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How to Make a Toad House



How to Make a Toad House

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

A single toad eat thousands of bugs a year. Add a toad house to your garden, and start taking advantage of this free form of pest control.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Embellish the outside of your flower pot or coffee can, if desired.
  2. Pick out a shady spot in your garden, and dig a hole that is large enough to accomodate your container when it is laying on its side.
  3. Drop the container into your hole, and bury the bottom half. (Toads like to burrow, so it's important to create a dirt floor)
  4. Stick a handful of leaves inside the container to serve as bedding material, and your toad house is finished!


  1. Make sure there's a water source near your toad house. Even a saucer of water will do the trick.
  2. If you have pets, keep your toad house out of areas that they frequent.
  3. Turn your broken flower pots into toad houses. They work just as well as undamaged pots.

What You Need:

  • A flower pot or coffee can
  • A shovel
  • A handful of leaves
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