How To Get Rid of Frogs
The activities of frogs mostly constitute a nuisance. You may find their croaking extremely disturbing when sleeping at night. In large numbers, the noise from frogs may make it practically impossible to sleep. If you are currently dealing with issues relating to frog infestation, don’t fret. Frog infestation is normal and with the right guidance, you may find it very easy to send them parking in no time. Read on for more information about frogs and how to get rid of the slimy creatures in your yard.
What Is A Frog?
Frogs are small, tailless and short bodied amphibians in the phylum Chordata and order Anura. They usually have a cleft tongue, protruding eyes, and their limbs are folded beneath their body. They also have glandular skin that may secrete distasteful and sometimes toxic liquids. This helps to protect them from predators by making less appetizing thus providing a room for escape.
The skins of frogs may vary in terms of color and may range from brown to grey patterns all over the body. However, there are few species of frogs that may appear yellow, red, and/or black in order to show that they are toxic thus repelling predators that may try to attack them. Adult frogs thrive well both on land and in fresh water, but they lay their eggs in water. Some species prefer to burrow holes in the ground while others prefer to live in trees. Frogs generally feed on insects and invertebrates that live in the soil.
Do Frogs Pose A Threat To My Health?
Frogs are amazing creatures just looking for a conducive environment to stay. They do not pose any direct threat to your health. However, the same cannot be said for your pets such as cats and dogs. Some species of frogs are extremely poisonous and their venom may be highly detrimental to the health of your pet if they ingest it one way or the other.
Frogs do not bite and they don’t attack humans, but these creatures may give your environment an unpleasant appearance. Also, it is difficult to turn a blind eye to an environment infested with frogs.
Frogs May Disturb Your Sleep
Even if you want to turn a blind eye to the presence of frogs in your garden, it may be difficult to do so. As already mentioned above, frogs make loud croaks at night that may affect your sleep if you are one of those individuals who can’t sleep well in a noisy environment. You may even find it practically impossible to sleep if they are in large numbers. This may have a negative effect on your health and daily activities as continuous sleep deprivation may lead to critical health conditions.
Benefits of Frogs
If your sleep is persistently disturbed by the croaks of frog that have infested your yard, then it may be difficult for you to be interested in this section. Meanwhile, the truth is, frogs, just like other creature, contribute enormously to the ecosystem. Their benefit may apply to you either directly or indirectly.
First, frogs feed on bugs and other insects, thus helping to control their population in your yard. They may also serve as repellants to insects that may avoid your yard due to the high population of the predators. Additionally, frogs are used by many high schools and even colleges as a research specimen. The creatures offer an easy way for young researchers to learn new things.
Frogs are also used as food in different countries and regions across the globe, including but not limited to the Dombes, Cajun, New Orleans, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Furthermore, the alkaloid epibatidine in the toxins of some frogs has been found to be an effective painkiller that is more than 200 times more potent compared to morphine. However, it is important to state that the alkaloid my cause lung paralysis and even death.
Other chemicals found in frog toxins may also be beneficial in managing critical health conditions including the HIV virus. Yet, studies conducted on this benefits of the chemicals are inconclusive thus warranting further investigation into the safety and effectiveness of using them in humans.
How To Get Rid of Frogs
There are many different ways to get rid of frogs in your yard. However, if your schedule will not allow you to try any of our listed DIY methods, you should consider employing the services of professionals. You may soon find that your environment is frog free since they are experienced with getting rid of this types of creatures. However, here are a few DIY tips to get rid of frogs in your yard:
Identify And Research on Species of Frog
This is the first and the most important step. Try to identify the species of frog in your yard and conduct a few research on them. This is especially important because the frogs that infested your yard may either be endangered or protected species. It is not allowed to kill protected species without a permit.
If you are sure there are no laws against the extermination of the species of frogs in your yard, you can then commence your journey to having a fog-free environment.
Make Your Environment Less Conducive
Frogs partly live in water and they lay their eggs in water. They may be attracted to stagnant water in your yard. Drain all stagnant water and fill the ponds with soil to prevent them from holding water in the future. This offers triple benefits. While it may force frogs to relocate, it may also prevent the survival of frog eggs and tadpoles that are in the water as well as repel mosquitoes.
Mow your lawn on a regular basis so as to keep frogs away. This may be an effective method since frogs like to hide in tall grasses. Regular lawn mowing may also help to repel snakes and the likes from your yard. Ensure you turn off the light to your garden and lawn at night. This may keep frogs away as there is no light to attract insects which is the major source of food for the slimy creatures.
Build A Fence
Building a fence is a great way to keep frogs away from your yard. Interestingly, it may prevent other creatures from gaining access to your home. To further ensure that the fencing method is effective, spray repellant at the foundation of the fence. A store-bought snake repellent works well in keeping frogs out.
Use Natural Repellents
Unlike insecticide and pesticides that may be detrimental to you and your environment, natural repellents work well without damaging your environment. Natural repellents include but are not limited to coffee powder, salt, lemon juice, and Vinegar. Mix these repellants in water and evenly spray it on your lawn. Repeat the procedure once or twice for better results.