We Have Toads!

By Erin Huffstetler | 06/23/2014 | 4 Comments

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Saturday, our farmer friends brought us five toads, and we released them into our garden. They’re our latest in a long line of organic pest control measures.

Toads eat slugs, grubs, mosquitoes, flies and all sorts of other insects. I’m hoping they’ll help us with our mosquito problem.

Toad in Bird Bath

We set up a bird bath top under the condensation drain for our HVAC system, and released a couple over there.

Toad in Fountain

Then, we released the rest over next to our fountain.

Toad House

To create a shelter for them, we turned a couple flower pots on their side, buried the bottom portion in the ground, and then added a layer of leaves to the inside. The perfect little toad houses.

Hopefully they’ll decide to stick around and make our garden their home.

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  1. How can I get toads for my garden? We have a problem with slugs and I would love for them to be someone’s snack!

    • Hi Cindy,

      I’d start by seeing if you can attract them to your yard. A water source and something to serve as a shelter usually does the trick. As I mentioned, I just stuck a flower pot on its side and filled it partway with dirt and leaves to create a little toad house. The fact that you have a lot of slugs should help to attract them, too. If that doesn’t work for you (or you just want faster results), you can actually buy tadpoles or toads online. Kinda fun.

  2. You guys must have a very different brand of toad than we do in Australia.
    Here – you help them on their way to heaven with a golf club :-/
    they are poisonous to animals, and breed like rabbits – and are utter vermin.
    Horrible things…. *shudder*

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