Anyone recall the Biblical plagues visited upon Egypt? It went like this, “If you refuse to let my people go, I will plague your whole country with frogs. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will go up on you and your people and all your officials.”
In North Carolina, the residents have been battling their very own amphibian plague since June. Frogs and toads have been raining down upon the people, and showing up everywhere, looking for bugs to eat, and having much amphibian sex. They cling to everything and everyone, with no hesitation to carry on with their frog or toad lives, anywhere they have landed.
It appears climate change is the cause of increased population growth, and activity of the critters. The Carolinas have experienced late spring rains, heavier than usual, which have provided many places for frogs and toads to lay eggs. Subsequent to egg laying and hatching, the puddles that remained from storms have been ideal for tadpoles to grow and change into hungry adult versions of themselves.
Add to this, frogs and toads hibernate in the winter. They live for three to five years; so with added numbers, a very comfortable environment no matter the season, plus a vigorous sex drive, these amphibians are expected to continue multiplying for quite some time to come.
There has yet to be a solution offered for controlling the North Carolina rain of toads and frogs. It is being attributed to climate change, although there still is no common consensus on that issue. Until someone figures out what to do, residents will have to be vigilant in watching for frogs falling from the sky, keeping puddles cleaned up as much as possible, and being prepared for the possibility of croaking company everywhere in their homes and in their hot tubs. If someone out there has a plan, all ideas are welcome.