How to Get Rid of Lizards or Salamanders

Lizards and salamanders invade homes and gardens when they are looking for shelter or food. Lizards come inside homes due to cracks and crevices around the windows or on the foundation. Lizards and salamanders are generally harmless, but people often are afraid of them. Certain species of lizards and salamanders are also poisonous. Get rid of lizards and salamanders by using safe and humane methods. Once you know where the lizards are hiding, you can begin removing the pests.

Examine the foundation around your home to look for cracks, holes and crevices. Seal the cracks or repair the foundation with caulking to prevent the lizards and salamanders from entering your home.

Remove litter, debris, wood, boxes and other items from the ground outdoors or the floors in your home. Areas such as basements, crawl spaces and attics may harbour lizards because the cool, dark locations give them many places to hide.

Remove insects from the home if the lizards or salamanders are still present. Spray commercial insecticides indoors and outdoors around the foundation to remove the insects so the lizards do not have a food supply.

Clear gutters and drain pipes of dead leaves and debris. Removing the debris will keep the water away from the foundation of your home, where salamanders are more likely to thrive. Water also attracts insects, which will attract the salamanders and lizards.

Remove the moisture from basements and crawl spaces by drying them out with fans. Salamanders thrive in damp or moist environments, especially if there are hiding spaces for them to live.

Trim bushes away from your home. Cutting the foliage back will prevent the lizards from hanging out around doors and entryways because the bushes give them a place to hide.

Catch the lizards or salamanders by placing a box over the lizard. Slide a piece of cardboard underneath and carry the lizard outdoors. Always wear gloves when handling lizards or salamanders to prevent irritation to your skin.


Turn outdoor lights off or place them on a timer because they attract insects, which will attract the lizards.


Always follow the directions on insecticides carefully and store them away from children and pets. Capturing and selling lizards may be illegal in your state of residence. Always consult with the Department of Fish and Game for specific regulations.

Things You'll Need

  • Caulking
  • Commercial insecticides
  • Box or container
  • Cardboard
  • Gloves
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.