A Bird’s Paradise can help you attract more toads to your garden. Why toads?
Toads are one of the most beneficial creatures to live in your garden. Each toad can consume thousands of garden pests, up to three times the toad’s weight: June bugs, cutworms, ants, Japanese beetles, and grasshoppers.
Toads are nocturnal, and will guard your garden from late-evening and early-morning pests such as slugs. A toad in your flower bed or vegetable garden is a blessing, and the best way to attract them is to create a clean, welcoming environment for the toad.
Make sure there are no toxic chemicals in your lawn or garden; amphibians are dwindling (some species are becoming extinct) all over the world as clean, safe habitat become increasingly difficult to find.
Provide a water source. A water dish will do nicely, as toads just like to soak in the water, not swim. Refill the dish every day with purified water. It will help if your garden has lots of worms and crickets and the like.
Add a toad house! A good toad house will be airy, provide shade and a cool place for the toad to rest. Toads do not want a hot house. The toad house should be bottomless, so that the toad can burrow into the soil underneath the house if they wish.
The toad house must not be placed in direct sun, it must be placed in the shade; underneath a bush or a lot of thick garden plants would be ideal. Toads are nocturnal and prone to dehydration in the sun.
Toads need to be able to hide quickly in case of a predator, and a toad house with two doors would be ideal (in case of a cat swiping their paw in the home, the toad could escape out the back door). Most toad homes have only one way in and out, which makes the bottomless aspect even more important.
Some non-toxic, chemical-free mulch placed around the shelter will help add moisture and provide some food for the toads.
A Bird’s Paradise has a couple of very nice toad homes available right now. Stop in the 2nd Street Market on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 to 3pm or Saturdays between 8 to 3pm and take a look at them! Talk to the staff at A Bird’s Paradise for more ideas on attracting toads to your garden.
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