How to Get Rid of a Gecko Lizard

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How to Get Rid of a Gecko Lizard
There are humane ways to rid your home and garden of a gecko lizard infestation. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Gecko lizards are smaller- to average-sized reptiles that thrive in a warm environment. The gecko lizard's colouration varies according to habitat, and geckos are nocturnal reptiles. The gecko lizard can often be a hassle for homeowners in warmer or tropical climates, despite the reptile's ability to rid a house of other pests. Gecko lizards pose no actual danger to humans, but if you're facing a gecko infestation, you can rid your home of the annoyance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pesticides
  • Mothballs
  • Cats

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    Eliminate Insects

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    Use pesticides and other methods to rid your home of insects. Gecko lizards invade the home because of an overabundance of insects, the reptile's main diet. Geckos enjoy moths, spiders, mosquitoes, ants and any other small insects. By eliminating these insects from your home, the geckos will have no reason to stay. To eliminate the lizard's delicacies, use pesticides, seal any cracks and keep windows and doors closed. Contact an exterminator if the insect problem is severe.

  2. 2

    Place mothballs inside and outside of your home. Arrange the mothballs in dark areas and near crevices or cracks. The mothballs act as a deterrent for gecko lizards without harming them. Mothballs will also help eliminate gecko lizards outside the home, if that's an issue. As an added bonus, the mothballs also help to repel insects and, sometimes, even snakes.

  3. 3

    Get a cat, if possible. Cats may not be a viable option for everyone, but if it's feasible, a cat is a solution for a gecko lizard problem. Cats are natural hunters, in addition to being very curious. The cat's curiosity, combined with its prowess, is a deterrent. If seeking a cat for the purpose of getting rid of lizards, get a young, active cat for maximum results.

  4. 4

    Adjust your temperature. Gecko lizards are reptiles, meaning it's impossible for the lizard to adjust to cooler weather. Turning on the air conditioning will cause the geckos to seek a warmer environment.

  5. 5

    Intimidate the lizards with eggshells and bird feathers. Gecko lizards associate broken eggshells and bird feathers with large birds, one of the reptile's biggest predators. If you're trying to rid your yard of geckos, place broken eggshells where you can and buy large peacock feathers to place near them. This probably won't get rid of all the lizards in your yard, but it should greatly reduce the general population.

Tips and warnings

  • Follow all directions associated with any pesticides or mothballs. Mothballs should never be placed within the reach of children or pets.

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