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What Rats Like to Eat

Rats are omnivores, which means they will eat plants and animals as food sources, just like humans. Despite the variety of rats, rats are generally also widely known as opportunistic eaters, which means they will eat whatever they find.

Rat eating habits

The ingenuity of rats in finding food cannot be doubted! Rats rely heavily on their sense of smell and taste when it comes to looking for food. Through their strong sense of smell, rats are known to detect odours from potential food sources from a considerable distance.

Through their good sense of taste, rats carry out “quality checks” on every food they eat. Rats have taste receptors on their tongue that help them distinguish between five flavour categories such as sweet, acidic, salty, bitter, and savoury.

As the main ability of rats to survive in the wild, the sense of taste possessed by rats helps them understand which foods are good for them to consume and which foods will be harmful if they consume them.

What is the rat’s favourite meal?

Rat eating in public

The food that rats eat depends on where they live. Even if they would eat everything they found, rats also had a preference for choosing food. This is why rats in the wild will feed on things that are different from those found in places where many humans are.

In the wild, rats tend to be vegetarian animals. The following are some rat foods in the wild:

  • Fruits
  • Seeds
  • Nuts


Rat eating bread

In urban areas or when rats enter a home, most rats will choose to consume almost all of the food that humans also consume. The rats’ favorite foods in your home are all foods that are high in fat, protein or sugar. The foods rats eat in your home include:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Cereal
  • Fruits
  • Bread

What foods do rats like as bait?

Even if rats eat everything, they will still choose the food they eat depending on where they live.

Many people mistakenly think that the same bait will work well to catch rats in many different places, for example, using fruits as bait in different properties such as homes, factories, or warehouses. Why is that?

For example, rats found in many bakeries would tend to be lured with baits such as wheat or cereal instead of baits such as fruits.

So, when you put fruit as a bait in a mousetrap, it’s not impossible that the rat will take longer or not even be interested in being tempted by the bait you provided. This is because fruit is not the usual food they eat at the bakery.

Therefore, in determining an effective rat bait, you should choose the foods that rats typically eat on your property, as they are used to consuming them quietly without you ever knowing.

Rat pesticide control

It’s not always easy to remove rats on your own, especially when it comes to choosing the best bait for trapping and removing rats from your home or business property. The best way to safely and efficiently prevent and eliminate rats is to seek professional pest control assistance.

Professional rat pest control will perform an initial assessment to understand the behavior and habits of the rat and its characteristics at your property; this also includes the rampant rat type in your area, the place where the rat lives, and the rat’s eating habits.

Don’t wait for your food to be eaten by rampant rats. Contact Rentokil online to schedule a free inspection at your site now!

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