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Old 08-25-2013, 10:08 PM
 
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We have seen 2-3 lizards inside the home( from last one month). I have seen several of them outside the house(On the walls). House where I live is around 8 years old. I really donít want to have lizard in and around my house. Any suggestions to get rid of them??
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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They're most likely Mediterranean House Geckos and controlling or eradicating them is highly unlikely. During the day they rest in small cracks and crevices outside the house and at night they hang around lights waiting for insects that are also attracted to the light. Honestly I'd just leave 'em alone. They're completely harmless and amazingly efficient at reducing the number of insects (mosquitos included) around your house.

If they get inside try to trap them in a small cup and relocate them outside. They may drop their tail if you catch them in the wrong spot, but it doesn't harm them.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Lizards like plants, especially potted plants that you may have outside. I have a number of potted plants on my porch and patio and have unknowingly brought in a lizard or two on these when bringing them back inside.

I'm fine with them being outside, because, as was stated in the post above, they are really harmless... I just don't want 'em inside... and catching them can be a whole lot of fun... not! Use a jar with a top, 'cause they sure don't like being caught and will try to jump right back out!

I've never had any inside that got in any other way except this, so just be watchful and careful about what you bring inside that may have an extra creature hiding in it!

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Old 08-26-2013, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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As others have said, they are harmless. They also eat mosquitoes, so they are actually beneficial!
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:53 AM
 
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I've seen a lot of lizardry around my house recently. Most of them are very small with almost translucent skin. My biggest fear is actually that I will step on one accidentally. Not too long ago I found one that was apparently halfway out of my mailbox when the mailman closed the door. Poor guy was crushed near his hind legs but still alive. Probably made some bird a nice dinner.

Since lizards are cold blooded, they tend to seek warm places. So if you turned your thermostat way down that might make your home less inviting. Of course you may get a bit chilly yourself, too.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Forney Texas
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I wish I had lots of large lizards to eat the wolf spiders in my yard.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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We have them everywhere; and there's almost always one in our mailbox....sometimes a crushed gecko in the lid. They climb all the exterior walls of the house. Once in a while I see one running inside the house too and I scoop it up and place it outside.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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My dog loves them. He'll play with them, bat them around til they stop "playing" and then he loses interest and moves on LOL
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Not only do they eat the bugs around your house, they are also said to bring good luck.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Blah
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They're most likely Mediterranean House Geckos and controlling or eradicating them is highly unlikely. During the day they rest in small cracks and crevices outside the house and at night they hang around lights waiting for insects that are also attracted to the light. Honestly I'd just leave 'em alone. They're completely harmless and amazingly efficient at reducing the number of insects (mosquitos included) around your house.

If they get inside try to trap them in a small cup and relocate them outside. They may drop their tail if you catch them in the wrong spot, but it doesn't harm them.
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Their absolutely harmless and good luck keeping them out. We used to have them back home before moving and you could see them squeezing through the cracks and weather molding around the front door and garage doors etc. Our son used to have fun catching them...although the wife didn't appreciate finding frozen Gecko Popsicles in the freezer
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