Frogs are small amphibious creatures that can be found in most places in the world and in the more humid areas of North America that supports a temperature climate. Frogs live both in the water and on land. Frogs are cold blooded animals like reptiles so they need to spend part of their lives out of the water to warm up. Frogs mainly eat a diet that consists of insects and smaller frogs and they will hop away from their water source in search of their food source. Frogs will have skin in a variety of colors, but the colors that are mainly seen in North America are greens to ruddy brown colors. A frog’s skin is very permeable and is sensitive to any changes in the environment around it which makes frogs especially vulnerable to pollution.
Frogs are actually an essential part of any ecosystem that they are in because they keep insect populations like flies, spiders, mosquitoes, etc. down to a manageable size. However, in certain circumstances frogs can be seen as pests. For example, when the population of frogs explodes in your property they can invade your house, your garage, your shed, etc. and cause havoc. They are also loud and can be really annoying who has sensitive hearing, especially during mating season when they are louder than usual. Frogs also have salmonella on their skin and if you touch them and then get it in your mouth you can get salmonella poisoning. Try some of these do it yourself tips to get rid of the frogs in your yard.
TIP 1 - TRAP THEM:
You can trap frogs but it will take a lot of time and patience and may not even work because you cannot bait a frog trap. Not to mention that you can’t possibly catch every single frog to keep it out of your yard. However, if you want to try to trap them you can buy traps at garden or hardware stores. You can usually rent a trap from a local animal control agency. Once you catch the frogs you need to relocate them far away from your home, but do not kill them as they are important parts of the ecosystems. You also need to check with your state’s fish and game agency to ask if it’s even legal in your state to trap animals.
TIP 2 - ELIMINATE FOOD SOURCES:
A great way to get rid of the frogs near or on your property is to take away their food. Spray for insects, buy citronella candles and set them out and put up fly paper. Frogs are only interested in food and if they don’t have that food then they won’t come near or stay on your property.
TIP 3 - FROG FENCING:
Create a barrier to keep the frogs from coming into your yard. You can do this by building a fence or patching up any holes in your existing fencing. This is an expensive option for keeping animals out of your yard but it is worth the money because it keeps not only frogs out of your yard, but all animals out of your yard. Any fence will do as long as it is sturdy and is buried underground and is extended above the ground.
TIP 4 - HOT WATER:
Frogs do not like warm or hot water and they usually come out to feed in the evenings when the sun has gone down and the bugs are out in droves. If you spray your lawn down with hot water right before the sun goes down the frogs will not come around your lawn. A frog’s skin is very sensitive and anything warm tells them that there is danger nearby.
ABOUT FROGS - Frog Appearance:
Frogs vary in size depending on their habitat, but the amphibians all share the same characteristics. Most species of frogs have permeable skin that can be smooth or full of folds, as the frog has very little connective tissues beneath the exterior layer. Most species have bulging eyes, webbed feet, and no tail. Of course, there are always exceptions to these attributes, such as with the fanged frog recently discovered in a hidden crater-world in New Guinea. Frogs can be any color, though the most widely-known species boast an emerald hue. They are built for swimming and jumping, with long, powerful hind legs and paddle-like feet. This anatomical design makes these amphibians poor walkers. The frog must hop, swim, or crawl if it is to move any distance.
Frog Habitat and Behavior:
A frog’s skin is considered highly permeable and must be kept moist at all times. Oxygen is absorbed through this porous skin layer and is the primary way frogs breathe. Because of this need for moisture, these amphibians will live near areas where the water saturation level is high. Shade is also important; the sun will dry out a frog’s skin if unprotected. Any body of water warm enough to support an amphibian can be a potential haven for frogs. Mud is also an important factor in habitat location; frogs will bury themselves in mud to keep cool in temperatures too hot and will use the mud to insulate themselves in temperatures too cold.
The chorus of frog sounds that usually fills the night air occurs around mating season. These sounds are produced by the vocal sacs beneath the chin. The larynx muscles expand and contract, filling the sac with air and creating the noise. The calls will draw in females, who are then joined by the calling males or males that interception them on the journey. Fertilization of the eggs for a female is external. The male will cover the female in a layer of sperm and the eggs will fertilize and mature as a result. Most female frogs lay a number of eggs. Parental behavior is variable within the species, but certain types of frogs will protect their eggs and even urinate on them to keep them moist. When the young hatch from the egg, they will grow from a legless s state, eventually absorbing their tails and developing the characteristics of the species.
The tongue of the frog is an important key to how the frog catches food. Attaching at the front of the mouth instead of the back, the tongue is able to stretch and shoot outward. The muscle is sticky and will snare any insect it comes in contact with. Frogs are carnivores. Their main foods are insects and small invertebrates.
Frog Nuisance Concerns:
Frogs are not usually considered a nuisance animal; however, in areas where frog populations have gotten out of hand, these animals can be an annoyance. Private ponds and garden pools lack the natural predators of water bodies in the wild, so it is possible for frogs to overrun these areas. An abundance of frogs can be noisy and can also prove to be a disturbance to plants in flower beds. Frogs are painfully slow movers on land, and they are easily run over by lawn equipment. For these reasons, most homeowners consider an abundance of hopping amphibians undesirable.
The most common illness associated with frogs is contamination with Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms and fever in humans, and can cause the need for hospitalization in the very young or very old. People considering keeping frogs as pets should be wary of children handling the animals. Salmonella occurs naturally on amphibians, so no amount of cleaning or wiping will eliminate the bacteria from the animal’s skin.
How To Get Rid of Frog
- Tips and steps for getting rid of frogs.
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