Asked on May 11, 2015

How do you keep toads out of your flower pots?

Bonnie witlam
by Bonnie witlam
Daisey looked dead, I pulled the plant up and there was a 3-4 in. live toad under the roots. I flipped him out with a chop stick and headed him towards the hills! This happened last year also. What can I use to keep toads away without killing potted flowers?
Pulled up plant..
Hello, Mr. Toad
You gotta GO ....
Guess I'll be on my way..
  13 answers
  • Sheryl Johnson Sheryl Johnson on May 11, 2015
    They burrow to escape the heat and soak up a little moisture. Aside from startling you they don't hurt anything and are very beneficial for keeping bugs off your plant. If you just can't stand him, maybe give him an alternative elsewhere? A clay pot turned upside down on some shaded moist ground is Beverly Hills to a toad. Chip an opening on a bit of the rim so he can get under/inside.
  • Katrina Warren Katrina Warren on May 11, 2015
    Sheryl is right, unless you just hate toads there's no harm in his being in the pots, & there are actually benefits to his living there.
  • Bonnie witlam Bonnie witlam on May 11, 2015
    But where ever they burrow the flowers have died...
  • Chrissy Schaefer Chrissy Schaefer on May 12, 2015
    i always put them out pots too they need it too keep cool and warm they help out more then anything to get rid of the bad bugs
  • Mary Kathleen Ouellette Mary Kathleen Ouellette on May 12, 2015
    Make a little "toad abode" out of a terra cotta pot, and put it in a cool, dampish area.
  • Nugget Jacobs Nugget Jacobs on May 12, 2015
    That is a Bufo toad, and if you have pets-beware! My dog found one in the flower bed and grabbed him, only to start frothing a pink foam from his mouth!. They secrete a poison if you handle them.
  • Pat C Pat C on May 12, 2015
    Elevated pot? How high can frogs jump?
    • Yup Yup on May 15, 2020

      I found Toads in hanging baskets that were hung 15' from the ground. The Toads can jump about a foot high and are adept at climbing with suction.

  • Jeannette Jeannette on May 12, 2015
    Maybe just put him in a pot without any flowers? Just potting soil? Or a pot with plants you don't really care about? They are very beneficial, but I understand your not liking them if your plants die..
  • Lori Hepp Lori Hepp on May 12, 2015
    Make a toad house!!! They can be really cute to have around!!
  • Bonnie witlam Bonnie witlam on May 12, 2015
    Thank you Nugget Jacobs, I have found out it is indeed a " Bufo Houstonensis", really! Supposed to be mating season, however I still don't want it anywhere around since I do have a dachschund! Will be on the lookout from now on. Hope he is off to greener pastures and not my flower pots!
  • Peg Peg on May 12, 2015
    Try mulch surrounding the flowers?
  • Beverley Beverley on Aug 17, 2017

    I am scared of it, last year there was a lot of holes in my pots and soil on the ground and could not find what was doing it. Today I saw this little toad jumped from one of my pots, I live in a high rise did it come in with a plant?

  • Sheri Sheri on Sep 13, 2017

    This little guy has been going from one pot to another all summer. It likes surprising me and making me squeal by doing that. It's starting to grow on me now. Luckily it has just gone down in the dirt between the flowers and hasn't killed any of them. The first time I saw it in the spring I relocated it to the front furthest corner of my yard but it found its way back. And yes he has found my pots that are up on my tables.