How to Kill Tadpoles in a Pond


While tadpoles may be cute at the time, they eventually turn into frogs and multiply. If the idea of having your yard and pond overcome with frogs is not your idea of the creatures you are hoping to attract, and if frog chirping is not considered peaceful nature music, you may choose to kill and remove the tadpoles before they become a larger nuisance.


Step 1

Use a fishing net to fish out the majority of the tadpoles in your pond (this is for a smaller, man-made pond).

Step 2

Place these collected tadpoles in the bucket and let stand until they have dried out.

Step 3

Add pond fish to your pond. These opportunistic omnivores will most likely clear out your tadpoles in a few months.

Step 4

If tadpoles persist, fish out your pond fish that you wish to save and add a mixture of pesticides to the pond to kill the remaining tadpoles (only use this in a man-made, smaller pond in which you have legal right to dump pesticides).

Step 5

Increase the salinity or change the pH of your pond by adding salt or chlorine.

Tips and Warnings

  • Handle pesticides with care and wash your hands after use. Do not touch your face when using pesticides. Completely close and store the remaining pesticides out of the reach of children.

Things You'll Need

  • Tadpoles
  • Fishing net
  • Bucket
  • Pond fish (goldfish, koi, orfe)
  • Combination of pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides)
  • Salt or chlorine


  • Frogspawn, Tadpoles and Frogs FAQs
  • Pesticides
  • University of Virginia: Tadpole Husbandry
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About this Author

Nikki Fiedler graduated from Rollins College in 2008 with double honors majors in International Relations and Studio Art. She has worked within the publishing, events, entertainment, marketing and fashion industries. She has been published in The Vegetarian Journal, Collegebound, The Sandspur, Orlando Style Magazine and Rollins Alumni Record.

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