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Old 10-07-2006, 02:58 AM
 
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Well I moved down to Florida three weeks ago.
I LOVE IT HERE!
But, one little problem.
Someone left my apartment door open and I didn't notice it.
A little lizard is now on the ceiling.
I know it's more afraid of me than I am of it - I know it eats bugs and so is very good to have around - I know I should just think of it as the Geico Gecko.
But - I don't love having a Little Lizard in my home.
There is no way for it to get out - unless I leave the front door open - and who knows what else can come in.
Friends said "Get used to it - they die fast."
I really do feel bad to have it die - but does anyone know how fast they die?
Or any thoughts on how to escort it out.
It's Four in the Morning and I am jsut not comfortable knowing there's a Little Lizard in the house.
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:36 AM
 
Location: Wesley Chapel, FL (N of Tampa)
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At least they don't bite! You can use a box or an inside out garbage bag to catch them....

I sent you a private message with more details as well. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:08 AM
 
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The only way to get the lizard out is to catch him and throw him outside. I've never heard of any lizard traps that work. If he's on the ceiling, then get a broom and wack him. have a couple of tupperware bowls ready to try to trap him when he falls onto the floor. Also, the colder you make your house, the slower they move - they are afterall cold-blooded reptiles.

Shooing him into a corner is the easiest way to catch a lizard, but SOMEONE is going to have to be brave enough to pick the little guy up and toss him out. Avoid picking him up by the tail, as the tails are designed to snap off easily - it's a defense mechanism.

If you are presistant, you will be able to catch the lizard. My little daughter and I catch them all the time on our porch for sport.

However, you will need to get used to lizards getting in your house in Florida. This won't be the last time one gets inside. Like most Floridians, I ignore the little guys when they get in. Most of the time they will dehydrate and die and you will find a lizard skeleton or two under furniture from time to time. Fortunately, they don't stink. If one is easy enough for me to catch, and I'm not too lazy, I'll catch the lizard and throw him out, just because I sort of like lizards and hate to seem them die being trapped inside a house.

Mosquitoes, Roaches, June-bugs, bugs of any kind, and rodents are an entirely different story. I will go to great lengths to make sure that these creatures absolutely stay out of my house!!!
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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It's Four in the Morning and I am jsut not comfortable knowing there's a Little Lizard in the house.
Ya know, if you catch him, you can hold him up to your earlobe, and he'll clamp on. High fashion earrings!

I learned this visiting some Florida cousins about 25 years ago.
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:38 AM
 
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This is what I do. I "escort" said lizard gently down from the ceiling or corner or wherever he's hanging out, with a broom. Gently is the key word. I kind of chase him with the broom, but don't actually "sweep" him. I don't want to hurt him.

I've found that the bowl trick doesn't work so well, as these little guys are sort of "sticky" or like to hang on, or something, and I couldn't slide them well with a bowl over them.

A big wad of Kleenex is the key here. Gather up a few, or a lot, and gently pick up the lizard with them. He'll cling to the Kleenex, and you can then take him outside and gently shake him off.

You're happy. Lizard's happy. It's a win/win.
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Old 10-07-2006, 11:02 AM
 
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Talking Love the Lizard Stories

Wow this was some funny lizard stories..I actually like the lizards..They eat those creepy bugs like spiders..They make me want to run in place and to have a live spider catcher would be what everyone needs
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Old 10-07-2006, 12:31 PM
 
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I always use a vacuum cleaner.
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Old 10-07-2006, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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I always use a vacuum cleaner.
??? You Vacuum up the Geckos ???
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:46 PM
 
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The green ones look nice and exotic, but the brown ones with the red thing under it's neck, they are every where and not so attractive.

It's a shame that these lizards don't/can't eat musquitoes. There should be more creatures that eat musquitoes, other than those nasty toads.
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Old 10-07-2006, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Wink Lizards

If you're quick when you get him on the floor, throw a towel over him and scoop it up. Then take the towel outside and shake it. He'll scamper off to the nearest bush or hiding place. Most of the time I don't even know they're around until I clean under a corner cabinet or hutch and there's the mummy lizard! I feel bad (a little bit) but there are plenty of his brothers and sisters around -- except the ones that the black snake eats, but that's ANOTHER story! And, yeah, those lizards with the red throat thingy are like miniature dinosaurs. Yuk.
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