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If i switch the pond over to a waterless waterfall and turn it off before dark will this solve my frog problem?
 
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No, not really anywhere where it is damp or wet you will find frogs, maybe less of them without a pond but they would still be around.
 
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We live in a 55 and older community so the homes are 10ft apart. After a good rain they come about 12 of them which are very loud.
 

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sounds like your neighbors need to pull the stick out of there backside and relax abit. Personally, I enjoy the sounds of nature.
 
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I'm in an old neighborhood in GA and the night sounds are deafening. (I love it.) But it has nothing to do with a pond. Nature is everywhere and loves to sing in the night. Tree frogs and bugs of all kinds are so loud, we can hear it through the walls and closed windows with the AC running. I think that is just nighttime in the humid, lush south.
 
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We live in a 55 and older community so the homes are 10ft apart. After a good rain they come about 12 of them which are very loud.
tell you what, I'll trade you; where I live, they put up a race track, about 1/2 mi away, and where I used to have to compete with errant screech sounds of cars/trucks on nearby major roads, now I have almost constant race car sounds to 'spoil' the solitude. So, a bunch of frogs chirping excitedly would be a Godsend. When your neighbors give you the 'eye' or make some snarky remark, tell them it could be worse re a race track. AND, I don't live in some impoverished neighborhood, either (though, that's where the race track is!).

Here's MY solution to MY problem; you can relay this to your neighbors (that ask) if you want to; I set up a stereo and some outdoor speakers; and best of all, I can STILL hear my waterfall! I bet I could still hear the frogs, too, were they still in chirp mode!

And of course, you can politely tell them they make less noise doing what they do than some humans you know. Give them a 'wink' after you say that!

Lastly, the frog mating season won't last that long, unless you have a lot of different species. Most only go on about it for a couple of weeks then back to basics like bug catching.
 
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Well i guess i have different species because this started in the spring and is still ongoing. I see a grayish green and a very nice dark green.Last night two of the dark green ones were matting. We stay up late around midnight and that is when most of them stop.
 
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Most of them are these.
 

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Find a big old bull frog he'll take care of them
 
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Lastly, the frog mating season won't last that long, unless you have a lot of different species. Most only go on about it for a couple of weeks then back to basics like bug catching.
I'm not sure about the frogs in your area, but here the green & bull frogs keep on making racket & dumping their eggs ALL. SUMMER. LONG. The Cope's Gray tree frogs also do their thing (along with the noise & egg dumping) most of the Summer. Other species (toads, wood frogs) are indeed limited to a few weeks of obnoxious spawning racket.

But, honestly, this time of year (mid July through August) the Katydids are the noisiest of the nocturnal critters & that has nothing to do with the pond. And, don't even get me started about the Whippoorwills...
 
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I have about 5-8 of the Cope's Gray Tree Frogs that come down from the trees and hop into the pond (sometimes I can find the same one most nights, about 4'-5' above the ground on the trunk directly above my pond, calling to the ones on the lily pads and vice versa before eventually hopping in too) and they are by far one of the loudest locally and seem to call even when not straight up breeding (lack of females appearing, lack of eggs, and late in the season). I've yet to take my db meter down to the pond, but between just their sound bouncing off the water's surface, and the ones that sit in between the gaps of the stacked rocks right at the water's surface, THEN calling out over the water, amplifying their calls greatly (enough of a db bump it can make me cringe when too close) has to easily be between 95 to 110db or greater. They also rarely alternate to a creepy (but very funny) cackle. I only seem to hear the cackle when a bunch of males get too close to each other on the lily pads after a rain OR running the sprinkler over the pond at night, so dunno if that's a territorial defense call or not, but it's funny as 2-3 will sound like they are having a maniacal laughing fit.

Been out enough nights now, that I can recognize it's the same batch of gray tree frogs though, as they are very much creatures of habit and typically occupy the same spots each night, assuming they come out. They call in that terrible midrange frequency that human ears hear all too well. A 2" Cope's gray frog at 5' can make 4" Green frog sound like a whisper.

Maybe stick a pinwheel on a diy weathervane (or make a few of them) and place them where the frogs are calling from. Get creative and stick some small, red, LED lights on it along with reflective tape so it's not completely darkened. As long as it moves, it should spook them. No idea how well that will work, but the frogs that sit on/around my pond, will stop briefly when I approach the pond and sit. After a few seconds to a few a minutes, one will eventually call and that signals the other frogs it's OK to respond. What's interesting is they'll cross-call each other too. So a green frog grunts and all the gray frogs will start up.

Yeah, some people definitely can't tolerate the calling though. And it's not your fault frogs are in the wild and happy to find running water that isn't from a storm drain in a Walmart parking lot.... You can try putting the pump on a timer (use an outdoor water proof type on a GFCI outlet; pump should be run off that type of outlet anyways if not already) and see if it has an effect, but to be perfectly honest, it's probably helping mask their calls a bit especially if the water's surface has ripples and is moving vs. a perfectly flat water surface sound will bounce off easier. After observing my pond's frogs and a local toad, they CLEARLY have a memory (have a toad that shows up in the same spot in my driveway, directly under a porch light every night; can recognize the same frogs returning to their "territory" including perching in same spots, etc., day after day even if they don't show up constantly) and will most likely return regardless but chillier weather (even if just a one night anomaly) seems to hush them as does movement. Basically, they'll remember your pond is where it is regardless of running water sound (most likely) but who knows.
 
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