How to get rid of frogs

How to get rid of frogs
How to get rid of frogs

Frogs reduce the number of insects (especially mosquitoes) and are fairly harmless unless you are dealing with species that are poisonous to animals. Getting rid of places where they like to congregate, such as ponds and puddles, will also encourage them to leave. Before you start getting rid of them, take a look at the local regulations to make sure you can do it legally.


Part 1 of 4: gear up to get rid of frogs

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Step 1. Identify the frog species you are dealing with

This information will not only help you get rid of it, as different species respond to different methods, but it will also ensure that you do not do anything illegal since some species are protected (the vast majority are in mainland France).. There are a few species that are considered invasive and that are legal to kill. The following species are part of it.

  • Bull-frogs outside of their natural environment of North America. They compete with, eat and eat native frogs, and spread chytridiomycosis, an infectious disease that has led to the extinction of 100 species of frogs.

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  • Buffalo toads outside their natural environments of Central and South America. Although these are not frogs, many people reading this article will be dealing with these amphibians. They are particularly invasive in Australia.

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  • The Cuban tree frog outside its natural habitat of Cuba. It can even cause power outages, especially in Florida.

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  • Eleutherodactylus outside their natural environment of Puerto Rico.

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Step 2. Check the regulations in your area

In many countries it is illegal to kill non-invasive species, but it is recommended that you try to control invasive species. Some of them are so invasive that it is illegal to release them into the wild once they have been captured.

  • If you are unsure whether you are in the presence of a native frog or not, take a picture of it and show it to the appropriate authorities for them to identify.
  • Before tackling the problem, you should speak with the Agriculture and Nature Authority to decide on the best way to rid your area of ​​these pests.

Step 3. Leave the native frogs alone

If you find out that the frogs in your area are native species, you should leave them alone. Frogs native to a given ecosystem should not be killed, even if they are poisonous. They are essential members of their ecosystem and their presence indicates that it is healthy. They regulate insect populations and contribute to wetlands in many other ways.

  • If you don't like the presence of native frogs, there are methods to discourage them from coming to your property. For example, you can prune your foliage so that they don't have an attractive place to live.
  • You can also discourage them from entering your home by closing it securely and placing screens on your windows and doors.

Part 2 of 4: deprive them of their shelter and food

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Step 1. Drain off any standing water

Frogs are attracted to moisture, so removing any water source from your garden will cause most frogs to lose interest and find another place to lay their eggs and shelter at night. You can hire a pump to get rid of most water sources.

  • Bird ponds, swamps, bowls and artificial ponds are some examples of sources that attract frogs.

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  • Removing stagnant water sources will also keep mosquitoes and other insects away that frogs feed on, making the area less attractive.
  • If your garden's water source is something you want to keep, like a natural pond, try adding a filter or fountain to it. This will circulate the water while killing most mosquitoes and other insects. Frogs will continue to be attracted to water, but with reduced food supplies, many could eventually leave.
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Step 2. Cut your weeds

Tall grass, shrubs and all the bushy plants make a perfect hiding place for frogs. Removing these elements forces frogs to expose themselves, a condition they usually try to avoid. Having large plants around a water source is especially annoying. If you want to keep tall, bushy plants in your garden, place them as far away from water sources as possible.

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Step 3. Clean up the rubble

As with tall grass, the clutter in your garden serves as a great hiding place for frogs. Getting rid of it will drive away frogs. Remove all empty pots, old pieces of wood, and any other structure creating a damp, dark place.

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Step 4. Turn off exterior lights

Light attracts insects and insects attract frogs. Turning off your outdoor lights at night will reduce the population of insects as well as that of frogs.

  • Turn off the lights in the garden as well as those on the porch.
  • Close the curtains in your home to reduce the amount of light filtering out.
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Step 5. Keep pet food in the house

Although it seems incongruous, frogs occasionally steal food from dogs and cats. Feed your pets indoors or bring their food in when not eating.

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Step 6. Don't kill the bugs on your property

As flies, mosquitoes and any other insects are the primary food source for frogs, however, it is not possible to eradicate this food source and you will waste your time trying to get rid of insects more than find more effective alternative methods. If, however, you still want to get rid of the bugs, here are some ways to control them.

  • Use an electric fly killer. Place it on your porch to attract and kill any flying insects.

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  • Spray organic insecticide. Many chemical insecticides will also kill frogs and most garden animals (hedgehogs, birds), but are also harmful to pets. Most organic insecticides will not have this effect.
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Step 7. Apply chicken wire

Surround your property or pond with fine mesh or netting. Do not use coarse mesh, as frogs can easily pass through this type of mesh. This technique has the advantage of keeping the frogs away, but the disadvantage of not containing the mosquitoes which were largely regulated by the presence of the frogs.

  • Make sure the wire mesh starts at ground level and goes up high. Frogs can jump a considerable height, so a standard size fence will work better than a fence specifically designed to be lower.
  • Take precautions to keep the wire mesh stable. Bury the support at least 30 cm in the ground as well as part of the wire mesh.

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Part 3 of 4: using frog repellant

First of all, know that many species of Frogs are protected and that it is therefore forbidden to kill them.

Step 1. Do not introduce so-called "natural" predators

Some sites recommend introducing snakes or cats. In the case of snakes, it is extremely delicate to release these animals in your garden since it is generally illegal and dangerous for the ecosystem. It can be much better to arrange your garden so that they come naturally. Cats are also a bad idea since they are not only harmful to frogs and cause great damage to wildlife in general (especially birds).

Research the specific frog predators you encounter. Making your garden more hospitable to predatory animals like snakes, hedgehogs, herons, hawks and other birds is the best option

Step 2. Try natural (non-lethal) repellents

There are a few natural substances that repel them.

Sprinkle with salt. If you don't have any plants near your pond, sprinkle a little salt around its perimeter. The salt will burn the toes of the frogs causing them to flee the area. Note, however, that the salt will destroy the plants and make the natural environment, and the soil, inhospitable

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Step 3. Never use chemicals

Even though there are pest control chemicals that you can use to get rid of frogs, these options cause them pain and slowly kill them. You should avoid them unless no other option has worked. When possible, use repellant measures rather than deadly ones. Most of these products are very harmful to both wild animals and domestic animals.

  • Try snake repellant. Spraying snake repellant in your garden is another effective method for frogs. In fact, this repellant is almost as good at repelling frogs as it is at repelling snakes.

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  • Use organic herbicide. Studies show that certain herbicides chemically alter male frogs by removing their ability to reproduce. Spraying these herbicides where the frogs congregate can greatly reduce their future population.

Part 4 of 4: physically remove frogs

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Step 1. Catch them with a net

Use a butterfly net or other fine net with a long handle to catch the frogs one by one. If you have a lot of them, you will probably need to seek help with this task. Once you capture them, you can release them further.

Move them. After catching them, consider moving them to a nearby pond or stream. However, when moving them, it is important to do so in an area where that species can be naturally found. Otherwise, you could upset the ecological balance of this habitat

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Step 2. Collect and move the tadpoles

Use a standard landing net to collect all the tadpoles in your pond. Concentrate them in a bucket and move them to a nearby pond or pond.

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Step 3. Try to cohabit

Frogs only generate noise pollution during the breeding season which lasts from April to August. You can seek advice from nature conservation associations to help you live with frogs


  • If you don't want to introduce a real snake to your property, try a rubber snake!
  • To attract a frog that is in the corner of a room or under a piece of furniture, play frog noises through a speaker. She will jump out.


  • Wash your hands after handling frogs. Many of them secrete poisonous substances through their skin. This substance is rarely fatal to humans, but it can cause nausea, skin irritation, and other unpleasant symptoms if not removed.
  • Familiarize yourself with local regulations regarding the extermination and movement of frogs. In some areas it is illegal to kill them. In others, it is illegal to move them. See your Agriculture and Nature Office to find out which methods you are prohibited from.

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