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Controlling Frog Population – Pond & Lake Q & A

Picture of Frog

Q: My pond is filled with hundreds of frogs, really loud frogs. What is the best way to decrease the frog population?
– Diane of Metamora, IL

A: Ahhh, frogs. Its nice to have a few frogs here or there to jump in the pond as you walk by, but if the population gets over bearing, all of a sudden they become a huge annoyance. Frogs can be very loud, especially when there is an excessive amount of frogs present. If you would like to keep the frogs population down here are a couple of things you can do:

1.) Frogs love to hide in cattails or any other emergent weeds around a pond’s shoreline. A clear shore will usually have a lesser population of frogs. Simply use the Shoreline Defense® & Treatment Booster™ PLUS Combo to control shoreline emergent weeds and grasses.

2.) Bass – Simply adding bass to your pond is a great way to control excessive amounts of frogs. Bass will utilize the frogs as another food source.

9 Responses

  1. This spring my pond was full of tadpoles. I was looking forward to lots of mosquito eating frogs. One morning all the tadpoles were gone or dead. I suspect one of the kids may have done something as two of my goldfish were floating on top. The rest seem ok. Will frogs lay more eggs in july? I can hear them singing everywhere.

    • Robert – Sorry to hear about your tadpoles and fish. Breeding season in the northern states usually begins in May and can continue through July. It is possible that they may continue for a few more weeks and produce some new tadpoles to repopulate your pond. Good Luck!

  2. I will have to check out those pictures…..link?

    In any case, at our pond, the birds (Egrets and Blue Herons) keep the frog populations down. We have a lot in the spring, but by mid-summer I doubt if we have more than a couple of dozen hanging around

  3. There’s a few posted on my facebook page.

  4. Some cats eat frogs. Neighbors’ outdoor cats creep up to the pond edge to pounce on frog movement on the pond’s dry rocky banks. Removing dense garden plants near the pond has eased this problem.

  5. i love frogs you amphibian killer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Sandy Buckler,

    Wow, If you’ve got a picture of that Sandy, I would love to see it.

  7. Another annoyance is what the frogs can do when they grow to a certain size. I’ve never heard of this before but the frog in our pond attacked a bird while the bird was drinking from the pond. He had the whole bird in his mouth except for one wing and the head!

    • We too have witnessed frogs eating the finches and other small birds that go to the edges of our earthen pond and garden pond for a drink. We’ve also seen frogs go after Hummingbirds and Butterflies that frequent the flowers around the garden pond, so now the frogs are not welcome in the garden pond.

      If you’d like to see how frogs react to birds, tie a few feathers together and attach to a fishing pole. Fling the bundled feathers in front of the frogs and you will see a predator type behavior come out that’s really pretty erie. They will crawl, stalk, and actually fight over what they believe is prey.

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