Toad problem! How can I keep toads out of a ground level pond?

| August 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

Question by david: Toad problem! How can I keep toads out of a ground level pond?
We were over run with toad eggs in our 1st season, then over run with tadpoles, then had thousands of itty bitty toads hopping all over the place. Our pond has lot of plants, so plenty of places to hide eggs. The only thing I can think of is a barrier for a few months. Any help?
Without being harmful to our fish.

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Answer by Hayley B
We have a pond in our backyard and have some toads and my dad informed me that we are putting chlorine in our pond this year and the toads will go away to a new spot that way. So putting chlorine will probably help and it won’t kill them they just don’t like chlorine so they will leave. Good luck!

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  1. JAFO says:

    The number of frogs in your pond is directly proportionate to the number of insects. There will only be as many of them that the ponds food source availability can support, without the frogs you might be inundated by nuisance insects or disease carrying mosquitoes.
    And that is your answer, eliminate the insects and the frog population will decrease, I would not do it though as they serve an important service for you and the eco system. You can get fish that eat frogs.

  2. rmbrruffian says:

    Don’t use chlorine in your pond, it will kill everything. Toads are one of your pond’s best friends. They eat many insects. Toads are a sign of a healthy garden.

  3. David R. says:

    I wish I could get toads in my garden (in Canada). I have to settle for tiny little green frogs. Toads eat huge numbers of insects.

  4. S says:

    I have the same problem. Toads have laid HUNDREDS of eggs which have now hatched into tadpoles. The answerers who have said that “toads are good for your garden” must not have a pond or must not have any toads in their ponds. Toads lay eggs by the HUNDREDS. Imagine having hundreds of little toads in your pond and in your yard!

    I would suggest putting some type of tall barrier around the pond to prevent toads from going in and laying eggs. Maybe chicken wire works???

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