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How to build toad and frog habitats

Frogs and toads are wonderful for your garden. They eat lots of insects such as mosquitoes, slugs, and beetles. They’re also super fun for children to observe and touch and bring music to your summer nights. So, let’s help them out a little bit by building some frog habitats in our gardens and yards.

Frogs and toads are wonderful for your garden. They eat lots of insects such as mosquitoes, slugs and beetles. So, build a few frog habitats in the garden for natural pest control.

For the most part, frogs and toads just need water, shelter, and lots of insects to live comfortably. For the water source, make sure you use something that the frogs can easily hop into and out of.

The getting into is usually pretty easy, it’s the getting out of part that is often hard. Therefore, choose a container that doesn’t have steep sides and isn’t too deep. You can put some rocks as launching pads in the container to help the frogs get out.

These launching pads will also help any bees that come to get water while pollinating your flowers.

It’s a good idea to put in several watering areas for frogs in your garden, especially if you have a large garden. In fact, small garden ponds are ideal if you have the space. If you set up a frog pond, consider adding aquatic plants to it to increase the biodiversity of the pond.

Frogs and toads will continue to come back to the watering area and if it’s dry they will need to look for water elsewhere, so it would be nice if they didn’t have to travel too far.

This brings us to another thing, try really hard to keep your frog watering stations full of water. Frogs and toads will come back to the same water source again and again and if you have a large enough watering station they might choose to lay eggs in it.

We had this happen one year with a small kiddie pool. So, try not to let the pond go dry, just top it off with fresh water each day.

Frogs and toads are wonderful for your garden. They eat lots of insects such as mosquitoes, slugs and beetles. So, build a few frog habitats in the garden for natural pest control.

To make a frog home, look around your garden shed for a few small garden pots that you aren’t using. Turn them on their sides and bury them just a bit. If you’re using a broken pot, make sure that the broken part is buried and that there aren’t any jagged edges that could cut the frog.

Many people use tin cans, just make sure that there aren’t any jagged edges sticking out. Also, add a little dirt and leaves inside the shelter for the frogs to snuggle in.

You can paint the garden pot or cans with acrylic paints or use a hot glue gun and glue “jewels” or tiles to them. This is is a really fun project for a child, so if you have children around let them make frog shelters to their heart’s content. This is a great winter time activity and the shelters will be ready when the snow melts.

Frogs like having a little jungle to play in. So, no need to keep the area around the watering station and shelter super tidy. Plant some herbs or other plants and let them just take over. The plants will also help the areas stay shaded and cool.

There is also no need to clean up dropped leaves. The leaf litter will help give additional moist places for the frogs and toads to hang out. It will also attract insects that the frogs can feed on. Frogs are fantastic at helping keep pests out of the garden. Their common prey are grasshoppers, crickets, ants, beetles and other invertebrates.

Frogs and toads are wonderful for your garden. They eat lots of insects such as mosquitoes, slugs and beetles. So, build a few frog habitats in the garden for natural pest control.

If you have cats, dogs or chickens you need to choose the location of your frog habitat carefully. All of these animals will likely chase, “play” with and eat frogs and toads.

Even if it makes them foam at the mouth, dogs will still eat frogs all summer long. So, put your frog and toad habitat in an area that is harder for these animals to get to.

Remember that the skin of frogs and toads is very porous and can easily absorb toxins in its environment. Go easy on the pesticides, even organic ones, in your garden for the safety of your frogs.

Lastly, there’s no need to stock your frog habitat with tadpoles from other ponds or from the pet store. Most of the tadpoles you can purchase are bullfrogs which will eat other frogs and toads. Don’t worry, native frogs and toads will naturally find your wildlife habitat if you keep it shaded and moist and give them time.

Do you have frog habitats in your garden?

Frogs and toads are wonderful for your garden. They eat lots of insects such as mosquitoes, slugs and beetles. So, build a few frog habitats in the garden for natural pest control.

Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Lloyd

Sunday 7th of August 2022

I love this article and will try my hand at making one as I already have most of the supplies. I would love to have this to go along with all my bird feeders and birds baths. Do you think that frog would eat dried mealworms? Please and thank you

Esli

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Lovely article! I have always been scared of toads, but have recently learned that they are good for gardens! I have a phobia for cockroaches so if they can eat those, I will be more than happy to keep them comfortable in my garden! I have a mom and two baby toads living in my flowerbed. I think they are gulf coast toads. They come out in the evening when I water. My sprinkler system keeps things moist as well. After reading your article, I want to make a toad home! Also, did you say kids can touch the toads?

Kori

Friday 10th of June 2022

@Esli, they will absolutely eat roaches, even the huge ones. I witnessed this exact thing a few nights ago with the toad that lives near my backyard water spout. The toad was still as a rock as the roach crawled over its face and then the roach was just gone. Toads are awesome.

Angi Schneider

Friday 6th of May 2022

Yes, kids can touch toads, most are harmless. There are a few tropical species that you probably don't want to touch but most are fine.

Brielle Turner

Saturday 11th of September 2021

Thanks!

Brenda , WV

Thursday 14th of May 2020

I'm going to do this. I had a pond in my garden but took it out because I am raising a 3yr old now and was afraid she might fall in. I had toads in it so this will be great to make them a new home.

mary

Friday 23rd of August 2019

This is great — thanks. I’m interested in building Toad Habitats and recently saw a u-tube video about building a habitat for “pet” toads/frogs. The author said it’s necessary to dechlorinate tap water — I guess chorine is toxic to them. Do you use rainwater or dechlorinated water for your habitats or is that not a concern?

Angi Schneider

Monday 26th of August 2019

Yes, if you have chlorinated water, it's best to dechlorinate the water. You can dechlorinate water quickly by boiling it for 20 minutes. Just make sure to let it cool off before putting it outside the toads. If you have well water there's no need to do that.

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