This author has had many battles with frogs and has survived to tell the tales.
I understand that there are a lot of frog lovers out there and that by posting this article, I may offend some of you, but let me just be honest here: Frogs are great creatures in their own natural environment, but not in my back yard.
You would think I would have become used to the loud croaking, but it got worse every day. These creatures croaked so loudly outside my bedroom that my window started vibrating. Night after night. There were many days when I had trouble focusing at work because I couldn't get a good night's sleep.
If you are like me, you want advice that will work once and for all. Here are six steps to getting rid of the noisy, croaking frogs in your yard and keeping them away.
6 Steps for Getting Rid of Frogs
- Identify the Species (important since the steps you take will be determined by whether the frog or toad is endangered or protected)
- Make the Environment Less Inviting (remove their habitat, introduce predators, or use other repellents)
- Get Rid of Their Food (starve them out)
- Create a Barrier (you have several options here)
- Use Physical Force (to exterminate or remove the frogs)
- Prevent the Frogs From Reproducing (you must also deal with the eggs and tadpoles)
Each of these steps is discussed in detail below.
1. Identify the Species of Frog or Toad
As much as you might just want to exterminate them, some species are protected by law. Chances are that you have some neighbors who actually like frogs. To be on the safe side and avoid problems with your neighbors and the law, check what species you are dealing with.
Some species are protected, but others are considered invasive, and killing them is legal. The American Bullfrog, for example, is not protected. After confirming the species, consult the laws in your area to make sure it is legal to exterminate them.
2. Make the Environment Less Inviting
Here are a few techniques I tried, but didn't work very well:
- Rubber snakes in my pool to scare them away
- Snake repellent
- Getting a cat or a dog
- Pesticides and chlorine
The frogs kept coming back. Strangely, they even became immune to chlorine after a while.
What worked for me was removing their habitat. Frogs are amphibians, which means they live on both dry land and water.
- If your yard has a water feature (a pond or pool), then that is what attracts the frogs. Drain the pond or pool and leave it empty for a couple of weeks.
- Trim weeds or other nearby plantings.
- Do not leave out water for birds or other animals.
These things will make your yard less attractive to frogs. Eventually, they will just go away and find another place to live.
3. Cut off Their Food Source
Frogs need food to live. In addition to the water source and plantings, your yard must offer something that is sustaining them. Getting rid of their food supply will send the frogs hopping away to find a better place to live.
- Turn off outside lights at night. Lights attract bugs, and bugs attract frogs.
- Use mild insecticides to get rid of other bugs they may be eating.
- Some frogs will eat pet food, so if you leave your pet's dish outside, bring it in.
4. Create a Barrier
Some frogs can hop very high, but American Bullfrogs can only hop about a foot or two. Keep new frogs from coming into your yard with a barrier they cannot get through or over.
- Set up plastic or mesh fencing around your yard.
- Make sure the holes are small (smaller even than chicken wire) so small frogs cannot squeeze through.
- Secure the posts holding up the fencing so they won't tip over.
5. Use Physical Force
Now it's time to physically remove the frogs that might still be in yard. Since you have made your yard "frog-proof" by removing their habitat and food and installing fencing, the frogs you capture and get rid of won't want to come back.
- Scoop them up and out. Using a long-handled net with small-holed mesh, scoop the frogs out of your pool or pond and place them into a tall container, like a garbage can or lightweight barrel. This is really a two-person job. Have a lid handy. One person scoops the frogs into the container while the other quickly opens and closes the lid. (Note: Frogs often pee when they are scared!)
- Try going out on a frog hunt at night, when frogs are most active. If you bring a flashlight and shine it in their eyes, they will be stunned like a deer in headlights. This will make them easier to catch. Also, it may be useful to know that frogs cannot turn their heads to see behind them.
- If you have or live near kids, consider paying them to come over in the evenings to catch frogs for you. Pay them per frog. This will make the work go faster and easier!
Once you have them all collected into a closed container, you can drive them to a pond or lake and release them.
How to Kill Frogs
- Freeze them. Some frogs simply go into hibernation mode when they are very cold, so if you freeze them first, maybe they won't feel the pain when you kill them.
- Gig them. Use a frog gig or spear to catch and kill frogs. Gigs are multi-pronged claws that can attach to extended handles so you don't have to get so close to the frogs that you scare them away. Head out into your yard at night when frogs are most active. Shine a flashlight to find them and shine it in their eyes. This stuns the frogs and makes them easier to gig.
- Spread or spray salt. Frogs die when they are dehydrated. Make a mixture of salt and water and spray frogs directly or spread salt around the area where they live. Be careful of plants, however. Salt can also cause plants to turn brown and die.
- Citrus acid seems to help. Mix 1.3 pounds dry citric acid (available at some hardware stores) to one gallon of water, and spray this directly onto the frogs.
- Orajel. Products for numbing the mouth generally contain Benzocaine. These products will numb the frog's brain and stop the heart. If you can catch the frogs, dab a little on the head to kill them!
- Shoot them. Shooting frogs is not legal everywhere and may require a fishing license. If you decide to shoot the frogs in your yard, a pellet rifle or BB gun should be sufficient.
6. Prevent Them From Reproducing
You will want to make sure to eliminate future generations of frogs, too.
- Gather tadpoles. Use your net to gather any tadpoles from the bottom of your pool or pond. If you leave them out on the dry ground, they will die as they dry out.
- Scoop out the eggs. Make sure to scoop out any egg masses, too. The eggs will be clumped together in a jelly-like blob. These can be left out to dry and die, as well. (If the eggs are clumped in more of a string-shaped form, then you have toads, not frogs.)
Let Us Know What Worked
The Most Endangered Frogs and Toads of the U.S.
Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana sierrae)
Dusky Gopher Frog (Rana sevosa)
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
Arroyo Toad (Bufo californicus)
California to Mexico
California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii)
Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa)
Pacific Northwest of U.S.
Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii)
Oregon to California
Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni)
Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Rana chiricauhensis)
Southwestern U.S. to Northern Mexico
Tarahumara Frog (Rana tarahumarae)
Southwestern U.S. to Central Mexico
Florida Bog Frog (Rana okaloosae)
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
ROBERT on August 12, 2020:
Go out during the day and find where they're hiding. That is the key. NEXT you can put traps outside those areas to capture the frogs and release them elsewhere.
Salt, Citric acid and the like only work if
1. It isnt raining
2. The frogs dont already live where you put it.
Frogs rule da world on August 11, 2020:
MANY FROGS ARE ENDANGERED! If you do want them away, relocate them! Move their eggs in a container of water to a natural lake. Do the same with the frogs, but DON’T KILL THEM! How would you feel. Us Humans destroyed their habitats. If the frogs could, they would exterminate us!
D on August 04, 2020:
I will be more than happy to report this disgusting article for animal abuse and then you can deal with the legal consequences. Good luck, you'll need it.
Addie on July 14, 2020:
Killing frogs and toads? Don't you have anything else better to worry about? Spraying them with citric acid, saltwater, ammonia? Really? What a bunch of cruel, pathetic, pansy ass idiots you all are.
Denise kitto on June 07, 2020:
I have toads in garden we live in Spain and I’m so scared the dogs will catch one how can we get rid of them
Adien Blondin on May 22, 2020:
Let me tell you something for those WHO LOVE those disgusting frogs. I almost lost my dog last week because he bite a toad and it cost me $1800 lucky me she is still alive, this week another episode with my second dog this time $250. With that being said i will be sure to kill everything single Toad in my neighborhood. I really want to scream at those defending the frogs. Give me a break what a bunch of morons!
UsOrThem on May 14, 2020:
Frogs brought snakes to our yard. I have young children and can’t risk them facing off with a snake when they are out playing. Either I kill the snakes or I kill the frogs. There’s enough frogs in the wild to sustain the eco system. So I will continue killing every frog I find on my property to keep the snakes away.
Jaftosupremis on April 20, 2020:
Well. The Toads we are trying to get rid of are an invasive species - the cane toad. They secret a toxin when they are harassed. Like a dog/cat/child picks them up. They get to be the size of a dinner plate, and are crowding out native species. You cannot eat them unlike bullfrogs - legs fried with hot sauce...yum. Soooooo, stop the belly aching and accept that I will do everything I can to eliminate this vermin. Hogs are invasive, but taste great. Burmese python is invasive, great boots, taste ok at best, Peacock bass fun to catch, invasive, crowding out native fishes, again, catch them small, ok eats. So, get out those headlamps, frog gigs, and kill a mess of Bufo Toads.
Lulu on March 04, 2020:
Cuban tree frogs are an invasive species in Florida and should be euthanized
Real Herpetologist on November 14, 2019:
More suggestions...... put a waterfall or aerator in pool or pond......put in plastic snakes..... or maybe just drain your water
Real Herpetologist on November 14, 2019:
And as to a comment below, people before planet? Well, if all you people leave all the planet saving work to the few people who actually care (obviously unlike you who said that), pretty soon there won’t be a planet for you to greedily inhabit or destroy. So, cheers to you for ruining our one and only Earth but by bit!
Real Herpetologist on November 13, 2019:
Frogs are nocturnal by nature, so leave a light on outside at night and they should be quiet. Please don’t kill them - they are one of the only reasons we’re not totally overrun by insects. Which would you prefer - a giant mosquito sucking your blood out or a small frog in your backyard? As for the acid, pesticides, and salt, these methods are all incredibly cruel because it has been proven that frogs can feel pain and this would be just like having acid all over your body. Have you ever gotten lemon juice in your eye? Now imagine that pain multiplied by hundreds and all over your body. Frogs are going extinct, and as for all you jerkwads who want to blast them with your guns, you could be reported for cruelty to animals because frogs and toads are sentiment beings (not to mention that they are vertebrates that can feel pain) and in most states it is completely illegal to do this. So next time, relocate them, turn on lights, etc. Also, all of you people complain about frogs and toads, that they are ruining your life, etc and then you have a pond or pool in your backyard???? What did you expect? How would you feel if someone suddenly moved into your home and complained that you were too loud and then suddenly began killing you and your family? Consider that they were here way before you. And ohhhh, your poor cats, roaming around outside, killing 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion wild birds a year, murdering rabbits and frogs and then getting sick from eating a toad because the owners were too ignorant to care.....
Real Herpetologist on November 13, 2019:
Frogs are nocturnal by nature, so leave a light on outside at night and they should be quiet. Please don’t kill them - they are one of the only reasons we’re not totally overrun by insects. Which would you prefer - a giant mosquito sucking your blood out or a small frog in your backyard? As for the acid, pesticides, and salt, these methods are all incredibly cruel because it has been proven that frogs can feel pain and this would be just like having acid all over your body. Have you ever gotten lemon juice in your eye? Now imagine that pain multiplied by hundreds and all over your body. Frogs are going extinct, and as for all you jerkwads who want to blast them with your guns, you could be reported for cruelty to animals because frogs and toads are sentiment beings (not to mention that they are vertebrates that can feel pain) and in most states it is completely illegal to do this. So next time, relocate them, turn on lights, etc. Also, all of you people complain about frogs and toads, that they are ruining your life, etc and then you have a pond or pool in your backyard???? What did you expect? How would you feel if someone suddenly moved into your home and complained that you were too loud and then suddenly began killing you and your family? Consider that they were here way before you. And ohhhh, your poor cats, roaming around outside, killing 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion wild birds a year, murdering rabbits and frogs and then getting sick from eating a toad because the owners were too ignorant to care..... there are only a few species of frog or toad that could cause any harm to your dog or cat, and any illness is a result of an owner who was aware of toxic amphibians around but wouldn’t control their animals. Keep them on a leash for goodness sake! Anyways, don’t murder helpless, innocent animals for the sake of a small comfort for you. (FYI, earplugs exist).
Virginia Dominguez on October 27, 2019:
Well said Jo. I have a few of the big guys in my patio and around the front of my house. I really dont mind them being around becauase I know they keep other bugs like roaches ( which by the way I am deathly afraid of) at bay. My biggest concern is that the frogs stay away from my cats. Other than that I find these frogs are quite interesting to watch. People think that they are the only ones on this earth that deserve life ....how sad.
Jo on September 28, 2019:
Honestly get over yourself. I can’t stand the neighbors that get in my yard and you don’t see me finding ways to kill them do you? Frogs are actually helpful and useful you all just sucks are are cruel. tHeY dOnT bElonG iN- stfu. That was an animals home before it was yours. The frog won’t hurt you and you need to stop acting like your world is over just because oMG a FrOg. you’re on such a high horse for no reason. Educate yourself and stop being the real pest.
gavin on September 18, 2019:
a pet frog is loos in our house and our cat could die but we don't want to kill it we just want to find it and put it back
Ezra on September 18, 2019:
or just pick them up and take them away.. its not that hard
Suzie Helmuth on September 08, 2019:
In Florida homeowners are encouraged to humanely euthanize the very invasive Cuban tree frog. It is also illegal to release or relocate them after capture.
Erica on August 17, 2019:
Last night my puppy came in foaming at the mouth and suffering a seizure from toad poisoning. Vet said if I hadn't handled the situation so quickly, my baby-girl would've died and very well could die in the future should she encounter another toad again. It makes me laugh, all these activists who accuse people who are merely protecting their animals and children by getting rid of a poisonous and potentially dangerous pest. I just wanted to say thank you to the author of this article for caring enough on educating people to fortify and protect their homes.
Mike on July 31, 2019:
To Amy, Corrin and any other activists, know-it-alls or sheltered eco-wacko smearing or belittling people with legitimate infestation problems... go be an advocate for frog equality on some some eco-friendly environmentalist blog and leave pest control to the grownups on this page. I'm a farmer and already know how to work with the environment not against it. So are you volunteering to pay for the capture and safe removal of the 50+ pond frogs that recently infested our home and no, they weren't here first...my grandfather built it almost 60 years ago and he made sure he wasn't displacing any indigenous wildlife. Until recently we've never had anything like this except fro a few horned toads the nearest frogs were miles away close to the nearest lakes, ponds and rivers. Two years ago some environmentalist crazed politicians, having no experience in Zoology let alone Herpetology decided on their own to redistribute the landscape because some local bird watching college professor said there weren't enough mallard ducks nesting during their winter migration in our county and wouldn't it be delightful if we could add them to our repertoire' (ignoring that this scenario already existed only 12 miles away in some beautifully maintained wetlands and bird sanctuary...but that was in another county, we can't have that so the passed bills, laws and regulations, redirected part of a river and flooded over 300 acres including part of my land, citing eminent domain for wetland preservation manufacturing my current infestation. And in case you haven't guessed no mallards ever nested there not even once thus the overpopulation of frogs with no nesting ducks keeping it under control. Sure some of the larger fish eat frogs but water fowl are their number one predators. Now, due to extremely high levels of rainfall the artificial wetlands have tripled in size flooding 1/4 of my property turning my pastureland of the past 60 years into a swamp.
Just FYI, nobody is right about everything especially poorly educated and completely inexperienced environmentalists.
I'm sill battling them in court today.
Barbie on July 22, 2019:
I bought a duster and dusted the frogs with lime. Worked well.
Corrin on July 12, 2019:
Jesus christ you guys are a bunch of intolerable idiots. You cant listen to a frog sing so you have to kill it? Pathetic. Great example on how humans selfishness destroys innocent nature.
Kim on July 07, 2019:
For those of us with dogs, frogs are bad and we have a bunch because ( or I’m assuming it’s because) of the pools around our house / neighborhood...so I really want to get rid of them...
Nancy on June 30, 2019:
You guys are rude
Amaira Ray on June 24, 2019:
My mother is very annoyed by the frogs, as some frogs started living inside our kitchen.there are frogs everywhere around our house.she is so frustrated that she is catching them and hanging their legs tied in a rope and letting them die.i therefore searched google to know whether its bad to kill frogs and find out better ways to get rid from frogs and found out this article.. Calcutta,India
Chuck on June 22, 2019:
Orange oil works. Spray them. It doesn't take long even if they are in the pond and you hit them with the spray when their heads are out of the water .
Doneta Wrate from Michigan on June 11, 2019:
You get rid of frogs by eating frog legs.
Gummy on May 14, 2019:
Motsenbocker's Lift Off 411-01 Spray Paint & Graffiti Remover will kill them is about 45 seconds. I doesn't hurt the vinyl siding or other painted surfaces.
Jason on May 08, 2019:
We have an american toad chirping ALL night EVERY night. It is extremely loud! It's like trying to sleep through an alarm clock right next to your head. How can I get rid of this thing???
Ron Scharf on December 09, 2018:
I spray straight ammonia. It woks.
Christian on November 20, 2018:
I hate frogs when i see one i dont carif it is endangered or not I grab my BB gun and go full John Wick on their asses. Sometimes the rats kill them but its more fun to do it youself you know what I mean?
Whatda on November 10, 2018:
So we moved in to a house in Miami, in the city proper, so I don’t want to hear move out of the swamp bs.
At first the frog/toad croaks were ok kinda put me to sleep at night. Then my wife found feces by our front door and car port, couldn’t figure what animal it would come from, was bigger than a rat’s smaller than a dog or ferret. No worries easy enough to clean. I later started getting weird rashes in my legs, finally after 6 months of dr visits the culprit was a bufo toad. Fast forward 3 more months, my dog started foaming at the mouth rushed him to vet, you guessed it, bufo toad poisoning, my dog ended up suffering for his last few hours going into convulsions and seizures. I tried hunting these roads but could not find any during the day. A couple of months later in the spring my patio was overrun by frogs, these were Cuban tree frogs. I must have caught 50 in the first week, was nice and relocated them. That barely did a dent in the numbers. Later I found out these Cuban tree frogs are an invasive species and eat other native frogs, birds, and lizards. I caught a total of 200 frogs in my small yard and patio this spring. They all had a cold nap in the freezer. I’m still looking for the bufo toads, using my spear because apparently I’m allergic to them. Anyone that thinks it’s inhuman to kill them I welcome you come down here and bring your pet and you child to play with them and let’s see how you feel afterwards
John on October 28, 2018:
Vinegar works. Must spray them directly.
Ro.G on October 21, 2018:
I love frogs and the sound they make plus the fact that they consume large amounts of insects. Unfortunately, a few years ago someone gave me some banjo frog tadpoles, enormous things! Well, the constant bing bonging of this frog has been too much to take. In the summer last year it drove us crackers!
This year I found out exactly where it was hiding and after trying some simple suggestions introduced a chilli spray and moved the water plants where it was residing. Next day, it moved to
another area of the pond and 24 hours later moved far away.
Yippee! We can now sleep at night.
Ps. Thankfully, The pond, fish, plants and other frogs seem ok!
Lennie on October 14, 2018:
we can't sit on our porch in the evening, the frogs come out of every crack and crevice. The leave behind f a large amount of feces. We just want to enjoy our porch and can not.
Amime on October 13, 2018:
I have to say Cotswold Lady is talking nonsense about no one in the U.K. seeing them as pests.
I'm over run with toads, and they're a complete pain, and many people think the same as I do.
Fed Up on October 07, 2018:
I live in Florida, and we are sick of these tree frogs making their way into our Florida room. The windows and doors are sealed we have no holes but how are they getting in? What can I do to kill and keep these pests out. HELP
cuban tree frog hater on October 04, 2018:
If you've ever been overrun with Cuban tree frogs, they are an envasive species, you would hate them ,too
TheMasterAndTHECOmmander on September 29, 2018:
Really good advice on this page - managed to wipe out ALL of the toads and probably most of the frogs (method of freezing seems to work better on toads). Unfortunately another problem has arisen which I’m sure you’ll all be keen to help me with. My neighbour has three rescued labradors (ages 15,9 & 11), but the problem is they won’t stop making a racket (due to doggy dementia so I’m told)!! I need a way to “dispose of the problem” (kill them), so I’m sure you’ll all help me out with suggestions. Thanks you guys (or women) :))
Mike on September 28, 2018:
Sometimes the edges of a pond are covered by hundreds of tiny little toads, that have just transformed from tadpoles. How should you kill them? Some community groups suggest spraying them with dettol or bleach, but the effects of such toxic chemicals on the ecosystem may be worse than the effects of the toads - we simply don't know. Our experiments show that spraying dettol drives away meat ants, that otherwise might feed on the toads- and the dettol also kills the toads' lungworm parasites. So, spraying dettol around the edge of a pond may do more harm than good in terms of toad control, as well as in other ways. Nobody has conducted research to see if spraying these substances has ill effects on other wildlife. Until that research has been carried out, we don't think that spraying poisons around waterbodies is a good idea. It will kill the toads, but it may affect other native creatures also.
Animal lover on September 14, 2018:
I have a deep window well and live a quarter-mile from a lake. I get both frogs and toads falling into my window well so I made a "frog ladder" by covering an 8 ft. 2x4 board with an old knitted scarf and lean it at an angle into the window well. Now when they are ready to leave my window-well, they climb up the "ladder". Baby frogs figure it out first, older toads go up later but before they starve to death.
Tracy on September 09, 2018:
For all of you feeling sad for toads...I bet you’ve never lost a pet from one of these buffo toads! It got into the garage and my cat found it. By morning, my cat couldnt walk, had seizures, and eventually died. It was awful! I have no sympathy for them. I will do anything to get rid of them!!!
Zuni on September 07, 2018:
I ate them!!!
Janet on August 28, 2018:
Thank you for all the great advice. We have a big problem with toad droppings on our porch and I have learned that they are toxic to our dogs and cat. We need to get rid of them ASAP. Sorry about the drama posted by idiots on this page. You know, there is always someone willing and ready to be offended. Your article was a huge help. Will let you know what works.
TheConstantGard3ner79 on August 13, 2018:
Agree with @Child Pet/animal lover in the comments section.
All frogs/toads (and let us not forget newts!!!) are pests and menaces to the gardens we have worked on in our spare time from our time away from work.
I thought I was frog/toad free (newts 2), but picked up a plant pot and one of the cheeky S.O.B.’s was staring write at me. Had to get the hubby to dispose of it with the hatchet. Phew!!!
Agree with this article 110%, you’d expect to be able to build a pond in YOUR OWN back yard without pests/wildlife encroaching on YOUR OWN pers. space.
Hope everyone found use in this article.
Richard The Toad Basher on August 13, 2018:
I ate toads in my garden because they make lots of noise and they are slimy because they have worts but make me nervous...I ain’t drop no eaves mr Frodo, but trust me these toads our trying it on I reckon...you never heard of a swamp rat precious??? Anyways.........
Tried the children things and definitely worked!!! Great success
Amy on August 05, 2018:
I wanted to make a notation on my last post. *You can hire a Wildlife or other pest removal company. They set nets for your property, catch tadpoles and frogs/toads and relocate them.
*Not companies that use toxic cruel procedures.
Amy on August 05, 2018:
There is absolutely no reason to KILL frogs! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS PERSON?!
First, it’s illegal to kill frogs in some areas aside from being cruel.
It’s also illegal to shot them even with an airgun.
You can hire a pest control company. I’m not sure if this is available everywhere but one should look into it.
If frogs are an issue do what you can humanely to control it or move to an area where frogs aren’t an issue. Someone else would probably enjoy living around these cute creatures. Leaving the frogs to enjoy their life.
If you don’t like kids would you move to a subdivision filled with young families? He may, but I’d give the same advise. Don’t shoot them, torture them, kill them or be a crazed maniac yelling at them. Deal with it or move to an area with less kids.
THERE IS NEVER A REASON FOR ABUSING AN INNOCENT CREATURE!
Not an idiot on July 16, 2018:
People are born into a world of nature and they think they deserve something. They’ll do whatever they can to make things better for themselves and only themselves. They’ll move next to a creek and put a pond in their backyard, buy a dog and when the two conflict, run for the easiest, most destructive, effortless solution. To a problem they caused.
Child pet/animal lover on July 15, 2018:
If you dont want to let your dog killed because of frogs and toads...just put a fence of where they where in your yard and why are you saying they are such a noisy creature?then why are you putting a pond in your yard if you all dont want a frog to live there??frogs are very helpful..they eat mosquitoes,mosquitoes that keeps biting you and frogs or toads are helpful because they east pests in your garden instead of using pesticides or insecticides..if you dont want a noisy creatures..dont kill them just put them away your house like releasing them to a swamp thats far to your home..me?im just a child but i feel cruel to all your comments about killing frogs..just release them to a swamp but if there are else going to your house then thats your problem..i think the frogs just dont get away because your home is dirty and your not cleaning your home...its not because im a pet or animal lover but your too bad at your comments...hope karma gets to your life...killing a frog or toad is like killing your loving pets
Karin on July 14, 2018:
We had a huge frog problem on our back deck. The frogs would poop on our door sill. We seriously tried everything...poisons of every kind, sticky mouse pads, lemon, peppermint, etc. However, we finally found the solution. We put a bug zapper out at that door and it is eating their food (mosquito, etc). No more frogs. Whew!!!
Rick on May 19, 2018:
Lime, clean the frogs outta ur pool,
Make a mound line around the perimeter of ur fence. The line will do the rest and the smell also. Believe me it works. When they crawl through the lime it dries them out, gets in there poors burns them up
Joy Holder on May 16, 2018:
I hate the tree frogs here in Florida. I have a pool in my back yard and at night here they come. One made my beautiful white persian cat very sick. I had to rush him to the animal hospital. He almost died. I got that frog and took him far away. Now more are coming. I shine the flash light in their eyes and throw salt on them. They don't like it. I dont know if they will die or not. I hope so.
somendro on May 09, 2018:
How to kill only frog in a fishery pond. home remedies
Cotswolds Lady on April 29, 2018:
I found this site while feeling very guilty for accidentally spearing a toad in my garden whilst digging. Over here, in the UK, frogs and toads are neither seen as the enemy, nor as food, but rather as garden helpers. They get to work, eating slugs, snails and other beasties that are set on destroying our gardens. You may have heard that the British are extremely fond of their gardens and spend a huge amount of time and money tending them. We, the ordinary people, open our gardens for charity and allow hordes of complete strangers to come in and enjoy (or criticise!) what we have achieved, knowing that many of the dottier visitors will steal cuttings while we are not looking and sneak them out in their bras! It's usually the women, we know, because we do this ourselves. We often have ponds, or water features as they are now known, and delight in the spring appearance of spawn because we know that this means that our garden is a healthy garden. If it is healthy for the amphibians, it ultimately is healthy for us.
Noah on April 11, 2018:
My french teacher looks like a big ugly disguisting toad
William on September 22, 2017:
My personal experience: Frogs are attracted to lights at night. Turn off all exterior lights around the premises of your property including solar producing lighting. Also, use 5o percent of water and 50 percent household cleaning vinegar to spray on pool decking at night. No frogs should be killed but they will relocate elsewhere. Good luck!
Joe on July 23, 2017:
So lot of good ideas in here just trying to figure what will work the best. My dog lives at my parents house with their dog. This is in the desert of East central Arizona. They have a swimming pool/spa. Didnt ever have a clue about these "Poisonous" Toads until a neighbor of theirs' dog died for making contact with the Toad. Since then these lil bastards have been around the fenced in and snake guarded backyard. Swimming in the pool laying eggs etc. Keeping people awake at night. One tried to hop into the house this evening and I happen to be here house sitting/watching the dogs. The main concern is we dont want our dogs to get killed by these lil nasty things. My dad has tried the nice way and snatched about 7 of them and brought them miles away and released em. But they keep getting more coming back....
mda on July 01, 2017:
My favorite is to "catch & smash" it's quick & painless
Anom on June 26, 2017:
I help run a service provider firm in the pool industry. Please note that if you drain a pool swimming too low on water that the shell, even if concrete, can pop up out of the deck. No pool company ever recommends, "....drain it for a few weeks." This is a very bad idea. Even when chemistry is off, the pool is only partially drained. When resurfacing or finish cleaning is done, the pool is drained and the work is typically completed as soon as possible as somebody keeps an eye on the structural support before, during and after the job. It's a really big deal. Issues can arise in a few days easy so a few weeks would statistically guarantee that you would have serious structural damage to the swimming pool.
Diana on June 25, 2017:
I agree with Jill (below) I just want them dead! What product do you have that solves my frog problem?!?!
German on May 19, 2017:
Its been more than two years that i haven't hear any frogs in my neighborhood, I used to enjoy their singing in summer nights. Its been a lot of "spraying" of chemicals.. people go crazy on that, and if you see here: most of the complaining comments here are "very old".. so, things are changing and not for good, but we have now more chemical resistant mosquitoes. so, I hope every one feels very happy now.
German on May 19, 2017:
Move your self to the big city and away from swamps, ditches or creeks. and leave the frogs, then let crickets sing all night and mosquitoes be near your ear all night, spiders, ants and other guys be free with no predators around your house. get a life.
i Hate Frogs on May 13, 2017:
if you can pick out the female. grab her, she's the main attraction.
I've done this & males left. She's usually the small one. BUT it's only good until another female shows up.
Sanles on January 31, 2017:
I was taught to kill those disgusting cane toads by spraying dettol on them don't know if this works on frogs
Lou on January 18, 2017:
There must be another solution than starving them out or having them killed. Just locate a local animal preserve organization that can either rescue them frogs or lead you to other services to protect nature.
GH on December 23, 2016:
Frogs are a popular delicacy in France and Asian cuisine.
Karin Tomosky on November 27, 2016:
People are making all animals and insects extinct because they cannot simply live with them. How sad and disguting.
Joyce on September 09, 2016:
All you people that are saying the frogs are God's creatures, leave them alone and they eat mosquitoes . You're probably the same people that eat chicken ,beef fish and pork.If you like them so much, I could bring you about 30 every day .They live around my sliding glass door. Every time I go out or come in, a frog comes in. Or gets his slimy self squashed between the two doors .I can't get them out so they stink . So there's a constant stink by my door. There's slime and poop all over my door and patio. I'm constantly finding a dried frog in my house. Or a slimy cold one jumps on my foot. Or slaps his sloppy self onto the center of the TV screen. I've tried relocating them. They get back before I do and bring more with them. They're all the same kind , so they couldn't be anywhere near extinct. I still have mosquitoes, I can spray them. Or is that cruel too ? I'm 68 years old and sick of cleaning up after them and finding it back in a few hours .A very big thanks to everyone for the ideas.! I'll try them all, if I have too. It has nothing to do with not being humane !
Ozzie on September 04, 2016:
I choose my dogs over toads. Toads gotta go.
cookie on September 01, 2016:
We have these LOUD ANNOYING Tree Frogs. They are behind our shutters, up in the gutters, and I don't know where else they hide during the day. At night their noise is so loud it will awaken me and then I can't go to sleep. We don't have a pool or standing water next to our house. We are afraid to use Citric acid on our siding for fear it will damage the siding. These frogs ARE THE ONLY REASON we look forward to colder months here in Alabama. I am constantly cleaning the chairs on my front porch because for these annoying pests to be so small, they sure do leave big feces. When we can sneak up on one, we kill it very swiftly. If you find something that will kill the frogs without damaging our siding, PLEASE TELL ME. When we moved here from WV, we had no idea what that loud noise was. It sounds like a small yapping dog. Hating the frogs in Northeast Alabama.
Jude on August 31, 2016:
If you think they are awful people you have never tried to sleep when the frogs are out having a orgie in your pool. I hate them and will do anything to get rid of them.Im going to try the snake poison and the plastic snakes in pool, If this dosent work Ill be back!!!!!!!
Kris on August 19, 2016:
You are awfully cruel for looking for ways to kill these creatures. !PLEASE Do not kill the frogs and toads! They are crucial to our ecosystem, and can eat up to 10,000 insects in one summer.
Tresa on August 19, 2016:
Really? Everyone here is pretty cruel. Why live where you do if you do not want to hear nature sounds? Also noticed that most of you complaining have pools. What do you expect?
Donna Jones on August 17, 2016:
I had a pond in my yard. About a year ago I closed it up and relocated all the frogs to a nearby creek. God knows why, but instead of staying by the creek they set up shop under my porch. I have been reading all ya'll,s suggestions, but how am I going to apply any chemicals to them when they are under the porch? They are poisoning my dog!!!
Fed up on August 09, 2016:
Frogs and toads are the most disgusting creatures. I just bought a house and havrnt screened in my pool yet. There are 19 frogs in there. Some alive some dead. Some huge some small. I hate them so much i want to torture every single frog and toad on earth into extinction. I wish i could set my yard on fire!!!! There has to be a way to make these vile creatures go away
idontknow on August 08, 2016:
thanks dude,this made my day
LovingHerpetologist on August 06, 2016:
Why is it that frogs deserve to die because they're noisy? They are great to have in your yard because they keep the bugs out, plus they're a great indicator of environmental health because they are very sensitive to pollutants. All of these things are terrible solutions to keeping frogs away (snake repellent doesn't work, even on snakes, by the way), and are instead just dumping more and more chemicals into the natural water system that are bound to hurt much more than just the frogs in your yard. Outdoor cats are the worst thing to happen to native wildlife, because they wreak havoc and will kill anything they can get their paws on, as well as kill things to play with rather than to eat. Your best bet to get rid of frogs, if you're really that ignorant that you'd want to kill something for making noise, is to get rid of their habitat. Even then... good luck, because they have a great range of habitat, and the only way you won't have any frogs is to live in the middle of a city. If you're really so stubborn that you'd rather kill an animal than learning to live around their natural habits, then I suggest you find a different place to live.
gjm on August 01, 2016:
they are gross and keep me awake
George VanWinkle on July 31, 2016:
VERY shortsighted. Many tadpoles eat mosquito larvae and adult frogs eat insets as their main food source. By eliminating frogs, you are inviting things like West Nile Virus, Mosquito Borne Encephalitis, Zika Virus and other insect borne pathogens. I understand you don't like their croaks. Get over yourself! I seriously doubt you would prefer illness, permanent disability, or even death caused by letting the insects go unchecked.
Luna on July 26, 2016:
I came to this site to do the opposite to attract them!!!! You are horrible people!!!!!
Rex on July 21, 2016:
so that's the reason why frogs will go extinct in the next 25 years because we label them as pest instead of them being one of the most helpful animals to have in a garden
Patrick on July 16, 2016:
We found a simple solution if you can't Sleep due to the frogs croaking all night.
Buy a fan ............keep in on all night. It drowns out the noise and you can have a peaceful sleep............
HOPE THIS HELPS
Jane on July 09, 2016:
My greatest thanks to the person that advised using ammonia to kill frogs. I have white siding with an air vent they like to hide behind. Peeing and pooping on the white siding which is really difficult to remove the stain. Today I sprayed the vent with straight ammonia and out jumped three frogs. I don't know or care if I killed them, just so they don't come back to the vent. Thanks again! Now if I could kill German roaches!
Berna on July 07, 2016:
What an awful site. Frogs are indicative of a healthy environment. This site encourages killing them. Put ear plugs in if their noise is so bad. You are awful people.
Peacefulpool on June 29, 2016:
Bleach and a pump up sprayer go out at night and spray the heck out of them. I done it last night on in and around our above ground pool and it has been quite. It did rain today but I have not heard any frogs tonight. I really hope this keeps them away but bleach is cheap so if I have to respray no big deal. I bet I got 20 of them little rain frogs last night. It was so bad we couldnt even sit on our back patio from the sound of them. I'll keep you all updated if they return.
Fronts? on June 20, 2016:
You need to proof read your article. The very first paragraph asks how many FRONTS do I have in my yard rather than FROGS.
I have a Koi pond inside a pool cage that a squirrel ate a hole in the screen and the frogs moved in. I have repaired the hole but now the frogs are traped in.
Have used salt and cyan pepper to try and rid them since I do not want to poison my Koi. Still have all the captured noise. They are active at night and in the dark I can't find them and in the day they hide in the rocks in my water fall. Some of my 15 Koi are two feet in size so draining the 4000 gallon pond is not an option. What else can I try that won't hurt my Koi.
I have had this pond for 16 yesrs and never had this problem before.
Jon G. on June 17, 2016:
There's some seriously sick people in the world. Leave the frogs alone, in fact, leave all wild-life alone; it's having a hard enough time surviving without the concerted effort of a bunch of mufftards trying to wipe them out.
orjouen on June 10, 2016:
i'm losing my mind i have a frog phobia and they can't leave me they always jump in our garden they even into our house fucking hate them they drive me crazy we get rid of them but they always come back over again :'(
Murce on May 26, 2016:
I throw boiling water, it gets them all out of where they're hiding and I'll finish the work with a shovel and Bury them, I believe that's nice enough, at least they get their burial.
TehachapiGal on May 14, 2016:
Why would anyone disturb or kill a frog? They're an important animal in the ecosystem. They gobble up mosquitoes, flies, grasshoppers, everything.
Chris on May 10, 2016:
all you guys are the best!
jake on May 09, 2016:
Noise was driving me crazy. Went out to my pool and one jumped in, swimming around like chlorine is his friend. I scooped him up and used a shovel, quick and painless. Second one was living in the skimmer! Kid found that one so had no choice but to humanely catch and relocate to a nearby creek. Kids loved the experience.
Jim on May 02, 2016:
I catch them with a net, and step on them. Sooner the better. They are in and around my neighbors pool and it drives me nuts, I go down late at night with a flashlight and get them. Probably 10 a year at least!
Mary on April 30, 2016:
In Alabama all our frogs are nice.
DoveFreexrolo on April 04, 2016:
It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. Moreover, The contents are masterpiece.
ronmat on March 17, 2016:
Salt does the trick. Knocks em out in an instant!
WTF on February 11, 2016:
Can't express my frustration. Gonna take a serious action.
Luke on December 02, 2015:
Take them to the closest pond/swamp or a natral water source.(not the ocean) Many species of frogs are near extintion and I do not beilive that you should kill them.
Chris D. on November 19, 2015:
Rainy season again here in the Philippines. My backyard get filled again with water. These toads been here for about a decade. I just read those solutions. So i bought 3 liters of gasoline. I poured it all in the water. No freaking noise so far.