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Help - toad screaming in the sofa! AIBU to call DH to come home?

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Aquablu · 12/06/2017 11:53

I know this sounds dramatic, but AIBU? I have a phobia of frogs and toads. I can and have dealt with the odd stray mouse but amphibians - no.

On Friday, I was on the house in my own and I heard what I thought was the kitchen back door creaking on its hinges, but it was a weird noise. I went in there, only to find a massive toad in the middle of the floor. I just froze - I can't even bring myself to look the things! It was making this unearthly squeaking noise and the cat seemed scared of it.

I was late for a wax appt, so I just went and shut it in the kitchen, leaving the back door open and put the cat in the front part of the house so he couldn't get to it.

I also thought I heard a kind of croaking like an echo coming from the living room, but I had to go.

When I came back the thing had gone thank god. There is nowhere it can hide in the kitchen. The dishwasher and cupboards were shut, so it must have hopped outside. DD's Nintendo DS sometimes makes weird noises, so I thought the other noise in the living room must have been that vibrating or some kind of alarm.

We've been away for the weekend, but today, to my horror, there is the same screaming sound coming from the sofa in the living room! There must be a toad in there that was calling to the one on Friday in the way they do across ponds. I can't bring myself to pull the cushions off in case it jumps! It could have been lying flat for god knows how long.

AIBU to call DH to come back from work asap to get the toad out? He's meant to be going to the airport at 4pm, then he's away until Fri. I can't live like this until then! AIBU or is that too ridiculous? I can't ask the neighbours.

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ILikeyourHairyHands · 12/06/2017 13:37

We used to have a small lake in a previous house and I'd get common and great-crested newts ambling through the house, you'd occasionally find a dessiacted one that has gone off course.

I also have a great photo from when we lived there of two toads making sweet love on my back doorstep, being oggled by a newt.

ScrambledSmegs · 12/06/2017 13:39

Oh, poor toad, it must be traumatised Sad I quite like them.

Sorry OP, I do have sympathy for you too, honestly.

GlitteryFluff · 12/06/2017 13:39

Hope it's somewhere easy to get to!

Have visions having to dismantle something in order to retrieve it!

Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:40

It's not under the cushions - he's here now but on a phone call at the same time.

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teaandakitkat · 12/06/2017 13:40

Hope you get it out op. We had a frog in our washing machine once, I opened the door and it jumped out. I nearly died of fright.

Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:40

Can't even go down there Confused

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kaytee87 · 12/06/2017 13:41

Oh god the poor toad.

When dh gets it out get him to mist it with water. I'm not sure it will survive though Sad

kaytee87 · 12/06/2017 13:41

Poor you as well op sorry, I'm terrified of spiders Shock

Notonthestairs · 12/06/2017 13:42

Sorry but I laughed at the image of Frogging/dogging on Ilikehairyhands doorstep.
Hope you find your visitor Op.

SirVixofVixHall · 12/06/2017 13:42

I can handle toads, frogs, newts, non-venomous snakes, slugs, mice, rats, house spiders, birds, -even massive ones like swans-, and pretty much any creepy crawly thing. I'm not a fan of spinning cellar spiders or false widow spiders, but I could get one into a jar if needed. I am however very scared of wasps (allergic).
So if anyone in Wales is stuck in room with a toad....

Nikephorus · 12/06/2017 13:45


Southwaite · 12/06/2017 13:46

Yeah wasps can fuck off

Brittbugs80 · 12/06/2017 13:46

I hate toads and frogs, they scare the bejesus out of me. I went to get in my car, walked round, saw a frog and ran back in the house and locked the door.

I just don't trust them.

Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:47

He's just shouted "Toad Secured" and gone out the front door

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Radishal · 12/06/2017 13:48

Frog in the washing machine? Now I am scared.
I saw a woman pick a buzzing bee up by its wing and lead it to a window. That was more awesome than I could be. Or op's cat.
Hope you're still ok, op.

vaginaissue · 12/06/2017 13:48

Gringreat result!

Aquablu · 12/06/2017 13:48

God knows why he's gone in the street

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Radishal · 12/06/2017 13:49


FoTHCPE3 · 12/06/2017 13:49

Hi Sarah from Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Local Nature Reserve here. I can promise you that toads are very sluggish and do not jump up or move quickly, so don't be afraid to pull off the cushions and look under with a torch - it will not jump up at you. They can't even get out of a bucket, poor things. Also they are not slimy so don't worry if it has touched your furnishings. If you have a long handled soft broom and dustpan you could gently encourage it to crawl onto the dustpan using the broom.

ILikeyourHairyHands · 12/06/2017 13:49

Snap SirVix am also quite happy to deal with bats.

But wasps can fuck off (also allergic).

Ginger782 · 12/06/2017 13:49

Brilliant thread. Thanks OP! Grin If your DH is now going away for a while can I suggest keeping kitty locked in so it doesn't go and collect another amphibian offering for you? Grin

CryingMessFFS · 12/06/2017 13:50

intrigued as to where this toad/frog is! I'm not a fan of them but I don't have a phobia. I am phobic of spiders though so I totally get how terrified you are! Glad your DH is back.

BitOutOfPractice · 12/06/2017 13:50

Awww! I actually properly love your DH

ILikeyourHairyHands · 12/06/2017 13:50

Just seen the update, hooray!

Nikephorus · 12/06/2017 13:50

Does that mean "toad has left the building" or "toad is safely shut in the lounge and can't escape till I get back later"?!

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