What are rats most attracted to? Well, pretty much everything. Rodents are extremely adaptable in terms of where they live and what they eat. For that reason, rats have been around for centuries, bringing disease and damage to human beings.

Rats Love Nuts, Grains and Seeds

Rats will eat just about anything. All rodents love nuts – any kind of nut will do. Nuts serve as a high-protein energy source for rodents. Grains and seeds are also natural food for rats and mice. Farmers in Tennessee and northern Mississippi constantly battle to keep rodents out of their grain storage bins.

At your home, rats might raid your garden or your bird feeder. Likewise, these pests might raid your kitchen if you have unsealed baking ingredients or other grains, so be sure to keep everything sealed in airtight containers.

Not surprisingly, rodents also love to eat berries and fruits. If you have fruit trees or berry bushes, rodents are definitely attracted to those little gems. However, if you have fruit scraps in uncovered trash cans, rodents are drawn to the sweet smell of those fruits, so keep trash bagged and covered.

Other Foods Rats Love

Rats also love plants, even if the plant does not bear fruit. They’ll eat grass and weeds, small twigs and bark, and many plants commonly used to landscape homes. It might surprise you to know that rats are carnivores, meaning they will eat meat. While these pests prefer things like seeds and grains, they will definitely eat chicken, fish and even red meats. The animals don’t hunt for meat, but they’ll eat meat if it happens to be available. Rats in particular love to sink their teeth into a juicy bit of meat. Rats are expert dumpster divers and they will eat meat in uncovered trash cans or even roadkill.

Pet foods are also a magnet for rodents. They love cat food, dog food, fish food and even hay, so keep all pet foods sealed. Rats will even eat things that are not food, such as clothing and leather. Amazingly, rats are very attracted to salt. They will try to eat as much as possible, so keep those shakers covered. If you have bags of rock salt in your shed or garage for the winter, keep it in a sealed container.

Keep It Clean

Rats have short life spans, but they spend most of that time eating, so it is important to keep items stored and your kitchen clean. Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink, wipe down all food preparation surfaces to remove crumbs, and keep open food packages stored in plastic or glass containers.

If you fear that you have an infestation, contact the professionals at Proven Pest Management. We will come out, do an inspection, and rid you of your rodent problem for good.