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 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.


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.



ScreeningNetThe 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.






Pest GranulesThe 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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Pest SprayThe 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.

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Mosquito RepellentFor 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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NBSFor 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.

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CyonaraFor 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.

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Frog TrapsFor 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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Comments on TOAD CONTROL Leave a Comment

May 19, 2012

Kellea Vardy @ 10:55 am #


My dog just licked a toad and collapsed and I had to rush her to the emergency room. I live in Southern Florida so we have Bufo toads. Not good. My dog is eight lbs so it hit her fast. Thank you for the information. I am going to try what you suggested.

June 8, 2012

stacey @ 10:39 pm #


I live in Ontario Canada, and pretty much the same thing happened to my JRT when she was about 8 months old and about 10-12 pounds. But we don’t have poisonous toads here, and the vet has never seen this before so they were shocked. Even the University of Guelph (one of, if not the top veterinary schools in Canada), had never seen or heard of this before, not in this area. The only thing I can think of is that it was a very big toad and she was so little. She had blood coming out both ends and went into shock. The vet didn’t think she would make it through the night but after 4 or 5 nights at the vets and a VERY expensive bill, she pulled through. Thankfully! I hope we have this product in Canada.

June 17, 2012

Kelly Flanagan @ 10:30 am #


Please advise how Pet Rid Granules and Pet Rid Spray affect small dogs ( under 10 lbs)…… I have 2 miniature dachshunds, one of them has mouthed a toad on two occasions and gotten very ill. They are like babies…everything goes into their mouths. So, how does this product affect puppies?

August 16, 2012

iang @ 10:23 pm #


My problem is with the tadpoles that eat my water lily collection. Frog tadpoles can be controlled by fish. But the fish will not eat Toad tadpoles. The amount of leaf that a few tadpoles can consume in one night is amazing. Do either of these products control the tadpoles? Can they be added to the water in the pond??

August 17, 2012
September 6, 2012

sandy @ 1:52 am #


I’ve been fighting toads with my little guy for about 4 years. He weighs at most about 5 lb’s and we’ve had about 4 incidences so far. I panic each time and he’s been rushed to emergency twice. I am at my wits end as of what to do about this. I had read online that snake-a-way might work so I’ve been applying it every 2 months for over a year. Newsflash: it does not work. So I’m going to try this Pest Rid. I can’t risk losing my little man.

August 22, 2013

Anonymous @ 2:26 pm #


Very helpful information!

August 23, 2013

Anonymous @ 9:49 pm #


HELP!!!! My terrier mix at 57 lbs passed away with no warning! I have 2 lil lil guys and 1 BIG man left. Just realized when I looked out into my yard that the whole yard was moving!! I have adult and baby toads by the hundreds!! PLEASE HELP!!!! I have grand kids that play out there. My yard is now OFF limits. Again…. PLEASE HELP!!!

August 24, 2013

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