A single adult toad can eat as many as 10,000 insect pests in a single summer. Toads are environmentally friendly, don’t damage plants or other items in your garden, and are one hundred percent organic pest control. How can you get a toad to call your garden home?
Toads need the same things any other organism needs: shelter, water, and food. Toad abodes are easy to make. Simply take a medium sized ceramic or clay pot and cut a toad sized half circle in the top rin. Then turn it upside down and there is your toad abode. You can also buy cute little cottages at most nurseries and garden supplies. You want to leave the floor open to the dirt so the toad can dig in and make himself a comfortable wallow. Toad abodes should be put where in the dampest shady spot in your yard.
Toads need a source of water large enough for them to soak in but shallow enough for them to get out of easily. Taking a large terra cotta saucer and burying it in the ground up to the rim makes a very nice toad bath. Keep it filled with water and place it near the toad’s abode.
Toads will find your abode in the late spring or early summer, as the young of the year disperse from where they were born. Just like in the Field of Dreams, build it and your toad will come.