Frog removal from your swimming pool can be an unwanted task as well as a nuisance. It’s likely, than when you see the frogs, they are already dead because they can’t survive the chemicals in your pool and generally can’t jump back out to leave. Check out these simple and easy ways to keep frogs out of your pool this upcoming season!
Why are Frogs Attracted to your Pool?
There are a few reasons why those annoying frogs invade your pool. After dark, the pool water is like a reflector to any light source nearby, even the moonlight. This light at night attracts small bugs who then want a drink of water. The extra bugs attract the frogs, as bugs are their main source of food.
Frogs eat a few bugs and then decide to take a swim in your pool. They don’t realize when they jump in your giant pond that they can’t get out and will drown. There are several ways to prevent the green floaters from your swimming pool.
If you install a solid fence around your pool, the frogs are barred from getting in it. A chain link fence does not work, as small frogs can still get through the mesh holes. There are slats available to weave through the chain link fence to upgrade it and keep those amphibians out though.
Cover it Up
You can place a cover over your pool so frogs are deterred. This only works if you religiously remember to cover it every night and always when it is not in use, but can be time consuming. You also need to make certain that the cover is fastened securely to prevent pets and children from slipping under them and being trapped in the pool.
Pull Those Weeds
Frogs delight in having a nice pile of brush or lush green leaves to hide in. Removing all of these types of habitats will discourage frogs from your area, so they may go visit a neighbor instead. You may find it necessary to remove potted plants and ferns in the area too. Using ammonia fertilizer in your garden also discourages them from resting there as well.
It’s Dark Outside
Since lights reflect off water and attract bugs, then frogs turn off all outdoor lights in your yard. Also, turn off the underwater pool lights. They reflect less in the dark but can still attract bugs at night.
Bug the Frogs in Retaliation
You can make a frog barrier out of common household items that is very effective. Add about 2.5 pounds of salt to two gallons of water, mix it well and put it in a sprayer. Spray a frog barrier around the entire pool. When it dries, it leaves a residue that frogs don’t like on their feet. You can do the same thing with household undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle.
Kill Their Food Source
You can apply an insecticide around your lawn and pool area to kill all the nighttime insects. This limits the food supply so the frogs will hop off somewhere else.
Install a Pool Fountain or Waterfall
This isn’t for the frogs to play in. Insects are attracted to water that does not move to lay their eggs and create more bugs. More bugs equals more frogs. Installing a water feature that keeps water moving makes it hard for insects to lay microscopic eggs in your pool.
Make a Hot Tub
Frogs are cold-blooded and do not like hot water. If you have a pool heater, turn it on at night to prevent frogs from getting in your pool. You can also choose solar rings to heat your pool and keep them hopping in the other direction.
As a last resort, you can apply frog repellent around your home and pool. These are usually toxic and kill the frogs and any other animals that encounter it. However, this may be a better choice than adding a cat or chickens in your yard to eat the frogs.