September 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm #1086
I think I’ve mentioned before about the tree frog in my back yard that is so loud at night he wakes me up again and again EVERY FRIGGIN’ NIGHT!
Well, I finally caught the little bugger. I thought he had gotten into my bedroom he was so loud. So I took my pool skimmer and went out and found him on the patio door screen door. After a couple of hops (one right on my shoulder which scared the heck out of me) I got him. I didn’t want to deal with him at 12:30 a.m. so just left him there with a buck turned upside down over him.
So, the next morning I got up to get rid of him. What do you do with a frog that you want gone? I’m too squeamish to kill him so I just took him out in the front yard and let him go out there. Hopefully he won’t find his way into the back yard again. It was quiet all night last night so maybe he decided to go live with someone else. THANK GOD!!!September 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm #16318luckeyParticipant
in a park near a pond. But, no matter, he/she will find another place that works for them.September 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm #16320caseyParticipant
Frogs can’t do any harm and are good for getting rid of insects. I’d just move him to a park or some rural area where he can “ribbet” to his heart’s content!September 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm #16329
I can see me getting in my car and driving a stupid frog to a pond. He can find his way there himself. Actually, I don’t think they are amphibian so don’t care if they’re near water, although mine jumped in the pool and swam down to the bottom which is how I finally caught him. I wouldn’t mind a regular frog but these tree frogs are SOOOOO loud and only at night (when it’s raining) when you’re trying to sleep. Also, they’re not very big, about the size of a silver dollar, so hard to find, especially because they shut up as soon as you go outside or turn on the light.
But we also have Bufo Toads (also known as cane toads and they are biggies) that are very poisonous to animals and I frequently have them in the yard and I’m scared to death one of my dogs might go investigate and give them a lick. They are especially dangerous to small dogs, which mine are.
And then there are just the plain frogs which I find frequently swimming in the pool or climbing up the patio door trying to get to the light. Or often there are dead little ones that got in the pool and couldn’t get out, several per week in fact. At least I haven’t run into a Python yet and I’m only six blocks from the Everglades so it’s possible. Have had a couple of little black snakes in the pool but they are harmless. I just fish them out and throw them in the grass. Isn’t living in Paradise fun?September 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm #16332GoodyParticipant
That frog may be your Prince in disguise!! Kiss, kiss. lol
GoodySeptember 17, 2010 at 12:52 am #16334luckeyParticipant
and various other barn critters. I’m not too good with slimy things.September 17, 2010 at 2:59 am #16342
I am never ever going to complain about a spider in my tub ever again after reading your animal woes BonBon! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech! And Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech!September 17, 2010 at 11:10 am #16347
I didn’t think of that…NOW you tell me!September 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm #16351PattiParticipant
OMG … Could have been worse ….. could have been a gator. Haven’t they been known to come right up into some folks yards when they wander off in search of food or whatever? I read a horrific newspaper article quite a while back about a gator coming up into a yard and carrying off a small child. That story just about broke my heart, because they found the child and the gator at the bottom of some body of water, too late to save the child, of course. Made my heart ache for weeks on end just thinking about it.September 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm #16352DeeLanParticipant
I’ve been to Florida many times, of course to Disney but also to Miami, Tampa/Clearwater, Daytona and Sarasota but it was renting a townhouse in Sarasota that we woke up one morning to a gater sunning himself in the yard across the little creek like stream that behind the townhouse. I now know why everyone had very tall fences around their pool areas, the gaters would get into them if they didn’t.September 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm #16360
in the association where I live and we got a call one day (I was the property manager then) that a gator had climbed up the steps (13 of them!) and was lying in front of the their door so they couldn’t get out. That was a fun rescue to watch! When we call in the Critter Control, they relocate any of them four feet or less. Over four feet and it’s…off with their head!
There is so much water in our area because we have so much rain and don’t have sewers because the water table is so high they wouldn’t drain anything if we did. So, instead we have irrigation ponds. Water that runs off the streets and yards goes into the ponds and people use that water for irrigation To keep the water fresh, they have to all be connected by canals. So, that enables the gators to easily go from one to another pond/canal to the next, so it’s not unusual to find one almost anywhere. My back yard has a four foot wall around it…but it’s not high high enough to keep those damn frogs out.September 18, 2010 at 12:11 am #16364
And also spraying salt water on your wall (on frog side) might deter them too! Ribbit! Ribbbbbit!September 18, 2010 at 11:23 am #16369
There is only a small space that they can be getting in from. I don’t care about the front yard because the dogs don’t go out there (Bufos) but it would be nice to have the back yard be a frog-free zone.
Thanks!September 18, 2010 at 11:32 am #16371
one thing I was worried about moving to FL was the bugs. If you’ve never seen a Palmetto bug, you haven’t lived. They are probably the biggest bug in the world…AND…they fly! I’m really not afraid of anything but bugs. Snakes, mice, bats, nothing, but a little ol’ spider can send me up the wall.
Anyway, what I started to say was that I was pleasantly surprised to find I have less bugs here than I did in CA (the frogs are probably eating them all up). We do have a gazillion little anole lizards that eat bugs but I don’t mind them at all except they often startle me when I see one scurry out of the corner of your eye. (No, it’s not scurring out of my eye, I’m seeing it scurry.) In fact, in the winter I usually leave all my patio doors (three of ’em) open during the day. They open up all the way so the doors are against the wall. The one in the living room is three panels so it’s like there’s no wall there at all.
The only bad time is dusk when the skeeters come out but they don’t bite me or if they do I don’t get any reaction from them. My ex says it’s because I have vinegar in my veins. Yeah, he loved me.September 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm #16379
wanted to mention to ya since you are a doggie mom – you do keep your dogs on heartworm meds monthly because of the ‘skitos don’t ya? That heartworm disease is bad-bad news for a poochie.
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