Greetings. You folks are my last hope. I have e-mailed a number of colleges, herpetologists, amphibian conservation societies, cooperative extension services, etc., and no one has any suggestions. Please help.
There is a cornucopia of frogs and toads in my lawn (I live behind a sump on Long Island in New York). They range in size from ½" to 3". Some have "suction cups" on their toes (probably tree frogs), but others do not. Some are pale green, others are dark green; some are tan, others are brown; some are spotted, etc. This is all ok with me EXCEPT that I have to mow the lawn, and I can not go 5 feet without seeing MANY of these small creatures hopping left and right to get out of my way. I put off mowing because I just can't bring myself to hurt these guys, but then the lawn gets so tall that I finally have to bite the bullet: I don't water the lawn for 2 days so it's dry and hot; I mow at high noon when the sun is the strongest; I put the mower on the highest setting; I walk very slowly so whoever can jump away does, but of course they are not all getting out of my way, and therein lies my problem. I need a drink by the time I'm finished mowing, and I don't like alcohol!
I'd really like to dissuade these guys from staying in the lawn. I've tried moth balls, garlic, herbs, etc. Nothing has worked and I understand some things can burn them (citric acid, vinegar) so I'm not experimenting with anything. No one else has any suggestions, including our local horticultural cooperative extension service. Please help - or please tell me who to contact if you can think of anybody.
Thank you - Robin Sparks