Cat Food Used To Kill Cane Toads

February 22nd, 2010 - 9:18 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Cane ToadsFeb 22, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent study has proved that meat ants and cat food are great tools of controlling and killing cane toads. The cane toads are a species of pests that are not native to the country of Austria. They have been a problem for the people and numerous measures have been taken to try and eradicate them. Some of these failed whereas some were more successful than others. However, there has been a breakthrough in methods used to get rid of them.

This particular toad actually belongs to the South and Central America but had been brought to a number of islands including the Caribbean in order to curb the pest problems. These toads are also said to have a very high appetite, which only helps in the pest control problems. However, now these toads themselves are being considered as pests and the worst part is that it has a highly toxic skin that causes the death of a large number of animals.

The killing of the cane toads is undertaken in a serial procedure. Firstly the cat food attracts the meat ants which is a native of the country. These meat ants, as proven by the biologists, are deadly to the toads. They kill and eat almost 70 percent of the baby toads. The collateral damage in this procedure is a minimum. The ones who conducted the study say that the usage of the meat ants is “a useful component of a broadly based ecological approach”. The biologists said that the ultimate way to curb the problem was simple yet effective. All they had to do was locate the toads and put some cat food there.

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