Coast man hopping mad over massive toad invasion
A MOVING carpet of tiny toads has migrated to Jerry Valenta's property and he wants the council to do something about it.
The juvenile cane toads spawned on Tuesday afternoon in a lagoon, which is on Sunshine Coast Council land, about 100m away from his Olivia Ct home in Landsborough.
They have been the talk of the neighbourhood, with thousands of them spreading to nearby homes.
Mr Valenta's son Karl Valenta, who live in nearby Tiverton Pl, said he noticed the spawning toads while walking past Ben's Lagoon to his father's place on Tuesday.
He initially thought they were blowflies carpeting the ground but then realised they were jumping.
"I could not walk one step without standing on about five of them," Karl said.
When he got to his father's place he warned him about the impending infestation.
The "moving carpet" arrived about 20 minutes later.
"As soon as I opened the garage door I could see there was a line of them trying to get in," Jerry said.
They've moved into his back yard and keep coming up from the lagoon.
Jerry called the council but said he was told there was nothing they could do.
At the council's suggestion, he called the State Government but got a similar response.
A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokesman said cane toads were not declared pests and any issues with them should be referred to local councils.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokeswoman said cane toads were not a declared pest in Queensland and there was no legal requirement for control work to be undertaken.
She said the control of cane toads was not enforced as there was no available effective broad scale control.
"However, council officers do undertake some site specific actions to try to limit toad breeding such as erecting barriers," she said.
"Scooping out cane toad eggs in large ponds is not considered an effective control measure."