Unlike many of the native species that pest control experts deal with every day in Australia, cane toads are invasive creatures. They cause significant damage in large parts of the country nowadays. If you have identified cane toads on your property, then it is highly likely that their numbers will soon start to grow unless you take one or more pest control measures. If they persist, then call a professional to help you but, in the meantime, you can try the following steps to get rid of them.
Remove Water Sources
As amphibians, cane toads require access to water to stay cool, to keep their skins from drying out and, of course, to drink. Therefore, if you have a pond in your garden or an open rainwater collector, it will be best to cover it up or drain it completely, at least temporarily. If you have drainage channels or culverts on the ground, then prevent access with some mesh.
Take Away Food Sources
Cane toads will eat lots of different foodstuffs, which is not necessarily a bad thing if they are controlling other pests on your property. However, there is no need to make life easier for them and encourage them onto your property by leaving food out. Make sure waste food goes into bins with lids that close down, and don't leave pet food out, especially at night when they are more likely to try and track it down.
During the heat of the day, cane toads tend to like cover. Not only do they feel better protected from the sun but they also like some cover so that they are harder to spot. Therefore, thick undergrowth should be trimmed back or removed altogether. You should also take piles of rubbish away that provide cover.
Turn Your Lights Off
As many professional pest control operatives would recommend, turning your lights out, especially those that are outside, is a good idea. Since lights attract moths and other insects, they will also attract the cane toads that feed on them. House lights are okay, but draw your curtains to keep light spillage outside to a minimum.
Create a Physical Barrier
Cane toads do not make prodigious jumpers, unlike other toad species. This means you can keep them out of your property with a simple barrier. Anything that is about half a metre or so in height is likely to prevent access.
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