How to Get Rid of Tadpoles and Frog Eggs in Your Pool

Have you spotted little tadpoles in your pool and don’t know what to do? One thing is sure, frog eggs and tadpoles have no place in the pool water. But how do you remove the tadpoles from the water?

In some areas, tadpoles usually are only allowed to be caught and relocated by experts. But as a pool owner in the US, protective measures can be taken against frogs so that the animals do not lay eggs in the pool water.

In this article, I’ll tell you what to do if you spot small tadpoles in the water without breaking the law on nature conservation.

What to do if you have tadpoles in the pool

In my other blog article, I described how to keep away adult frogs in the pool and how to prevent them from using your pool as a new habitat.

But what should you do if you already have tadpoles in your pool?

The tadpoles didn’t jump into the pool alone.

Either they had enough time to develop from the frog spawn in your pool or – which rarely happens – the small tadpoles were occasionally carried into the pool by birds.

But, it doesn’t matter how the little frogs got into the pool water.

The tadpoles have to get out of the pool!

According to my research, sometimes it is forbidden to remove frogs or tadpoles that have already used a water source as a new home.

I assume that the pool is not a natural habitat for frogs and tadpoles.

The pool is heated and filtered. Therefore, the pool is a danger to the tadpoles.

If you see tadpoles in your pool, the best thing you can do is to carefully catch the little animals with a net and release them into a local pond.

If you are a reader from the UK, I would like to point out that this has to be done by experts according to the law.

  1. Fill a bucket with enough water.
  2. Catch the tadpoles unharmed with a net and place them directly in the water bucket – do not use a skimmer.
  3. The tadpoles must be returned to their natural habitat and not be kept in the aquarium.

But what should be done if the tadpoles have not hatched from the frogspawn yet?

Even if you mean it well with the frogs, the law in the UK does not allow frog spawn to be raised at home in the aquarium.

For more information on the legal situation in your country, I recommend reading another blog because I am not a lawyer.

How do little tadpoles get into the pool?

From a frog’s perspective, your swimming pool in the garden appears to be an optimal living space.

If there are still enough insects in the pool water as a food source, it is like an open invitation to the frogs.

But why is the frog choosing your pool as a new home?

Are there not enough ponds or lakes where the amphibians are better off?

The point is this: Agriculture destroys many little ponds for frogs. The frogs starve to death or dry up when crossing large agricultural areas and are also easy prey for birds and other predators.

Another thing is that frogs don’t distinguish between a natural pond and your swimming pool.

So having frogs in the pool doesn’t mean your pool maintenance plan is bad.

Due to the lack of ponds, the frogs don’t hesitate and jump into your pool at the first opportunity.

The frog cannot get out of the pool on its own if it realizes that your pool is not such an excellent place to live – it threatens to drown or starve.

In rare cases, it also happens that the frogs lay the spawn in your pool basin.

If you are absent for a long time, you will find small tadpoles in your pool.

But if the frogs lay their eggs, it’s not the only reason you have tadpoles in the pool.

Occasionally, ducks and other birds have brought the frog eggs into your swimming pool.

Questions and answers about tadpoles in the pool

This chapter will answer more questions about tadpoles in the pool.

In this way, I hope to clarify the remaining questions and provide more clarification.

Are tadpoles dangerous to humans?

Tadpoles in the pool scare most pool owners.

But how harmful are the tadpoles for the water balance, and is there a danger to humans if there are frogs in the pool?

The tadpoles do not threaten humans or their health directly.

Nevertheless, tadpoles cause dirt in the pool water and disturb the water balance. Therefore you should react accordingly to the problem.

Use the chlorine against tadpoles?

The chlorine is used by default to disinfect the pool water.

Direct contact with the chlorine can irritate the skin, and frogs or small tadpoles would most likely die from the chlorine.

In the worst case, maggots form from the dead tadpoles in the pool – I described how to get rid of maggots in the pool in another blog article.

However, I have not found any study into how well the tadpoles can tolerate chlorine in a pool. No difficulties should arise in the case of chlorine levels between 0.3 and 1.5 ppm.

However, it is not advisable to pour an increased amount of chlorine into the pool water to get rid of the tadpoles.

Can you move tadpoles out of the pool?

In some cases, it is forbidden – if frogs or tadpoles have settled in the garden – to relocate them.

I cannot say how far the law goes in your local area regarding the pool – which is a danger to the lives of the animals. You should read your local rules.

Exceptions are possible, but only in justified individual cases.

And is it allowed to remove the frogspawn from the pool and raise it in the aquarium?

No, you are generally not allowed to raise a frogspawn in your own aquarium. In such cases, I would seek the advice of a lawyer.

Should you create an alternative habitat for frogs?

Some brief advisors talk about creating an alternative habitat for the frogs in the garden.

The logic behind it is that the frogs should avoid the pool and prefer the artificially created pond.

However, this logic leads to more and more frogs appearing in the pond, and one or the other ends up in your pool.

In addition, such pools are an open invitation to mosquitoes.

That is why I would refrain from specially created frog enclosures in my garden.

Do you have any other questions about tiny tadpoles in the pool?

Contact me at @contactswimfool on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. I am happy to help you personally.

With this in mind, have fun bathing!

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Hi. I'm Max Berg. I've been in the pool industry since 2015 and have always felt drawn to water. I'm the author behind swimfool.com, where I share my years of experience in pool maintenance and give helpful tips on keeping a swimming pool or hot tub clean. My tips reduce the costs of water treatment and protect the environment.

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