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Re: Toads: the potential answer for Jose's problems

I don't know if toad houses are necessary.  We have so many toads that in
the spring when they are coming out of hibernation it looks like the dirt is
hopping out of the garden.  They do help to control the slugs, as do the
garter snakes that we also have in abundance ( because they are feeding on
the toads).  On the other hand we live in a rural area, surrounded by hay
fields.  In a more urban setting you might need the cover that the toad
houses provide.  Unfortunately they don't keep the slugs down quite as well
as I would like, and my hostas often get chewed.  It's just something I've
had to learn to live with, since I am reluctant to use the more potent
poisons.  I may try diatomaceous earth this year though.

Bob Campbell
-----Original Message-----
From: Beth Arnold <seabeth@heart.net>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: April 20, 1999 12:17 PM
Subject: Re: Toads: the potential answer for Jose's problems

>We have toads, enough so that occasionally we lose one to the car or
>lawnmower.  My husband asked if the toad houses really worked, do they?  He
>said I should buy 3 or 4 but I do not know if they would be useful or a
>waste of money.  Advice?  I have usually two or three houses full of wrens
>who dart in and out from under the hostas and I'm sure they are a big help.
>I need all the help I can get.
>Beth Arnold
>Peoria Illinois  Zone 5
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