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How To Keep Frogs Out Of a Pool

How To Keep Frogs Out Of Your Pool

From a frog’s point of view, your pool might look like paradise, especially if it attracts a lot of bugs and insects.

From a pool owner’s point of view, having these little guests might be problematic, particularly when dealing with dead frogs.

In general, whatever works to keep out frogs works for keeping out snails as well.

Quick List Of Things To Do

  • Spray vinegar around
  • Spread used coffee grounds arounds
  • Spread citric acid
  • SPray a bleach water mixture
  • Spread salt around
  • Turn off your pool lights
  • Keep your lawn cut & weeds pulled
  • Use a pool cover
  • Have a frog log (for stuck frogs to get out)
  • Heat your pool

Why Do You Need To Keep Frogs Out Of Your Pool

1. Like other amphibians, frogs are prone to carry harmful diseases like salmonella. If you keep your pool chemicals properly balanced,  they should kill off bacteria, but it’s still preferable to keep bacteria out in the first place.

2 Some frog species can be incredibly toxic to humans and pets alike because of the substances they excrete through their skin when feeling threatened.

3. Frogs encourage the production of algae. This is because they can lay eggs in your pool that turn into tadpoles, who then kick up a residue that blocks sunlight and encourages algae growth.

4. Some species of frogs like the Bullfrog can bite if you are not careful.

5. Since frogs have permeable skins, and pool water is not good for them, after a little swimming they tend to drown unless they can get out on time, so you might end by dealing with dead frogs every morning.

What Can You Do To Keep Frogs Out Of Your Pool

1. Spray vinegar – Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray it in spots where they usually gather and all around the pool. You may have to do this nightly to keep them away. Frogs hate vinegar cause it’s an irritant to their skin.

2. Sprinkle used coffee grounds in the grass or plants all around the pool. Not only will this keep the frogs away, but the nitrates in it are also good for your plants.

3. Spray citric acid around your pool regularly. This will just keep frogs from approaching your pool. Lemon juice and water mixture works well also.

4. Spray a mixture of bleach and water around your pool regularly.  Be careful not to spray on your grass and plants as bleach can damage them. You can mix lemon juice in your solution for extra power.

5. Sprinkle salt around your pool – Salt is highly toxic to frogs and they will avoid it at all costs. However, high doses of it are also harmful to plants, so be careful with it.

6. Turn the pool lights off every night – Lights attract bugs and insects, and frogs come after them.

7. Keep your lawn around the pool cut – Frogs like to hide out in tall weeds and grass, so make sure you are keeping all your vegetation well-trimmed and remove any tall plants that may be surrounding the pool area.

8. Use a Pool Cover – It will not just keep frogs out but, but are best so that children and pets aren’t able to slip in.

9. Use a FrogLog – It’s a small ramp for frogs to hop on. Frogs do not tolerate pool water well, but of course, they will not know the water is chemically treated until they are already in. Often, they try to jump out,  but they are unable to.

10. Heat your pool – Cold water holds more oxygen and frogs absorb oxygen through their skin when in water.

What To Do About Tadpoles In Your Pool (without killing them)

A swimming pool is not a very good environment for tadpoles because it probably has little for them to eat and, if chlorinated, can kill them. The best way to handle tadpoles in your pool is to move them to a more suitable location as soon as you can.

1. Catch the tadpoles with a net, and transfer them to a bucket containing swimming pool water. A regular pool net used for skimming leaves and other debris will serve.

2.Take the tadpoles to a safe location and release them ensuring that their new location won’t dry up during the next couple of months.  Some tadpoles, such as those of bullfrogs, may take as long as two years to develop into frogs, but six to 12 weeks is the common length of time for most kinds of tadpoles to become frogs.

Video Guide To Keeping Frogs Out Of The Pool


Keeping frogs out of the pool can be an issue of both cleanliness and safety for your family and your pets.

You might need to use more than one method to keep them away. 

If you do happen to remove a dead frog from your pool, look around for any eggs they may have left, and remove them quickly before they have time to hatch.

In case tadpoles are already in, try transferring them out to a proper location.

Try one or more of these methods and let us know which works best for you!

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