What to Do if You Find a Frog in Your House?

Do not panic if you find a lost frog in your house, it’s more common than you think. Frogs can get in through cracks, windows, basement window wells and doors. Frogs generally wind up in people’s homes by accident.

If you find a frog in your house do not panic. Make sure your pets and children are not in the area, find the frog or attract it to a specific location. Then safely capture, release and prevent the frog from coming back.

This article will provide you all the information and resources you need to take precautions, find the frog, capture, release and prevent it from coming back into your home. Let’s dive in.

1. Do Not Panic if a Frog is in Your House

Do not be surprised if you find a frog inside of your home. Finding a frog in your home can be a common occurrence especially if you are located near a forest, pond or other type of permanent body of calm freshwater.

We’re going to have a look at what to do if this is a one-time thing, or what to do if this has happened multiple times.

Find out how a frog got into your home on our blog

2. Get Your Pets Out of The Way

Start by getting your pets out of the way. Either put them outside or in a room where you are sure that there are no frogs.

Most frogs and toads you can find in North America are generally not poisonous to humans, but all toads are poisonous to pets

Issues generally occur if your cat or dog ingests the toad or it’s poison. So you want to be sure that your pets are not in the area where the frog could be located. 

Learn what to do if your dog interacted with the frog on our blog

3. Make Sure Your Children Are Out of The Way

Similar to pets, you want to be sure that your children are not in the area where the Frog may be.

Most frogs and toads you can find in North America are generally not poisonous to humans, but all frogs can carry viral or bacterial diseases like salmonella. 

Children are generally curious and may be tempted to pick up the frog. If the frogs mucus, poison or secretions enter their bloodstream or sinuses, problems can occur.

So you want to be sure that your children are not in the area where the frog could be located. 

4. Find The Frog

Next you want to find the frog. The frog will most likely be in a warm, damp place like the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or basement. 

We have a complete guide to finding a frog in your home so be sure to check it out if you are unsure of where the frog is located in your home.

Keep in mind that there could be one of three types of frogs in your home. Each of these types of frogs enjoy very different habitats.

Tree Frogs climb, so they could be above ground stuck to walls.

Aquatic Frogs swim, so they are probably in a pool of water somewhere in your home. And toads burrow, so they are probably hiding under something humid.

See our guide to finding a frog in your home for all the details

5. Try to Attract The Frog

Attract The Frog With Wet Paper Towel in a Dark Area

You can attract the frog to a specific location in your home by putting damp paper towels on the floor and checking them periodically.

Frogs like hidden, moist damp places so place the paper towel in a dark but accessible area in your home like an open closet.

Learn how to catch and trap the frog in your home on our blog

6. Safely Catch The Frog

Once you have located the frog, it is time to safely catch it. You can use a tight-knit net and wear gardening gloves.

Carefully scoop up the frog and hold it under its arms or cupped in your hands. Do squish it under its belly as this can hurt its internal organs.

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Wearing gloves is important for your safety because frogs can carry viral or bacterial diseases such as salmonella.

Wearing gloves is also important for the Frog safety because the oils on our skin can irritate their delicate skin and respiratory system.

Learn more about how to safely catch a frog in this article on our blog

7. Safely Release The Frog

Next it’ll be time to safely release the Frog. Release the frog in a safe, shaded area of your yard where there are no predators.

Do not release the frog across a road or in another part of town. Some frogs are protected or invasive species and local laws may apply.

Telephone numbers are available in the link below for location-specific information.

Learn more about how to safely release a frog in this article on our blog

8. Prevent The Frog From Coming Back

You can prevent the frog from coming back in a wide variety of ways. Get rid of anything that attracts frogs in your yard, frog-proof your window wells, and put up fencing to keep frogs out of your yard.

If this isn’t the first time that you found a frog in your home,  simply follow the instructions in this article to find, capture and release the Frog.

However, if you often have frogs that come into your home, or if this has happened multiple times, you may need to consult a qualified professional. 

Learn about how to prevent frogs from coming to your property on our blog

9. Create a Dedicated Frog Area in Your Yard

If you do not mind having frogs around your home or if you would like to contribute to the conservation of this very important species, you may want to create dedicated areas for frogs around your home.

We have a lot of really cool articles on our blog that can help you attract frogs to your yard, but keep them out of your home. Check them out below:

More About Frogs in Your House

Sometimes the structural issues may provide wildlife and entry to your home. If you often have a variety of wildlife coming into your home it may be time to contact a local pest control company (CTNF).

Be sure to check out our other articles and guides for more information about how to deal with frogs in your house:

Common Questions About Frogs in Your House

What does a frog in a house mean? If you have a frog in your home for the first time it may mean that your home or yard is humid. If you often have frogs inside your home you may have a structural issue since frogs can enter through cracks and are attracted to humid areas. Consult a qualified pest control professional in your area.

Can frogs live in a house? Frogs can not safely live inside of your house. Frogs require a consistent amount of water, food, and shelter. Your home is probably not humid enough for frogs, and does not provide a safe and steady source of food. Be sure to release the frog in a safe area of your yard to ensure its survival.

Can frogs climb walls? Tree frogs can climb walls because they have sticky pads on their toes that allow them to be excellent climbers. However toads and aquatic frogs cannot climb. Toads are excellent at crawling and digging, and aquatic frogs are excellent at swimming.

What to do if you find a frog in your house? If you find a frog in your house do not panic. Make sure your pets and children are not in the area, find the frog or attract it to a specific location. Then safely capture, release and prevent the frog from coming back.

Is it good luck to have a frog in your house? Some people think it is a sign of good fortune to have a frog in their home. This may be true, however the frog should definitely not stay inside of your home since it cannot survive indoors. Be sure to catch the frog and to release it in a safe area of your yard. 

What attracts Frogs to your house? Frogs are attracted to three main things: food, humidity and shelter. Frogs are generally attracted to people’s homes where there is a lot of humidity due to pooling water, sprinklers or leaky hoses. 

About The Author
Daniella is a Master Herpetologist and the founder of toadsnfrogs.com, a website dedicated to educating the general population on frogs by meeting them where they are in their online Google Search. Daniella is passionate about frogs and put her digital marketing skills and teaching experience to good use by creating these helpful resources to encourage better education, understanding, and care for frogs.