How to Keep Frogs Out of Your Toilets


While it may seem amusing that a frog would find its way into a toilet, if you are constantly having to remove an army of frogs from the toilet bowl or around the rim, it quickly can stop being funny. Although you might think these web-footed amphibians are swimming up through the sewer lines, it may surprise you to learn that the type of frog typically found in toilets is actually a tree frog.

Things You'll Need

  • Tree trimmer
  • 1/4-inch screen mesh
  • Chainsaw (optional)
Step 1

Cut tree limbs away from the roof of the house with a tree trimmer or chainsaw. Tree frogs normally climb up trees and jump from the branches onto the roof of the house to warm themselves on the shingles.

Step 2

Mount a screen with 1/4-inch mesh over the toilet vent on the roof of the house -- plumbing stack covers are available for typical pipe diameters. Once a frog is warm, it typically will move to someplace cooler, such as the inside of a toilet vent. Unfortunately, once the frog jumps into the vent, it will fall downward, go through the vent pipe, and find its way into the toilet.

Step 3

Turn outdoor lights off at night to help keep bug populations down. Lights attract bugs, which in turn attract frogs. Without a steady food supply, the frogs will go elsewhere.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Do not let your dog play with any wayward toilet frogs. Frogs can secrete a substance that is toxic to dogs.


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