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llombardo 08-21-2014 08:24 AM

Invasion of toads and frogs
It's getting really hard to stop the dogs from eating these creatures. I have about 4-5 different species of toads and frogs everywhere in my yard. What I thought were crickets are actually cricket frogs. There are toads of all sizes and this things are hopping around everywhere. It's now to the point that if I walk outside I fear that I will step on them and smoosh them. Cutting the grass is a nightmare because I don't want to mow them either. I have ceased edging around the fence line because they live there mostly. How do I make my yard less appealing for these creatures? I don't want to kill them, they are kinda cute:) I spend lots of time catching and releasing them to save them from the dogs. I think Midnite ate one last night and he threw up immediately. The movement gets the dogs attention. The bigger toads don't move and the dogs signal they found those. My oldest dog picks them up and carries them with her, lays down and expects them to stay put. She either paws them or puts them back between her paws and she will stay like that. Is there something that toads and frogs don't like that I can put down in the yard to deter them?

Lilie 08-21-2014 08:35 AM

Frogs like cool, wet areas. They'll breed, lay eggs, the eggs will hatch and then you'll see a population explosion (doesn't take long for most species to mature). Those frogs are looking for a homestead and a mate(s). Allowing your fence line to grow because you are afraid of creating a massacre, is actually creating a perfect environment for them.

Here is the deal breaker for me - if you have an abundance of frogs, you are going to get snakes (and larger birds).

Some frogs or toads (in South Texas) are poisonous - it's on their skin, the dog doesn't even have to eat them, just lick or mouth them - and they can be affected. We have a common toad that will squirt (I assume urine) when the dog starts messing with them. If the dog gets the liquid in their mouth, they start to drool...badly.

Having said all of that - during the invasion of the frogs, which seems to come after every heavy rain in the summer, I wear rubber boots and long pants when I weed eat our fence line. I keep the grass in the back yard very short. It helps as the frogs are looking for cool wet places. Truly - I don't look when I mow. I walk the yard picking up any forgotten toys, and then I mow. I don't want to see it.

kr16 08-21-2014 09:20 AM

Here the Bufo toads will kill a dog within minutes. If your dog licks or eats a frog or toad you have to wash out the mouth with a hose immediately. Here its life saving for you it just may be to stop the dog from getting sick.

llombardo 08-21-2014 09:47 AM

I know that they (toads)have a taste about them the dogs don't like. I have seen the dogs shake their heads like eeww and even drool. They have refrained from eating the bigger toads and they actually indicate when they sed one. It's the smaller frogs that I'm more concerned with. I'm going to edge the fence line, it's not that bad, so I'll do it by hand first and clear them up.

Pioneer53 08-22-2014 04:25 PM

It is just not worth the severe vomiting and diarrhea the dogs and cats would get here... Short grass and weed eating help do help keep it dry and uninviting. Really no different than bugs that get mowed...

We scoop them up with a bucket and lid and 'rehomed' them the previous two years, our property was big enough to do that. This year we only found one big toad this spring and rehomed him. None since this year but we keep an eye out. So doing that will keep the future population down.

Lilie 08-22-2014 04:51 PM

My Lacy will chase, thrash, smash, roll on, sit on.. and finally gift frogs & toads. He's part cat. Hondo will toad-ally (get it?) ignore them.

jang 08-22-2014 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by Lilie (Post 5935049)
My Lacy will chase, thrash, smash, roll on, sit on.. and finally gift frogs & toads. He's part cat. Hondo will toad-ally (get it?) ignore them.

That is so funny..very clever, you are....

VALIUM 08-22-2014 05:57 PM

I used to live in Ft.Lauderdale and those bufus frogs were my nightmare. They get so big ewwwwww it is the only animal disgusted me so far, man tell me about it, they are huge.!! And yes they can kill a small dog or cat cause they secrete poison. Sorry but I hate those, and bufus don't belong to Florida. They were brought from South America and released, just like Burmese phytons in Everglades. Sorry but no frogs for me 😊

llombardo 08-22-2014 06:11 PM

I think we are good with the toads, they are leaving them alone. Today a big one was hopping and I told them to leave it and they did, but they were still interested in the movement.

Maxil 08-22-2014 07:11 PM

Don't water the grass for 2-3 days and that will make them less appealed to your backyard, even killing them wont solve it you will have a huge graveyard with many dead toads in there. So the only solution is to stop watering the grass and GL

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