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Frogs reduce insect populations in the surrounding area and are relatively harmless, with the exception of some toxic species that pose a threat to domestic animals. If you get several natural predators in this area, such as cats or even snakes, this will be a good way to reduce the frog population. You can also expel them, getting rid of the habitats of frogs, for example, ponds and puddles. Before you get rid of frogs, check your local laws to make sure you can legally do this.
So, before you get down to business, you need to prepare the cellar. To begin with, remove all containers with water and other liquids. This is especially true for stagnant water, which is very attractive for toads. In the event that moisture accumulates periodically on the cellar floor, you will even have to work on rebuilding the floor. The fact is that even if you take existing frogs out of the basement or cellar, the presence of water will attract new individuals there.
Drawing of a scarecrow trap.
In addition, you need to restore order in the cellar. Take out all food stocks and carefully discard existing waste. It would also be ideal to clean the furniture in the cellar. The same applies to the area near the cellar. If there is high vegetation in the area near the cellar (especially weeds and any marsh grass), you will have to cut it or remove it altogether. After all, frogs do not like to be in sight, and the thickets attract them very much. Frogs will not want to get to the cellar through a completely open area.
Also make sure that there are no animal feeders in a radius of about 2 m around the cellar. Oddly enough, but even such food is very attractive to some species of toads. It is also important not to leave the lighting near the cellar in the dark for a long time. After all, the accumulation of insects will provoke the accumulation of frogs.
So, after such simple preparatory work, you can start with the basic methods of removing frogs from the cellar or basement. There are various effective ways to deal with them. And they are all completely different. Having examined each of the proposed methods in more detail, you can choose for yourself the most optimal and suitable option for how to get rid of frogs.
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Scheme of manufacturing a net.
The first method is the mechanical elimination of frogs in the cellar. The easiest way to do this is to catch them using a butterfly net. Just catch them in the net, and then place them in a bucket, which must be covered with a lid. There should be some water in the bucket to keep the frogs alive. After you catch all living creatures this way, take the frogs to a river or a pond and release them there.
This method is more suitable for such cellars, from which you can easily take out all the small furniture. After all, if there are many places in the room where the frogs can hide, catching them in this way will be quite problematic.
In addition, check all water containers that were in the cellar. After all, there may be tadpoles. If you find them, then the water, along with still small amphibians, must also be taken and poured into the river or into the swamp.
The second way is to install standard traps. This mechanical way of removing frogs is already less humane, but quite effective. This is a great option for a cellar, in which there are many hard-to-reach spots. The most reliable trap will be an ordinary mousetrap. You will need some of these mousetraps. In each of them it is necessary to place the bait. As bait, you can use the same products as for mice. Mousetraps should be placed at the entrance to the cellar, as well as in all inaccessible places on the cellar floor. Pay special attention to places under furniture and corners. Usually frogs like to live there most of all.
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Indirect and preventive methods
The device of an electromechanical trap for insects.
The third method relates to indirect or preventive hatching of frogs. This is because it consists in removing absolutely all the insects from the cellar. Logically, if there are no insects, then there will be no frogs, since they will have nothing to eat.
To overcome insects, you need to place traps for them. For this purpose, it is best to place two special insect traps in the cellar in the form of lamps. Their essence lies in the fact that inside the trap is a poisonous bait, on which insects fly and crawl. But once inside such a “lamp”, they cannot get out of there already and die there.
Such traps must be placed in two places: at the entrance and in the middle of the cellar near the lamp. It is very convenient to suspend a trap. You will see how especially near the lamp in the central part of the cellar a huge number of insects are accumulated. Only one condition: do not forget to close the front doors when you turn on the lamp. This will make it possible to avoid newly appearing insects from the street.
The fourth way - arrangement of the fence. This method is more related to preventive measures. But it is very desirable to use it, especially if you have already taken amphibians out of the cellar and do not want them to appear there again.
Scheme of using mesh netting for the manufacture of sections of the fence from toads.
To properly equip the fence, first you need to choose the right grid. It should be borne in mind that the height of the mesh should be at least 1.5 m. This is due to the fact that frogs can jump high enough. The mesh cells should not be large. Therefore, it is best to choose a mesh for a chain-link fence.
You can install such a fence from toads around the cellar at a distance of about 2-3 m from it. When installing, be sure to ensure that the mesh is tightly stretched over the pegs, which should be sufficiently tightly driven into the soil. The fence must be completely adjacent to the ground from all sides, otherwise all your work will be in vain.
This fence is recommended to be arranged only in those cases if your cellar is built in an area where a large number of frogs are constantly found, which greatly complicates the fight against them. Under normal circumstances, this kind of fencing is optional, as some owners may even bring some inconvenience.
The problem of how to get rid of frogs in the cellar is faced by almost all summer residents and owners of private houses. These animals benefit by killing mosquitoes and flies. But a large accumulation of reptiles in the underground can harm the crop. Toads spread pathogenic microorganisms to products, pollute them with their vital products. If the basement is located under the house or next to it, then the croaking will cause discomfort to its inhabitants. Consider the prerequisites for the appearance and ways to get rid of unwanted guests.
The subfloor is a dark, humid and cool room. In most cases, it has drawers, shelves and pallets, which are excellent shelters for amphibians. Animals enter the cellar through doors during ventilation, through cracks and through ventilation ducts. When there are puddles under the flooring, the frogs lay eggs in it, from which the tadpoles appear. If no effective measures are taken, then in a short time the population will reach hundreds of individuals.
Consider the possible causes of the appearance of toads and methods for their elimination:
- High humidity in storage. It is necessary to repair the drainage system, scoop up water and ventilate the room well. Uninvited guests themselves will leave it through open doors, because they will not be able to do without moisture for a long time.
- The presence in the underground of many things, which are a shelter for adults. Such are boxes, rags, old hay and uncleaned garbage. After the removal of all the excess, the amphibian stay in the basement will become uncomfortable.
- The accumulation of insects. They flock to the smell of food, making a loud noise that attracts predators. Flies and mosquitoes can be quickly driven out using special spirals and plates. Having lost food, the toads will leave the cellar. Installing mosquito nets on the doors and ventilation will prevent this problem in the future.
- Neighborhood with a pond. Amphibians are constantly migrating in search of food and breeding partners. In the subfield, they may turn out to be random. At the call of one individual, others come, which leads to their accumulation. If you enclose the room with a low fence of metal mesh, you can forget about their existence for a long time.
Having dealt with the premises of the problem, consider the options for solving it.
Help natural enemies
The first and one of the simplest solutions to the question of how to get frogs out of the cellar is to involve their natural enemies in the fight.
- Oh, really. Amphibians experience panic in front of them, quickly moving away to a safe distance. It is enough to catch and put underground one representative of this species so that all reptiles leave the premises. There is one difficulty - to find and catch a snake. To do this, you can use the fish tank.
- Cats They have the natural instinct to kill. A pet can kill the entire colony settled in the basement in a few hours. The method is not humane, but effective. Amphibian fighters are always nearby, they do not need to be caught, wasting time and risking health.
- Hedgehogs. They are slower than other animals, but the fear factor creates enough. The animal expels uninvited guests with its presence alone. With the search and capture of hedgehogs, difficulties can also arise, because this animal is nocturnal and leads a secretive lifestyle.
If attracting predators is not possible or undesirable, other pest control methods are chosen.
The use of nets and traps
A humane way to get rid of toads is to catch them with a butterfly net. You can use it in a spacious bright room with a minimum amount of furniture. Pre-floors and shelves are freed from all things. Then the floors are covered with a film or a dense fabric. Reptiles are caught, placed in a bucket of water and released into the nearest body of water. This option is difficult, associated with a waste of time, but most of all is acceptable to nature lovers.
A small population can be removed using closed-type mousetraps, where the caught individual remains alive. Insects or small fragments of food are used as bait. Mousetraps need to be periodically checked, freed, and arranged again. Open type devices kill amphibians. The owners of the basement will have to solve an unpleasant issue with the disposal of animal corpses.
Traps can also be made independently from cardboard boxes. They are equipped with valves or labyrinths. Cleaning the box from the catch is simple - just turn the container over and remove the lid from it.
After catching and removing adults, it is necessary to check the subfield for tadpoles. Cans, pots, bottles and other containers are checked. The liquid from them merges into puddles, swamps or streams.
Insecticides are divided into repelling, lethal and paralyzing the reproductive system. In the latter case, amphibians remain alive, but lose their ability to reproduce. The choice in each case is made individually, taking into account the scale and nature of the problem. Most household products are safe for humans. They are sold in the form of granules, powder, gel and aerosols. High efficiency was shown by means against snakes and the herbicides used in agriculture.
- Before processing the premises, remove all products that are not hermetically sealed from it. Even in small amounts, poison is hazardous to health.
- When applying drugs, use rubber gloves, a respirator and tight-fitting glasses.
- Use toxic agents in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. An insufficient dose may not bring the desired effect.
- It is better to apply and pour the preparations along the perimeter of the subfloor, next to the ventilation openings and the front door. Do not handle laris and baskets in which products will be stored.
- After the procedure, it is necessary to wet clean all surfaces, to ventilate the room well.
If sanitization was carried out with lethally acting drugs, it is necessary to carefully examine all the places in the basement without missing a single fallen animal. Otherwise, the smell of decay will permanently make the room unsuitable for intended use.
Folk methods do no harm to reptiles, but create conditions that are intolerable for further stay in the cellar.
The most effective remedies include:
- Coarse table salt. This is a safe substance that must be poured on all horizontal surfaces. Wet areas can be covered with plastic wrap or oilcloth. Salt burns the mucous membranes of frogs. Not finding a comfortable place for themselves, they will be forced to leave the basement. The advantage of this method is that salt does not need to be removed after reaching the goal. It is an antiseptic and serves as a preventative barrier against new guests.
- Lemon acid. Acts similar to salt, but much stronger. Therefore, the acid is used in a weak concentration so as not to kill animals.
- Coffee. Used in the form of thickening and mortar. It falls asleep on floors and shelves, is sprayed on open ground and in puddles. Caffeine causes a worsening of the condition and heart rate in reptiles. Reflexively they strive to get away from the source of danger.
Using folk remedies, they can not be allowed to get on the skin of frogs, because this can cause paralysis and heart failure in them. Cellar doors must be kept open so that animals can exit.
When asked what to do if a frog is wound up? very unpleasant creature. set by the author Maidagul Abikenova the best answer is Frogs love damp places. Apparently, you have damp there, so they "wound up". Fight dampness, not frogs.
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How to get rid of frogs in the cellar.
Before you get rid of the frogs in the cellar, you need to try to find the source and the reason for their appearance. This problem is especially relevant in the area where a pond or swamp is located nearby. The reason frogs enter the cellar is increased humidity and the presence of a food source in the room - various insects.
The first thing to do is to organize a barrier to amphibians. To do this, you need to carefully inspect the room for the presence of various cracks in the corners, as well as when closing the doors. If any, then they need to be densified. Slots can be plugged with old rags or cemented.
If you figured out the problems with the design of the cellar, then you need to eliminate excess moisture. For this, it is necessary to carry out periodic ventilation of the room. Frogs feed on various insects, so you need to eliminate this power source from the room. To do this, you will need flytraps or, for example, mosquito nets. Frogs in the cellar will not be able to live if they have nothing to eat.
It is also possible to use a tool aimed at combating snakes. As it was revealed, it is effective in the fight against frogs. You should carefully read the instructions for use and do everything exactly as it is written there.
After completing all the previous steps to speed up the process, you can also catch the frogs. The main condition for success in this case is reliable protection of the premises from the reappearance of amphibians. If the above steps are completed, then you can be calm about your room - it is reliably protected from bothering frogs.
"I’m not busy why you should take them away or remove them from your land, they are beneficial for us, we never do this, because we understand that
the main food of frogs and toads is insects, most often pests. "There is no harm from them, but the benefits are tangible."
Here is such advice:
They say you need to attract hedgehogs.
“There is one way to get rid of frogs - you need to bring hedgehogs to the plot. They will quickly cope with them. A neighbor told me what he did a few years ago when these amphibians bothered him. I asked how to entice the hedgehogs, he replied that he brought one from the woods and constantly poured milk in a saucer. That's it. "
“Our greenhouse last year also tried to love the frogs, so we had to wage a decisive and long struggle with them, which went on with varying success.Mother-in-law advised to run a snake into the greenhouse, but we could not find him, and we launched a hedgehog there, but he washed off without waiting for dinner in the form of frogs (we did not see him again). Then, on the advice of a neighbor, they began to sprinkle fresh sawdust in the greenhouse - this helped, there were fewer frogs, but several (the most persistent) remained and did not want to leave the cozy rookery. In the end, we left them alone - let them live, they say - they are even useful for the soil. "
If there is a cellar or other similar premises in your house or in the country, then you must have encountered the problem of the appearance of frogs. These representatives of the fauna are harmless, but sometimes they can cause real panic in us. Very often, frogs find themselves in our homes just because conditions can attract them. For example, they most often start in cellars, where there is a lot of moisture, as well as insects that frogs are used to eating. Therefore, do not panic, but allow the animal to leave the premises on its own or with your help. If you decide to find a way to get rid of the frogs in the house, the following set of measures will be able to help you.
To get started, you will need to find a mosquito net and appliances for heating the air in the room. So, it will be necessary to inspect the whole house and other rooms and make sure that there are frogs in the room. Initially, it will be necessary to determine the cause and method of their penetration into the room. Very often, frogs appear in those houses that are located near the pond. These animals love wetlands, which means high humidity. Therefore, it will be necessary to get rid of excess moisture in the room. To do this, it will be necessary to carefully dry and ventilate the room, but before that all the contents will need to be removed.
After that, all the cracks in the room should be closed, leaving only the ventilation hole. Ventilation outlets are best protected with a mosquito net. You will also need to take care of eliminating the insects that frogs like to feast on, if any. To do this, it will be necessary to treat the room with special insect repellents. This will allow you to eliminate one of the most common causes of frogs. After that, try to keep the doors closed at all times, also make sure that the air in the room is always fresh, so ventilate it more often.
I would like to draw attention to the fact that you do not need to use various chemicals to get rid of frogs. It is worth remembering that these animals bring a lot of benefits to humans, destroying pests in gardens and gardens. It will be enough to take preventive measures that will avoid the appearance of frogs in your house. Now that you know how to get rid of frogs in the house, you can always carry out high-quality prophylaxis, which will allow both the animal and you not to worry.
Also, in addition to the house, frogs can often appear in the territory of your yard, so you will need to take care of the absence of objects in which water is constantly located. You will also need to clean the lawn and remove tall weeds, lumber, empty buckets or flower pots, and more. All frogs will be primarily attracted by moisture, especially on a hot summer day. After you remove, if possible, all objects that may attract amphibians, you can safely enjoy your vacation in your yard or house.
The cellar is a favorite place for slugs and other undesirable "living creatures." Moreover, a constant temperature and a sufficiently high air humidity contributes to their activity throughout the year. In addition, there they always have something to profit from, so removing slugs from the cellar is a real problem for owners of country houses.
Before proceeding to practical tips on how to get rid of slugs in the cellar, we first learn in more detail what this pest is ().
It should immediately be said that there are several types of them:
- Brown forest or garden slug,
- Mesh and plow,
- Slug from southern Europe.
The latter is of particular danger, since it has the largest dimensions - up to 15 centimeters, and at the same time it is the most gluttonous. But, most importantly - this slug is poisonous for pets.
Slugs are activated at night, while they prefer moderate temperature and humidity. It should also be noted that they are bisexual, therefore extremely fertile, moreover, their masonry can calmly overwinter and “please” with a new batch of hungry pests in spring.
Means against slugs
The fight against slugs in the cellar should be comprehensive, it is best to carry out these activities simultaneously with the owners of neighboring plots, as they can "travel" around gardens and cellars.
At the same time, they eat everything:
- Flowers and more.
Having dealt with the features of the pest, now we will take a closer look at the various ways how to deal with slugs in the cellar.
Slugs have a gentle body, as a result of which they can not get over caustic and scratching obstacles.
Therefore, you can sprinkle possible places of their penetration:
All these funds should be poured with convex strips, and make sure that there are no "passages" for pests. This measure is very effective, but preventive, as the slugs present in the room will not go anywhere.
The whole complexity of the removal is that they hide in the cracks, between the drawers with vegetables, etc. Day slugs can hide even at the bottom of the boxes. Therefore, to find them is almost impossible.
Advice! Slugs can be harvested early in the morning by hand. To irrevocably destroy them, fill the dishes with pests with boiling water.
An original and effective method is a beer trap. Experts say that the best lure is dark beers.
However, you can fill the glasses up to half with any beer and empty them every three days. The principle of such a trap is very simple - pests fall into a glass and drown there.
Also, you can use all kinds of chemicals that are sold in garden stores, their price is quite affordable. Drugs can be laid out on the floor.
A radical method is smoking pests, the instruction is as follows:
- First of all, it is necessary to plug all the cracks in the cellar.
- Then you need to make a smoke bomb - sprinkle the embers from the brazier with sulfur.
- The checker should be left indoors and corked the lid for a couple of days.
There is another proven way to deal with slugs in the cellar - treat the walls with a mixture of chalk and sulfur or a solution of bleach. After this, you just need to sweep the pests off the floor and pour boiling water.
Get rid of the frogs
If there are slugs in the cellar, they can attract frogs. On the one hand, this is good, because frogs help us get rid of these pests, and at the same time from various insects.
However, if the accumulation of frogs is massive, then this situation is also not pleasant. In this case, one has to think not about slugs, but about how to get rid of frogs in the cellar. Fortunately, this is much easier to do, since they are more noticeable.
The easiest way is to catch them with your own hands using a butterfly net.
This is done as follows:
- First of all, all furniture and all available garbage should be removed from the premises.
- Then the frogs should be collected using a net in a bucket of water.
- Then the bucket should be poured into the nearest river.
Advice! In the cellar, it is necessary to check the open containers with water, if any. Perhaps the tadpoles live there, which also need to be carried out into the river.
Since getting rid of the frogs in the cellar with the help of a net is unlikely to succeed, you will have to resort to the second, less humane way - using mousetraps. Several mousetraps should be arranged, and the bait can be used the same as for mice.
Advice! You can get rid of frogs with the help of salt, which should be scattered throughout the room. Salt will burn their feet, causing them to quickly leave the room.
Get rid of mice
Another serious problem that owners of country houses often encounter is mice. In the cellar they feel especially comfortable, as there are no people here and the conditions are quite favorable.
There are two old proven ways to get rid of mice in the cellar:
- Use a mousetrap with a bait, which is suitable for a piece of cheese, lard or a crust of bread moistened with sunflower oil,
- Get a cat. Even his mere presence can frighten off mice.
In addition, it is necessary to carry out preventive measures - to ensure that all ventilation products are protected by a net, the entrance doors and hatches do not have gaps into which rodents can penetrate.
In order for the crop in the cellar to be untouched by pests, preventive measures should be taken first of all, since it is much easier than getting rid of them later. However, if time has already been lost and you notice uninvited guests in your basement, then you should display them in a comprehensive approach, i.e. applying immediately all the above methods of their derivation ().
Additional information on this topic can be obtained from the video in this article.
Reasons for the appearance of amphibians
Understanding why amphibians chose your territory as a home, you can find ways to get rid of them. The high humidity inherent in many basements and cellars is the first and most important reason for the appearance of guests, but not the only one.
Other reasons for the appearance of amphibians:
- the abundance of insects. Mosquitoes, flies and midges are food for frogs, and where there is a lot of food, you can live in comfort,
- availability of water sources or open containers with it. Moisture constantly evaporates, which maintains high humidity,
- the proximity of water bodies - rivers, ponds, ditches and swamps. Toads do not need to travel a long way from their habitats,
- accessibility of buildings. If there are gaps in the walls and floors of basements or cellars, it’s easy for pests to enter,
- littered premises. Pile of garbage is an excellent shelter for uninvited guests.
So, we figured out the preferences of amphibians, now let's talk about whether to get rid of them.
Are frogs dangerous
Of course, the appearance of amphibians, their slippery pimpled skin causes little emotion. It is not very pleasant for most summer residents to meet such a neighbor at their own site, or even less so in the house. In addition, there are many negative signs associated with toads. But do they bring tangible harm?
Some gardeners attribute to the frogs damage to strawberries, strawberries, stocks in the cellar. It should be noted that this is a common misconception: toads eat only live food and at the same time only moving food. So their digestive system is arranged. Therefore, they are not only unable to damage plants growing in the garden, or stocks stored in the cellar, but, on the contrary, they destroy real pests - the Colorado potato beetle, slugs and others. At the same time, many of the insects that amphibians feed on are unattractive to birds.
There is also a misconception that touching a toad can cause an allergic reaction or the appearance of warts. It has long been proven that the substances found in the warty growths of toads living in Russia are used by amphibians to protect against predators and are mostly safe for humans. The accusation of frogs in the appearance of warts is a prejudice, and no more.
Uninvited guests usually try to get into houses and cellars in the fall in order to wait out winter frosts in secluded corners, having entered into suspended animation. In the spring, temporary cohabitants will leave the haven and again settle in the surrounding area.
Thus, there is no real need to deal with amphibians who settled in home buildings. In addition, by driving frogs out of your territory, you can disrupt the ecosystem and contribute to the propagation of harmful insects with your own hands. If, nevertheless, you decide to remove the frogs from the yard, we offer you ways to deal with them.
Ways to fight
Quite often, to get rid of amphibians, it is enough to eliminate the causes of their appearance or just wait for spring. There are also many methods to get rid of unpleasant neighbors. Try to choose the most humane and safe methods of struggle for the health of people living in the room.
Folk methods are safe for people and allow you to drive frogs out of their habitats without causing them serious harm. The most popular remedies are as follows:
- lemon acid. It is necessary to prepare a concentrated solution from it (400 g of powder per 4 l of water), which then thoroughly spray the floor and walls in the rooms where the toads are wound up. The remedy irritates the skin of amphibians, and they will be forced to leave,
- salt. It is enough to simply scatter it abundantly where frogs have been seen. Burns form on the feet of uninvited guests from contact with crystals. They cannot live in such conditions,
- coffee solution or coffee grounds. It is applied in the same way as the first two remedies, and the effect has the same.
You can use these funds without freeing the room from stocks of vegetables and preservation.
You can also get rid of frogs in a cellar with an earthen floor using special chemistry. But before you start using poisons, you should try all the other possible methods.
You can buy poisons in specialized stores. In this case, it is imperative to pay attention to expiration dates and observe precautions. Products from the cleaned room will have to be removed, and the territory to be fenced so that children or pets do not get on it.
Before bringing products back in, thoroughly clean and ventilate the room.
As anti-amphibian agents, snake preparations or universal poisonous agents can be used.
We advise you to carefully weigh the pros and cons before proceeding with the removal of frogs from the house and home buildings. Dealing with amphibians is not so difficult, but after that, you may have to take serious measures against real pests that will begin to occupy the site.
We hope that our article will help you make the right decision and, if necessary, choose the appropriate method of struggle.
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Catch with a net
You will need a landing net, with which you will catch amphibians. Do not forget about the bucket with the lid, in which you will have to put the frogs after catching. Animals will need to be attributed to the nearest body of water.
Salt burns frogs paws and jumping on it is not at all pleasant. After several walks, some uninvited guests will not return to your site.
The mousetrap will help
The method is not entirely humane, but effective. The mousetrap does not kill frogs, so they will have to be taken outside the yard. Put cheese, bread in a mousetrap, but a grasshopper or locust would be ideal.
Disinfector to help
Before you start the methods of ridding your plot of frogs, evaluate the reality of the problem. If amphibians do not bring much harm and are even useful in some way (destroy insect pests), then maybe you should not bother. But if there is damage to the household, try to start with humane means and not use violence or chemical poisons.
The appearance of frogs in a cellar or basement can be a serious problem. This is especially true in cases where the basement is used as storage for crops. From the article you will learn how to get rid of frogs in the cellar quickly and safely.
The reasons for the appearance of frogs
In order to forget about pests forever, it is necessary to establish the cause of their occurrence. In most cases, frogs start in the basement due to high humidity. This is due to the fact that in such a climate they feel comfortable and breed quickly. Therefore, your first step will be the organization of competent isolation of the cellar.
To protect the cellar from moisture, sheathe it with insulating materials. In addition, do not forget to regularly air the room. If it is flooded with groundwater or melt snow, do not delay cleaning. Moisture is quickly absorbed into the walls and floor, reducing all your efforts to nothing.
In addition to dampness, the following reasons for the appearance of frogs can be distinguished:
- the proximity of a swamp or pond,
- easy access to the basement through the cracks,
- litter and piles of rubbish that animals use as shelter,
- the presence of containers with water,
- artificial lighting
- An affordable source of nutrition, i.e. insects.
Solve these problems gradually:
- After you establish a waterproofing system, carefully inspect the cellar. Your goal is to find the holes through which the frogs fall into it. Typically, animals easily look for cracks under the door or in corners. Seal them with rags or cement.
- Moisture in the cellar attracts frogs. Remove containers with standing fluid and water on the floor. Most likely, amphibians will quickly lose interest in your cellar and begin to look for a new place. To begin, take out all the vats with the liquid and carefully check them, as there may be tadpoles. It will also help drive away mosquitoes and other insects, which will make the cellar even less attractive. If moisture accumulations regularly form on the floor, it is necessary to work on its reconstruction.
- The mess in the cellar can serve as a great shelter for frogs. Take it away and many of them will leave in search of more comfortable housing. Take out empty flower pots, old building materials, piles of old clothes and other rubbish.
- Artificial light sources attract insects, which are the main food of amphibians. Turning off the lights will help reduce the number of insects and frogs.
- The final stage of pest control should be pest control. Use smoke bombs, dusts or powerful insecticides. So, you will deprive frogs of their main source of nutrition, and they will be forced to look for a new place. In the future, prevent the emergence of insects using mosquito nets and flycatchers.
First of all, you should accurately determine the type. Firstly, it is necessary for a more effective fight. Secondly, one can be so sure of the legality of one’s actions. In some countries, rare species are protected by law or other legal nuances exist.
However, there are clearly aggressive species which are allowed to kill:
- Bull Frogs. They prey on local relatives and infect them with chytridiomycosis, a disease that has caused more than a hundred species to become extinct.
- Reed toads. Although they do not belong to frogs, the same fighting methods apply to them. Most of them are in Australia.
- Cuban tree frogs outside Cuba cause a lot of trouble. In the United States (Florida), they were implicated in a power outage.
- Tree singing frog.
The legality of killing a frog depends primarily on its harmfulness and prevalence. In Russia, you cannot destroy any animals listed in the Red Book, among which there are some frogs and toads. In the United States, there are species that are so harmful that they are not allowed to be released when captured. This primarily concerns invasive species that threaten biological diversity.
Before you get rid of frogs, check your local laws to make sure you can legally do this.
If you doubt the affiliation of amphibians, it is better not to touch them. Or use methods aimed at the expulsion of animals, but not their killing. It will not be superfluous to contact nature conservation specialists, the local authorized state body.
If the frogs are not newcomers, but the indigenous inhabitants of the site, then it is better not to take drastic measures. This is important for the conservation of biological diversity and nature as a whole, because any indigenous species is an important component of the ecosystem. They occupy a place in the food chain, destroying insects, and also moisturize the earth.
Even if it is a poisonous species, it is better to find a compromise. You can remove all the foliage from the yard, then the frogs will simply have nowhere to live, and they will move to another territory, or simply close the well, close all doors and windows - then the animals will definitely not disturb home peace.
Since flies, mosquitoes and other insects are the main source of food for frogs, the destruction of insects will deter them from coming to the yard.
Work on the site
You can get rid of the frogs in the cellar by working on the site. Since amphibians are attracted to moisture, drain all stagnant water . This applies to baths for birds, artificial ponds, wetlands and more. Amphibians use these places to sleep and lay eggs. Removing water will also drive away some insects, including mosquitoes. Since frogs prey on them, due to lack of food they will lose interest in the place. If you want to keep some sources of water, then you should put filters or a fountain. The circulation and purification of water will make it impossible to reproduce not only insects, but also the frogs themselves.
You can prune vegetation. It is necessary to remove artisan plants and tall grass, in which frogs are constantly hiding. They will avoid open areas. If the bush grows away from moisture, then it can be saved. The same goes for garbage. For example, tires, empty pots, mountains of shavings are a great shelter for these animals. If you remove the garbage, then the frogs will have nowhere to hide.
If possible, outdoor lighting should be turned off. It attracts insects that feed frogs. You can turn off the lights on the porch and in the garden at night, and in the house you can hang curtains or curtains on the windows.
It is better not to keep animal feed on the street so that amphibians do not try to steal it. Feeding pets should also be at home. If this is not possible, it is best to take the bowl home after feeding.
Chemical methods of control should be resorted to only if no other method has proven to be effective.
You can bring out frogs by destroying insects. This can be done using special traps or insecticides. It is better to use organic poisons, because chemical poisons often destroy all animals in a row, including amphibians.
Another option is a physical fence. All property or a pond can be limited by an obstacle made of net or plastic. It’s better not to use wire, because an amphibian will easily overcome this obstacle. But the fence should fit snugly to the ground and be high enough so that it cannot be jumped over. Safety measures imply that the support posts should go into the ground about a third of a meter. It is better to sprinkle the base with earth.
You can use the help of predators . In this case, one must remember the toxicity of certain species. The carnivores used must be resistant to toxins. Although it’s easiest to let a cat out, you can pick up another predator that feeds on these amphibians, such as a snake, kites or hawks.
If you do not want to get rid of a real snake later, you can use a rubber one.
For repelling animals, natural remedies are suitable. However, you need to understand that some of them can not only scare, but also kill amphibians. You can sprinkle salt near ponds or in the cellar. It is not fatal, but it burns the legs, so the frogs will be removed, but salt will also harm the plants. To avoid this, you can use coffee grounds. It will have a similar effect, but will not destroy the plants.
More radical remedies are also used to get rid of frogs. It is better to do this only as a last resort, due to many reasons. First of all, with the senselessness and cruelty of such actions.
No special means are needed to kill amphibians. It is enough to dilute 600 grams of citric acid in four liters of water, and then spray the solution onto the skin of the frogs. They will suffer, but die quickly. The same thing can be done with caffeine.
If the frogs are root, do everything possible to leave them alone. It’s best not to kill indigenous species since they are an important part of the local ecosystem.
Some herbicides can deprive males of fertility. It is enough to spray the substance on the site to reduce the population of amphibians. Snake repellent is also suitable - it acts on frogs no less effectively.
Amphibians can simply be caught with a net or net. After catching, there are two options:
- Move the collected animals. They can be attributed to a neighboring reservoir and release. However, you should choose a place in which this species can naturally live.
- Kill the frogs. The most humane method is freezing to death. First, the animals must be refrigerated for the night (due to the cold they will fall into a kind of coma), and then left for three days in the freezer. Such a low temperature is deadly for them.
Another way of fighting is the elimination of amphibians in the state of tadpoles. They just need to be caught with a net from the pond, and then eliminated. There are three ways to do this:
- to freeze,
- lay on dry asphalt, lit by the sun,
- bury alive.
The first is more humane. A good alternative is to set traps like ordinary mousetraps, it is better to place them near the entrances to the house, garage or cellar. If no funds from the frogs in the house help, but eliminating amphibians is still required, it is better to resort to the help of a professional pest control.
Frogs and toads are more likely your friends than enemies. They eat pests, including snails and slugs. True, when amphibians constantly "walk" along your paths - this is inconvenient. So we fully understand the desire to drive out toads from the garden.
So, what needs to be done so that no one croaks in the garden?
First, remove the crumbling tree bark, old boards and other lumber from the ground. Keep the lawn near the house constantly clear of leaves and regularly cut so that the animals have nowhere to hide. Try not to use broken clay pots in landscape design. In the afternoon, toads and frogs hide in dark, moist, cool places, so if you deprive them of shelter, amphibians will change their place of deployment.
Secondly, feed your pets indoors. Toads do not mind eating from the bowl of your Tuzik or Murzik, in addition, meat trimmings will attract hedgehogs. If this is not possible, then at least clean and wash the bowls in the evening so that there is nothing left overnight.
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Do not keep water containers, large bird drinkers, or other stagnant water tanks outdoors. We all know that water attracts frogs, and standing water is the best. By the way, if you take reservoirs outside the territory of the house and garden, you will immediately feel a change for yourself, because moisture is loved not only by amphibians, but also by mosquitoes.
The most radical option is the use of pesticides . The skin of frogs is very thin and cannot protect the animal from poisoning with toxic substances. The same effect will give water with a small addition of bleach. A more humane way is to water the paths and the adjoining territory with salt solution or sprinkle with large rock salt.
Never pour boiling water on toads , even if they drive you crazy with their livestock and constant croaking. Boiling water will kill the animal almost instantly, but will not drive away the rest. For the same reason, you should not fight amphibians with strong coffee with lemon.
What methods can bring frogs out of the cellar?
- Preparatory work
- Mechanical methods
- Chemical ways to eliminate frogs
To some extent, frogs are our friends, since it is these amphibians that destroy harmful insects and slugs in basements and cellars. However, if the number of frogs becomes mass, this already becomes a problem. You do not need the presence of frogs even in the case when you do not find slugs and a lot of insects in the cellar.
To start the fight against frogs, think carefully: will their destruction bring new problems?
If not, then you can safely get down to business. But before talking about how to bring out frogs in the cellar, you need to prepare for this so that everything goes efficiently.
The anatomical structure of the frog.