The frogs in the below photos were actually accidentally caught in rat traps in attics! Crazy. But when I've been called to actually remove frogs, I find that a net and live relocation
is a much better option.
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If you are a camper then you expect the sound of frogs outside. The sounds that they make while you are inside your tent after a day hiking can be music to your ears and more evidence that you are indeed getting back to nature. But change the setting and picture yourself in your bed listening to frogs while you have to be up the next day at 6 in the morning and the lovely sound turns into an infernal never ending concert that you want to just quiet down and stop already. Frogs in the woods are amazing, but at home can be a big problem. They can damage ponds or other small bodies of water that you may have on your property. They can invade a basement and their droppings can carry salmonella. For many, keeping frogs off the property can be a priority.
What Attracts Frogs
Before you decide to get rid of frogs you have to ask yourself if that is something you really want to do. You may have a mosquito of fly infestation and the frogs are helping keep that in check. If you do have a mosquito problem then you want to reconsider ridding yourself of the frogs, because mosquitoes can cause a lot more trouble than the small amphibians. That said you can manage to get rid of both of them with a pest control company if you have a mind to. If the flies or mosquitoes are exterminated then you will be cutting the frog's food supply and in turn they may decide that they should go somewhere else. Most commonly a number of frogs are attracted to a body of standing water. This may be shallow like a swamp, or even overflow floods that are just standing for some time. If you eliminate the water chances are the frogs will move on. This can be done by renting a pump to get rid of a temporary source or by getting landfill to get rid of a more permanent source.
How To Get Them To Go
There are things you can do to get the frogs out, and they mostly involve changing their habitat. If you have a small pond or fountain in your yard then you should drain it for a few days. That will not only take the habitat away, but it will also take the food away. Mosquitoes are often found close to bodies of water so without habitat and food there is not much of a reason for frogs to stay. Snake repellent is effective on frogs; in fact a lot of experts say that snake repellent is more effective on frogs than it is on snakes. Weeds are also perfect hiding places for frogs, so if you have tall weeds or grass around a body of water then it is time to give it a trim.
They Are Not Leaving
If you find that the frogs are persistent or they have become too many or they are in your home then more drastic measures may be needed. If they are getting into the home you will have to look for any areas that are entrance points. These can be blocked off preventing more frogs. You may also consider a wildlife professional who will see the things that are attracting the frogs that you may have missed. They will also be able to find a more effective way to get rid of them. Keep in mind that not all frogs are safe to handle so if you decide to do the job yourself you should protect your hands and eyes. If the frog population slated for removal is outside be aware you may not want to get rid of all of them. Even a couple of frogs left will help if you happen to get more mosquitoes after displacing the frogs.
The same thing happened to my buddy Mike in Austin. He sent me this photo of a frog caught in a trap intended for rats.