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Old 04-08-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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Default Window Well Toads

Hi all,

I have two ingress/egress windows in my basement. The window wells do not have covers on them. The previous home owner said he never covered them because toads live in them. I verified last summer that I do indeed have toads that had buried themselves in the dirt through the winter and dug themselves out during the summer. They haven't woken up yet from the winter season, but I did see them bury themselves when it started getting cold.

My neighbor has window well covers on this wells, but since his children love the toads, he goes to the pet store and buys insects for them to eat. I prefer not to do that and I don't mind the toads living there, but I would like to put well covers on for safety and to prevent larger debri from falling in. Does anyone have any experience with window well covers that allow enough insects to fall through for toads to survive, but still stop larger mice and debri from falling in, or is the best bet to wait until the toads come out for the season and relocate them before putting covers on?

Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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You can get metal grate covers that allow rain, air, insects and small debris through so you don't have to hand feed the toads. These are generally custom made but I have no idea of cost - used to see them in the coupon packets that come in the mail. I had toads in my window wells when I lived in Windsor too.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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Thanks! I've found a place call Window Well Expressions that does metal grate covers, according to their webpage. I'm going to give them a call on Monday. It looks like they have different diameter wire mesh so I should be able to find one that will allow for adequete insects and air flow but is still sturdy enough in case someone falls on one and can stop large debris.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Default Or, you could just evict them from the window wells ...

... and provide alternate housing in your garden.


Toad Houses - YouTube
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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Thanks. The toad housing is a good idea, I like the idea of it.
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Thanks. The toad housing is a good idea, I like the idea of it.
You are welcome!

Suzy Q
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