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The bait you use should always depend on the kind of animal you’re trying to trap, but for the most part, it doesn’t really matter too much. Take the average opossum — they become roadkill trying to eat roadkill. Rats will eat feces if there is still some food left in it. Raccoons will rummage through garbage cans to eat the food you don’t think is safe to consume anymore. It’s safe to say that these creatures will eat anything, and that certainly makes baiting traps much easier.
There are a few foods that you probably won’t want to use, and these will include raw meats, and fresh food. Well, that’s unless you want to check it regularly. Although these animals could very well eat the food after it's started to go bad, the bad food itself will attract other pests. That goes against the point of getting rid of the original animal, doesn't it?
That being said, opossums tend to go after rotting meat more than other animals, hence the roadkill problem we discussed earlier. Squirrels seem to really like peanuts, nut not shelled ones -- the ones that are still left in their shells. Raccoons, on the other hand, have a much sweeter tooth. They love marshmallows, but you must remember that these can melt and make a right mess in the heat of summer.
Meat is a winner as far as trapping animals are concerned, but remember that you could attract animals you don’t want too. If you use cat food in a trap, you may also attract cats. This means the trap will not trap the animal you're trying to catch.
You'll generally fin that baiting traps is a matter of trial and error, but if the traps aren't working to catch the animal, it’s probably something else causing the problem. The bait isn't overly important. The placement, on the other hand, is. Pay more attention to where the traps are going, rather than what bait you're putting in them, and you'll have a much easier ride on your hands.
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