There are few things more unpleasant than finding a frog in your car. Frogs, as we all know, can be extremely slippery, and—we don't want to alarm you—but they tend to secrete sticky slime when startled.
It's a lot of unpleasantness when you're just trying to get from point A to point B. Luckily for you, we've come up with a few suggestions for getting that pesky frog out of your car (and hopefully not onto your clothes).
Tip 1 - Put on gloves and catch them with your hands.
If you're up for the challenge, put on a pair of gloves and carefully catch the frog by grabbing it by its back legs.
Then, gently place it outside! If you're worried about being bitten or stung by the frog, check to see if it has any bite marks or other signs of injury before handling it.
And if you're still unsure what species of frog you've got on your hands (or in your car), don't try to pick up your friend just yet—just call animal control to help safely remove this slippery little guy.
Tip 2 - Lure it out
Another way to get the frog out is to make it happy. But can frogs feel happy? Of course they can, if you dangle their favorite food in front of them!
If you have access to some mealworms (or even earthworms), you can use them to your advantage and lure the frog out to have his meal.
Remember to use a pair of tongs to avoid dirtying your own hands!
Tip 3 - Put a large container over the frog.
If the frog is stuck between your car and the garage door, put a large container over the frog.
This will create a barrier that prevents it from jumping away while still allowing you to open and close your garage door.
Make sure your container is large enough to hold the frog; if it's not, he may get crushed under your tires when you drive away.
If there are any small animals in or around your home—mice, and rats—put them safely outside.
Tip 4 - Use a piece of paper to get it out.
So far, we have gone through 3 methods. If you’re lucky, the frog will jump out on its own by now. But if it doesn’t, here are a few more things you can try:
Use a piece of paper to get it out.
This is the safest way to get it out of your car because it won't hurt the frog or cause any damage to anything else in your vehicle.
You have to be careful not to touch or knock over any other items that might fall off onto them as you move around, trying to help him find his way back outside.
Tip 5 - Use a cup to scoop it out of the car.
While this method may seem obvious, it’s worth repeating. The cup is an excellent tool to use if you have one handy, and not just because you can use it for your drinks later.
The frog will be less inclined to move around or jump when it's in a container, which means you can get it out of your car without it losing any limbs.
If you don't have one, try using a plastic bag or anything else that's clear and sturdy enough to keep the frog contained.
Tip 6 - Use a net to get the frog to jump into the net, then carry it outside.
If you're in a position to use a net, then this is your method. These nets aren't too hard to find, especially if you look in your garage or shed. As with any other tool, there are several things to keep in mind when choosing the right one:
- Use gloves and ensure the net will get the job done without being too heavy for easy use.
- Don't try using a net that's either too small or too big—it won't work as well if it doesn't have enough surface area to catch frogs, but if it's too big, then it could be challenging to handle and could even hurt the frog more than help him.
With these six tips, don't you feel better prepared to deal with that frog in your car? Don't worry if the first attempt doesn't work. Try the next. And if all else fails, you can also refer to this article on how to catch a frog.
And remember—don’t get scared! No matter how many times the frog hops or moves around, stay calm and bring it outside safely so that it can continue on its way and you can continue on yours.