How to Get Rid of Frogs in Your Yard

Frogs are common in yards because they provide a suitable habitat for them. Most frogs live in wooded areas that are near ponds, streams, or marshes. They like to live in grassy areas near bodies of water so that they can breed. Frogs are agile jumpers and escape predators by leaping into the nearest body of water. Getting rid of the frog invasion doesn’t take much effort if you know what causes them to appear in your yard and which methods are most effective at repelling them.

Why do frogs invade your yard?

Frogs are beautiful and interesting creatures, but they are naturally drawn to water. If your yard happens to have a nearby pond, creek, or other body of water, you may be left with an unwanted visitor to your yard; one or more frogs. While they’re harmless, they tend to be messy and can leave slime on your grass. 

There are other reasons why frogs may invade your yard. One reason is that they are looking for a mate. In the early spring, adult frogs emerge from their winter hibernation and begin to search for a place to lay their eggs.

Another reason is that they may be seeking food. Frogs eat a variety of insects, including mosquitoes, so if you have a problem with pesky bugs in your yard, you may also have a frog problem. The last common reason for frogs invading yards is because they’re escaping danger. If there is an abundance of predators in an area or the weather is unfavorable, frogs will move to new areas where they feel safer.

Why should you get rid of frogs?

Frogs are harmless to humans, but they can be a nuisance in your yard. They’re often found near ponds and streams, where they like to breed. Because of this, you may find them hopping around your property or even entering into the house through open windows or doors that have been left ajar.

What to do before getting rid of frogs

Do a landscape audit

To get rid of frogs in your yard, you first have to determine what kind of frogs you have and then figure out why they are attracted to your yard. There are a couple of different ways to identify the type of frog you have.

Frogs have webbed feet with suction cups that help them climb trees and other things. They also have eyes on the sides of their head that can see almost all the way behind them. Frogs are usually green or brown in color, but some species can be red, orange, yellow, or even blue.

Identify where they like to hang out in your yard

This could be near a pond or water feature if you have one. It could also be in shady areas under trees where there is lots of moisture and humidity. Look at the plants in your yard and make sure that there are no poisonous ones that could be attracting frogs because they think they will eat them.

Once you’ve identified the type of frog and where it likes to live, it will be easier to figure out what is attracting them and how to get rid of frogs.

How do I get rid of frogs?

Frogs are generally beneficial in gardens because they eat many pests, but when their numbers get too high, they can become a nuisance. Following a few simple control measures will help you get rid of the frogs from your yard.

There are many ways to get rid of frogs from your yard. They include:

Use ammonia

The scent of ammonia is a natural repellent for frogs. Soak rags in ammonia and place them around the perimeter of the area you want to protect from frogs. You can also spray a mist of diluted ammonia (one-part ammonia to three parts water) around the area or just pour some straight ammonia on the ground. The strong odor will keep the frogs away but will dissipate over time, so it’s not harmful to other wildlife or children, or pets that may visit your yard.

Use pesticides that contain ammonium carbonate to kill frogs

One of the most effective ways to get rid of frogs from your yard is to use a pesticide that contains ammonium carbonate. This chemical will kill the frog on contact and it’s non-toxic to other animals.

Place barriers around ponds or bodies of water

If you have a pond or other body of water in your yard, you can place a barrier around it to keep the frogs out. This could be something as simple as chicken wire fencing buried into the ground so that the frogs can’t jump over it.

Build a small fence around any bodies of water that you cannot eliminate. The fence should be at least two feet tall and extend six inches into the ground; it should then slant outward at an angle of 45 degrees so that the frogs cannot climb over the fence.

Make sure there aren’t any openings more than 1/4 inches wide in the fence; if there are, cover them with fine mesh netting. Also, ensure that there aren’t any rocks or other objects nearby, which could allow the frogs to hop over the fence.

Eliminate their food source

Another way to get rid of frogs from your yard is to eliminate their food source by getting rid of the insects they eat. You can do this by using insecticides or by planting plants that deter insects.

Remove places where they can hide

Frogs come to your yard because they like it, so change it if you don’t like them there. For example, if you have a pond or other body of water in your yard that is attracting frogs, remove it or cover it with netting or plastic wrap, then remove any debris or plant material from the area around it. If you have rock piles or other places where water can collect and stagnate in your yard, remove those as well.

Frogs like to hide in tall grass, under leaves, and in other sheltered areas. You can remove these places by mowing the lawn regularly and clearing away any debris or clutter from your yard.

Fill in or fill up any ponds, pools, or other bodies of water near your house or yard with dirt and plants. Frogs like to breed in these areas, so removing them will discourage further frog activity. Remember that frogs will absorb moisture from their environment through their skin, so it is not necessary for frogs to have standing water in which to live.

Use frog repellent

There are many types of frog repellent, but the most common is an ultrasonic device that emits a high-pitched sound that only the frogs can hear. These devices are very effective at keeping frogs out of your yard, but they need to be changed often because they run on batteries and will eventually run out of power. They also don’t work if you have a pet that barks at night because the sound could possibly distress it as well as the frogs.

Another option is to use a chemical frog repellent, which is applied around the perimeter of your yard and will repel any frogs that come into contact with it.

Install a pond pump

If you have a pond in your yard, you can install a pond pump to keep the water moving. This will make it difficult for frogs to live there because they need still water to breed.

Create a sound barrier

You can create a sound barrier around your property that will scare off frogs with loud noises. This could be something as simple as placing metal sheets around the perimeter of your yard or using an electronic frog repeller.

Set up frog traps

If you want to catch the frogs in your yard, you can set up frog traps. These are simple cages made out of wire mesh that the frogs will climb into and then can’t get out of.

These traps are built out of plastic and catch frogs by allowing them to swim inside through a small opening. Once the frog is inside the trap, it cannot get back out. Frogs enjoy being around water, so if you have a pond or water feature in your yard, place the trap near where this water source is located.

Frog traps can be homemade or store-bought. They are usually funnel-shaped containers that the frog enters but cannot escape from. The best way to use a frog trap is to place it near where you have seen the frogs. You may also want to put some bait in the trap, such as worms or insects. Be sure to check the trap often, and release any captured frogs far away from your home so they don’t come back.

Get rid of weeds

Frogs like areas where they can hide from predators during the day. That makes weeds an ideal home for frogs. If you don’t want frogs in your yard, get rid of the weeds so they have nowhere to hide out.

Introduce a predator

You can also introduce a predator into your yard that will eat the frogs. This could be something as simple as a heron or an alligator.

Sprinkle tobacco on the lawn

If all else fails, you can try sprinkling tobacco on the lawn. This will repel the frogs and they will eventually move on to another area.


For some reason, you’ve probably got frogs in your yard. Figuring out why is the first step to solving the problem. Depending on that reason, you need to determine exactly how to get rid of frogs in your yard.

Be sure to consider sanitation, water drainage, and habitat modification as key elements of a solution. Also, consider how you store food waste; worms and other insects may lead to frog presence as well.