How to Rid Your Yard of Toads & Their Holes

While most toads are highly beneficial because they eat insects and slugs, sometimes they can become a nuisance--as in the case of cane toads, also known as giant or marine toads. Cane toads are twice as large as more commonly seen yard toads and secrete a toxin that can be fatal if ingested by small pets. Toad burrows are easy to eliminate if you are successful at the daunting task of removing the toads themselves.

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Most common toads rid the yard and garden of pests.

Step 1

Make your lawn less appealing to toads. Block access to or remove ready water sources like pools, ponds or puddles that toads use for breeding.

Step 2

Remove pet food dishes that may attract toads. While they eat bugs, toads won't turn down a kibble snack.

Step 3

Turn off the porch light at night. Lights attract bugs, and bugs attract toads.

Step 4

Spray insecticides to eliminate the toad's food source.

Step 5

Put up a fence around the perimeter of your yard. Bury the fence no less than a foot underground and at least 2 feet tall. Bend out a lip along the bottom before you bury it for added effectiveness.

Step 6

Euthanize the toads you find by squirting a strip of benzocaine cream, such as for tooth pain, along the toad's spine. Death may take up to 40 minutes. Place the toad in a freezer bag and freeze it for three days to ensure it is dead before disposing of it in the trash or burying it.