What are Frogs?
A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura (literally without tail in Ancient Greek). Used strictly, the term may be limited to any member of the family Ranidae (true frogs). In general, frogs have protruding eyes, no tail, and strong, webbed hind feet that are adapted for leaping and swimming. Frogs have glandular skin, with secretions ranging from distasteful to toxic. Their skin varies in color from well-camouflaged dappled brown, grey and green to vivid patterns of bright red or yellow and black to show toxicity and ward off predators. Many are predominantly aquatic, but some live on land, in burrows, or in trees. The snout-vent length of frogs ranges from 9.8 mm in the Brazilian Psyllophryne didactyla to 30 cm in the West African Conraua goliath. The male anuran is generally smaller than the female. Most frogs eat insects, other small arthropods, or worms (see video), but a number of them also eat other frogs, rodents, and reptiles. Frogs produce a wide range of vocalizations, particularly in their breeding season, and exhibit many different kinds of complex behaviors to attract mates, to fend off predators and to generally survive.
How to Distinguish between Frogs and Toads?
While these little amphibians might look very similar at first glance, there are actually a plethora of key differences between them:
|vomerine teeth in their upper jaw.
|Eyes bulge out
|Eyes do not bulge out, poison gland behind eyes
|Moist and smooth
|Dry and bumpy
|Long legs for jumping
|Short legs for walking or hopping
|Frogs lay eggs in clusters, young live in water
|Toads lay eggs in long chains; some toads do not lay eggs but give birth to live young
|Prefer moist environments
|Prefer dry environment but adapt to moist conditions as well.
|keeping mostly in water
|keeping mostly on land
|Insects, snails, spiders, worms and even small fish
|Insects, grubs, slugs, worms, and other invertebrates
Why are there Frogs in your Garden?
Having multiple frogs in your yard or garden suggests that something is attracting them. In some cases, these attractants are wanted features, such as a pond. In other cases, the frogs are attracted by something equally unwanted — they’re finding plenty of food.
One of the biggest causes of frog infestation is an existing bug problem. Frogs consider pests such as flies and mosquitoes to be a primary food source and congregate where there are plenty of insects to eat.
Having lights in your garden may be pretty, but it also attracts a number of insects. Frogs will come looking for those insects. Thus, the more lights you have on at night in your yard or garden, the more likely there will be a feast waiting for frogs and toads.
Frogs are somewhat timid creatures and prefer places where there are shade and shelter. You are much more likely to attract them if you have plenty of weeds, fallen leaves, or tall grass for them to hide in. Having a densely-packed garden that doesn’t incorporate complimentary gardening techniques also attracts insects and shelters the frogs that hunt them.
Frogs are amphibians and prefer to live near sources of water. Standing water is especially attractive as mosquitoes and other insects often propagate there. Sometimes this water is a garden feature, but can also be a result of poor drainage and uneven landscaping.
How to Identify Frogs in Your Garden?
There are different frog species, and the variety makes a difference on how to handle them. Try to get a good look at the frogs and check an identification guide. Several species of frogs are protected and cannot be killed, harmed, or relocated. You may be out of luck if you’re hoping to get rid of any frogs from the genus Hylidae, commonly known as tree frogs; they are one of the country’s most protected frogs. American bullfrogs, one of the most notable noise polluters, are not protected. After confirming the species, consult the laws in your area to make sure it is legal to exterminate them.
How to Get Rid of Frogs in your garden?
Make the Environment Less Inviting
What worked for me was removing their habitat. Frogs are amphibians, which means they live on both dry land and water.
- 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.
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.
If you want to get rid of noisy frogs, you will have to temporarily remove the habitat that they like: water and tall grassy plants.
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 so small frogs cannot squeeze through.
- Secure the posts holding up the fencing so they won’t tip over.
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.
- Try going out on a frog hunt at night.
- 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.
Spray natural repellants
There are a few natural substances that effectively repel them from the area. Try using one of these substances before resorting to a chemical spray, since chemical sprays tend to kill the frogs slowly. Organic sprays tend to do the job more quickly and are more humane.
- Spray the frogs with citric acid. Mix 600 g dry citric acid with 4 L of water in a large spray bottle
- Spread salt. If you do not have any plants near your pond, spread a little salt around the perimeter. Salt will burn the toes of the frogs, deterring them from the area. Note that salt will destroy plants, however.
- You can spread coffee grounds around the areas where frogs gather to deter them without killing them off. It will cause the frogs discomfort, but will not likely kill them.
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