Getting Rid of Bullfrogs


Loud, invasive bullfrogs can wreak havoc in your backyard pond or lake, and getting rid of them can be a challenge. While frogs in general hold a valuable place in the ecosystem by eating bugs and small pests, too much of a good thing can seem like a plague. Bullfrogs are larger than the average frog, and besides bugs they also eat ducklings, kittens and even one another. There is no silver-bullet for reducing your bullfrog population, but there are a few ways to remove and deter frog population growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Saltwater
  • Hand pump
  • Protective netting
  • Shovel
  • Fishnet
  • Empty any containers in your yard that hold water, such as buckets, water fountains or birdbaths. Bullfrogs enjoy socializing, feeding and mating near water. If you have a swimming pool, remove any frog carcasses and cover the pool.

  • Add soil to low lying areas in your yard that may have held water after a significant rainfall.

  • Spray frog-infested areas with saltwater. Bullfrogs do not like saltwater. Use saltwater in moderation, as it may adversely affect your plants or grass.

  • Hang protective netting to keep bullfrogs from entering your yard by attaching the netting to your existing fence line. Dig a 6-inch deep trench at the base of the fence line. The bottom of the net should rest at the bottom of the trench and reach at least 2 feet above the ground. Select ¾-inch netting to keep out large frogs, and select a finer screening for smaller frogs.

  • Wade into your pond or lake and skim out bullfrog tadpoles with nets. Do this many times over an extended period because tadpoles can take up to two years to become frogs. Wear wading boots to protect your feet from snakes.

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