I’d kiss a frog even if there was no promise of a Prince Charming popping out of it. I love frogs. – Cameron Diaz
This is one I get asked about a lot and it’s a tough one. Amphibians are attracted to water and a swimming pool, to a frog, is a predator-free all-inclusive resort. But, they are not coming for the comfy accommodations alone, Frogs and toads show up at a swimming pool for the same reasons grown children stop over unannounced. No, they are not looking for money. They are looking for a meal. So, the key to getting rid of frogs in the pool is to close the buffet. You’re going to have to do your best to eliminate the food source. We’re going to have to get rid of the bugs.
First things first
All things pool start with a test kit, including frog evictions. Maintaining your water chemistry within the recommended parameters we use for swimming pools will make the water less desirable to insects. You can pick up a good quality test kit. They may look a little intimidating at first, but once you’ve run through a few tests you’ll have the hang of it. Or, you can bring a sample into your local pool store.
Turn off the lights and go to bed!
You’ve seen bugs swarming and fluttering about your outdoor lighting at night. A whole bunch of insect types are attracted to light. So, if insects like lights and frogs like insects, try turning off the lights. The fewer insects you attract to the pool area the less of a problem you will have with frogs.
Time’s Fun When You’re Havin’ Flies. – Kermit The Frog
Yes, I’m still on the bug subject, but it’s a big one. After all, a frog gotta eat, right? You never see people waiting outside of a restaurant that has gone out of business in hopes of getting a table. Keep the bugs at bay and you’ll keep the frogs away. A bug zapper in addition to shutting off the lights at night will reduce insect populations even further.
Not the most attractive option, but silt fencing will provide a barrier that most frogs will not be able to breach. You’ll need to skirt the perimeter of the pool at a distance that you are comfortable with, aesthetically, and of course not close enough that it creates a trip hazard. If you go this route you’ll need to trench it out so the bottom inch or two of the fence is buried. Those hoping green ribbit machines can and will dig a bit if they want to get somewhere bad enough.
Frogs don’t like waves!
Adding a water feature, something that creates a little turbulence will make your swimming pool less attractive to frogs. The turbulence will also make your pool less desirable to insects that might stop by to grab a quick drink. Even those water bugs we hate are less likely to set up camp in a pool with a fountain. Something inexpensive will do the trick.
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They can’t leave if they can’t get out
There is a ton of great feedback on these Froglog escape ramps. They won’t keep the frogs from getting in, but they will provide them with a way to get out. If you can’t stop them from coming to visit, you can at least eliminate the need to skim them out.
The same with the critter skimmer, which isn’t really a skimmer, but a skimmer lid with a ramp attached. If they do make it to the pool, it is kind of gross when they end up floating webbed feet up in the basket. This spiral staircase to froggy freedom should keep your pool skimmer from becoming a catchall for the hopping dead.
What have you found that works for you?