Rains bring out Bufo Toads, Hazardous to Pets :: Tampa Bay, FL


Keep your pets away from toads. This is the Bufo Marinus, which can be fatal to pets.

We originally published this post last year but it certainly bears repeating.

If you live in Florida, you know that the dog days of summer usher in the rainy season.  It is not unusual to see a brief, heavy rainstorm every afternoon, accompanied by thunder and lightning. 

The Giant Toad, (also known as the Marine Toad or the Cane Toad), typically burrows in the ground.  When there is heavy rain on saturated ground, these Giant Toads can’t stay underground and are more likely to be seen, and encountered, by pets.  The resulting situation can be deadly for our precious pets. 

They secrete a toxic, milky substance that is extremely poisonous to dogs, cats and other pets.

Officially known as Bufo Marinus, most people refer to them as Bufo Toads.   These are the largest of the Florida toads and can grow to 9 inches in length and can weigh more than 2 pounds.  Giant Toads prefer developed areas, where they utilize man-made bodies of water to spawn.  They are omnivores, and will eat small amphibians, insects and even pet food!   Since they are so large, they are unable to flee when approached by a predator, so their defense mechanism is the highly toxic milky white poison that is secreted by glands behind their head.

These nasty creatures are not native to Florida; they were brought here to help control insect populations in sugar cane fields in the 1960s.  They like sitting in lighted areas, like porches or near your coach lights on your garage and eating the insects that are attracted to the lights.  Because of their close proximity to doorways, they can easily come in contact with your pets. 

Small pets can die quickly after biting a Giant Toad but large pets can also be severely affected.  If your pet bites one of these toads, immediately wash out their mouths, clean their paws and take them directly to the vet.  Wash your hands after contact and avoid touching your face. 

There is good news.  Artificial grass by AlternaScapes prevents the toads from burrowing beneath the surface of your lawn so the likelihood of the presence of these toads is greatly reduced.  To find out more about an EasyTurf artificial grass solution, call us at 1-800-445-2944 or visit our website at www.JustLikeGrass.com.  Estimates are always free and there is no obligation.

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The AlternaScapes Blog Welcomes You :: Sarasota, FL

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This beautiful backyard is now an oasis, with the addition of EasyTurf artificial grass.

Hello and welcome to the blog for AlternaScapes!  We are very excited that you are here and look forward to sharing our amazing product line with you. 

AlternaScapes represents EasyTurf by EasyTurf Tarkett, the largest and most successful artificial turf company in the world.  In fact, EasyTurf’s slogan is “The Greatest Turf on Earth”.  That pretty much says it all…  Our diverse product lines offer you the ability to select a product that is uniquely designed to fit every need and application.

We offer artificial turf for a number of different applications – playground surfacing, pet care facilities, residential lawns, commercial properties and even putting greens!  If you have a problem area, chances are we have a turf that will solve your issue. 

First impressions and curb appeal are tied into the landscaping for your property and an EasyTurf artificial grass lawn is a cleaner, more attractive lawn. Soft to the touch, lush and green in appearance, it is the perfect solution for difficult to maintain grass areas and areas that suffer due to foot traffic, pet traffic, too much shade or too little water.

 An AlternaScapes installation of EasyTurf synthetic turf can last 15 to 25 years and helps cut recurring landscape costs significantly.   It’s environmentally friendly and is the ultimate in Green Building. 

In our blog, we’ll update you on exciting new projects and offer insights on how our products can solve your lawn problems.  Plus, we’ll offer ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures, so you can see for yourself what an incredible difference EasyTurf can make.

So, please join us on our journey….and discover why EasyTurf by EasyTurf is ‘The Greatest Turf on Earth’. 


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Now you can have the lawn of your dreams starting as low as just $99 per month with our EasyPay program.

Now you can get the lawn of your dreams starting as low as just $99 a month with our EasyPay program.
Never before has an artificial grass solution been more affordable for homeowners.


          You pay for watering your lawn.

          You pay for fertilizing your lawn.

        *   You pay for mowing your lawn.

At the end of it all, is it ever as nice as you would like it to be?

Now you can put those monthly costs to work for you and solve your lawn problems once and for all!
Our EasyPay program (for residential clients only) has a fixed 6.99% interest rate with 60 monthly payments.  After just 5 years, your payments have ended and your EasyTurf artificial grass lawn is still under warranty!  (We also have a 60 month payment program for our commercial clients – call and ask for details.)

It takes about an hour of your time to get a free estimate, learn about all of our EasyTurf artificial grass options and selections, learn about the installation process as it applies to your yard areas and get an accurate price estimate.  We will be sure to provide you with a 60 month payment option pricing as well.

There is no obligation.  Call today to schedule your free estimate: 1-800-445-2944 or just fill out the contact form and one of our representatives will be contacting you shortly!

AlternaScapes artificial grass the “Turf of Choice” for 2 Walt Disney World projects in Orlando, Florida

Over the summer of 2011, AlternaScapes installed over 16,000 square feet of EasyTurf artificial grass at two different Walt Disney World properties.

Walt Disney’s All Star Sports Resort had their existing poured in place rubber surface covered by over 14,900 square feet of synthetic turf by AlternaScapes.  This football field “mock-up” features several different colors of artificial turf to create the famous “Statue of Liberty” football play and the Mickey Mouse logo inside a shield outline.


Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort chose AlternaScapes to install our EasyTurf artificial grass for playground safety surfacing.  When we install our synthetic turf over our safety shock pad, our system meets the playground safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM F1292-04 for providing the proper level of safety for up to a 10 foot critical fall height!  As with all of our artificial grass installations, EasyTurf meets and exceeds wheelchair accessibility standards as well.


We believe we have an artificial grass solution for you!  Send us an email or call us at 1-800-445-2944 for more information and/or to sign up for a free estimate.


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