wikiHow to Attract Frogs

Frogs provide excellent pest control because they eat insects such as mosquitoes, moths, beetles, cockroaches, snails, slugs and flies. There are many types of frogs, but the best kind to have in your garden or yard are frogs local to your area. All frogs need shelter, food, moisture, and a place to breed. This article will show you how to attract frogs to your garden or yard.


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    Choose a good spot for a frog pond to be in your yard or garden.Make sure the pond is partially shaded. Ponds need some direct sunlight to be a healthy environment. However, frogs prefer shaded environments for breeding and shelter from the sun. At least one edge of the pond should be thickly vegetated with leafy plants that grow well in your area. This will ensure that frogs have food, shelter and a place to hibernate.
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    Dig a hole that is about 2 to 3 feet (.6 to .9 m) deep and as wide as you prefer. The pond should have shallow edges in it so that the frogs can enter and leave it easily.
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    Line the hole with sand. After lining the hole cover it with a piece of heavy duty plastic sheet and add another thin layer of sand on top of the plastic.
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    Add another thin layer of sand across the top of the plastic sheet.
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    Weight the entire perimeter of the plastic sheet with rocks. Make sure the rocks are heavy and big enough to keep the plastic in place.
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    Fill the pond with water. The plastic should stop the water from going into the ground, therefore the water stays in place.
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    Introduce native pond plants to your frog pond. The plans will infuse the water with oxygen, making it more livable and appealing to native frogs in your area.
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    Plant an assortment of flowering and non-flowering plants in your yard or garden. The plants will provide a diversity of the insects for the frogs to enjoy.
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    Keep a compost heap and mulch the beds in your garden. The bugs that are attracted to a compost heap and mulch make great food for frogs.
    • Do not remove leaf litter from some areas in your yard. Leaf litter provides shelter for frogs and some of their prey also prefers areas with leaf litter.
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    Wait for frogs to colonize your yard or garden. Keep in mind that it may take a few years for frogs to populate in your garden, even after you have created a suitable environment for them.
    • If attracting frogs takes longer than you would like, you can try seeding your pond with tadpoles in the spring. Make sure you use a type of tadpole that is native to your area.


  • Frogs hibernate in winter. Do not worry about your frogs if they are lying dormant near the bottom of the pond during cold weather, even if there is ice on the pond.
  • Often elementary teachers have tadpoles in their classrooms that they need to find a home for at the end of the school year. They can be an excellent source of local tadpoles.


  • Do not put a fountain in a frog pond. Frog eggs and tadpoles can become caught in the pump.
  • Frogs can be killed by a lawn mower. If you keep your grass short, you will be more likely to see frogs when you mow.
  • Goldfish and mosquito fish eat frog eggs. Do not put them in a pond to which you wish to attract frogs.
  • Never transport frogs from more than about 12 miles (20 km) away to your pond. This can spread be dangerous to local frogs and spread frog diseases.
  • Nylon mesh used to protect your garden plants should have a mesh that is at least 1.5 inches (4 cm) and all mesh should be taut. Otherwise garden frogs can be trapped in the mesh and die.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Garden sand
  • Thick sheet of plastic (cut to size)
  • Rocks (enough for the entire perimeter of the pond)
  • Water
  • Pond plants
  • Variety of leafy plants
  • Compost
  • Mulch

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