Yes, I realize that this is probably way too repulsive to most of you, but as a biologist I think it's awesome. For about a week I was finding little "presents" on the back steps and patio and couldn't figure out who the probable culprit would be. It didn't smell like dog or cat feces and when I hosed the disgusting sausage shapes off the steps and patio they broke apart to reveal that they were nothing but bug and beetle exoskeletons. I knew that I had been out of school and out of practice for too long when I realized that I couldn't solve my mystery sooner. Just a few days ago, I discovered the culprit and had my 'light bulb moment' when I was moving the extra stones from when we laid the patio. This large(~4.5-5"), plump Woodhouse's Toad (Bufo woodhouseii) has been enjoying the nightly feast of bugs and beetles (mostly June beetles) who are attracted to the light I leave on for the Flag. I decided to leave the stones for a little while longer so our toad friend has a bit more shelter--even if he/she is going to leave scat all over our patio and steps. At least it's helping to control the June beetle population.
P.S. Does anyone else have this problem: Box Elder bugs mating right and left -- everywhere around your house? Their little red babies are everywhere.Pin It