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As people realize the dangers of over using pesticides, they are turning to more natural methods of pest control.  While many people think about releasing beneficial insects, they overlook the pest control properties of the toad.  Toads feast on insects like slugs, sow bugs, beetles, moths, caterpillars, cutworms and various borers.  They can eat 100 insects a night.

Toads are nocturnal and need a moist, safe place to spend the day.  You can attract a toad to your garden by making a toad house.  All you need is a clay pot, a masonary drill, and a hammer and screw driver.  The best size for a clay pot is around six inches.

Use a compass to draw half of a 4 inch diameter circle on the side of the pot.

Carefully draw a series of holes in the pot with the masonary drill along the line.  Make the holes as close together as you can.  Be careful not to press too hard on the pot or it will shatter.


After you have drilled all the holes, use a hammer and screw driver to break the perforations of pot that remain.  You will end up with a pot looking like the picture below.

To use the toad house, find an area in your garden that is bare soil and is moist.  A seek or low area that always has a bit of moisture in it is the perfect place for the toad house.  Bury the pot up to the top of the flared side, about one inch.  Keep the soil moist and wait for a traveling toad to find your home and set up housekeeping.




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