Want to learn how to get rid of frogs? Have you ever walked out of your house, only to be startled by a frog jumping out at you?
How about simply wandering around inside your house and being jump-scared by an unwelcomed, green visitor? I know I have! For some, including myself, frogs and toads can be a real pest to have around!
But how do you get rid of frogs? Well, the solution is simple really. All you need to do is take away the things in your garden that frogs or toads need and make your home uninviting for them.
Thankfully, this is easier than it sounds! Keep reading for a full, step-by-step explanation of how to get rid of frogs.
Here Is What You Can Do To Get Rid of Frogs
There are a number of ways you can get rid of frogs. We have picked the best, most tried and tested ways to get rid of frogs and toads, check them out below. All will be explained.
Add predators to the area
Frogs can be deterred from an area if there is a threat of predators.
Remove wet areas
Frogs are attracted to water. By removing wet areas in and around your garden, you will reduce the attraction to the area.
Remove hiding spots
Frogs are attracted to areas in which they can find their basic needs as well as a great hiding spot. Taking away areas where the frogs can hide will reduce their attraction to the location.
Creating and constructing barriers around your pond or pool to reduce the likeliness of frogs being able to access them will reduce the appeal of the wet areas.
Turn off outside lights
Lights that are kept on at night are known to attract insects such as moths and mosquitos. These insects are what frogs feed on, which then results in the attraction of these little green animals.
By turning off the lights outside your house, you are less likely to attract a food source for the frogs.
Spray vinegar around your garden
Spraying a solution of water and vinegar around your garden will deter frogs. This is because the solution will sting the frog’s feet slightly and therefore deter them from the area.
Spread coffee ground around your garden
Much like the vinegar solution, spreading coffee ground around your garden will deter frogs. The coffee grounds will make the ground uncomfortably acidic for the frogs and will therefore deter them from your garden.
Make use of snake repellents
Interestingly, snake repellents are known to repel frogs too! It is thought that frogs are not particularly keen on the smell of snake repellent and tend to steer clear of it.
What You Will Need to Get Rid of Frogs
We have created a list of what you will need for each method to get rid of frogs. See more below:
1. Adding predators
- Natural predators of frogs include snakes, birds, lizards, and small mammals
- Alternatively, rubber snakes can be used
2. Removing wet areas
- An aerator or
3. Removing hiding spots
Garden cleaning tools such as
- A lawnmower
- A spade
- A wheelbarrow
- A rake
- A leaf blower
4. Building barriers
Fencing materials such as
- Fine mesh fencing
- Wooden fencing
Tools to build and erect the fencing such as
- A hammer
5. Turning out outside lights
- This method does not require any special items or equipment
6. Spraying your yard with vinegar
- A spray bottle
7. Spreading coffee grounds around your garden
- Used coffee grounds
8. Using snake repellents
- A spray bottle
- Snake repellent
Instructions on How to Get Rid of Frogs
On to the more nitty-gritty information, here is a step-by-step guide to each of the above-mentioned ways to get rid of frogs!
Increasing the number of animals that prey on frogs in an area will result in naturally deterring the little green creatures. Natural predators of frogs include birds, snakes, lizards, and other small mammals.
This can be hard to do, however, so alternatively, you could make use of toy replicas.
Step One: Purchase rubber snakes.
Step Two: Place the rubber snakes around the most affected areas of your garden.
Step Three: If you have a pond or pool, be sure to place a few rubber snakes in there too. This will deter the frogs from those bodies of water to which they may usually be attracted to.
Removing Wet Areas
Frogs are attracted to bodies of water. Removing wet areas around your yard will help to reduce the attraction for frogs. This includes ponds, swimming pools, swamp areas, and large puddles.
Step One: Locate the body or bodies of water.
Step Two: If you have a pond, fountain, or swimming pool, you will need to drain it temporarily to remove the habitat in which the frogs can breed.
Step Three: If the bodies of water are swampy areas or large puddles, use an aerator in the area and spread moisture-absorbing fertilizer on the ground.
Removing Hiding Spots
This is a simple remedy that can help more than many people may think. By removing spots in which frogs can hide, the frogs will be less attracted to the area because they will be more exposed to possible predators.
Step One: Locate the areas that frogs could use as hiding spots. These include long grass, piles of rocks, and leaf piles or debris.
Step Two: Keep your garden well kept by cutting the grass regularly.
Step Three: Pick up piles of rocks around your garden.
Step Four: Clean up any leaf piles or debris around your garden.
If removing the bodies of water around your garden is not an option, constructing barriers may be the better solution for you.
Step One: Pinpoint the areas that need to be fenced off.
Step Two: Measure the perimeter of the area that needs to be fenced off.
Step Three: Purchase the length of fencing required. The fencing should be high enough so that frogs cannot jump over and narrow enough spacing so that small frogs cannot climb through the gaps.
The best fencing to use in order to keep frogs out is wooden fencing or fine mesh fencing.
Step Four: Construct the fencing around the area.
Turning Out Outside Lights
This method is simple enough to follow. All you need to do is turn off lights around the outside of your house that will attract insects that frogs feed on.
By removing the food source for the frogs, they are more likely to move on to somewhere that will fulfill all their basic needs.
This could potentially pose a security risk, so the trick is to position lighting strategically to ensure safety without encouraging bugs that the frogs will be attracted to.
Spraying Your Yard with Vinegar
A simple, homemade repellent for frogs is a solution of water and vinegar.
Step One: Get a spray bottle.
Step Two: Fill the spray bottle with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
Step Three: Spray the vinegar solution around your garden. Avoid spraying your plants with this solution.
Spreading Coffee Grounds Around Your Garden
If you have a problem with frogs, it is likely you will be drinking a lot of coffee during the day because they will keep you up at night. Save your coffee grounds and use them as a frog deterrent!
Apart from keeping frogs at bay, coffee grounds deliver nutrients and nitrates to the soil. They are particularly good for plants that enjoy acidic soil.
Step One: Collect your used coffee grounds.
Step Two: Sprinkle the used coffee ground around your garden. The coffee grounds are beneficial for your garden and will deter frogs as it makes the ground uncomfortably acidic for their feet.
Using Snake Repellents
This method, much like the previous two, is a simple task to do.
Step One: Get a spray bottle.
Step Two: Purchase snake repellant.
Step Three: Put the snake repellent into the spray bottle.
Step Four: Spray the snake repellent around your garden, specifically in the problem areas.
Although frogs may seem like a pest that you just cannot get rid of, they are not. It is possible to get rid of frogs and it is generally simple to do so too. Some frog problems may be more severe than others, but either way, there is a solution to the problem.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. Knowing these tips and tricks sure came in useful when we were experiencing a problem with frogs.
If you did, please let us know in the comments and share this article with friends and family who may be going through the same problem!