Most lizards are harmless to humans and many appreciate a home by eliminating insect pests. However, many people fear lizards or simply don’t want uninvited guests to their homes. In most cases, the key to getting rid of lizards in a human way is to make your home and property unattractive to them.
Like any animal, a lizard will go where it finds its food. To get rid of the lizard, eliminate its food source from home so it has to go elsewhere in search of sustenance. A lizard’s diet depends on its species. Some are mainly vegetarian, mainly eating plants and few insects; others maintain carnivorous habits, eat insects, small invertebrates and other small animals such as snakes, other lizards, amphibians, birds and rodents. To minimize insects in the house – a common draw for lizards – trim back any bushes near the house, especially those near doors and windows. Resist by turning on projectors, which attract insects that feed on lizards. Keep the lawn short and consider adding naturally insect-repellent plants to the embellishment or in containers. In addition, clean more thoroughly inside to remove crumbs and other debris to keep the insect population to a minimum.
Lizards are cold-blooded and love warm, humid places. Maintain a colder temperature in your home and keep the air circulating through bathrooms after the showers to reduce the amount of water vapor in the air. Also, participate in any sources of stagnant water, such as leaking pipes or dripping taps since moisture attracts lizards, as well as the insects they eat. As prey various predators themselves, lizards as hiding places. Eliminate or reduce such withdrawals from rear cut bushes around the house, moving furniture away from the walls, choosing furniture without very tall legs or legs, taking down large frames and mirrors and reducing the number of items cluttering up the counters and other surfaces.
If the problem is limited to one or a few lizards, consider catching and releasing them. They move quickly, so this is not the easiest method. Still, if it is possible to intercept a lizard in a corner with a box, vase or other container as its only withdrawn by you, often the lizard will run into the container. Close it quickly and release the animal a distance from home. If acquisition proves difficult, consider taking advantage of the lizard’s cold-blooded nature. Spray ice water on it to make it lazy first and then try to catch it. Glue primed traps are also available, which attract and trap lizards like flypaper. To release the lizard from glue and loose, they drip vegetable oil over the adhesive surface.
Keep new lizards out and prevent the reintroduction of repeat visitors from closing any potential entry points. Look carefully around doors and windows, fill in a crepe, and caulk seams. Look for holes in the screens, repair them, and make sure that any openings are also screened. Occasionally, lizards find their way inside the sink drains, so keep these covered or closed.
Cats love lizards, as many dogs do. Adopt, borrow or reposition your own to drive away the problem. Other animals that eat small parasitic lizards include owls, skunks, hawks, snakes, raccoons and larger lizards.
Naphthalene repel lizards therefore consider spreading them near doors and windows – but not in areas accessible to children or pets. Naphthalene is poisonous. Insect repellent can also discourage lizards and can be used in a similar way. In addition, insecticides can be used to kill all insects that could serve as a food for the lizard. Consider spraying a special non-toxic repellent lizard on the ceiling or walls; makes the surface slippery so lizards cannot climb. If all else, fails, some pesticides exterminate lizards and some professional pest controllers will also take care of the problem.