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How to keep frogs out of your toilets

Updated March 23, 2017

While it may seem amusing that a frog would find its way into a toilet, if you are constantly having to remove a number 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.

Use a tree trimmer or chainsaw to cut tree limbs away from the roof of the house. Tree frogs normally climb up trees and jump from the branches onto the roof of the house to warm themselves on the shingles.

Secure a screen with 1/4-inch mesh over the toilet vent on the roof of the house. Once a frog is warm, it typically will move to someplace cooler, such as inside 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.

Turn outdoor lights off at night to help keep bug populations down. Bugs are attracted to the lights, which in turn attracts frogs. Without a steady food supply, the frogs will go elsewhere.

Warning

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

Things You'll Need

  • Tree trimmer
  • 1/4-inch screen mesh
  • Chainsaw (optional)
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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.