Frogs are common throughout the world. There are over 85 species here in the United States. The most common species include tree frogs, toads and bullfrogs. Tree frogs and bullfrogs are most common where there is adequate water for their survival and reproduction. Toads are more prevalent where it is dry. Though tree frogs are considered beneficial because they eat insects, in some cases local populations can become a nuisance.
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TOAD BIOLOGY *
Toads can become a problem for a few reasons. Though they can withstand dry, arid conditions, they will flock to areas where moisture is present. Mostly seeking food in these lush environments, toads will be seen foraging at night seeking insects and other creatures of the dark. One or two on the property can go unnoticed. But in many cases, this is the just the beginning.
During the day toads will nestle down into the turf, pine straw and other ground cover out of sight. When local environments aren’t providing enough food for toads, they’ll start massive migrations and these can result in messy yards, patios, pools and spas.
CANE TOADS *
In general, toads are harmless. But the Cane Toad has toxins which can be lethal to wildlife, pets and even people. Known as bufotoxins, this powerful class 1 chemical can cause hallucinations in small doses but if the frog is eaten, serious poisoning will usually result. For this reason Cane toads pose a risk in residential areas.
In recent years, Cane toads have been reported in Florida and Texas. They’re quite large and easy to spot so if you’re in a region where they’re known to be active, do not handle any large toad and be sure to keep the pets out of the yard until proper treatments are put in place.
TOAD NETTING *
The first way to help keep away toads is to install some PROTECTIVE NETTING or SCREENING. There are many locations where netting can prove effective at holding them off. If you already have a property fence in place but it’s not solid enough to keep out toads, add some netting to it along the base and up at least 24 inches. Be sure to plant the netting in the ground at least 6 inches so no gaps exist.
This same netting can be set up independent of a fence. Make sure it’s at least 24 inches tall and 6 inches in the ground. Installing it around any pond or body of water you wish to protect will help. Choose the netting that will have a small enough grid to hold off the size toads you see in your region.
TOAD REPELLENT GRANULES *
The second thing to do is apply some PEST RID GRANULES. These are made with natural ingredients and release odors certain animals don’t like. Toads will stay away from areas where Pest Rid is applied and treatments can last a month or two. Pest Rid Granules won’t hurt plants or people and use products that are federally exempt because they use pre approved, safe actives.
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TOAD REPELLENT SPRAY *
The last thing you should do is spray over the top of the granules with some PEST RID SPRAY. This is another exempt product that’s safe for use in the yard and home. Pest Rid works best on toads when combined with Pest Rid Granules and can be used as often as is needed. In most cases initially treating with both granules and spray will get rid of the unwanted toads and for ongoing prevention once they’re gone, keep applying granules every 30-60 days.
TOAD FOOD REPELLING SPRAY *
For enhanced results, spraying an insect repellent over your landscape will keep toad food off your land. This in turn will force local toads to forage elsewhere and migrate away from your home and land. There are two organic repellents that work well at repelling insects.
The first one is MOSQUITO GNAT FLEA TICK REPELLENT. This product comes with it’s own hose end sprayer so you only have to hook it up to your garden hose and spray. It can safely be applied to any plant, grass, shrub, etc. Most all toad food doesn’t like this material and will avoid where it’s been applied. Treatments will last 2-4 weeks.
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For longer results, get some NBS PAINT STAIN ADDITIVE and the add it to your exterior paint or house stain. NBS repels insects for up to 1 year and in doing so, effectively causeing local toads to forage away from your home and property. Treatments will last a year or more and should be renewed every time you renew the finish.
TAKE AWAY TOAD FOOD WITH YARD SPRAY *
For immediate results, use a good yard spray to treat all the grass, plants and shrubs where they’re active. CYONARA RTS comes with its won hose end sprayer so you only need to hook it up to your garden hose and spray your landscape. The goal here is to kill any local insects the toads might be foraging on for food. Any decent insect control program done in the yard will effectively control the insects which in turn will cause the frogs to forage elsewhere for food. Treatments should last 2-4 weeks but you can spray more frequently if needed.
TOAD TRAPS *
For protected areas around the home like garages, front porches, patio’s, window ledges, decks, stoops, basements and other areas where toads can be a problem, setting out some TOAD TRAPS can help catch and reduce their numbers. These traps use insects and special pheromones that toads are attracted to and once they enter, they’ll get caught on the glue inside. You can safely release frogs by applying vegetable oil to where they’re stuck and then relocate them elsewhere if you don’t want to kill them. Just be sure to take them at least 2 miles away.
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