Tadpoles in our pond

Asked June 9, 2018, 3:03 PM EDT

We just returned from 10 days away and see THOUSANDS of tadpoles in our pond. We already have many too many frogs. What to do? Thanks.

Washington County Minnesota frogs horticulture

1 Response

You question is somewhat out of the expertise of Master Gardeners. I suggest you check in on forums about ponds and pond wildlife.

That said, it is my understanding that it is not unusual for there to be a large number of tadpoles in the spring and that this population thins out naturally due to predation and competition. Very few of them become frogs. If you have fish in your pond, the large tadpole population probably makes them quite happy. Read here:
https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/sprwater.htm