How to Get Rid of Lizards

Even though lizards are beneficial as they gobble up a whole lot of nasty insects and spiders in your house, most people feel fear and disgust for these creepy creatures.

These creatures are common in warm areas, where cover and food are abundant. However, a 2010 analysis predicts that one-fifth of lizard species globally will become extinct by 2080 due to global warming. The analysis, led by a University of California–Santa Cruz professor, used data from more than 1,200 lizard populations worldwide.

Nevertheless, there will be plenty of them still around for decades and centuries to come.

Being small in size, lizards can easily enter homes and buildings through vents, pipes, cracks around windows, sliding doors and other crevices.

They are usually inactive during daytime, preferring the early evening to go in search of insects that are attracted to light. They eat bugs of all kinds – wasps, ants, grasshoppers, beetles, mosquitoes and spiders.

There are different species of lizards and most of them are harmless to humans. In fact, many people keep some species like iguanas, bearded dragons, geckos and anoles as pets.

However, black droppings with white tips that lizards leave behind are not only yucky to find but also potentially harmful to your health. It’s important to get rid of the droppings, as lizards frequently carry salmonella. Exposure to it can cause serious problems in humans.

Many people cannot bear the sight of these scaly creatures and want them off their property. Eradicating lizards and preventing them from returning to your house can be a difficult but not impossible task.

If you have too many lizards in your house to deal with on your own, you may need to try special pest-control products for efficient elimination or seek help from experts.

Here are some effective ways to get rid of lizards.

1. Keep Your House Clean

To prevent lizards from entering your home, you must make them feel unwelcome. This can be done by simply keeping your house clean.

Bear in mind that a dirty and messy house invites lizards, as it provides both hiding places and food for them.

2. Get Rid of Their Food Sources

Any creature needs food to survive. So, cutting down their food supply is one of the best ways to get rid of lizards.

3. Seal Entry Points

When dealing with lizards, you must work diligently to seal up all the entry points they use to get into your house.

These creepy crawlers can squish their scaly bodies through very small openings, so even small holes and cracks become their private doorways. Thoroughly inspect the outside of your house and deal with any cracks and holes.

4. Use Simple Cardboard Traps

Using commercial or homemade traps are a good way to get rid of lizards. However, for this particular method to work, you must identify how and where the lizards are getting into your house. This is important so that you can place the traps near their entryways.

You can get lizard traps easily in the market, and they are not very expensive. Cardboard traps come with attractants that lure the lizards in and sticky surfaces that prevent them from getting out. Once caught, dump the trapped creature outside.

You can even make your own lizard traps with shoe boxes or water bottles. Put food and a sticky pad (can also use wax strips) in the traps.

If you have too many lizards to catch, multiple traps will be needed over a few days of trapping and removing.

5. Use Pepper Spray

There are only a few pests that can bear the burning sensation that pepper spray causes, and lizards are no exception. Pepper spray will irritate the lizards and make them run away.

  1. Fill a small spray bottle with water.
  2. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of pepper powder to it. You can also add a little chilli powder to it.
  3. Put the cap on and shake it well to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  4. Spray the solution around your kitchen racks, corners, under the stove, windowsills, behind furniture and anywhere else you’ve seen lizards.
  5. Repeat once daily for a few days until you are satisfied with the results.

6. Scare Them with Peacock Feathers

It has been found that lizards are afraid of peacock feathers. While the reason is not known, experts believe that these pesky pests associate large feathers with birds who prey on lizards.

Many people have successfully used peacock feathers to deter lizards in their house. You can buy peacock feathers in local markets or order them online.

Using a tape, stick a cluster of peacock feathers on the wall where lizards live. You can even put them in a flower vase or corners where you see lizards. This will cause the lizards to evacuate your room.

7. Spray Ice Cold Water on Them

Lizards are sensitive to changes in temperature, which can even affect their mobility. This is why spraying cold water on lizards is considered an effective method to get rid of these creepy creatures.

  1. Filla spray bottle with ice cold water.
  2. Keep an eye out for lizards and spray the ice cold water on them as soon as you see them.
  3. As their movement slows, trap them in a cardboard box.
  4. Finally, release them outside of your house.

8. Lemongrass

Insects and pests hate the strong citrus smell of lemongrass.  It works as a great lizard repellent, too.

9. Camphor

The strong smell of camphor can also help drive away lizards from your house.

10. Get a Cat to Chase Them Out

If you do not have a pet cat, it is time to bring one home.

Cats simply love to catch lizards and rodents. They’ll quickly nab lizards whenever they see one. With little training, cats will work on your behalf to keep your house free of pests. In short, get a cute, cuddly, blood-thirsty predator.

A 2014 study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences reports that in areas where cats were plentiful, lizard populations were approximately half those of areas where there were no cats.

So, to take control ofthe lizard population in your home, get a cute cat to help you out.

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