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Frog Control and Removal can be a tricky and time consuming process. Florida has the highest concentration of amphibians in the United States. Nuisance Wildlife Rangers Are Experts in Frog Removal.
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There are many frog species throughout Florida including:
Bullfrogs-Largest native frog in North America reaching a length of 8 inches. Dark olive-green with dark stripes on the hind legs.
Cuban tree frogs– gray-green in color but have the ability to change to a white or dark brown color depending on their surroundings.
Green tree frog– dark or olive in color with a white stripe that extends down both sides of the body
Squirrel tree frog– Florida’s most common Frog. Varies in color from a greenish brown to a bright green.
Barking tree frog– Florida’s largest native frog varies from a bright green to a dark greenish brown color and sometimes marked with dark spots.
Little grass frog– Smallest frog in North America averaging only about a half an inch long.
Pig frog– Similar to the Bullfrog and are often olive to blackish brown in color.
Leopard frog– Can be heard year round throughout Florida. Light brown to dark green in color with several rows of dark spots along their body. They have long pointed heads and gold iris in their eyes.
Gopher frog– 4 inches or smaller in body length with a large head and eyes. Spotted back with dark round spots and yellow or dark ridges.
We specialize in Frog Removal, Frog Trapping, and complete Frog Control solutions.
There are some areas where it is illegal to handle or kill Frogs so it is always recommended that you consult with your local Fish and Wildlife authorities or your local professional wildlife removal company, such as Nuisance Wildlife Rangers. Some species it is even illegal to release them after you have caught them.
How To Get Rid Of Frogs?
Frogs are a greater nuisance than most people expect. These amphibians make loud noises at night, which can keep you up and disrupt your sleep cycle.
Frogs can also be dangerous. Like many wild animals, these amphibians carry diseases like salmonella which can harm you and your household. Certain frog species are also poisonous, so you should keep your distance from any brightly colored ones. To make matters worse, frogs attract snakes who naturally hunt these amphibians.
Thankfully, you can follow some simple steps to get rid of frogs.
1. Build Barriers
The best way to get rid of frogs is to stop them from entering your home in the first place. You can do this by installing a fine mesh fence around your lawn. Frogs can’t make their way through these fences, so they will give up and move elsewhere.
2. Remove Hiding Spots
Frogs rely on cover when entering your home. They want to avoid attracting unwanted attention, so they hide in piles of debris or in tall grass. This heavily obscures them, and it prevents people from noticing these amphibians.
You can get rid of frogs by removing their hiding spots, as it leaves them feeling exposed and vulnerable. Common hiding spots include tall grass, rock piles, and shrubs. You can get rid of these by cutting your lawn regularly, clearing your yard of debris, and trimming or removing nearby bushes.
3. Remove Water Sources
As amphibians, frogs need to be close to a source of water. They also need water to lay eggs.
That’s why you can get rid of frogs by removing sources of water near your home. This might take the form of a fountain, pool, or pond. Either drain or cover these sources of water to force the frogs to leave. You can also use an aerator or some fertilizer to remove the excess water from your lawn.
4. Turn Off Outdoor Lights
It’s commonly known that flies and mosquitoes are attracted to bright lights. It’s also well-known that frogs like to eat flying insects. So it’s easy to see how bright lights will indirectly attract hungry frogs to your home.
You can stop this from happening by simply turning off outdoor lights once the sun begins to set. This gets rid of the bugs, which removes the frogs’ food source. Without food, frogs will leave on their own.
5. Use Frog Repellents
Frogs have very sensitive skin, and they react to even the subtlest changes in their environment. This means you can easily repel the animals by using simple home remedies. Common frog repellents include:
- Vinegar: A one-to-one ratio of vinegar to water is an excellent frog repellent. The vinegar’s acidity irritates their skin, so you can spray it around your home so it’s uncomfortable for the frogs to walk near your house.
- Coffee Grounds: Coffee grounds are ever-so-slightly acidic, which can irritate frogs like vinegar. Pour some coffee grounds around your home to both irritate frogs and help your plants grow.
- Salt Water: Unlike most animals, frogs “drink” water by absorbing it through their skin. That’s why you can spray salt water around your home to dehydrate them. This forces the frogs to flee in search of a better environment.
6. Call Professionals
Preventing and removing frogs is a very difficult process, as the amphibians are small and slippery. Many frog species are endangered and protected by law, so you are limited in how you can remove them.
That’s why you should call professionals to handle your frog problem. They are familiar with local laws and have all the necessary permits to safely remove these amphibians from your home. They will also save you plenty of time and effort, so you can focus on the things that matter most to you.
How to get rid of garden frogs in Florida
Thanks to the climate, Florida has long been a haven for frogs, much to the dismay of homeowners across the state. Moreover, if your garden includes a pond, stream, or even a birdbath or a pool, all the more reason for frogs to pay you a visit, since they love wet, swampy places. Our team at Nuisance Wildlife Rangers often gets called out to deal with frog situations throughout Florida. So today, we thought we’d talk a bit about why this happens, and what you can do to stop frogs from getting into your home.
First off, are frogs dangerous?
Interestingly enough, some frogs are actually considered helpful intruders, since they will eat all sorts of harmful insects. As such, they act as a natural insecticide, and may actually be beneficial for your garden.
However, that doesn’t mean you should encourage frog populations in your yard, for a number of reasons.
First of all, frogs will attract predators. Frogs may be fairly small and unassuming, but that makes them perfect prey for other larger predators like snakes. Snakes fall into two categories – venomous and non-venomous – but even the non-venomous ones can inflict a painful bite, and spread a wide range of diseases. The bottom line, you don’t want them around.
Speaking of disease, frogs carry diseases, too, and can infect you and your pets by contaminating the food or water.
Frogs can also become quite a nuisance, due to their unneighborly habit of croaking at night to attract mates. This will drive you and your neighbors up the wall.
Finally, some types of frogs may be invasive, depending on your area. That means their presence can pose a danger to the natural environment of the area you live in.
So while frogs may not be dangerous in the same way a snake or a coyote is, you certainly shouldn’t want them hanging around your property.
What attracts frogs?
As mentioned, frogs are typically attracted to water sources like pools, streams or ponds. So if you’ve got an open source of water on your property, then it’s quite likely the culprit.
Frogs are also big fans of insects and overgrown lawns. Actually, most nuisance wildlife enjoys overgrown lawns, since it allows them to scuttle past unobserved. So some good measures to prevent frogs may be trimming your lawn and hedges, keeping the insect population under control, and finding a way to limit access to the water.
How to keep frogs away
If you’re dealing with a full-blown frog infestation, the best thing you can do is reach out to a qualified wildlife removal professional. They will bring the necessary expertise to the table and guarantee success in removing the nuisance frogs. What’s more, an expert is able to advise you on future prevention methods.
If you’re interested in deterring the frog population but haven’t got an active infestation going on at the moment, here are some things you can do:
- Put up a fence. This is a great step to take if you don’t have one already, since a fence will be effective against more than just frogs. A wooden fence or even a fine mesh fence may do the job.
- Add fake predators. While the real predators may be just as undesirable, adding a few fake rodents, birds, or even snakes may scare the frogs away.
- Turn off the light. Remember frogs are attracted to a host of insects, including flies and mosquitoes who, in turn, are attracted to your outdoor lights. Turning off the light won’t attract insects, which in turn won’t attract frogs.
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