Learn how to get rid of frogs from your pond with effective measures from the pond maintenance experts at Living Water Aeration.

How To Get Rid Of Frogs

Is your backyard pond party central for pesky frogs looking to dip their toes in some cool water? As charming as their croaks may be, an overabundance of frogs can quickly become a nuisance. From unwanted noise disruptions to mucked-up water quality, it's no wonder you might be looking for humane ways to reclaim your pond.

The good news is there are several effective DIY techniques to deter frogs without having to resort to harsh chemicals or endangering native species. In this short guide, we’ll hop right in and explore practical tips ranging from quick habitat tweaks to natural repellents that will have unwelcome frogs jumping for the exit. We’ll also cover when it might make sense to call in the pros for pond cleaning and maintenance

Are Friends or Foes in a Pond?

While frogs help control insects, too many around your backyard pond can cause problems. 

Frogs lay eggs that can bring in more unwelcome inhabitants. As they grow into voracious tadpoles, they munch through aquatic plants, which can throw off water chemistry and add excess nutrients. Adult frogs also carry other pests like leeches. With higher populations competing for limited food sources, they may turn to eating tadpoles as well.

Still, you don’t want to completely eradicate frogs with harsh chemicals since many species provide free pest control services by feasting on mosquitoes, slugs, snails, caterpillars, and beetles. The ideal balance is allowing some native frogs to thrive nearby, just not take over your pond.


  • Free pest control. Frogs feast on insects like mosquitoes, caterpillars, slugs, and snails. A few individuals can help control pests naturally.
  • Part of a healthy ecosystem. In proper balance, frogs are an indicator of an ecologically thriving aquatic environment along with plants, fish, and other wildlife.
  • Natural ambience. Some enjoy the sound of frogs croaking by the water's edge at night. Seeing a frog peeking out from lily pads also adds natural charm.


  • Noise pollution. While some enjoy the chorus of frog songs, frequent croaking can become an annoying nuisance disrupting sleep or outdoor living spaces.
  • Mucked up water. Too much frog waste can rapidly deteriorate water quality by spurring algae blooms and excess nutrients.
  • Compromised plants and fish. Outsized tadpole and frog populations gobble up aquatic plants. Their waste also poses dangers for fish, plants and beneficial bacteria that keep backyard ponds balanced.

DIY Tactics for a Frog-Free Pond

If your pond has become an overrun frog hangout, there are several hands-on approaches to deter them without hurting other pond denizens or native species. Here are effective DIY ideas to try:

Clean Your Pond

Remove leaf litter and dense plant overgrowth around the pond's perimeter. This eliminates protective hiding spots for frogs to lurk, waiting to hop in. Reduce the appeal of your pond as an all-inclusive frog resort and spa.

Pond Fencing

Install a small fence or other barrier to limit direct access to the water. Low fences, large pebbles, or even pruning back plants can create physical obstacles for frogs while still allowing other wildlife access.

Sound & Light Waves

Use ultrasonic or solar-powered pond lights designed to repel nocturnal frogs. Illuminate dark corners where they congregate at night. Combined with lighter coloring rocks around the pond, you reduce camouflaging cover.

Garlic & Citrus Repellant

Apply natural homemade garlic or citrus repellents around the pond edge. Dice up citrus peels or garlic cloves into small pieces and sprinkle around plants and rocks surrounding the water. Refresh new batches weekly.

Natural Predators

Introduce natural predators nearby like garter snakes or herons that feed on tadpoles and frogs. Think of them as free pest control to keep frog populations in check. Just don't add too many predators that they take over!

The key is making your backyard pond less overwhelmingly irresistible to prevent a full-blown frog infestation. Test out these gentler ways to discourage them from moving in before considering stronger chemical interventions.

Mechanical and Chemical Controls

If DIY methods have not successfully evicted pesky frogs from your pond, there are more intensive mechanical and chemical methods to consider. These solutions require carefully following product instructions to avoid harming beneficial pond organisms, plants, and fish or unintended environmental impact:

Use Decoys

Install floating pond decoys such as fake turtle heads known to prey on frogs or plastic heron replicas that scare off frogs. The idea is to exploit natural predator threats, prompting frogs to high-tail it away.

Mechanical Traps

Use mechanical traps designed just for tadpoles to capture and remove younger frogs before they multiply. These allow releasing trapped tadpoles unharmed away from your pond to curb population growth.

Biological Chemicals

Apply natural biodegradable chemicals like cinnamon oil extract sprays or plant-based insecticidal soap near the water's edge. Only use EPA-approved products labeled safe for aquatic areas.

Call In The Pros

Consult professional pond maintenance services about chemical control interventions only as a last resort if other methods fail. Ask about frog-specific removal plans or products to use sparingly and properly around backyard ponds.

Be judicious, targeted, and careful with any mechanical or chemical controls in balance with your pond's ecosystem. Moderation prevents jeopardizing water quality while still eliminating the most problematic frog party crashers messing with your pond's zen.

Get Back to Frog-Free Pond Bliss

If you've tried tackling a frog infestation on your own without success, don't stress. The professionals at Living Water Aeration have your back. Our pond maintenance technicians bring decades of hands-on experience for effectively clearing out invasive frogs without harming other wildlife.

We know all the best methods and high-quality products to create a balanced and inviting pond environment. One tailored to you instead of uninvited pesky frog party crashers. Visit us today to learn more about expert pond cleaning, repairs, supplies, and maintenance services. 

Ask our staff about frog-defense systems, and we'll get your water feature back to being a tranquil oasis in no time!


How do I stop frogs from croaking in my backyard pond?

Removing dense plants and debris reduces protective cover, so fewer frogs congregate. Strategically placed lights, barriers, and predators also deter them from settling in.

What is the best way to keep bullfrogs out of my pond?

Bullfrogs are especially challenging intruders. Removing their eggs, installing fencing, using allowed chemical repellents, and adding decoy predators are most effective in keeping their large populations away long-term.

How can I humanely get rid of the frogs living in my water garden?

First, understand why the frogs picked your pond (food, shelter, etc.), and then modify the environment by removing appeal and access. Consider relocating native frogs elsewhere safely if populations are manageable vs. removing invasive bullfrogs.

What type of pest control handles frog infestations in ponds?

Specialized pond maintenance companies have non-toxic methods to control frog numbers without damaging your water feature ecosystem. They can provide frog removal services, cleaning, repairs, and products tailored to restoring balance.

Will installing a small fountain or waterfall keep frogs away from my pond?

Adding moving water deters frogs from looking for stagnant breeding grounds. But other measures like pruning back dense plants and reducing leaf litter are also needed to reduce frog appeal and access. Fountains complement other actions.

How often do you need to treat areas around a pond to repel invading frogs?

Natural garlic and citrus repellents, cinnamon oils, or other allowed chemicals must be reapplied around the pond edge every 1-2 weeks. Pair with fake predators changed monthly, traps cleared frequently, and lighting maintained to reinforce frog deterrence.

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