How to Keep Frogs Out of Your Toilets

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Things You'll Need

  • Tree trimmer

  • 1/4-inch screen mesh

  • Chainsaw (optional)


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

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.

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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Casey Kennedy

Based in Atlanta, Casey Kennedy has been writing online content since 2009. She specializes in writing about small business, careers, real estate, and ecommerce. She also enjoys writing about a variety of other subjects, including home improvement, gardening, and pet care. She attended the Academy of Art online, studying interior architecture and design while pursuing commercial flight training at Aviation Atlanta in Georgia.