Many gardeners like to shy away from using chemicals for controlling insects. Their preference is to rely on natural controls. While most people do not want to gather insects by hand, which is a natural control, they can encourage insect predators to do the job for them.
One friendly creature that will eat many insects in the garden is a toad. A toad’s diets is comprised mainly of insects. So, anything you can do to attract toads should help to reduce insect populations in the garden.
Toads are going to prefer being in landscaped beds and natural areas. Manicured lawns do not provide good hunting grounds for toads. You can create small piles of sticks under shrubbery for toads to shelter in.
An inverted pot that is propped open on one side will create a ‘toad abode.’ Make sure it is in a shaded area to make it more appealing to toads.
A bed on the north side of the home should be shaded most of the day, so this may be a good place to create habitat for garden predators.
Toads require a water source, and they do lay eggs on vegetation or sticks that are emerged from water.
Use a saucer intended for flower pots to provide water for toads.
Don’t worry about mosquitoes breeding in the water because the toads will eat the larvae.
Toads are environmental indicators. If you see a lot of them in your garden, it means you have a healthy natural system in place. If you do not notice them on your property, you may be using too many chemicals or just have the wrong landscape for their preference.
Encourage toads in your landscape to help control unwanted insects. By providing a water source and habitat for them, you will make your yard more attractive to them.