How to Keep Frogs & Toads Off My Porch

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Tip

Frogs and toads are different animals, but the often the same techniques work to repel both types of amphibians.

Warning

Do not allow household pets to chase or consume toads, they are toxic. Do not use chemical pesticides, as they could adversely affect the other species around your home.

Keep frogs and toads off your porch by offering them a better alternative.

While the sight of a frog or toad on your porch may not fill you with joy, these amphibians are very useful in your garden; you simply need to divert them. If you are finding many toads and frogs on your porch, making the porch less appealing, while increasing the desirability of other areas is key to diverting these small, bug-eating creatures. Combine measures that make your porch unattractive to amphibians with things that attract frogs to your garden, and you'll soon send them hopping away from your home.

Step 1

Cut the grass around your porch and keep it short; both frogs and toads like high grass.

Step 2

Remove any small flowerpots or other items that create cozy hiding places for toads and frogs. Empty dishes, bowls and even shoes can be used as a home for amphibians, so remove anything that looks tempting.

Step 3

Remove spider webs and any other insects that live on the porch; both frogs and toads eat insects.

Step 4

Make or buy frog or toad homes and place them in the garden, or wherever you want the amphibians to move to. A toad or frog home can be as simple as a garden pot turned on its side. Leave the grass in the new area a little long to tempt the frogs as well.

Step 5

Hand catch any frogs you can find and relocate them to the garden, or wherever you have chosen as their new home.

Step 6

Maintain the porch by keeping it unattractive to frogs and toads and relocating any you find. They will soon adapt to their new home and leave the porch alone.

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Sarah Emerald

Sarah Emerald is the author of books and magazine articles specializing in crafts, family, business and the home, including Create and Decorate, Hilton Head Monthly and Crafts magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from a small private college in the southeastern U.S.