> To all those who have to live and endure through those reproduction
> activities, I have just discovered a repellent that makes the toads shut up
> and leave. It is essential oil of peppermint. Peppermint is known to be a
> varmint and insect repellent, so I put a tablespoon in a gallon+ of water,
> poured it over the outside rocks and plants of the pond, and waited. There
> was a croak or two and then nothing. Since the full moon is usually toad
> time, I sprayed my entire yard with the solution, and so far no toads, not
> even a croak. I was planning to remove the pond this summer as it has been
> an unbelievable costly nightmare. If the peppermint oil continues to work,
> I may keep it. Good luck.
I think we may need an update later. I am skeptical that your
peppermint spray is causing "The Silience of the Toads". Earlier this week
we had some warm muggy weather at night combined with an almost full moon
and the toads were calling like crazy. A cold front rolled in the
following evening and no toads to be heard calling in the cooler,
crisper air despite the full moon. Perhaps a change in weather is what
quieted the toads and not your peppermint spray. Keep us posted.
BTW, I really enjoy having toads around. They cause no trouble in our
ponds, do a good job eating up slugs and other pests in the garden, and I
actually enjoy hearing their calls. Oh well, different strokes!