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.
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 SOUND REPELLER ^
If you’re looking for a more “permanent” solution, install SOLAR POWERED GROUND STAKE REPELLERS along property borders where toads are known to enter. Our repeller is one of kind and not available for sale elsewhere. There are models which look like it but they don’t have all the repeller features built in so they won’t do the job.
Our design uses the sun to charge an on board battery so the device runs on its own, around the clock. The main way it works is by releasing a vibration that will both move the ground and create a sound wave small rodents, frogs and snakes don’t like. It will vibrate several times a minute constantly rotating its cycle. But it also sends out “ultra sound”. In general, ultra sound won’t be detectable by people but frogs do not like it and will avoid areas where the sound is active.
In addition to the vibration, audible and ultra sound being released, our design also uses two LED bulbs located on underside of controller head. These light up at night showing as two subtle red “eyes” when its dark. This makes the units look “evil”. Small animals like toads that naturally forage on the ground will look up and see these discreet red lights and become frightened. This happens because they perceive the eyes to be coming from a predator. Combined this with the ultra sound, the vibration and the audible sound and you can effectively keep foraging toads out of the yard for good.
To properly install units, plan on placing them along property borders spacing them out ever 60-75 feet. Coverage is circular so approaching toads will detect the unit from afar and stay clear of where they’re active.
The exact coverage will vary depending on soil type. So loamy soft soil like that found along lake shores or the ocean, plan on getting 4,000-5,000 sq/ft of coverage per unit. But for hard pan, 6,500 to 7,500 sq/ft per unit will be possible and then some.
Setting up these units requires a little “charging” time. They come with a little power and the head is separated from the bottom stake. We advise setting the controller head in sunlight for 1-2 days so the battery gets fully charged and ready to go to work. This way they go afield under full power making them best suited to get the job done. For more detailed directions on how to set them up, download our SETUP DIRECTIONS.
One of the most important keys to having success using these devices is to get them inserted properly in the ground. To do this you will need a smooth, well drilled hole for them to fill. The hole must be the proper depth and width. Our SOIL AUGER is perfectly designed for the task. Simply attach it to your favorite hand drill and take it out to the yard for the task at hand. Holes can be drilled in 10-20 seconds and will be just right. Plan on making the holes about 9 inches deep as units need to be installed so 1-2″ of the stake is above ground. This ensures the head unit stays off the ground.
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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