Yes, I said toads!  A lot of people think toads are pests, but actually they are pest eaters!  This is of course if your toads are native as there are a few introduced species that have become invasive.  Also, toads do eat ladybugs and a few other beneficials, but considering that they eat a whopping 100 bugs each night (making 10,000 per 3 months)…I think we can forgive them.

Below is a link to a great blog post that details how to attract more toads to your garden.  They love hiding spots like half a terra cotta flower pot, rock gardens or toad houses such as the one below.

Attracting Toads:

http://www.toadilytoads.com/gardentoads.html

Mother Earth News article about toads:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/get-rid-of-insects-in-the-garden-zmaz83jaznet.aspx#axzz2PQPcGHRL

 

 

Toads in the garden