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Hi, I don't want to seem cruel but I have a garden pond with fish and now lots of frogs, I am scared of frogs silly it may seem. I normally get someone to catch them move them to another area they can live ok I am based in the UK if that makes any difference.
Is there anything I do can to deter the frogs, I have stopped my night lights around the pond coming on already.
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I would suggest working on your phobia. Frogs are one of the most beneficial creatures you could have around you. They are perfectly harmless, eat most of your insect pests and make a wonderful noise (in my opinion). I do not know what species you are dealing with none the less, frogs are not vectors for disease, won't attack or bite you and offer a ton of benefits in contrast to mosquitos, gnats, slugs and other true pests.

I wish I had your problem seriously. Here in California the Spade Foot Toad could be found everywhere in abundance. I have not seen one in the last 15 years. The state killed them off trying to eradicate the fruit fly. Now we are fighting the mosquito that carries West Nile Virus. I wish our Toads were around to help keep the mosquitos under control.

Good luck and try to learn to appreciate your amphibians!

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well there's no easy way to repel frogs that i can find, like sonic gizmos or chemicals.
here are a few ideas:
-do you have running water in the pond? eliminate stagnant areas of water with a waterfall, small fountains, etc, to eliminate insect eggs and larvae which are serving to attract frogs
-get some garter snakes and other local frog eating snakes in your garden! (actually if you're scared of frogs this might not be the best solution for you, but i doubt you'd see the snakes very often once you got them out there)
-i would think night lights being on would deter frogs, which breed nocturnally. i saw a suggestion on the web that said to cover your pond or pool at night to reduce egg laying, dunno how effective that would be with a pond
-a random sprinkler (the kind that go CHK-CHK-CHK) running once in a while might scare them away. worked with raccoons at my parents' house. -get yourself a blowgun or pellet gun. hunting frogs on your own property is generally legal without a license. not a pretty solution but i think that at this point in the course of human impact on the environment, one bloke offing frogs in his garden isn't too big of a deal. -and a final non-suggestion (sorry): have a frog-loving friend help you "learn to stop worrying and love the frogs". not to be rude but don't you think it's a little strange to be afraid of them? i can't think of a more harmless vertebrate, really.
cheers,
pony
Its easy to say learn to not be scared but its a fact some people love things and some don't no matter now friendly and nice frogs are I don't like them just like I don't like spiders they may be friendly and nice as well Emotion: smile but thanks for the suggestion anyway.
on 25/03/2006 19:19 Brian Wax said the following:
I would suggest working on your phobia. Frogs are one of the most beneficial creatures you could have around you. ... Toads were around to help keep the mosquitos under control. Good luck and try to learn to appreciate your amphibians!

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I am going to disagree with you Mark. Spiders can bite, invade your home and be a real nuisance. Frogs may not be attractive aesthetically to you but they are harmless. Some can appreciate spiders. There is no argument here. If you like spiders you need a very discerning eye to make sure you are dealing with a safe creature. Frogs and Toads are some of the goofiest looking things on this planet and are portrayed in the media as funny, cute and benign creatures.
Good luck!!

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Its easy to say learn to not be scared but its a fact some people love things and some don't ... friendly and nice as well Emotion: smile but thanks for the suggestion anyway. on 25/03/2006 19:19 Brian Wax said the following:

I would suggest working on your phobia. Frogs are one ... Good luck and try to learn to appreciate your amphibians!

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Personally, I used to be quite scared of spiders. I would go out of my way to avoid daddylonglegs (ok, so they aren't true spiders, but you see what I mean) and would have a few moments of panic whenever I walked into a spider web (which can be quite a headache in the tropics). I recently got over that fear and will now not remove cobwebs from my room as long as the spiders are still using them.

I got over it through shock treatment and research. If you are at all interested, here's how I did it - - perhaps you can do something similar to help get used to frogs. A few months ago a friend decided to write a High School research paper on spiders. He was given 35, massive orb weavers - green and yellow monsters the size of my palm with fangs several mm long. The problem is that neither he nor anybody else had any clue how to handle them. Being used to scorpions (strange, I know, but scorpions and spiders are totally different. Scorpions give you a warning, spiders just bend down and bite!) and being an unconventional pet guru (got a blog on my own unconventional pets - www.petmanic.blogspot.com) I was pushed into service.

Upon reflection it was probably rather stupid of me, but peer and academic pressure can make people behave in stupid ways. I got a couple of pointers from friends who have kept venomous spiders (in different countries), spend hours reading about orb weavers, and became the official caretaker of all 35.
Although at first my whole body would start shaking whenever I was moving a spider on the end of a paintbrush or anything of the sort, I very quickly got used to it. You'd be surprised how quickly you'll get used to it. Ok, so mine wasn't a true phobia per se, but as I said I was not comfortable around spiders at all.
For what it is worth, I personally love frogs and toads. I even keep one as a pet :-) >
http://petmanic.blogspot.com/2006/01/narrow-mouthed-toad.html I suggest you research frogs - get to know them (habits, peculiarities, etc). Understanding is the first step towards tolerance, and that counts for humans as well... Then perhaps you could observe them in your garden from a 'safe' distance? As was stated above, frogs aren't like spiders. They cannot hurt you. While that probably won't be too comforting, I'm sure no harm can come out of trying (ok, I'm not a psychologist, but I don't think it harmed me in any way).
For me. here in the Philippines ranids are omnipotent heroes that control the dengue-carrying mosquito populations. I guess spiders should be as well... strange that...
In any case, I hope you'll find a way to coexist with your neighbours, rather than chasing them away (although that is obviously entirely up to you).
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not sure this would work. Lights would attract bugs, which would attract animals that feed on bugs. I personally, would learn to love the frogs. You won't have as many bugs.