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With their quack, frogs can reach up to 90 decibels. This makes them louder than some electronic tools. Sure, you get annoyed at some point. But do you have to put up with it?
Those who own a garden pond usually have frogs in them. The little animals are actually not a problem, but can squeeze the nerves of pond owners quite a bit with their croaking. Every now and then a little frog quack is really nice, but that can quickly get out of hand, because frog concerts can often last for several hours - and thus make many people sleep at night. So what to do if the frogs make noise for hours and you cannot sleep?
Why do frogs croak so loudly?
Frogs start their quack concert from late April into the summer. Because then it's mating season. The men mumble with the croaking and mark their territory. And that can get incredibly loud. Just for comparison: a jackhammer makes it to 80 decibels. The squeaking of frogs even to 90 decibels! Unbelievable, is not it?
The 4 most common frogs in the garden pond
Frog is not the same as frog, even if it appears at first glance. So that you understand who makes such a discount on your garden pond, here is a brief overview of the 4 most common domestic frog species.
❏ Little pond frog (Rana lessonae)The little pond frog (Rana lessonae) has its name right because it is the smallest of the green frog species. The average body length is 4 to 5 cm, the body itself is quite slim, the head is more pointed. The little pond frog can have a green body with brown spots, but there are also specimens with a brown body and a green line on the back. His favorite place is the pond bank, where he also hibernates.
❏ Tree frog (Hyla arborea)The tree frog (Hyla arborea) is certainly the best known frog, but unfortunately it is becoming increasingly rare. Typical of the tree frog and almost unmistakable is its grass-green body color and the striking brown-black line that visually divides the back and belly in half. Tree frogs have their quack high season from May to June, whereby the quack can be compared to the sound of a saw.
❏ Sea frog (Rana ridibunda)In contrast to its other counterparts, the sea frog (Rana ridibunda) mostly stays in the water. With a length of up to 17 cm, the sea frog is the largest European frog. When it comes to sea frogs, it is primarily the males that croak loudly and long, and that at any time of the day or night. The sea frog spends the winter at the bottom of the pond, and in spring it can be seen above the water again.
❏ Water frog (Rana esculenta)The water frog (Rana esculenta) prefers to stay in and in heavily planted garden ponds. Here he also likes to look for the company of the sea frog and the little pond frog, which he visually resembles. It is suspected that the water frog is a cross between these two species. The noises or the croak are therefore similarly loud and intense.
What can you do about quacking?
If you are the neighbor of a garden pond owner or can no longer bear the croaking from your garden pond yourself, then there is nothing you can do about it. Your neighbor doesn't have to fill up the pond or remove the frogs. This is because they fall under the Ordinance on the Protection of Species and therefore must not be removed. So you have to put up with the noise. You can certainly meet again in court, but the chances of success here are almost zero. Such negotiations have already taken place in court - and all have failed.
However, there is an exception
If someone feels massively disturbed by the frog concerts at night, an annoyed neighbor can hope for support. The Federal Court of Justice has ruled that judges can make an exception if the quack exceeds the guideline value of 35 decibels by 20 decibels. The owner of the frog pond must then relocate the frogs to prevent the noise. But the joy of calm will not last long, because frogs will settle again next year.
Yes, you might think that there is something more you can do about frogs than barking dogs and then that. If you feel massively disturbed, I have some alternative solutions to the quacking problem.
Natural predators against the frog quack
Actually, there is no need to negotiate a neighborhood dispute because of croaking frogs. Whether next door or at your own garden pond - the frog has natural enemies that can ensure that croaking is minimized.
❏ Spawning threats
Before the frogs even have the chance to let go of their croaking, they are threatened. Specifically, this means that natural predators such as ducks, fish and even the newt will grapple with the spawn. The freshly laid eggs are sucked out or eaten and the frog population is thus contained in a natural way.
❏ Yellow-billed beetle - tadpole's greatest enemy
Once the eggs have “survived”, the tadpoles hatch. The yellow brandy beetle and its larvae are waiting for this moment and are waiting for the tadpoles. The larva of the yellow brandy beetle alone can swallow up to 900 tadpoles.
Once the tadpole has hatched, the yellow brandy beetle and its larvae are waiting for it. These wait in an ambush and snap shut as soon as a victim approaches them. They eat a variety of tadpoles in all stages. A yellow brandy beetle larva can eat 900 tadpoles until it is converted to a beetle. Water bugs and dragonfly larvae are also popular in tadpoles.
❏ Young frogs - delicacies for larger species
Young frogs sometimes only make it to the water's edge, because larger conspecifics, such as the great green frog, are already waiting there to destroy them. There is also danger lurking from the air, because many blackbirds or wagtails have young frogs on their menu.
Catch and move frogsIf the frog population and thus the croaking takes over, there is still the possibility to catch the frogs (do not kill!). The best time for this is the night and ...
The flashlight trick
- As soon as it is dark, take a flashlight in your hand and go to the garden pond.
- Shine the frog directly in the face.
- The light freezes the frog and the quack stops abruptly.
- If you dare, you can now grab the frog by hand or alternatively catch it with a landing net.
- The collected frogs should then be immediately released to another body of water.