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How to Get Rid of Frogs and Toads? Homeowners Guide - 2022

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Do you have a frog infestation in your home or yard? If you're like me, you enjoy a nice evening outdoors on your porch or patio - especially in the spring and summer.

However, if your home is also situated near a body of water, there's a chance you may share your space with some unwanted guests: frogs!

In this blog post, we'll discuss how to get rid of frogs so that you can continue to enjoy your outdoor living space without having to worry about these creatures.

We'll also provide some tips on how to prevent frogs from taking up residence in your home in the first place.

What are Frogs?


The order Anura commonly referred to as frogs are a diverse and carnivorous group of amphibians that lack tails.

Frog life cycles begin underwater in their aquatic habitat - and their life of them continues underwater.

For survival, the frogs have to rely heavily on water for egg production, growth in tadpoles, adaptation to water, and land.

There are 3 types of frogs: Aquatic Frogs, Arboreal Frogs, and Terrestrial Frogs. Frogs lay their eggs in water, allowing tadpoles to swim and eat so they can grow into adult frogs.

Identify the Species of Frog or Toad

frog vs toad

Even if you can kill the animals, you still have to protect the species. Most likely your neighbors like frogs too.

Please keep an eye open and make sure that your pets are not in danger and that you don't have any legal problems.

Some species have been protected but some are believed to be invading, and their deaths can be legally done.

American bullfrogs are not formally protected by law. Immediately after confirming the species, check local laws for the legality of extermination.

American bullfrogs are considered as invasive animals.

Frog Habitats

frog habitat

Frogs can live in many different types of habitats, from tree frogs that live in the rainforest canopy to water frogs that make their homes in ponds and marshes.

Some common places where you might find frogs include:

  • In your swimming pool
  • Underneath porch steps or other dark, cool places
  • In your garden
  • In trees or bushes

If you find a frog in your home, it's likely that the creature has made its way inside in search of frogs food source or shelter.

What Do Frogs Eat?

Adult frogs eat insects by using their long, sticky tongue to catch them, as well as other invertebrates including snails, slugs, and worms.

Benefits of Frogs

Have you ever wondered why there are so many native species? They’re not just jumping around for fun, you know frogs play important roles in many ecosystems, and they can even tell us a lot about the health of our environment.

Here are just a few of the ways that frogs are useful:

  1. Frogs eat a lot of insects, including many that are harmful to crops. This helps to keep populations of these pests under control, which is good for farmers and gardeners.
  2. Frogs are an important food source for many natural predators, such as snakes, birds, and mammals. This helps to keep the predator population healthy and helps in keeping frogs away.
  3. It helps to keep the insect population in check as bugs attract frogs.
  4. Frogs absorb water and nutrients through their skin. This makes them excellent indicators of water quality. If a body of water is polluted, the frog population will decline.

What Attracts Frogs to Your House?

Frogs are drawn to homes for three reasons: water, food, and shelter. Frogs may be attracted to any water feature, including ponds and pools.

If your property has places for bugs to hide, like tall grass or piles of leaves, they will be interested in it.

Frogs also like to live in areas with lots of vegetation, so if you have a lot of plants on your property, it may be more likely to attract frogs.

Be careful of where you leave your eat pet food bowl outdoors-- some frogs will eat from them!

Finally, if your home has any cracks or openings, frogs may be able to get inside and take up residence.

How to Get Rid of Frogs in Your Yard

If you want to get rid of frogs on your property, there are a few things you can do:

1. Remove sources of food and shelter.

The first step in getting rid of frogs is to remove sources of food and shelter. Frogs are attracted to areas where there are insects and other small animals for them to eat.

2. Use a barrier to keep them out.

Another method for getting rid of frogs is to create a barrier that will prevent them from getting onto your property in the first place.

One way to do this is to dig a trench around the perimeter of your property and fill it with rocks or gravel.

3. Use flooding as a natural frog repellent.

natural frog repellent

If you live in an area where flooding is common, you can use this to your advantage by purposely flooding your yard when you know there are frogs nearby looking for a place to stay dry.

Just be sure not to flood your yard so often that it becomes inhabitable for other animals!

4. Try using a commercial frog repellent product.

If you've tried all of the above methods and you're still having trouble getting rid of frogs, you may want to try using a commercial frog-repellent product such as granules, powder, or spray-on repellents that contain metaldehyde or naphthalene (choose one that's safe for use around children and pets).

How to Get Rid of Frogs in Pool

frog in pool

If you have a frog in your pool, the best thing to do is to remove it by hand. Once you've done that, take steps to prevent future frogs from getting in by:

  • First, you’ll want to make sure that there is no standing water anywhere near your pool. Frogs are attracted to stagnant water, so getting rid of any puddles, gutters, or other sources of standing water will help deter them from your pool.
  • Next, you can try using a commercial frog repellent. These products are designed specifically to keep frogs away, and they’re available at most hardware stores.
  • If you don’t want to use chemicals, there are a few natural options you can try. Citrus fruits like lemons and limes release a strong scent that frogs find unpleasant.
  • You can also try spreading coffee grounds around your pool; the caffeine will bother the frogs and keep them away.

How to Get Rid of Frogs in Pond

frog in pond

If you have a pond on your property, chances are you've dealt with this issue at some point. While frogs can be a nuisance, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them.

  • The first step is to remove any potential food sources. This means getting rid of insects, worms, and other small animals that live in or around the pond.
  • You can do this by using a net to scoop them out or by treating the area with an insecticide.
  • Another way to get rid of frogs is to make the pond less hospitable for them. This can be done by adding plants that release toxins into the water or by installing a pond aerator. A pond aerator helps to keep the water moving which makes it harder for frogs to stay afloat and also increases the dissolved oxygen levels in the water which is harmful to them.

How to Get Rid of Frogs in Toilet

frog in toilet

At some point, every homeowner will have to deal with a frog in their toilet. While it may seem like a daunting task, there are some easy steps you can follow to get rid of the frog and keep them from coming back!

  • First, you'll need to figure out how the frog made its way into your toilet. If there's water pooled on the floor around the toilet, chances are the frog came up through the sewer line.
  • Once you've figured out how the frog got in, it's time to take care of it. The best way to catch a frog is with a net. Simply lower the net into the toilet bowl and wait for the frog to swim into it. Once the frog is caught, release it outside away from your home.
  • To prevent frogs from entering your home in the future, make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed.

You might also want to consider calling a professional exterminator to help keep frogs and other pests out of your home for good!

How to Kill Frogs

We don't tolerate killing potentially beneficial critters and understand the importance in certain situations of population control.

Similar to the worms and rabbit species frogs are highly susceptible. List several ways of avoiding being exterminated.

Identify the Frog

Although native frogs are not on our watchlist, many are endangered or protected. Make sure your frog is identified and check city regulations before you try removing them.


Tadpoles require water for survival. Easily removed by using an aquarium net. Put these up on the street and then dry and die.

Young tadpoles may be buried for death because their lungs are still undeveloped.


It's the simplest way to kill frogs humanely. You'd first catch the frog and put them in food tupperware with holes shaped in their throats. Put it in your refrigerator overnight.

Because they were coldblooded, hibernation would occur. Place this container in your fridge.

This cold kills frogs but they don't even know it happened.


A lesser-known invention, the common mousetrap, has an undisputed ability in protecting unsuspecting prey from all forms.

These frogs are positioned for snapping the throat of an insect that may even kill other small prey in the same place.

This method of death is brutal, but be careful with this one. Often the injuries involve animals or kids as well. This is also advisable only as a last resort.

How To Use Natural Frog Repellents

There are many ways to get rid of them without resorting to chemicals. Here are five natural frog repellents that will do the trick.

1. Pure Vinegar

white vinegar

Frogs can't stand the smell of vinegar, so spraying some around your problem areas will help keep them away.

You can also soak a rag in vinegar and place it where you've been seeing them. Just be sure to check the rag every few days and reapply as necessary.

2. Pure Lemon Juice

Lemon juice

Like vinegar, lemon juice is also a great way to keep frogs away. You can either spray it around your problem areas or soak a rag in it and place it where you've been seeing them.

As with vinegar, be sure to check the rag every few days and reapply as needed.

3. Baking Soda

baking soda

Baking soda is another great natural frog repellent. Simply sprinkle it around your problem areas and they'll stay away.

You can also make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to any surfaces where frogs like to hang out.

4. Salt


Salt is another effective natural frog repellent. You can either sprinkle it around your problem areas or make a paste out of salt and water and apply it to any surfaces where frogs like to hang out. Just be sure not to use too much salt, as it can damage vegetation.

5. Used Coffee Ground Frog Repellant

Coffee grounds are also an effective natural frog repellent. Simply sprinkle them around your problem areas or place them in a dish near where you've been seeing frogs.

Be sure to change the coffee grounds every few days, as they'll lose their effectiveness over time.

6. Snake Repellent

As odd as it sounds, frogs are deterred almost as easily by snake repellents as snakes themselves. This method won't kill the frogs and helps to keep them off of your property.

Believe it or not, frogs are put off by snake repellents as much as snakes. By using this method, you won't have to kill them but help deter frogs.

How do I get rid of frogs with chemicals?

We know that we need to discuss humane solutions for killing frogs, and the infestation can take longer than usual.

This could also apply to invasive species such as cane toads or Cuban tree frogs. Keep an eye out for any riparian species in any case.

How do I eliminate toads and frog infestations quickly using chemicals?


Most likely you have thought about using pesticides in the garden. The presence of an insecticide is effective in killing off the frog food supply.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that the frogs which are digesting pesticides can also become poisonous.


You can already use pesticides to kill plants on the ground but herbicides can also damage the fauna which inhabits those places too.

Some herbicides are effective in sterilizing frog males in contact with them.

Please note that this method will not affect tattered toad and frog species as this decreases their overall population and can affect protected species.


While not corrosive, the heat can destroy the egg, and tadpole eggs destroy it. Eggs are collected from the clumping water in your pond.

In the same fashion, the tadpole can also be tamed. Place eggs in a dry and warm spot.

Snake Repellent

As odd as that sounds, frog repellant has nearly as much effect on snakes as they do on humans in their own skin. It will never destroy the frogs and will keep them out of your home.

How to Keep Frogs Away

If a frog invades your property you can stop them by destroying it with a simple solution.

Physically removing frogs

Removing them from your premises is the most common and effective way of getting rid of them.

Frogs can be caught by hand, or with a net, and then released into an area away from your home. This method is safe for both you and the frog.

Cut off their food sources

Frogs require nutrition for their lifespan. The water source and planting should also give you an extra element that supports this.

When they are removed from the food they go out for another life. If you want to eradicate frog noise you need to remove their habitat: water and tall grasses.

Create a Barrier

A few frogs can climb very high while American Bullfrogs can hop just about three feet high. Keep frogs out by installing barriers they can't reach.

Call a Professional Pest Control Company

If you want to get rid of frogs but don't know how the best thing to do is call a professional pest control company.

These companies use special equipment and chemicals to remove frogs from your property quickly and safely.

They will also be able to give you advice on how to keep them away in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will keep frogs away?

Vinegar keeps the frogs away with its burning sensation on the foot. It's an effective way to discourage frogs from invaders.

To maximize the effect mix the vinegar and diluted water and apply the spray to frog areas. Keep the vinegar out of the plant. Also always

How do you get rid of frogs around your house?

Frogs rarely invade an area. They won't stay in this house. If a frog enters your house it can quickly be removed using a bucket and a cleaning cloth.

Gently place frogs in the bucket before leaving it inside.

Why do frogs hang around my house?

Frogs gather at doorways, as bug infestations occur at the places they are concentrated. The insect problem has a big impact on frogs.

Controlling lighting during the night is of major importance. During darkness, your lights will be visible to insects.

How do you get rid of frogs at night?

You can eliminate noise at night by putting your property into a state where a predator can be found.

Put barriers around frogs in your yard or remove areas of your garden where they can be drawn in.


In summary, getting rid of frogs and toads can be done in several ways. Choose the method that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

We hope the above information was helpful in getting rid of frogs and toads from your property.

If you have tried all of the above methods and are still having trouble, please call a professional for their pest control services. Thanks for reading!

About The Author:

Meet Mark Calhoun, a seasoned pest control expert in the realm our pest control company. With over 10 years of dedicated experience and Managing Editor. His primary mission is to furnish you with precise and invaluable DIY insights, ensuring your home remains pest-free while aiding you in distinguishing various household pests.
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