For those of you who wish to use fewer and less toxic pesticides in the garden, you should attract toads to your garden. A single adult toad can eat 10,000 insect pests in a single summer. Toads eat most insects, including slugs, gypsy moths, and earwigs. In the United States, we have 21 different species of toads. The most common ones are the American toad, western toad, Fowler’s toad, Woodhouse’s toad, and the southern toad.
Toads are different from frogs in that they live mostly on land. They do need moisture but find it near places such as gutter downspouts, air-conditioner drips, or in low spots that collect water. These are the sorts of places you should situate a toad house to attract toads to your garden.
What does a toad house look like? It can be as simple as a pot half buried on its side in a cool damp spot. You can also buy (expensive) toad houses for your yard. Make sure the house does not have a floor, as toads like to dig a bit and make a comfortable spot in the dirt to lie on.
Toads are sensitive to pesticides, so if you want a toad in your garden, you need to avoid pesticides and lawn chemicals. With a few toads in your garden, you have less pests and so need fewer chemicals anyway.
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