Last Updated on October 25, 2020 by Cooper Fulton
Too Many Frogs In My Pond
Owning and caring for a pond is one of the simplest and greatest pleasures in life, as anyone who enjoys this recreational property addition will attest to it.
However, as with most things in life, some issues can arise after installing and during the process of upkeeping a pond; especially with wild plants and animals.
Frogs can be a welcome addition to your pond, and in most cases are considered being nothing but beneficial.
That said, sometimes, they can appear as if they are multiplying overnight.
In cases such as these, it may be necessary to cull the herd and keep them from getting out of hand.
In this article, we will go over how to maintain an appropriate amount of frogs in and around your pond, and how to keep their numbers from getting out of hand again.
Frogs benefit the environment and ecosystem of your pond by feeding on the pesky insects that can not only be annoying but also damage the plants around your pond and the rest of your property.
Although frogs are great at doing this chore, they also use ponds as a breeding ground, and as noted earlier, can start springing up in droves.
As you can see this happening, it can be a little overwhelming to know what to humanely do, and how to prevent it.
In the sections below, we will address questions you may have, and help you take care of this issue, and get back to having a harmonious ecosystem of your pond.
Adding Some Fish
Adding fish will not only reduce the frog population but will also balance the ecosystem of your pond.
The reasoning behind this all has to do with mother nature: frogs are instinctively breeding and multiplying at an increased rate, so adding medium-large types of fish (Koi are always welcome) would help to keep the frog population in check.
This is because the frogs prey on the bugs, reducing the insect population but are now at the top of the food chain; adding another type of predator will help to reduce the excessive amounts of frogs that are troubling you.
This method only applies before the frogs get too big, as the fish will eat anything that can fit into their mouths; but fitting a fully grown frog into their mouth would be no easy feat to accomplish.
That said, this is particularly a good step to take when you notice that frogs have bred excessively as this will take care of some frog eggs in your pond.
If going this route, it is also worth mentioning and noting that the fish should be the correct size for your pond.
For instance, the larger the fish is, the more room it will need to grow, and the larger quantity of oxygen it will need to survive.
As stated above, adding fish will require more oxygen to be added to your pond; which is accomplished by higher currents.
This is also a good thing because frogs thrive in still, stagnant water, and it will be harder for excessive breeding and hatching if the water is constantly moving at a higher pace.
Don’t Feed Your Fish As Much
Reducing the amount of food available for the frogs will cause a portion of them to look for food elsewhere nearby, and frogs are like cats in this sense.
They will go live wherever there is a steady stream of food readily available for daily consumption. Eliminating some insects will force a portion of the frog population to evacuate and move elsewhere.
I like to use an automatic fish feeder, so I don’t overfeed mt fish and so I can take vacations without having to worry about my fish dying.
This can be done by spraying a plant and amphibian safe pesticide in and around the plants.
If you wish to cause all the frogs to leave, you can spray the insecticide all over the plants and the surrounding area of your pond.
It is important to keep in mind that if you live near a stream or other body of water, the frogs may move there temporarily and migrate back.
Here, best practices are to not only be diligent about making sure the insects are quelled but also to spray the surrounding areas of your property.
By feeding your fish less, you will have a much smaller chance of overfeeding your fish.
Relocate the Frogs
Another viable course of action to fix the excessive frog population would be to move the frogs yourself.
In this way, you can control exactly where the frogs end up, ensuring that they are not in any real danger and are cared for by their new habitat.
Moving the frogs may not remove all of them, but even if you can only move a majority of the frog population, it will help the ecosystem of your pond and surrounding area.
The easiest way to do this is to place the frogs into a container with a lid that has holes to allow for oxygen circulation during the relocation process.
These types of containers can be purchased at any pet store; most stores that have a pet department will have a container like this.
After catching the frogs and placing them in the container, the next step is to find a suitable new home and environment for the frogs; then just carefully releasing them into that environment.
You may think to release them sounds easy enough, but what about catching them? Truth be told, that is the most difficult, yet most important part of this process.
To catch the frogs successfully, the best method that I have found is to try to ‘guide’ the frogs into a wide container such as a bucket, and then transfer into one container listed above.
Trust us, there is a little of a learning curve on this process, but once you have it down you will be able to cull the population as much as needed.
Remove (Some) Pond Plants
Frogs will consider the plants you have around your pond area to be comforting, as they provide shade and shelter.
Trimming down or removing some plants will help to discourage a majority of the frog population from making your pond their home.
You would not need to remove all the plants, or even cut them down so much that you are not getting enjoyment out of them that was intended, however; cutting back the plants so you can see the ground (mostly) should be adequate enough for discouragement.
Sometimes, this may help to improve the overall appearance of your pond and surrounding area.
Sometimes we get used to how something looks, that we did not even know that a change would do a world of good, and this can very well be one of those instances.
Create a Fence
When we say ‘create a fence’, we don’t mean using real fencing material such as chain link, or vinyl; instead what we mean is to find some material, such as the same used in fishnet stockings, or mosquito netting.
Creating a fence with this material will not cause a loss of aesthetics, as it can be very hard to see mostly.
However, it will be an effective tool in keeping out frogs (or keeping a manageable amount in); you will just want to make sure you make the fence high enough, as frogs will undoubtedly try to jump over.
To make this fence, all you need is the material of choice (listed above), and a ground stake.
The stake you use is entirely up to you, and you will find some that will blend in with the environment of the pond.
(There are some used for camping that is generally green in color, and would blend in with any plants surrounding your pond).
Once you have the needed material, you will just wrap the netting around each stake, making sure it is secured and fairly tight, and then you can either use an adhesive material or sew ‘pockets’ into the netting.
Alternatively, if you have walls or trees surrounding your pond, it would be possible to attach the netting straight to that to erect the fence.
Having a pond on your property can be such a joy, even with cleaning and maintaining; but sometimes issues arise and it just seems to be overwhelming.
That is when it’s such a great thing to have resources such as us online! We love to help and are always more than happy to do so.
As stated above, having an appropriate amount of frogs in your pond and surrounding area can not only add to the ambiance but is great for building and maintaining the proper ecosystem.
If you’ve found this article, it is most likely because your frog population has gotten out of hand (which can happen!) But there is always a solution to every problem that arises as relates to ponds and water features.
We sincerely hope that the information found in this article was not only helpful but insightful and you as the reader are able to gain something out of visiting this webpage, and reading this article.
It is our sincere hope that you can take the information listed above to restore balance to your pond and outdoor living space.