Standing Water May Be Good For Frogs, But We Wouldn’t Recommend It

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Frogs and toads are drawn to shallow and bog-like water, which is the very same environment where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Mosquitoes are prolific creatures. They will breed in backyard water fixtures as well as small amounts of water, including open containers, planters, and even water reservoirs of coffee makers. Needless to say, stagnant water is one of the biggest mistakes that will attract mosquitoes to your yard. Although frogs eat mosquitoes, it’s not their primary food source, so you may not want to rely on them for natural pest control.

Mosquito eggs begin to hatch within 24 to 72 hours, which means that within a few days, you could have a problem on your hands. Although malaria was eliminated from the U.S. in 1951, the mosquito species that was a primary carrier for the disease is still found in large numbers throughout the eastern and southeastern United States. While not considered a current threat, a handful of homegrown cases have been reported in recent years. West Nile remains the main mosquito-borne disease in the country, as well as encephalitis and dog heartworm disease.

The good news is that you can attract frogs to your garden without the presence of still water. A pile of moist logs can provide excellent shelter. Compost piles and abundant native greenery are welcome food sources for amphibians. If you’re still exploring the idea of installing a small pond, you can keep backyard water features mosquito-free through various natural methods or by adding a pump that keeps the water circulating.

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