How to Repel Toads

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Although the myth says touching a toad will give you warts, the appearance of toads in your garden is actually a good thing. For most gardeners, toads act as free pest control since they eat many insects that can be harmful to your plants. However, an overabundance of toads can be a problem as well. If you must remove the toads from your garden, consider using a humane method of removal rather than injuring or killing them.

  • Make your garden less toad-friendly by removing places for them to hide. Remove any place that is dark and damp where they can hide such as flower pots or water containers.

  • Remove any pet food from the yard, since this can attract toads. Keep your dog's food inside.

  • Install fencing around any ponds you have on your property. Install posts about 1 foot high and close enough so the toads cannot squeeze through. Make sure the toads cannot dig under the fence either.

  • Catch toads with your hands, and place them in a plastic bucket that you can seal. Remove them and relocate them to the woods or a pond nearby.

  • Dispose of any toad eggs you find. Bury them in the ground or expose them to the sun until they dry out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removal is best. However, to humanely kill toads put them inside a sealed container and put them in the refrigerator overnight. After that, place them in the freezer for a few days.

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