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How to attract frogs


Active crop defenders, useful inhabitants of the garden - toads and frogs. To attract them to the garden, you can dig into the ground old baths, basins and fill them with water.

The main food of frogs and toads is insects, and most of them are pests. Each species has its own favorite dishes: the moor frog prefers spiders and cicadas, the grassy one prefers slugs and grasshoppers, the gray toad prefers bugs and ants, the green toad bugs. If possible, frogs and toads feed almost exclusively on the corresponding species of insects, but this is rare, more often they have to be content with a varied menu. With appetite, they devour a bear, weevils, wireworms, larvae of the Colorado potato beetle, caterpillars and many other insects. Frogs that are easy to climb and jump well prey on flying insects, including mosquitoes and butterflies. Large frogs, if they do not have enough insects, can catch and eat the mouse of a vole, and if hunger is very hot, one can observe very tragic scenes: large old frogs eat their own young. Young frogs and toads are not aggressive and are content with every little thing like aphids, raspberry beetles, mosquitoes, weevils.

For a day, the frog eats on average 1-2 g of food, the toad - up to 8 g. It was estimated that over the summer the grass frog eats 1260 pests. The number of species of pests eaten by frogs and toads is 2-3 times more than that of insectivorous birds. They do not disdain insects with an unpleasant smell and taste, which the birds refuse. They catch insects better than birds, the color of which merges with the background. They hunt at night when the birds sleep, and eat pests leading a nocturnal life: scoop butterflies, moths, caterpillars, slugs. i am sorri tina

Than frogs and toads are useful, already answered above. We bring them to the site from the forest and from the river. In the garden we have a lot of them. In a greenhouse, 2-3 things live constantly and eat pests - slugs and whiteflies. We put them flat containers with water under the leaves of the cucumber. A huge green-brown toad has been living under the summer shower for several years. Her name is Plush. True, she probably does not know about this. We call her so among ourselves. It also winters in the shower. She is our indicator, if Plush wakes up after hibernation and crawls out from under the shower, you can plant cucumbers in the open ground.

Frog house

If there is even a very small body of water on the site, surrounded by plants, most likely, frogs will very soon settle nearby. They can successfully hide from heat and sunshine in grass or temporary shelters, for example, under boards, pieces of slate or other objects that are nearby.

The easiest way to build summer house for toads and frogs - put two bricks (on a long edge) nearby at a certain distance from each other and cover them with trimmed boards from above. Such a construction will come in handy, if amphibians on your territory have nowhere to hide, a simple shelter will help them escape from the summer heat.

If you have clay and skills to work with it, try to build the original burnt clay house in the shape of a jug or pot. If not, an old clay pot, a flower pot, will do. Such a structure is installed on the ground upside down. Do not forget that there must be a hole below so that the frog can get inside the house.

Some do this:

But hardly in such a shelter the frog will feel safe. Although, in order to simply hide from the heat, this option is also suitable.

The advantage of clay structures is their durability. Moreover, with age, acquiring a touch of “antiquity”, they become even more interesting and can serve as an unusual accent of a decorative composition at a reservoir. Ready-made houses are also sold in specialized stores, but they are usually not cheap.

If you want to provide your guests permanent homeYou’ll have to work a little. Saw two identical pieces from a tree in the form of a semicircle or semi-oval. Place them parallel to each other at a distance of 15–20 cm and overlap on top (by bending) with any suitable material (narrow planks, pieces of edged croaker, and so on) so that a “bridge” is formed.

In the lower part of the structure, on one of the semicircular sides-bases, cut a small hole near the ground itself - the entrance. If you want, in the ceiling of the house you can make a small hinged hatch - then you can sometimes look inside. Just don't bother your neighbors in vain.

Well, those who are not familiar with carpentry and pottery art can make amphibian housing from a small plastic bucket (for example, from mayonnaise). We cut out the hole-door, decorate the container with any natural materials (pebbles, pieces of bark, scraps of branches, and so on) - and you're done!

Frogs and lizards live in areas near most summer residents. And many of you are happy to watch them - as, for example, authors of publications

What do you think about the idea of ​​making the lives of these little neighbors and helpers more comfortable and safe? Which variant of the amphibian house did you like the most, and did you want to equip a comfortable house for the quacks in the new season?

Hut for a hedgehog

Hedgehogs can settle on the site anywhere: under the porch, under a pile of brushwood, among construction debris. Nevertheless, these unpretentious animals will be grateful for a comfortable dwelling in which they can hibernate and breed.

Among adult hedgehogs, quite large individuals are found, so the dwelling for them should be quite spacious. In height, the house can reach 25-30 cm, the optimal length of its sides - from 35 to 40 cm.

The hut can have any form - it all depends on your imagination and skill. But one condition is necessary: ​​the entrance is necessary attach a small corridor (about 25 cm long), which will not allow predators to enter the dwelling.

Here is such, for example, wicker house (you can buy it or - if you have the necessary skills - do it yourself) will serve as an original decoration of the site, but hardly suitable as a year-round shelter for hedgehogs: the lightweight construction does not save either from rain or cold, and animals will have to look for housing for wintering more reliable:

In the next video - a master class on construction hedgehog houses of two ordinary construction buckets. You will also need a cylinder of polyurethane foam, some tools and "very skillful pens" :) "Cinema" without words, but everything is clear, because it is shown in great detail:

If this option seems too complicated and time-consuming, try using the idea from another video. This house is being built from a cardboard box and improvised materials - old bricks, scraps of branches, moss, dry grass, leaves, and the like. It is not so attractive in appearance as the previous one, but hedgehogs, I think, care more about convenience than about the beauty of their home

If you want the building to be both convenient, durable and beautiful, it’s worth considering wooden house. Making it, perhaps, is no more difficult than a birdhouse, so your forest guests can celebrate a housewarming in the coming summer. In extreme cases, such a hut can also be bought - there are ready-made models in online stores.

Choose solid wood for construction, it is advisable to provide a roof and floor with a waterproofing layer. Having settled in the house, the hedgehogs, of course, will take care of its internal “decoration” themselves, but if you lay dry leaves in advance, your guests will be grateful.

The roof of the house is better to make removable - so you can clean it if necessary. It is not bad to equip it with a floor, which will protect the inhabitants from dampness and cold. You can even install a hut not directly on the ground, but on small supports (for example, from a beam). In this case, the porch-corridor should be made inclined (by the way, the building in the photo above the porch-porch is clearly not enough).

Whatever option you implement, it is important to find a good place to build: hedgehogs will prefer secluded corners of the garden, where no one will bother them. You can put a house in the bushes, or near the fence (not at the gate itself), or behind the barn - choose a location that will be convenient, first of all, for future residents.

Don't forget about security their guests. If there is a pond with steep banks on the site, equip it with gangways (ladders), along which the hedgehog can get out to land, otherwise the pond can turn into a deadly trap for the animal. Attracting thorny forest dwellers, refuse to use chemicals to fight slugs and insects - poisoned garden pests will be the poison for the hedgehogs that feed on them.

And of course, all your chores and efforts will be rewarded with the joy of communicating with these amazing and charming forest creatures.

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