Most pool owners at some point or another encounter a frog or two swimming in their pool. Frogs will often dive into a pool, unaware that the water contains harmful chemicals. Most pools are hard to get out of for frogs, and they eventually drown. It's important to remove frogs as soon as possible and take measures to prevent their return. Frogs are an important part of any backyard ecosystem, as they consume large quantities of insects. Removing and relocating frogs is an easy process that is worth the trouble.
Things You'll Need
- Pool net
- Mesh strip
Using a swimming pool net, carefully remove the frog from the water. The frog may be difficult to catch, but be persistent and try to corner it. Be careful not to injure the frog. Obviously, different rules apply to frogs that are already dead.
Rinse the frog in fresh, clean water. Don't use water that is hot or cold to the touch. Lukewarm water will safely clean the frog.
Relocate the frog to a safe place as far away from the pool as possible. You can place the frog in your garden, under a bush, in a pile of rocks, etc. Make sure there are no pets or other dangers nearby.
Install a mesh trip in front of the entrance to your skimmer. Frogs will not pass through the skimmer, though it may also block leaves and things that you do want in there. This is a temporary solution until you can install a Toadsaver.
Place a large flat rock on the pool steps that will allow frogs to escape after they wind up in your pool. Make sure it's just an inch or so from the edge.
Install a Toadsaver. These can be found at most pool supply stores. This apparatus will allow frogs to exit the pool immediately and will reduce the amount of chlorine they take in.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider building a fence around the pool to keep out frogs and other animals. Turn off pool lights at night. They attract bugs and, consequently, hungry frogs. Sprinkling salt water around the pool can also be effective. When it dries, it burns the feet of frogs, deterring them from entering the pool.