Botanical Garden imports poison dart frog to tackle ant plague
Meise’s Botanic Garden is taking on its pests with a tiny predator shipped in from Colombia
Natural pest control
The frogs measure only 25 to 30 millimetres in length and are nocturnal, thus are likely to go unnoticed by visitors to the gardens just outside of Brussels. The frogs (pictured) are native to Central and South America; these come from a sustainable breeder in Colombia. Aside from the ant population, the frogs will also take care of any other small pests attacking the plants.
The poison dart frog is only poisonous because it eats poisonous insects, and has been traditionally used to poison the tips of arrows of local tribes. However, the frogs will not find such snacks in Meise.
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