scientists on their hands and knees in a forest, looking for worms
Case Western Reserve University biology researchers dig into a wooded area in South Chagrin Reservation to look for evidence of earthworms. (Photo: Jean Burns)

Biology’s Michael Benard notes that toads help keep pests from attacking gardens

Toads are the garden’s heroes. Here’s how to help them thrive.
The Washington PostMichael Benard, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences, noted how toads can help keep pests—like slugs—from terrorizing gardens. “They will eat all sorts of things,” Benard said. “Really, anything that’s moving. They’re going to key in on a beetle crawling, a fly landing in front of them, and that visual cue will set them off.”