When baiting for rodents using snap traps, always remember that less is more. You don’t need a lot; roughly about a kidney bean-size amount of bait will work. Adding too much bait can lead to problems in two ways:
- The rodents may be able to get enough of the bait without fully committing to the trap.
- Too much bait can adversely affect trap performance.
If using bait, be sure to check for any household allergies first. If you aren’t having any luck with food-based baits, be sure to switch it up. Nesting materials like cotton balls or paper towel scraps often can prove desirable. Also, experiment with adding a little vanilla extract to these materials to help sweeten the deal.