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Old 08-25-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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Default Plz help me get rid of....***LIZARDS***

Plz help me get rid of....***LIZARDS***.... Ok, 2 problems...

1. I am seeing them (fairly big sized 8-10'') outside my house, on the front porch walls, ceiling... I know they eat my other problem, i.e. bugs...but I cannot stand them and need advice on how to get rid of them.

2. Every now & then I see a really small one (baby lizard, fresh out the egg 2-3'' long wandering INSIDE my house, on walls etc that I have been killing but most definiltely want them out too...

Any suggestions to tackle both situations before it gets out of hand (i believe it already is getting so...)- i have checked cracks and crevices, seems to be all filled around the main door, windows. No kids, so can use chemicals too if thats an option...any PROVEN techniques, plz share.

Also, any idea if they are multiplying in my attic? is that a possibility...? thanks in advance.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:16 PM
 
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Plz help me get rid of....***LIZARDS***.... Ok, 2 problems...

1. I am seeing them (fairly big sized 8-10'') outside my house, on the front porch walls, ceiling... I know they eat my other problem, i.e. bugs...but I cannot stand them and need advice on how to get rid of them.

2. Every now & then I see a really small one (baby lizard, fresh out the egg 2-3'' long wandering INSIDE my house, on walls etc that I have been killing but most definiltely want them out too...

Any suggestions to tackle both situations before it gets out of hand (i believe it already is getting so...)- i have checked cracks and crevices, seems to be all filled around the main door, windows. No kids, so can use chemicals too if thats an option...any PROVEN techniques, plz share.

Also, any idea if they are multiplying in my attic? is that a possibility...? thanks in advance.
Yuck!...they are nasty....call the pest people, they should know!
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:28 PM
 
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Default Geckos, or lizzards?

As you noted, they will eat the beetles, roaches, bugs, mosquitos, ants, gnats, moths... any bug that would otherwise fly into your home. If they are cream color and sort of waddle when they move, they are geckos. The lizzards will be brown, grey, or green, they change colors.

You won't see lizzards at night, however, they hibernate. You see them during the day, and not usually around your doors. Lizzards will stick to lawns, flower beds, etc. Geckos on the other hand hibernate during the day, and come out at night. Both will lfind crevices 'for the night' for their hibernation.

If you leave lights on your porch, that would certainly attract geckos as they sit and wait for a tasty flying bug to stop by. They are also attracted to illuminated windows at night. At my home, they are a source of entertainment for the kids... they move about the bathroom windows and snatch up moths. My kids even catch them when the run into the house, and put them outside.

An exterminator will not kill these guys, they are totally harmless, and they don't live in the attic, or multiply in your home as they would die within a few days for lack of food.

So, just leave the lights off around your porch, or turn them off when you go to bed, they will not be near your doors. BTW, that is usually how they get in, the hang around the doors, and when you come in at night, they usually run into the house at the same time.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:36 PM
 
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An exterminator will not kill these guys, they are totally harmless, and they don't live in the attic, or multiply in your home as they would die within a few days for lack of food.
Yes, but that doesn't convince my wife when she finds one of them in the house. I just toss them outside.
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So, just leave the lights off around your porch, or turn them off when you go to bed, they will not be near your doors. BTW, that is usually how they get in, the hang around the doors, and when you come in at night, they usually run into the house at the same time.
Or get squished in the door jam. We find one to two of the poor guys flattened out there every month or so.

I'm not a crazed fan over nature, I mean I appreciate it and all, but do prefer it stay outside my house. So the occasional pale Gecko that gets indoors has to go when it runs afoul of my wife's sensibilities. But the outside guys are okay with me. I love that they eat insects and they have my permission to hang out and eat to their hearts content.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:19 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Get a cat or a terrrier.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:19 AM
 
Location: California
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This year, there seems to be a bumper crop. Sometimes, my back patio looks like it is "alive" with so many of them.
And, they are out day and night! Not as many, but they are definately out and about at night.
I have no complaints....I've not seen one nasty roach (er,Palmetto Bug) outdoors this year or hardly any other bugs, for that matter. Of course, they are not in my house either...it would most likely be different if they were.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:42 AM
 
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8"-10"? Do the geckos get that big or is this a new guy on the block? That's way bigger than any of the ones I've seen.

I talked to my exterminator while he was out a couple of weeks ago. There's really not much you can do, other than keep outside lights off and wait for winter.
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:38 AM
 
Location: California
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8"-10"? Do the geckos get that big or is this a new guy on the block? That's way bigger than any of the ones I've seen.

I talked to my exterminator while he was out a couple of weeks ago. There's really not much you can do, other than keep outside lights off and wait for winter.
LOL...i noticed that too....I'm guessing different ruler or good imagination!
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:53 AM
 
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8" is a really big lizard! They eat roaches which IMO are much worse. Pay a neighbor kid to catch them and take them to the bayou.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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Biggest lizard I have seen was about 5 to 6 inches from nose to the tip of the tail. One that big in the 3 years i have been here.

Again don't kill the poor things, they eat all the nasty bugs. Just catch em and put them outside. Good luck.
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