My resident hosta protector has been putting on some weight this year. He has been living in my garden for a few years now and has grown considerably. He posed for me under a leaf of Azure Snow with Dragon Tails behind him.
Gorgeous! His cousins take care of mine. I don't think I've seen any slug damage on any of my hostas for years. Fortunately I have toads all over the place.
Do you know if skinks and garter snakes eat slugs? I have those also.
Skinks are generally carnivorous and largely eat insects, including crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars. They also eat earthworms, millipedes, snails, slugs, isopods, other lizards, and small rodents. Some species, particularly those favored as home pets, have a more varied diet and can be maintained on a regimen of roughly 60% vegetables/leaves/fruit and 40% meat (insects and rodents).
Garter snakes will eat close to everything that they are able to overpower. Cold blooded animals such as frogs, toads or earthworms are some of what garter snakes eat. They also consume slugs, leeches, lizards, insects such as spiders, rodents, amphibians, insects and birds.
Some people buy toad houses to attract them or you can make them by stacking stones into a little shelter. My toad uses holes where I have flagstone stacked. I did some reading today to see what kind of toad it is and what it's habitat should have. This is an Eastern American Toad. They need a pool of water to be able to breed in so I am going to put in a little swimming pool for him and hopefully he has a girlfriend so they can make some tadpoles. I'll use a small water pump and a frog spitter on it for a little circulation. If I used the big water pump and bell fountain heads it might be too much current for the toad/eggs/tadpoles. I am miles from the river and there are no creeks or woods nearby.
I live near a lake with a small pond between the lake and me. I have so many toads each year that I do not get any damage associated with slugs. I get my share of damage from acorns and twigs. Last two years lots of acorns it may be the year for lower prductivity. Suppposedly oaks have peak production of acorns in 5 yr cycles.
Here is what I put in for the toads. It took about 8 hours to dig the hole for the pond because of the Silver Maple tree roots and about 5 hours to plant the 15 varieties of hosta. American Sweetheart, Golden Scepter(temp filler), Ultramarine, Golden Tiara(temp filler), Earth Angel, Gemstone, Sparkling Burgundy, Yin, Spartan Arrow, Cat's Eyes, Praying Hands, Little Bo Peep, Chirp, Lakeside Zinger & Blue Mouse Ears Supreme.
Wow! What an awesome idea! I had no idea that toads ate slugs, and with two dogs I'm really afraid to use any kind of slug or snail bait. My flower beds are all fenced in with rabbit fence to keep the puppy out of the flowers, and I wonder if I could contain a toad on the flower bed side of the fence since there is a wood fence on the back side of the flower beds? Even with the fence up I'm afraid to put bait on the ground. The pup can easily jump it, but she hasn't thought to do that, and the bait has a scent to it that I think would attract her. I grew up with a huge pond in the backyard that was full of bullfrogs, and I've really missed having frogs around. I know a toad isn't a frog, but they look the same!