Are tiny frogs in the kitchen a sign of worse things to come?

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DEAR JOAN: This summer, and the week of Christmas, I found little visitors from the outside in my kitchen. A tiny frog appeared in my kitchen sink, dishwasher or the tracks of my sliding glass door.

During the summer I was thinking they were trying to escape the heat, but in the winter? So far I’ve had six visitors that I know about. I capture them and put them back outside, but they boomerang back a few weeks later.

I’m assuming they are little tree frogs. Can you tell me why they are coming in the house now and not during the past 30 years I’ve lived here?

I know there is more than one because I found a deceased one in the house and then more visitors arrived. Other than finding the teeny tiny hole they must be coming in through, what can I do to deter them?

Deb Tacker, Livermore

DEAR DEB: Those little Pacific tree frogs might have done you a huge favor. They are common in backyards, but not inside homes, so I suspect you have a bigger problem than you realize.

The frogs probably came into your house to escape the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter, but because they appeared in the kitchen, that would indicate they are living under your house and came up through holes around the pipes.

You should get someone to inspect beneath your home for moisture and damage. You might have a water leak that is creating an ideal frog habitat beneath your home, and which can lead to a lot more serious issues than frogs in the dishwasher.

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Officials at the East Bay Regional Parks District have issued a warning and a reminder about wild mushrooms. Mushroom-collecting in the parks is prohibited, and we should keep our dogs on a tighter leash during the winter months to make sure they don’t eat mushrooms, some of which can be deadly.

The Bay Area is home to two dangerous mushrooms — the death cap (Amanita phalloides) and the Western destroying angel (Amanita ocreata). There also are several types of mushrooms that can contain dangerous levels of amatoxins, including the Galerina and Lepiota species.

We start seeing all sorts of mushrooms and toadstools popping up right after the first winter rains. Don’t let your

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle

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