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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Toads can become a problem for a few reasons. Though toads 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 toads on the property can go unnoticed. But in many cases, this is the just the beginning. Once migratory trails are in place, yards can become full of toads following their instinct to migrate where others have gone before. When this happens, they’ll become a major nuisance.
During the day common toads will typically nestle down in the turf, pine straw and ground cover out of sight. When local environments aren’t providing enough food or adequate moisture, they’ll start massive migrations. These migrations will many times lead to the lush, moisture rich property of any well kept yard. Thick grass can provide a safe haven for them to rest during the day and at night, a plethora of insects will become their food. Once they gain a foothold in the yard, you’ll start to notice the mess and in some cases, their stink. This pungent odor can be a result of their droppings or their scent glands. Used to mark territories and attract more to the area, many people are allergic to this smell and common reactions include itchy skin, hives and red or irritated eyes.
CANE TOADS ^
And there are a range of toads active in the United Stated. In general, most 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 can result. For this reason, Cane toads pose a real risk in residential areas. This will be more for the pets – especially dogs – but cats have been found poisoned by this toad too. The rule here is simple; if you have a pet that likes to “hunt” small creatures like lizards, snakes or birds, the Cane Toad may become their next target. Unfortunately, it could turn out to be their last so make sure you take preventive measures to keep this toad out of the yard if you have pets. 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 if you know they’re around your neighborhood, consider installing some screening and treatments to make sure they don’t want to come on your property.
TOAD SCREENING ^
The first way to help keep away toads is to install SCREENING. This is a heavy guage poly “diamond” pattern plastic which is strong enough to use as a fence. Its ideal for use along the base of cyclone or stockard fences. Add this to the bottom base with at least 6″ down in the ground and 18″ up. This will keep them from burrowing in or passing through the larger fence openings.
This screening is strong enough to be set up as an independent fence. Make sure it’s at least 24 inches tall and 6 inches in the ground. Install it around any pond or body of water you want to keep toad free; its strong enough to keep out snakes and lizards too.
TOAD REPELLENT GRANULES ^
The second thing to do is apply PEST RID GRANULES along property borders, points of entry to your yard and where the toads like to roost or nest. Pest Rid Granules are made with natural ingredients and release odors animals and reptiles 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 1 lb will cover up to 250 sq/feet or 250 linear feet. Designed to “absorb” the liquid Pest Rid spray (listed below), you will need to use the granules in conjunction with the spray to get the best results. Basically when sprayed with the liquid Pest Rid, the granules will become “super charged” and in turn, last 30+ days at a higher strength and with toads, this is many times needed.
BEST TOAD SPRAY ^
The third thing needed is to spray over the top of the granules with PEST RID SPRAY. This is another “food grade” 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 by spraying over the granules and on surfaces like window sills, deck railing and basically any where toads like to rest. In most cases you will see immediate results with toads migrating away within 24-48 hours of the treatment. Once they’re gone, followup by using both every 30-60 days to keep them away for good.
The smaller quart size of PEST RID comes with a spray nozzle as seen above (the red jug). But the gallon size will require a good pump sprayer to apply. Our ELIMINATOR PUMP SPRAYER is ideal for the job; its both easy to use and works well.
TOAD YARD SPRAY ^
To help make your yard unsuitable for toads,, use a good yard spray to reduce local insects. In most cases, toads won’t stick around unless they can find food. Since many of the insects they eat will live and breed in the grass, plants and shrubs around any home, target these areas when spraying. And a good product for this task is CYONARA RTS. It comes with its own “hose end sprayer” top so you just hook it up to your garden hose, turn on the water and spray your landscape. The goal here is to kill local insects toads might be eating. Any decent insect control program for the yard should reduce the insects which in turn will cause the frogs to forage elsewhere. Treatments with Cyonara will last 2-4 weeks but you can spray more frequently if needed.
BEST TOAD TRAP ^
For protected areas around the home like garages, front porches, patio’s, window ledges, decks, stoops, basements and other areas where toads like to roost or nest, set out some TOAD TRAPS. These basically glue traps used for insects but they contain special pheromones toads are naturally attracted to and in many cases, they’ll enter looking for “food”. But once they enter, they’ll get caught on the glue.
Traps will not “control” a local problem so you should first spray with Pest Rid listed above. But for added protection and monitoring of the local problem, they can be helpful. Especially for use in the home or other “inside” locations where trapped frogs will be eager to find something to eat.
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