Chase Lizards out of Your House

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If you find an unwanted guest disturbing your life--a lizard--encourage it to leave without having to confront it.

Steps

  1. Remove any open or leftover food from around the house.
  2. Take note of where in the house you have seen the lizard: which rooms, which corners, under what furniture.
  3. Place peacock feathers in those lizard hideouts.
  4. Expose the hideouts by opening up crowded furniture, turning objects over, and making it difficult for the lizard to camouflage itself.
  5. Leave openings to the outdoors so the lizard can leave, but also watch to make sure unwanted creatures do not come in!

Tips

  • Lizards are attracted to food sources and warmth in your house.
  • Lizards eat insects. They are very good to have around your home.
  • Geckos are active at night and climb walls and can climb windows, where they hunt insects that are attracted to light coming from inside a house, or a porch light. Don't EVER poison a lizard-- very few are dangerous. They are your friends, not your enemies.
  • Gray wall lizards are very good for your garden. They eat small roaches and other bugs that are bad for your plants. They even eat small scorpions.
  • Never kill these lizards, they are very beneficial creatures. They will not hurt you. Their bellies turn a turquoise blue or rust color when threatened.
    • Horned lizards shoot blood from their eyes when scared.
  • Lizards love a nice drink of water, so when you are putting water on your garden, be sure to allow a gentle stream near a wall so the lizards can climb closer and lap up some water with their pink tongues. It's a cute sight!
  • Lizards are more active at night and make a squeaking noise.
  • Approach lizards cautiously. If you alarm them they will go into hiding.

Warnings

  • If you catch a lizard by the tail, the tail may simply come off.
  • When a lizard sheds or loses its tail, it is painful and takes a long time to regrow.

Things You'll Need

  • peacock feathers

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