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5 Top Tips on How To Get Rid of Frogs on Your Porch

by Heather Whitney 3 months ago in how to
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Frogs on your porch? Here is how you can deal with them!

If you've ever had the displeasure of waking up to a frog on your porch, you know how pesky they can be. While it's natural for frogs to be outside, too many frogs on your porch can become a nuisance.

Here are five top tips on how to get rid of frogs from your porch so you can reclaim your outdoor space!

Why the Porch?

If you've ever been woken up by a frog croaking on your porch, you're not alone. Every spring, thousands of homeowners across the country find themselves dealing with a sudden influx of these amphibious pests. But why do frogs invade porches in such large numbers?

As it turns out, porches offer the perfect breeding ground for frogs. These animals love damp, dark places, and a porch is often just what they're looking for. In addition, many people inadvertently provide food for frogs by leaving out pet bowls or unsecured garbage cans. When these factors are combined, it's no wonder that so many frogs end up on porches each year.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep frogs off your porch.

Why You Should Get Rid of Frogs?

Snakes - Snakes prey on frogs, so if you have a lot of frogs in your yard, you might notice snakes lurking among your plants. Some snakes, such as garter and ring-neck snakes, eat frogs and are poisonous, posing a risk to you, small children, and pets.

Some are poisonous - Frogs with vibrant colors and distinctive skin patterns are usually poisonous to humans and pets. Pickerel frogs, poison dart frogs, golden poison frogs, and true frogs are all poisonous frogs capable of secreting venoms that are lethal to humans. Poisonous frogs rarely venture outside of their natural habitats; however, it is always important to identify the frog species in your yard to avoid any potential harm.

Disease hazards - frogs can also carry diseases that can be harmful to humans. For example, the chytrid fungus is a potentially deadly disease that has decimated frog populations around the world. This fungus attacks the skin of frogs, causing them to suffer from dehydration and eventually die. While the chytrid fungus does not pose a direct threat to humans, it can be transmitted to people through contact with infected frogs. As a result, it is important for people to take precautions when handling frogs, such as wearing gloves or washing their hands afterward. frogs can also carry other diseases, such as Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning in humans. In light of these risks, it is important for people to be aware of the potential dangers of coming into contact with frogs.

How To Get Rid of Frogs on Your Porch

Physical Barrier

One of the simplest and most effective methods is to construct a physical barrier. This can be as simple as placing a board or piece of cloth along the base of your door or setting up a small fence around your porch. By doing this, you'll create a physical barrier that frogs will have difficulty getting past.

Remove Frog’s Hiding Places

One of the most effective methods is to remove any hiding spots they may be using. This could include tall grass, piles of leaves, or even potted plants. By eliminating these places where frogs can hide, you will make your garden less attractive to them and encourage them to find somewhere else to live.

Remove Water and Wet Areas

Frogs require a wet habitat in which to raise tadpoles, so turning off or draining water features in your yards, such as fountains and small ponds, will remove the frogs' habitat, forcing them to find a new location to congregate. If your lawn is swampy or damp, consider using an aerator and fertilizer to help remove excess water from the soil.

Turn Off the Lights

While outdoor lighting does not directly attract frogs, it does attract their prey, such as mosquitoes, flies, and crickets. Turning off your outdoor lighting at night reduces the insect population in your yard, removing a food source for frogs. This will entice the frogs to leave your yard in search of new food.

Using Natural Repellents

If you're looking for a way to get rid of frogs on your porch, there are a few natural repellents that you can try.

Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons release a strong scent that frogs dislike. You can place these fruits around the perimeter of your porch, or simply cut them up and leave them out in bowls.

Coffee grounds are another effective repellent. Frogs find the smell of coffee offensive, so scattering a few handfuls around your porch should do the trick.

Finally, Vick's VapoRub is an unexpected but effective way to keep frogs away. The strong menthol scent will repel frogs (and other pests) while also keeping your porch smelling fresh and clean.

Conclusion

If you've followed our tips, your porch should be frog-free by now. However, if the little green amphibians are still hanging around, it's time to call in the professionals. Contact a pest control company and they will take care of the frogs for you.

Have you had any luck getting rid of frogs on your porch? Let us know in the comments below!

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