Frogs And Toads In The Veggie Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Bella Vista, CA
Question by theranch0
July 27, 1998
My vegetable garden has both small toads and tree frogs. Is one more beneficial than the other in eating insects? I've heard that the toads will eat the frogs and that I should eradicate the toads. Is this true?

Answer from NGA
July 27, 1998


Consider yourself doubly lucky to have populations of both toads and frogs in your garden. They will get along just fine. One toad will eat 10,000 - 20,000 insects a year, plus slugs, flies, grubs, cutworms and grasshoppers. Frogs are equally important, they're just smaller with smaller appetites. Protect your living benefactors and encourage them to stay by placing a small saucer of water on the ground in the garden for them to drink from, or sinking a birdbath into the soil so they can drink and bathe.

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