How to Catch a Lizard in the House

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How to Catch a Lizard in the House
Safely remove these unwanted guests. (George Doyle & Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Lizards are beneficial to our environment. They eat a wide variety of insects like crickets, roaches and ants. Lizards do, however, have an annoying habit of finding their way into homes. The critters are sometimes hard to catch and appear when you least expect them. There are pest control products on the market, such as lizard repellent and glue traps designed to repel or lure the unsuspecting reptile into a sticky death. Since most lizards are harmless to humans, gently catching them by hand and releasing them outdoors allows them to continue controlling unwanted insects around your home.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard box
  • Broom
  • Spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Locate the lizard. Slowly approach the lizard to avoid startling it.

  2. 2

    Spray the lizard with ice-cold water. Lizards do not like anything cold. Spraying a lizard with ice-cold water will slow it down significantly, making it easier to catch.

  3. 3

    Place a cardboard box or similar container on its side in front of the lizard. This method works best when the lizard is against the wall.

  4. 4

    Shoo the lizard in the direction of the box using a broom or stick. Be careful not to harm the lizard. A scared lizard seeks out the nearest form of protection or cover when threatened.

  5. 5

    Quickly cover the box with a towel or piece of cardboard to trap the lizard. Take the box outside and release the lizard.

Tips and warnings

  • Eliminate the lizard's access points around your home by sealing cracks and holes and replacing worn-out window screens and door thresholds.
  • Some lizards will bite; avoid handling them with your bare hands.
  • The Gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard found in the southwestern United States are poisonous. Avoid contact with these lizards, and hire a professional pest control technician to remove them.

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