Frogs are common throughout the world. There are over 85 species here in the United States. The most common species include treefrogs, toads and bullfrogs. Treefrogs and bullfrogs are most common where there is adequate water for their survival and reproduction. Toads are more prevalent where it is dry. Though treefrogs are considered beneficial because they eat insects, in some cases local populations can become a nuisance.
TREE FROG PROBLEMS
Treefrogs can become a problem for many reasons. Treefrogs mostly live in trees but will find their way onto homes. Once there, they will nest and hide behind shutters, under siding and anywhere away from sunlight during the day. At night they will emerge to feed. The problem with having treefrogs on your home is that they tend to make a mess. Their droppings will quickly accumulate below where they are nesting. Treefrog droppings look a lot like rat droppings and can easily fool people into believing they have a rodent problem.
TREE FROG DROPPINGS
If you are finding these droppings along window sills or below sections of your home and suspect treefrogs are to blame, do a thorough inspection of the area. Tree frogs will come out at night to feed but by daybreak will crawl behind shutters and into cracks and crevices attempting to avoid the sun. Tree frogs like these areas to be well shaded, tight and compressed. Window frames, siding, rain gutters, overhanging bricks and facia boards all present prime tree frog nest sites. Any kind of small gap in these locations are what the tree frogs like.
TREE FROG TREATMENTS
Because many insects like these same areas, we’ve been selling chemical treatments that have been targeting pests like wasps, ants and roaches for these exact locations. And in the process we’ve had many customers report to us that their treatments drove out tree frogs too. Though the treatments don’t kill the frogs, it’s obvious they either don’t like the spray or they move away because they don’t have nearly as much food prior to the insect treatments being done. The following is the list of products we’ve learned to be the strongest and most repellent to tree frogs.
INSECT CONTROL SPRAY
If you have large areas where tree frogs are active and it’s out in the open, you really need to spray to reduce tree frog food. By reducing the local food, tree frogs will move off your property.
The best concentrate to spray for large areas that can handle a wide range of pests is called CYPERMETHRIN. It’s labeled for use on trees, bushes and plants and though it targets insects, it won’t hurt any of the frogs. Use a HOSE END SPRAYER to broadcast treatments over plants where tree frogs are active. The cypermethrin will both control insects and repel tree frogs. You can also use the treatment on your house siding. Tree frogs love to nest behind shutters, gutters and downspouts and spraying cypermethrin in these areas can really help.
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TREE FROG REPELLENT DUST
Another product that can be applied to both take away tree frog food and make their living spaces uncomfortable is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. Tree frogs need moisture and Diatomaceous Earth works as a dessicant to their skin. This is very uncomfortable for them and cause them to move away from treated areas. Dust any crack you find with DE Dust using a HAND DUSTER and do this annually for ongoing protection.
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TREE FROG REPELLENT SPRAY
Lastly, spray any area where tree frogs are roosting with PEST RID SPRAY. This is a very safe, federally exempt liquid made from all natural ingredients that work by repelling releasing a scent certain animals can detect and don’t like. Frogs, snakes and lizards don’t like Pest Rid and it can be used safely inside and outside the home. Spray it on house siding, plants, trees and basically anywhere tree frogs are roosting. Pest Rid can be applied as frequently as is needed but a proper treatment should last several weeks. When first treating, if tree frogs return in a week, treat again and use more. With Pest Rid, you can’t hurt the plants or surrounding area so use more and more till you get enough applied so the tree frogs don’t return. Once they’re gone, you can expect to go 1-2 months in between treatments.
TREE FROG TRAPS
One last approach worth mentioning that doesn’t involve chemicals is the use of FROG TRAPS. Set these on ledges, around doors and other areas where tree frogs are landing and roosting. These traps use special lures which combine ground up insects and pheromones tree frogs naturally target.
Once set out, the traps will naturally pique the curiosity of any nearby frogs and they’ll get stuck in the glue when they enter. If you don’t wish to kill the tree frogs caught, they can be removed by rubbing vegetable oil where they’re stuck and it will release them unharmed. Once detached you can take them away from your property to relocate somewhere off your land. Take them at least 2 miles away to insure they don’t return.
Tree frogs can become a nuisance around the home. Though not commonly though of as a pest, treefrog control may be needed when populations are left to grow with no natural predators. If you have a local population on your home making a mess and want to get the treefrogs to relocate, start applying some of the products we have listed above. Within a week or two you’ll notice less activity and if you treat every month or so, they will stay away for good.
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