Loud toad orgies at pond

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Loud toad orgies at pond

Post by Carole La » Thu, 22 May 1997 04:00:00



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.

 
 
 

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Post by fishhea » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00


Can you tell us please what has been so costly?  My pond takes a few cents
of electricity to run per month.  The other expenses have been cheapo fish
and elcheapo fertalizers for the plants.  Is the peppermint oil very
expensive?  I am serious.   What is so expensive?   Are the TOADS your
nightmare?               Carol



Quote:
> 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.

 
 
 

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Post by davi » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Can you tell me more? Ive been trying to get rid of toads in our yard for
> a couple years and nothing I try will do it. How exactly do you spread the
> mixture? where an I get the peppermint? Any info you can give me would be
> appreciated. Ive thrown salt directly on the toads because everybody tells
> me theyll swell up then die, but Ive never seen them actually die so I
> dont know if it works. Sounds like this peppermint thing is what Im
> looking for, something to keep them away.
> Thanks, Roger

Don't know where you live, but they grow HUGE quanties of mint in
eastern Washington in the area around Yakima (pronouced YAK i ma)
Most of the mint I am familar with loves damp but not wet & it spreads
easily. It should be available at Garden stores.

BTW mint oil is expolsive. I don't know the conditions required, but
when i was in Yakima they talked about mint oil explosions.

Another antedote.
They use geese to weed the mint fields. They start with young geese in
the spring & if they survive the winter great if not, Oh Well.  I was
over visiting relatives in Yakima just before Thanksgiving & admiring
the geese & telling my cousins that it would be great to catch one &
take it home to Seattle for dinner.
They wholeheartedly agreed, they were more than willing to help their
dumb city cousin catch a goose dinner.
Well when their dad found out, he put a whoe on the project. Seems as
how the geese absorb mint oil into the body tissues making them unfit to
eat. A little mint falvor goes a long way <g>
david

 
 
 

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Post by Jay Yourc » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
> 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!

 
 
 

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Post by BamBam » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00


Can you tell me more? Ive been trying to get rid of toads in our yard for
a couple years and nothing I try will do it. How exactly do you spread the
mixture? where an I get the peppermint? Any info you can give me would be
appreciated. Ive thrown salt directly on the toads because everybody tells
me theyll swell up then die, but Ive never seen them actually die so I
dont know if it works. Sounds like this peppermint thing is what Im
looking for, something to keep them away.
Thanks, Roger

 
 
 

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Post by goldfis » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00


It occurs to me that the toads have shown a distinct preference for my
new pond which has no established plantings yet.  The old pond has LOTS
of pennyroyal, corsican mint and peppermint that I have planted between
the rocks to disguise the liner.  I wonder if that's why they prefer the
new pond??  It is FULL of tadpoles.  
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Post by goldfis » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00


...  I was planning to remove the pond this summer as it has been

Quote:
> an unbelievable costly nightmare.  If the peppermint oil continues to work,
> I may keep it.  Good luck.

Thanks for the tip!  I'm sorry you haven't enjoyed your pond!  I hope
it gets better for you!
--
Signed,    Kellie

My Karma Ran Over My Dogma.  It was a catastrophe!
Now my dogma's dead and my karma's out of alignment.
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Post by goldfis » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> Can you tell me more? Ive been trying to get rid of toads in our yard for
> a couple years and nothing I try will do it. How exactly do you spread the
> mixture? where an I get the peppermint?

Health food stores sell it, and our grocery sells it next to the vitamins.

--
Signed,    Kellie

My Karma Ran Over My Dogma.  It was a catastrophe!
Now my dogma's dead and my karma's out of alignment.
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Post by Crub » Sat, 24 May 1997 04:00:00


I can't believe this.
Why kill toads?  They eat lots of pests, including slugs and earwigs.
When I put my pond in, it was designed to ecourage the reproduction of
toads.  Since the pond and toads have been going strong...the slug damage
to my hostas(and other plants in my shady yard) is down by a good 80%!!!!!
 Earwig damage and populations are also down.    Well to each his
own...but dumping salt on a toad seems a bit extreme.  I don't know the
extent of the "noise"in your neck of the woods, but here it only goes on
for 3 or 4 days, certainly a small price to pay for the eradication of a
multitude of slugs.

 
 
 

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Post by Goldfis » Tue, 27 May 1997 04:00:00


... Well to each his

Quote:
> own...but dumping salt on a toad seems a bit extreme.  I don't know the> extent of the "noise"in your neck of the woods, but here it only

goes on> for 3 or 4 days, certainly a small price to pay for the
eradication of a> multitude of slugs.

I wish you'd have your toads have a talk with my toads!  I certainly
don't mind having them here... which is a good thing since the new pond
is teeming with tadpoles... but they aren't making much of a dent in the
slug population... or the cabbage loper pop either!

--
Signed,    Kellie

My Karma Ran Over My Dogma.  It was a catastrophe!
Now my dogma's dead and my karma's out of alignment.
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