have turned to the obscure to capture rodent pests. The following article highlights some baiting tricks that PMPs have successfully utilized in their pest control management plans. 

Proper Prepping

Before we get into the list of baits you can try at home or work, it’s recommended to not transfer human scent to the trap or the chosen bait. Consider wearing disposable gloves when setting up and placing traps to have the best chance of catching any pesky pests.

Oldies but Goodies

Years of experience and ample amounts of testing have allowed PMPs to further confirm two things: peanut butter works and so does cheese. Not that rodents are super picky, but when it comes to cheese, the smellier the better.

Nest Materials 

Nesting materials aren’t food-related but rodents are always on the lookout for scraps to make their nest a bit cozier. While it may seem counterintuitive to provide helpful items to pests you are trying to eliminate, this is an opportunity to catch rodents off guard. Potential nesting materials may include

  • Loose string
  • Cotton balls
  • Cloth scraps
  • Pieces of lint, carpet, etc.

Obscure Attractants 

For individuals who have ‘been there, tried that’ with baits such as peanut butter and cheese, there are some obscure attractants that PMPs have reported as being effective. Some of these include

  • Oranges
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bacon grease
  • Ketchup
  • Avocado 
  • Fish
  • Pieces of candy bars
  • Dog treats
  • Jelly beans

And there is more where that came from. This article from Pest Management Professional highlights PMP survey results that proclaim other, even more unusual attractants. 

More Pest Tips

Aside from mice and rats, there are plenty of other pests to protect from. The Pest Control Center at provides a plethora of best practices and tips and tricks to give you the knowledge needed to take on many would-be-invaders. 

For more information on pest products manufactured by Kness Pest Defense, consumers are urged to visit their official website or reach out to Kness sales representatives here


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