Frogs can overpopulate and get out of control and when it comes to 20% of them, diseases such as salmonella are evident. They often get in swimming pools, or overpopulate the yard, or get on the porch.
How to Get Rid of Them
Some have recommended that you use insecticides and pesticides to get rid of the insects that draw the frogs to your property. Once you get rid of their food source, you can get rid of them. However, not only will these kill the insects but they will kill the frogs as well which is not recommended. You could also consider using repellants; however, they cost money and can harm other animal life as well as the person using them. Not to mention, they are expensive. However, it is important that you eliminate the frog’s food source by using fly traps or maybe citronella which is only temporary solutions to the problem.
Another option for eliminating frogs is to keep your lawn mowed regularly. This includes removing any leaves or brushes that they can find shelter under. This will not only help in reducing the insects they eat, but it will also keep the area dry, which they’re not very fond of.
You will need to check your pond and other areas where you think they might be breeding and look for frog eggs. As you see them, scoop them out to control their population. Frog eggs can vary in appearance. For the most part, they look like thick gelatin pancakes that is normally found a long a water bed or they can be attached to plants in your garden or near the water. They can be in diameter about 3mm. Most likely you will find these eggs around the months of March, April, May and June.
A 5-gallon bucket flush can be placed below the surface of the ground where frogs are a problem. Place an overhead light over the bucket to attract the insects that frogs love. Once the insects start to surround the light, the frogs will come for the insects. As they do, they will fall into the bucket. However, this is also a temporary solution and you may catch non-targeted species such as snakes, turtles and more. It is difficult to find a solution for frogs that is permanent but by consulting with a professional, you can have the removal of frogs accomplished correctly.
There are over 4,000 species of frogs, also known as amphibians. You can count on over 80% of them being in the tropics but they are known for surviving in a number of different habitats. Their skin which is smooth can vary when it comes to color. You can find frogs with olive oil, brown, speckled with black and yellow colored skin. Sometimes the skin can be lighter or darker to blend in with their surroundings. On their limbs they have cross bars that are dark and they have patches behind their eyes. On the inner side of their body, it can usually be a yellow or white color with a few speckles to compliment it. As they hibernate in the winter when the demand of oxygen is low they breathe through their skin. They can weigh up to 23 lbs and measure at about 8 cm in length. On the fore legs of the male, you will find areas that look padded which are used during the mating season to grip the females. Frogs also have hind legs that permit them to jump about 50 cm to their destination and they can live up to 8 years. Making their own antifreeze so that they don’t freeze during the winter, frogs can often come in bright colors to let predators know that if they take a bite, they’ll be poisoned.
Where Do They Live
Home to frogs is in every part of the world except Antarctica and Oceanic Islands. You can mostly spot them in tropic regions and warm regions near water bodies such as ponds, lakes, rivers, ditches, streams, marshes and any place where it’s easy to spot them. Some of them even live in trees and burrows.
What Do They Eat
Frogs like variety which means they eat foods such as flies, snails, insects, worms, moths, crickets, small fish, insects, small reptiles, lizards and other live prey depending on the species. Bullfrogs eat almost anything they can fit into their mouths!
How the Frog Benefits the Ecosystem
Frogs are known for encouraging the production of algae. Since algae need sunlight to grow, the little tadpoles find their way to the bottom to kick up residue that blocks the sunlight and keeps the algae from growing and producing more nutrients that other animals need to survive. They minimize the insect population in and around your garden as well as keep the water clean that they live in.
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