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Comment by Lissa on December 6, 2010 at 15:39
My sister used to kill butterflies with something (ether??) she bought from the chemist. Maybe that's the way to go. I tie them up in a plastic bag first and they go very quiet after a bit - don't know if they've passed out due to lack of air or just given up trying to escape. I had one jump across half the yard in his bag trying to get away the other day. I feel for them, but we can't have them in the yard.

One of the dogs mouthed one in her excitement and I had to hose her mouth out. Not a happy experience for either of us but she seems to have forgiven me.
Comment by Donna on December 5, 2010 at 8:09
Oh dear Lissa, at least you had room in the freezer!
Comment by Lissa on December 5, 2010 at 6:59
I put toads in my freezer :S all wrapped in plastic and a towel. I can't bring myself to whack anything or spear it. Might only half do the job and then they would suffer.
Probably shouldn't mention the time one of my cats died in summer and I had no way of burying her due to the ground being so hard....so guess where she ended up until my brother could dig a hole for me lol.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 4, 2010 at 22:33
Neat! Didn't know we had any but there's bound to be lots of little critters in the bush at the back. There's so many frogs in the soak up the back (in the same patch of bush) that the chorus is delightfully deafening these rainy nights. Four species of frogs all squarking in turn in the course of the night. Bandicoots! I'm thrilled :-)
Comment by Lyn Buffett on December 4, 2010 at 20:37
CONGRATULATIONS! I think it is a bandicoot hole! They dig for insects in lawn or mulch. They can make a bit of a mess if they dig in mulch!
Comment by Donna on November 30, 2010 at 8:04
Thanks Elaine, that is probably what I was thinking of. When I lived in Jacobs Well the local kids would go around with their water guns - there were huge amounts of them there, probably because we were so close to the water (read swamp lol).

I am terrible at killing things, my preference has always been to pretend that I didn't see anything - same goes for spiders, mice etc... until they hit plague proportions (that is 3 for spiders inside) then I either relocate or poison.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 29, 2010 at 21:45
I don't know what a toad hole looks like! I've seen toads under things and caught one in the frog pond (I've since toad-proofed it with a fence) but that's it. It was out in the open (rat sprang to mind but rats don't go anywhere near the open, they stick to cover all the time), dog - well the place if dog-proof and it was so neat ... dog holes are usually a bit messy (like the dog's dinner ;-). So I ran out of ideas. Since I took the pix, the other half has hung out the clothes and filled the hole in so no rocking chairs or shotguns. Interesting to see if we get another one. Elaine used to do the toad chopping and I did the cockroach killing and gecko squashing but I've since been able to finally boot these things outta my yard. We've got dozens of native frogs and the toads eat the same food.

Not vinegar Donna, but salt. It does kill them eventually and that's the rub - if you're going to kill something, then do it quickly so there's no suffering. A spade not salt!
Comment by Donna on November 29, 2010 at 14:48
For some reason I am thinking there is something that I have heard of people spraying on them... doubt it is vinegar (that's for weeds) but something that most people have in the house. I really need to start taking that memory herb of Jacqui's!

I usually ignore them but we have been lucky at this house to only see one or two.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 29, 2010 at 13:30
Well! That was the last animal I would have thought of! We do have a few toads and they usually hang out under something - that the hole was out in the open really had me flummoxed. Killing toads humanely ... supposedly the best way is to freeze them for 48 hours and toss them into the rubbish. Not many people that I know would countenance toads in their freezer no matter how many plastic bags go around them. So the next best is to sever the spinal cord (shovel/spade springs to mind) or what we do is whack them on the back with the flat of a shovel, it kills them stone dead. Then down to the rubbish bin. Thank you for the entertaining thoughts! :-)
Comment by Vanessa Collier on November 29, 2010 at 13:18
They look similar to the toad holes I have about the place.

Florence - I know it's probably not that humane, but I kill most toads I find by spearing them with my garden fork. I try to go through the back of the head so I at least sever the spinal cord so they won't feel any pain.

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