Did you know that toads can eat as many as 3,000 bugs in a month?! A toad feasts on mosquitoes, worms, slugs, flies and many more insects and bugs. It’s a good thing to have them in your garden!
We have several toads that like hanging out in dark, damp places in our yard. One of their favorite places is my strawberry patch. It’s only about 12-15 inches wide in a small bed between our fence and a railroad tie that borders another bed space. It gets only morning sun so it stays moist and dark. They also like our window wells.
Want to attract toads to your yard? Try these things to encourage them to hang around:
- Provide shelter – if you don’t have natural shelters, try putting out a broken clay pot and partially bury it in the ground. Or build a small shelter with a pile of rocks.
- Put a water source nearby. Try a clay saucer or something shallow. Toads drink water through their skin, so be sure it’s shallow enough for them to hop in.
- Plant perennials with large leaves that grow close to the ground like bergenia or ligularia.
- Don’t use chemical pesticides! It will reduce their food supply and could be harmful to them.
Are you a toad lover? What attracts these amphibians to your yard?
Interesting facts about toads:
- They hibernate underground during the winter.
- They can live as long as 15 years!
- Just like birds, they will return to the same place each spring if there is a food and water source.
- Toads are nocturnal.
- Toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads. Toads have dry, warty skin and bumps on their heads.
- Toad/Frog Sound: http://www.fws.gov/video/sounds/21singers.mp3
Adapted from an article in the Garden Gate e-newsletter.