How to Catch a Frog in Your House

You know there is a frog on the loose in your home and are looking for expert tips on how to catch or trap the frog. You are in the right place!

To catch or trap a frog that is lost in your home, you can use a paper towel and water to attract the frog to a specific location, you can catch the frog using your hands or a net, you can also attract the frog to a damp area or create a frog trap.

Let’s dive into exactly how you could do each of these things to safely remove the frog from your home.

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1. Use Papertowel And Water to Attract The Frog

Attract the Frog to a specific location by wetting a paper towel and placing it in a dark place like an open closet. Frogs are nocturnal and will search for dark, wet places to hide.

Check them periodically to see if the frog was attracted to the spot. You can try to attract the frog to different locations with more than one wet paper towel.

Keep in mind that the frog is likely in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, basement or near planters.

Learn more in our guide on where to find a lost frog in your home

2. Use Your Hands to Catch The Frog

If you have found the frog or know where it is, you may be tempted to catch it using your hands.

This can be a great way to get the frog out of your house, but be sure to catch the frog safely for both you and the frog.

First of all, you need to wear gloves.

Once you have your gloves on, here is how you can safely catch the frog:

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  1. Put on a pair of gloves
  2. Wet your hands if you are catching an aquatic frog
  3. Cup the frog in your hands if it is small or medium-sized
  4. Place it in a bucket
  5. Release it outdoors

Now that the frog is outside, you probably do not want it to come back in.

Learn more about safely relocating frogs on our blog

3. Use a Net to Catch The Frog

If you have found the frog or know where it is, you may be tempted to catch it using a net.

To safely catch a frog, use a tight-knit mesh-hole net to scoop the frogs into a bucket, then relocate it to its source which should be a small body of water within 1km from your home.

Be sure that you choose a net that is very tight-knit or has holes up to to 1mm (0.0393”) in order to not get the frog’s toes or legs caught and injure them.

Aquatic frogs have sensitive webbed feet and may get caught and hurt themselves in a net with holes that are too large.

4. Attract The Frog to a Damp Dark Area With Plants

A lost frog, toad or tree frog in your home will be attracted to different locations, but overall, frogs are attracted to dark damp areas with vegetation. If you have a lot of plants, an effective way to attract frogs to a specific location can be to regroup as many plants as possible in one spot (CTNF).

  1. Chose a damp, dark area like your basement or bathroom (without any lights on) 
  2. Pace as many live plants in there as you can. 
  3. Water the plants and spray the leaves with water for moisture.

Place a bowl of water on the ground if you are trying to attract an aquatic frog. Place a bowl of soil on the ground if you are trying to attract a toad.

Check the leaves of the plants periodically if you are looking for a tree frog, and check the bowls you set out and the soil of the plants for toads or aquatic frogs.

5. Create a Frog Trap to Catch the Frog

You can trap a lost frog in your home by creating a frog trap. There are many types of effective frog traps that involve digging a hole but putting a hole in your tiled floor is probably not something you want to do.

So here is an easy solution to attract and trap frogs indoors:

To Trap a Frog in Your Home

  1. Get a plastic container or a large Mason Jar
  2. Place soil at the bottom of the jar
  3. Spray the soil with water
  4. Place the trap where you think the toad may be
  5. Place plants around the trap to attract the toad

To Trap a Toad in Your Home

  1. Get a plastic container or a large Mason Jar
  2. Place soil at the bottom of the jar
  3. Spray the soil with water
  4. Place the trap where you think the toad may be
  5. Place plants around the trap to attract the toad

Unfortunately, this method can take a few hours to a few days to work.

Frogs are active at night, however, so one of the best times to be on the lookout for them in your home is after dark.

Turn off all the lights and use a flashlight to search for them since they are not active until dark.

More About Catching Frogs

If you are unsure where the frog is be sure to check out our guide on finding a lost frog in your home. 

Questions About Finding Frogs in Your House

What to do if you find a frog in your house? Do not panic if you find a frog in your house. Look for the frog in a warm, damp place like the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or basement. Attract the frog to a specific location in your home by putting damp paper towels down on the floor and checking them periodically.

What is the easiest way to catch a frog? The easiest way to catch a frog in your home is by putting wet paper towels in a dark area. You could also use your hands, a net, a trap, or plants to attract the frog, catch and release it safely.

How do you attract a frog out of hiding? Attracting frogs out of hiding during the day is generally difficult since most are nocturnal. Therefore, the best way to attract a frog out of hiding is to simply wait until nightfall, keep the lights off, and use a flashlight to find the frog. They generally come out into the open after dark.

How do you find a frog in your house? To find a frog in your house, search damp, dark areas such as the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or basement. Frogs may hide under appliances, in buckets of water, under the soil, in wet laundry, and other damp, dark places.  

How long can a frog survive in a house? A lost frog can survive 48 hours to several weeks when lost indoors. How long the frog survives depends on its access to food, shelter, and water. Pets and small children can be detrimental to frogs inside a home, so keep them away until you find and release the frog.

What does it mean when you find a frog in your house? If you find a frog in your home it can mean you have cracks, broken pipes, or conditions around your home that attract frogs including but not limited to compost, a leaky hose, pool, tall grass, sprinklers, or lights on at night. You may also be located on or near the frog’s natural habitat.