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10 Rat Myths

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Traditionalists might consider cheese to be the ideal rat bait, but there are lots more effective foods and substances to bait traps with. Professionals often recommend using a dollop of peanut butter as bait, along with meat, chocolate or dried fruit. Cotton balls can also work: Female rats may be tempted to snatch them for nesting purposes.

Rat traps should be placed close to walls and in out-of-the-way protected or darkened places where signs of rat activity have been spotted. They can be made more effective by prebaiting them -- the rats encounter a sweet new spot for finding free food, but then the second time they go to snatch a snack: snap!

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