If you live in an area that has a lot of toads, then you might notice that they are getting into your house somehow. It can be kind of annoying to have toads entering your home and disrupting things, but there are some things that you can do to make things better.
Keep reading to learn about how toads are typically able to get into people’s houses. You’ll also be able to learn about what you can do to keep toads away from your house so that you can keep things peaceful.
1 – Vents
You might be surprised to learn that toads can get into your house through your vents sometimes. If there are openings that are just big enough for toads to slip through, then they’ll be able to enter your house that way.
This means that you should go around and check your vents to see if they’re secured or not. You might have holes that you aren’t aware of or rips if you have a screen covering your vents.
2 – Under Doors
You might have doors that don’t shut as tight as you think you do as well. If you have cracks under your door, then it’s possible that toads could slip in under the door.
Have you ever noticed that your doors are a little bit drafty? This could be a sign that your doors aren’t as airtight as they should be.
You might be able to change this by tightening your door or installing a new door. It’s possible that there could be issues with your door frame that need to be addressed as well, but you’ll just have to look into it.
3 – Sewer Lines
As weird as it is to think about, frogs and toads have gotten into people’s homes through the sewer lines in the past. It isn’t unheard of for toads to get into cracks in your sewer line and then somehow wind up in your home.
This is certainly nasty, but it’s a possibility that could be the cause of your toad problem. You could have experts come and check your sewer line if you suspect that this might be an issue.
If you ever noticed a toad in your toilet, then this could certainly be a reason why. Check everything out to be sure whether this is the problem or not.
4 – Leaving Doors or Windows Open
Sometimes you might leave a door or window open for too long. This could allow a toad or multiple toads enough time to enter your home to look around.
Even if you have a screen door or a screen on your window, it’s possible that toads could work their way through cracks. You might have a small rip in one of your screens that is allowing toads and bugs to enter the house.
What to Do About Toads
Toads aren’t bad, and they’re actually beneficial for your gardens in many ways. This doesn’t mean that you want them in your home, though.
There shouldn’t be any good reason to kill a toad, but you will likely want to remove the toad from your property. You can try to catch the toad and then simply release it somewhere in the yard that is far enough away from your house.
You could make the area less appealing to toads so that you won’t have so many around your house. Toads like dark and damp places, and you can try to eliminate places where they would hang out in the yard.
For instance, you could get rid of pots, water containers, and birdbaths where toads might congregate. It’s also wise to get rid of old wood piles and brush because toads will hide there.
Leaving pet food sitting outdoors is also something that will attract toads. You should keep pet food in a secure location so that it won’t be an issue.
As mentioned earlier, toads aren’t necessarily bad, but you just don’t want them in your house. Having fewer toads in your yard will keep things from getting too annoying, and you can try to fix cracks, holes, and tears in your house so that the toads won’t get in so often.
What If You Wish to Eliminate Toads?
Eliminating toads won’t be all that hard to do, but this doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing to do. Toads are a part of the ecosystem in your area, and toad numbers are already dwindling due to chemicals in the water.
Toads are very susceptible to chemicals, and it would be simple to exterminate them by treating parts of your yard with chemicals. However, you should know that it isn’t legal to kill toads in every state.
Some places have laws that specifically protect toads because their numbers are too low. With this in mind, you should know that it isn’t recommended to kill toads.
If you don’t wish to deal with this toad issue yourself, then you can always call professionals to get the job done. If you have several toads in your house, then a pest control service should be able to trap the toads and release them somewhere safe.
Some pest control services will offer to exterminate toads, but this is only in places where it is legal to kill toads. You must follow the rules that have been set in your local area.
Trapping toads yourself probably won’t be that difficult, but it might be annoying depending on how fast you move. Some people are too scared or grossed-out by toads to want to interact with them, and it might be worth spending the money if you’re in that camp.
Now you know the common ways that toads can get into a house and what can be done to keep them away from your property, it’s up to you to make the decision about what should be done to deal with this issue once and for all.
You don’t have anything to fear from toads, but you can’t let them keep coming into your home either. Figure out the appropriate response and take care of things whatever way you think is best.
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