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    We have a fully fenced yard with only a small gap under the gate. We have had alot of rain lately and we keep finding cane toads in our yard. We check once a day for cane toads and find one at least once a week.
    Had do we stop them or deter them?

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    Well if anyone know, I really think they should tell Peter Garrett!
    I don't think anyone knows the perfect way to kill Cane Toads. Apparently there are over 200 million of them here in Australia!
    I've heard placing canned cat food out attracts meat ants AND toads, the ants then eat the toads.
    But down here, im not dealing with them, so im not completely sure.
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    Pop some Dettol mixed with water in a spray bottle. Spray toads. Clear away dead bodies in the morning and repeat.

    Which I have been very lax about as the Dettol jammed the spray bottle I had it in. Oops. I've been leashing James to take him out at night and keep a torch on hand to make sure the area's clear. And frantically screeching "James, STOP!!!!" when I miss one and he's careening into it's path. Poor pup has no idea what I'm on about.

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    I check my yard morning and night, every day. I've only found two, but I'm not taking the risk. Batty isn't outdoors unsupervised anyway, but it would only take one chomp!

    It really is better to make the effort to keep it safe. As they say, prevention is better than a cure. Apparently listerine works wonders too - it's also good for mozzies!

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    Cant really do it now different age and all that, but as kids we'd wander the streets with slug guns leaving a trail of shot dead toads in our wake lol, and when we'd walk around the streets in the day we would all brag about our shots with the toad leather drying in the sun.


    Dont know how to deter them. These days I dont even bother them, I actualy kind of like them have even named a few lol. dog wont touch them or bother wit them so alls ok, I change the water dish every day though.

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    Is you fence of a fine mesh, as they can get thru your standard chain mesh fences, what our toad busters have done up here is to get some shade cloth, and line it around the bottom of your fence and up about 60cm's, they cant climb this and will keep them out.I have freinds who would see 30 in a night, who have done the shade cloth trick, and now they are lucky to see one. I dont think they would all be coming thru the gap at the front.

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    No real way you CAN keep them out. They're like spiders- they can fit through the tiniest holes. I personally don't really do much about them anymore, but when I'm in the mood to go out (and back when I was training Leo not to eat them), I used to go out with a torch and put any I find into a bucket.

    All those toads meet their end after a fast stop against some concrete For those that are... less inclined to handle them (you can, you know. They don't spray poison and aren't in anyway dangerous unless you lick them), just spray them with dettol. A 100% solution of dettol is preferable. It's far stronger then diluted and kills them faster.

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    I'm a big sook, can't kill anything. When I used to catch them I put them in a bucket and took them to the vet. We don't get many in our yard any more, though there is one large bugga that I can't catch.

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    I think the most touted method of disposal these days is putting them in a freezer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    I think the most touted method of disposal these days is putting them in a freezer.
    This is the most humane method, for sure.

    Look, dettol and sprays of any sort don't always kill the blasted toad. It sure is an agnosing way to die, even worse if the toad doesn't die from the spray.

    There's also the trusty old golf club, but once again be careful because the poision can get you if you bashed it around the eye area.

    I've been guilty of all inhumane ways to kill them, I'm sorry to say. Live and learn.

    If you catch them, or if you really must spray them, make sure you get them quickly and chuck in the fridge or freezer. I've never met anyone who wanted to do this in Qld because well, just the thought of having them in your normal fridge or freezer was a bit too much IYKWIM. But we did end up finally with a deep freezer in the garage, so we put them in there and chucked them in the bin when wheelie-bin day came around.

    Toads body temp responds to their surroundings, so the fridge or freezer kinda just sends them to sleep without pain for them or the chance of you getting splattered.

    Hope that helps.

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