I thought I would update my old blog with a responsive layout considering the varying screen sizes people use today. I have imported this past blog entry with associated comments “Frogs in the Swimming Pool” to kick things off. Frogs and swimming pools have proven to be a problem for pool owners world wide with consistent search engine hits and many taking the time to comment on the blog or contact me personally. Visitor responses have varied from “How can I kill them?” to “How can I save them?” Being a frog fan my approach has always been to save them.
What worked for me:
- removing the foliage between the pool and fence which provided cover and encouraged insects
- keeping mulch levels down around the pool
- keeping pool lights off at night and shading light from inside the house that could illuminate the pool area.
I still have the occasional frog in my pool during breeding season but a quick check each day sees them returned to the pond and safety. The numbers dropped dramatically once the foliage around the pool was removed and I usually only find a couple each week.
There are critter saving ramps available for pools on the market that allow frogs, lizards etc to climb out safely. I have not purchased any myself but have been told these work well. I image you would need more than one installed around the sides of a large pool.
Good luck with your frog friends and remember they are there because your patch of land is a clean, healthy, balanced environment which is good for you too.
Originally published on: Jan 18, 2008 – Original post is here…
Common Eastern Froglet – Crinia signifera
I seem to forever be rescuing these little fellows from the side walls of the family swimming pool. They call madly from the garden surrounds at night, particularly if rain is around. In the morning they can be found clinging to the sides of the pool with their top half pulled out of the water. The pebblecrete surface seems to give them enough of a hold on and they can stay pressed to the sides for many hours.
We had a chunk of the pebblecrete break away from under the pool coping edge making a small cave just above the water level. This has become a frog favourite and one morning 6 little froglets were found squeezed in there hiding from the morning sun.
It is amazing to see the variations in colours and patterns on the backs of these frogs. However they all have a black and white blotched belly.
The photos below show some of the variations in colour and markings on the frogs I have rescued from the swimming pool.
Information about the Common Eastern Froglet ( link to Frogs of Australia)