It’s one thing to constantly find frogs around your home (you may be annoyed by it or even happy about it), but it’s an entirely different matter when they make their way inside your home.
In this article, we’ll discuss effective methods to keep these amphibious creatures at bay, creating a frog-free zone for you and your family.
Understanding the reasons behind their attraction to your property is the first step in addressing the problem. As we delve into the various techniques and strategies to deter frogs from entering your home, you’ll be well-equipped to reclaim your living space and enjoy a frog-free home in no time.
Understanding Frog Behavior
Before you take action to keep frogs out of your home, it’s important to understand their behavior and what could be attracting them.
Why Frogs Enter Homes
Frogs often seek shelter from the elements, and your home may provide an ideal location. They could be drawn to warmth during cooler months, or they may be seeking moisture during dry periods.
Another reason frogs might be hopping into your house is because they’ve found a tasty buffet of insects to feast on. In other words, they might be doing you a favor by eating bugs and pests! But frogs are not entirely problem-free either.
To prevent frogs from getting cozy in your home, it’s crucial to address the factors that could be enticing them.
First and foremost, reduce the insect population on your property. This is often easier said than done but can be helped by turning off exterior lights at night, which tend to attract bugs, or by using bug traps.
Another major frog attractant is standing water because these amphibians require a moist environment to survive. Check your property for water sources such as bird baths, ponds, kiddie pools, old tires, and any other thing or spot where water can accumulate. Consider removing them or maintaining them in a way that deters frogs.
But because you won’t be able to remove all insects or standing water from around your property, completely getting rid of frogs is not so easy (though keeping a few in your backyard is actually a good idea).
Are Baby Frogs in the House a Sign of Things to Come?
If you’ve started finding baby frogs in your home, don’t panic – yet. While it’s a cute surprise, it might also be an indication that there could be a frog family nearby.
Be vigilant, and take the necessary steps to keep your home frog-free. Remember, a little humor can go a long way when dealing with these unexpected guests!
Securing Your Home
Seal Gaps and Openings
First and foremost, you’ll want to seal any gaps and openings in your home. This includes cracks in walls, spaces under doors, and holes in the foundation. Some resources suggest using a vinegar spray to deter frogs from coming near your home, but be careful not to harm any other wildlife.
Install Door Sweeps
This mainly applies to older homes, but door sweeps are an easy and affordable solution to keep frogs from sneaking under doors. Installing door sweeps on the exterior doors of your home can make a big difference in preventing frogs from entering your home uninvited.
Just think, you can keep both frogs and unwanted drafts out with one simple installation.
Keep Windows and Doors Closed
It might seem obvious, but keeping windows (without screens) and doors closed, especially during the evening, will help keep frogs outside where they belong. Remember, frogs are lovers of moist and dark environments, and your home is an all-inclusive resort for them when windows and doors are left open.
Use Screens and Vent Covers
Now that your doors are sealed and secure, it’s time to protect your windows and vents. Install screens on windows and invest in vent covers for any openings leading to your home’s interior. By doing this, not only will you keep frogs out, but you’ll also protect your home from other unwanted guests like insects and rodents.
In short, securing your home from frogs is all about the details. Seal cracks, install door sweeps, keep windows and doors closed, and utilize screens and vent covers. Remember, a home without frogs is a happier home, so take these steps to keep your little hopping friends outside and your indoor sanctuary critter-free.
Managing Outdoor Spaces
Preventing frogs from entering your home starts with proper management of your outdoor spaces. By creating an environment that is less inviting to frogs, you reduce the chances of them hopping their way inside. Let’s discuss some ways to achieve this.
Clear Clutter and Debris
Get ready to channel your inner organizing guru! Frogs love hiding in damp, dark places… even your septic tank! Start by removing empty pots, old lumber, piles of wood chips, and other debris from your yard. Not only will you make it harder for frogs to find shelter, but your backyard will look tidier too.
Maintain Gardens and Landscaping
Grab your gardening gloves and keep your lawn in check. Tall grass and weeds attract frogs because they retain moisture and are a playground for insects and rodents, which are frogs’ favorite snacks.
Aim to keep your grass under 3 inches tall and trim any excess vegetation regularly. Frogs love to hang out in your garden and getting them out can be tricky.
Remove Standing Water
Frogs are drawn to water like moths to a flame. Identifying and eliminating sources of standing water around your property will make it less appealing to our amphibian friends. Check for areas such as bird baths, old tires, and leaky outdoor faucets, and take appropriate measures to remove or repair them.
Control Insect Populations
Here’s some food for thought: Insects are the ultimate frog magnet. By reducing the insect population around your home, you’ll be cutting off their dinner supply, encouraging them to look elsewhere for their next meal.
As already mentioned, turning off non-necessary exterior lights will help limit the amount of available frog food.
How to Catch a Frog That’s Inside Your House
Picture this: you’re enjoying your evening and suddenly, a frog hops into your kitchen. Worry not! Here’s what you can do to catch that uninvited guest.
First, try to attract the frog to a specific location by laying down damp paper towels in a dark, accessible area, like an open closet. Frogs love hidden, moist places, so check the towels periodically to see if your green friend has taken the bait.
If the paper towel method doesn’t work, you can create a simple trap. Grab a large plastic container or Mason jar and put some soil at the bottom. Spray the soil with water, and then place the container where you think the frog might be hiding. You can also add plants around the trap to make it even more attractive to the frog.
When you’ve successfully caught the frog, it’s time to safely release it back into the wild. You can put on gloves and gently pick up the frog, or carefully coax it into a container. Just be sure to carry your temporary roommate outside and away from your home before setting it free.
When to Call a Professional
Even after trying all the DIY methods to keep frogs away, sometimes you still need a helping hand. It’s essential to know when to put your trust in the experts for frog prevention.
If you’ve done everything possible to eliminate their habitat and they keep coming back, it’s time to call a professional. These critters can be incredibly stubborn and persistent, just like that one person who never gets the hint when it’s time to leave the party.
Another sign that you might need to enlist the help of a pro is when the frogs seem to have created an army in your yard. It’s probably best to call for backup before they start plotting a full-scale invasion of your home. Better safe than sorry, right?
Additionally, if you’re worried about the safety of your family or pets, a professional pest control service can handle the situation more securely. Remember, some frogs can secrete toxins, which may not be deadly but could upset your pet’s stomach or cause irritations for your family.
At the end of the day, it’s always best to trust your instincts. If you think it’s time to call a professional, go for it. Think of it as a peace treaty between you and the frogs, making sure both parties can coexist without stepping on each other’s (webbed) toes.