Got Frogs in Your Swimming Pool? Here’s How to Get Them to Bounce

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated March 11, 2022
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Frogs jump at the chance to inhabit bodies of water—make sure it’s not your swimming pool

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You always wanted your pool parties to be hoppin’—but not like this. When frogs mistake your swimming pool for a pond, the situation isn’t good for either of you. They can even get stuck in your pool and croak, an unfortunate end for them and beginning to your morning swim. 

Whether frogs fascinate you or make you jump, they don’t make welcomed pool visitors (and you certainly don’t want dead frogs floating near your flamingo raft). Here are some effective ways to keep them out.

1. Kill the Pool Lights

If you’re wondering how to keep frogs out of the pool, removing as much of their food source as possible is a good strategy. Nighttime pool lights will attract bugs, turning the area into a froggy foodie function. It’s best to kill the lights at night to avoid inviting them for their favorite insect munchies.

2. Keep the Pool Water Moving

Frogs look for still bodies of water to relax and hunt for insects. If your pool surface is in motion, it will be far less appealing to them. Consider adding a pool pump to keep the water moving. You can also add a moving water feature to your pool, such as a waterfall or fountain.

3. Consider Adding an Alternate Habitat to Direct Frogs to the Right Place

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While you might find the croaks from froggy festivities annoying, it’s actually beneficial to have them around. They’ll turn your yard into an all-night diner full of the pesky insects that bug you. But that swimming pool that you’ve worked so hard to maintain? Not the best spot for your amphibian allies. 

Instead of banishing them for good, consider adding an alternate habitat. If you’ve always wanted to build a backyard pond, here’s a perfect reason to get started. As a bonus, natural water features are an important part of pollinator habitats, and they invite beneficial insects like dragonflies who will chow down on garden pests.

4. Consider the Most Humane Ways to Repel Frogs

Frogs intensely dislike salt and anything acidic, as it causes a burning sensation on their feet. This means that sprinkling salt or spraying around your pool with vinegar or citric acid will quickly cause them to hop elsewhere. Avoid spraying directly on the frog’s body or using ammonia and other harmful chemicals, as this can kill the creatures. Remember that these will also harm or kill your plants, so be careful where you put them.

You can also border your pool area with coffee grounds for an additional buffer. Again, be cautious if you place the grounds near any plants. Acid-loving plants like hydrangeas, daffodils, and azaleas are generally a safe choice, but it’s a good idea to get an evaluation from a local soil testing service to ensure you won’t be making the soil too acidic.

5. Maintain a Clean Pool For a Good Swimming Experience (and Way Fewer Frogs)

Keeping your pool clean isn’t just beneficial for you—it also helps keep frogs out. If you have algae, leaves, and other debris in your pool, a frog is more likely to mistake it for a pond. What’s more, live frogs can carry bacteria and other icky things that may pollute your pool water if not treated with the proper chemicals. Be sure to skim regularly and maintain your pool chemical balance to avoid the open invite.

6. Keep Your Yard Clear and Trimmed

Frogs are nocturnal, so they’ll be on the hunt for spots to hide and snooze during the day. By keeping your grass trimmed and your yard free of weeds, debris, and other hiding spots, you’re likely to have fewer visitors at night.  

7. Skim Frog Eggs ASAP

Frogs lay their eggs in water, which means—cringe—you might end up with one of their gelatinous egg clusters floating around your pool. If you see frog eggs, use your pool skimmer to pick them up right away. Consider relocating them to a nearby pond or wetland area. 

8. Use a Pool Cover to Block Out Frogs and Other Small Animals

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Using a cover is good practice for pool maintenance in general, but it’s also extremely effective at keeping out frogs and other small animals. They’ll even block out insects, so you’ll have way fewer traumatic encounters with dead frogs and creepy crawlies during your swims.

9. Keep Your Pool Heated

Frogs have a hefty preference for cold water over warm, as cold water has higher oxygen content. Since they absorb oxygen through their skin, frogs will always hop towards colder, more heavily oxygenated water. You can make your pool less inviting to them by investing in the cost of a pool heater or solar pool cover. Having warmer water for swimming is a welcome bonus.

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