How to Get Rid of Frogs in the Yard
The best method for keeping frogs out of your yard is to keep your grass short and your drainage ditches clean. Frogs need moisture to live. Tall grass promotes moist soil, and clogged ditches will retain pools of water for long periods of time. If you have a pond in your yard it is equally important to keep the vegetation around the pond cut. Frogs will occasionally migrate outward from their watery habitat in search of delicious bugs. If your yard is dry and you do not have free standing water anywhere, perhaps you have a toad problem and not a frog problem. The best way to get rid of frogs in the yard is to get rid of your water source. If you like your decorative pond, consider adding a water feature to keep the liquid moving in order to prevent stagnation and insect breeding. Adding fish to your pond can also help control the frog population. If you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, a professional exterminator can be called in to handle the frogs.
How to Get Rid of Frogs in the House
Frogs need to remain near a water source and that source of water has to be just the right temperature. If you have frogs in your home, there must be a water source and a food source nearby. If you’re high and dry your issue might be with toads, not frogs. A frog in the house can enter a number of ways. Any small hole can allow a frog inside and these amphibians may seek shelter from the sun on very hot days inside cracks along the foundation. Frogs rarely overrun a house. They do not want to live inside. If a frog has mistakenly entered your home it is easy enough to remove with the aid of a bucket and a broom. Gently guide the frog into the bucket and put it back outside. Because the frog managed to enter, you need to explore the outside of your home and figure out why. Cracks and holes are what allow frogs entrance into a home but tall weeds and flourishing gardens against a foundation can promote frog exploration. Some homeowners have decorative ponds a few feet away from their walls. This type of setup will allow frogs to get close to the home.
How to Get Rid of Frogs in the Basement
Frogs in the basement usually mean you have a water issue. Frogs need to live near water and a damp basement can be a great place to catch an unusual array of bugs. For the most part, frogs will not live inside of a basement for long. These animals need the food supply found in ponds and streams. Most basements do not have adequate nutrients unless they are covered with algae. Frogs will mistakenly enter basements through sump pump pipes. In this scenario, all you need to do is place some wire mesh over the pipe. Catching a frog in the basement is not difficult. On land frogs are anything but agile and they may hop away but it will not be at a very fast pace. You can easily scoop up a frog or shoo it into a container for transport outside. Once it has been removed, find out how the amphibian entered. If it was through a crack in the foundation, the home needs to be repaired.
How to Get Rid of Frogs under the house
Frogs need moisture to keep their permeable skin healthy and to facilitate breathing. While it is most common to find a frog next to a body of water, some frogs may find adequate moisture under homes, porches and decks. The soil under these spaces will not have grass and will remain moist from lack of sunlight. Free standing water under a deck can be enough to sustain a frog. The undersides of buildings are also excellent areas for insect larvae. Frogs living under buildings can do quite well for themselves. If you have a large enough problem with frogs under the home that you are feeling overrun, this situation is best handled by a professional. Frog extermination can be tricky and a professional will be outfitted with the right type of traps and equipment. Aside from removing the frogs, there are no natural ways to encourage them out from under the building. As long as the structure remains, the dark, moist environment will too.
How to Get Rid of Frogs - Frogs are amphibians that are commonly found in the more humid parts of North America where it rains a lot and has a temperate climate. Frogs like to live near water sources, but can hop far away from the water in search for food also. Frogs are mainly a variety of green colors, but they can also be a ruddy brown color too. Frogs have really strong back legs that they use for hopping, big bulbous eyes to see prey and predators with and a sticky tongue that they fling out to catch insects. Frogs eat a diet that consists of insects and smaller frogs. Frogs are actually an essential part of the ecosystems as they keep insect populations like spiders, flies and mosquitoes under control.
While frogs are not usually a bother and are absolutely harmless, you don’t want them overpopulating your yard either. Frogs can become a nuisance when they overpopulate your property. They are very noisy, especially during mating season so if you are a person that is sensitive to noises the frogs can drive you crazy. When the frogs become overpopulated they will start invading your house, your shed, your garage, etc. They are also stinky when you get a big group together and if they are getting under your house, porch, etc. and die, they leave behind a hair raising scent that will be really hard to get rid of. Here are a few tricks that you can try to get rid of frogs.
The easiest way of getting rid of frogs is to take away their favorite foods. Frogs like to eat insects, so if you significantly decrease the insect population in your yard logic would dictate that the frogs would leave. If you live in an area with lots of bugs, this make be easier said than done, but there are a few things you can do to get rid of the bugs. For example, hang bug zappers and fly paper to catch them. You can also spray bug deterrents all over your lawn (not very effective) or get a lot of citronella candles and light them every day (very effective).
You can control frogs by creating barriers for them to get into your yard. The easiest way to do this is to build a fence. You do not need to get a very tall fence, but if you are building a fence anyways you might as well make it so that it keeps all animals, not just frogs out of your yard. You can go with a traditional picket fence or a wire fence, but make sure that it is buried at least a foot under the ground and extends a couple feet above the ground to keep animals from jumping over it or digging a tunnel under it. This is a very effective way of keeping the frogs out of your yard, but it is expensive. However, if you have a problem with animals coming into your yard, it is worth the money.
Strangely enough, frogs do not like warm or hot water. If you spray your lawn with hot water in the evening (when they usually are seen) you will find that they do not come around. Hot water irritates their sensitive skin and tells them there is danger. The only time this becomes a problem is if you do not have a hot water option for your garden hose and you will have to use buckets of water which is a real pain to do every night and may not even be worth the trouble. But if you do have a hot water option, this trick will work every time.
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