How to Attract Frogs and Toads how to get rid of ants nest in house to Your Garden

Earlier this spring, I spotted a hole in the soil in one of how to get rid of ants nest in house my raised beds while walking the garden. When I returned a few days later, I saw that the hole was larger. Last year, I had a huge problem with voles in the garden how to get rid of ants nest in house that reduced my yield of potatoes and carrots.

“not this year!” I thought as I inspected the hole with my gloved how to get rid of ants nest in house hand. I pulled away some of the soil from the edge how to get rid of ants nest in house of the hole and spotted something grey inside. I grabbed my garden trowel and dug down beneath the how to get rid of ants nest in house grey thing and carefully lifted it up. The grey blob was covered with dirt, but moved every so slightly. I almost screamed, but I was determined to figure out what it was. I dropped the shovel full of soil and grabbed the how to get rid of ants nest in house grey thing with my gloved hands. It took a few seconds for me to identify it. As the soil dropped away, I saw that it was a rather large toad!

It wasn’t moving much, and its eyes were closed tight. I looked it over carefully and was so glad I how to get rid of ants nest in house didn’t hurt it with my garden trowel. I carved out a shallow hole and placed the toad how to get rid of ants nest in house back into the ground while I searched the yard for how to get rid of ants nest in house a rock or piece of wood to use as a how to get rid of ants nest in house roof for the temporary toad home. When I returned and peered into the hole, I was astounded to see that the toad was gone! I found it again when I poked into the loose how to get rid of ants nest in house soil. It buried itself that quickly and blended with the soil. I placed the roof over the hole to leaving a how to get rid of ants nest in house small opening and covered it with last year’s straw.

I checked on the toad a day later and spotted how to get rid of ants nest in house it at the entrance of the opening warming itself in how to get rid of ants nest in house the spring sunshine. After shaking the winter hibernation sleepiness, the toad will return to its birthplace to spawn. This toad will probably hop to the edge of the how to get rid of ants nest in house yard and down the bank to a small stream that how to get rid of ants nest in house winds through the woods. I hope it makes it back to the garden for how to get rid of ants nest in house the summer. Why you WANT frogs and toads in your garden

Frogs and toads are both amphibians and belong to the how to get rid of ants nest in house anura order. Although they are similar, frogs and toads are easily distinguished by certain traits. Toads have dry, bumpy skin and spend most of their lives on land. In winter, toads hibernate on land beneath the frost line. They burrow down in the soil using their back legs.

Frogs have moist smooth skin and spend most of their how to get rid of ants nest in house lives in or near water. When I started gardening, my first amphibian friend was a pickerel frog. I was surprised to learn that frogs don’t spend all of their time in water, but will venture out to grassy areas in search of how to get rid of ants nest in house food. This one stayed in the garden all summer hiding away how to get rid of ants nest in house under boards and in between the foliage in the herb how to get rid of ants nest in house garden. It would startle me once in a while by jumping how to get rid of ants nest in house out of the foliage when I disturbed its hiding place. In the winter, pickerel frogs hibernate in the mud debris and silt of how to get rid of ants nest in house ponds or streams.

Both frogs and toads are beneficial to the garden because how to get rid of ants nest in house they feed on many pests such as, bugs, beetles, caterpillars, cutworms, grasshoppers, grubs, slugs, and a variety of other pests. A single frog can eat over 100 insects in one how to get rid of ants nest in house night. Attracting and keeping frogs and toads in your garden will how to get rid of ants nest in house help moderate pest populations without the need for chemical or how to get rid of ants nest in house natural pesticides. How to attract frogs and toads to your garden

Eliminate chemicals: pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides can poison frogs and toads. Frogs and toads breathe and drink through their skin. Eliminate chemicals and garden organically. Build healthy soil, companion plant, and use crop rotation and organic gardening techniques. Encouraging frogs or toads to stay in your garden will how to get rid of ants nest in house take care of any insects naturally.

Offer shelter: most toads and frogs are nocturnal and avoid sun to how to get rid of ants nest in house prevent dehydration. They prefer damp, shady areas and need shelter to hide from predators and how to get rid of ants nest in house escape the heat from the daytime sun. Create a shelter by arranging stones into a small cave. You can also use a clay or ceramic flowerpot as how to get rid of ants nest in house housing. Turn the pot upside down and prop it up with how to get rid of ants nest in house rocks leaving enough room for the frog or toad to how to get rid of ants nest in house slip inside. Locate your shelter in a quiet area that has a how to get rid of ants nest in house lot of shade.

Provide water: toads and frogs don’t drink through their mouth. Instead, they absorb moisture into their bodies by sitting in water. Place several shallow containers of water in the shade near how to get rid of ants nest in house the shelter. Rinse the containers out at least once week and fill how to get rid of ants nest in house with fresh water. Tanya at lovely greens built a small wildlife pond to how to get rid of ants nest in house attract frogs to her garden.

Attracting and encouraging toads and frogs to live in your how to get rid of ants nest in house garden keeps the pest population down and reduces the need how to get rid of ants nest in house for pesticides or other natural insect deterrents. Just one frog or toad can eat up to 10,000 pests during the garden season. Toads and frogs will often return to the same location how to get rid of ants nest in house from year to year as long as the environment is how to get rid of ants nest in house pleasant and there is plenty to eat. Resources:

Caution: you may not want to encourage frogs and toads to how to get rid of ants nest in house stay if you have dogs that enjoy hunting down toads. As a defense mechanism against predators, most toads release skin secretions which produce a foul-smelling odor and can be toxic to dogs and other how to get rid of ants nest in house animals. You may also like:

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