Rat Tea is simply liquid rat odor that can be used to set trails for training at home as well as for Trailing & Locating competitions. Making rat tea is easy, even if you don’t have rats.
- 2 – 3 cups of used rat bedding (if you don’t have rats, your local pet store will often send you home with a bag of used bedding)
- Cheese cloth, pantyhose or similar
- Spray Bottles / Storage Containers
- Rubber or Nitrile Gloves
Directions: Place rat bedding inside pantyhose or cheese cloth. Twist and knot the end so no bedding can spill out. Boil 1 gallon of water. Pour into a bucket. We recommend one with a pour spout for ease of us. Steep the rat bedding tea bag in the water for 60 minutes. Remove the tea bag. Pour the rat tea into a spray bottle or jug.
There are two ways you can use your rat tea:
- Using a spray bottle. Set the nozzle to stream. Spray the scent line as desired.
- Using a rag on a string. Soak the rag in rat tea. Drag the scent line as desired.
About the photo: Zara UL-I TL-I, a six year old Weimaraner, follows the track in Trailing & Locating. Zara is loved and owned by Gill Norris. Photo credit by Rebecca Munson.