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Old 08-20-2013, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Midwest SNOW
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Hi,
Bought a home. Now, I am not sure if we should move all of our containers that we have in the midwest to here. The lizards I know they get into everything. So, what do you all store in an attic?
what about the garage? Lastly, we have about 6 containers that sit on the deck around the pool back in the midwest, that I would like to move to sit around the pool here, but, they are not sealed. so, what do you all use for storage for pool toys, and kids' toys?

Attic:....we have cmas, and other holiday decor stored back in the midwest, but what about the attic here? what lives in them????? do I want to know?

Lastly, the garage. so far, we have a few lizards in the garage and I am careful before I stick my hand like in the garden stuff or tools, but should we buy some metal sealed containers/units????

I need help here, as I have never lived anywhere but the midwest.
and I won't even go into not having "dirt/soil" vs sand....
thanks!!!!!!!!

love FLORIDA!!!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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I've been using the Suncast Storage Containers from Home Depot for garage storage and haven't had any issues with them. They have airtight varieties as well for outdoor use.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:23 AM
 
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I have Christmas and other stuff in the attic, never had a problem with lizards or anything else. Deck box on the lanai, no lizards in there, either. Storage cabinets in the garage, never saw a lizard in them, either.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Midwest SNOW
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Thanks!
um, we hired a bug company and the lizards have decreased tremendously! But, we still have brown ones and green ones. So whats the secret to them going bye bye from garage and our backyard (which is fenced) ??? We have re-landscaped and put the new bushes and moved some existing ones further away from the house which also seems to help, but I just want them gone. Our one dog is going nutso seeing them on the fence. So far, she has NOT tried to eat one. Vet said they taste yucky and she should spit one out, but I am not wanting to see that.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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Thanks!
um, we hired a bug company and the lizards have decreased tremendously! But, we still have brown ones and green ones. So whats the secret to them going bye bye from garage and our backyard (which is fenced) ??? We have re-landscaped and put the new bushes and moved some existing ones further away from the house which also seems to help, but I just want them gone. Our one dog is going nutso seeing them on the fence. So far, she has NOT tried to eat one. Vet said they taste yucky and she should spit one out, but I am not wanting to see that.
Skinks (the "lizards" you see mostly) are reptiles, not insects. Any chemical set out to kill them will be potentially harmful to wandering pets, birds and other wildlife. Perhaps you should rethink living here if the native wildlife is that disturbing to you since killing it off probably isn't considered kosher.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Midwest SNOW
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did i say i wanted to kill them? gesh...

and sorry, but we are moved to FLORIDA, so if you don't want anyone moving to FL from the midwest, then I won't post anymore, I came here for help from people who lived here longer than i have...

the wildlife i left: racoons, fox, deer, snakes, mice, rabbits, squirrels, birds, groundhogs, chipmunks, and more.... (which i feed a lot of )

so no one in FL hires a bug company to come in and treat the house for bugs without the harmful chemicals??????????????

we had a bug company in midwest home, and they NEVER killed the pets i have or the mice in the house or the snakes....

bye
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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did i say i wanted to kill them? gesh...

and sorry, but we are moved to FLORIDA, so if you don't want anyone moving to FL from the midwest, then I won't post anymore, I came here for help from people who lived here longer than i have...

the wildlife i left: racoons, fox, deer, snakes, mice, rabbits, squirrels, birds, groundhogs, chipmunks, and more.... (which i feed a lot of )

so no one in FL hires a bug company to come in and treat the house for bugs without the harmful chemicals??????????????

we had a bug company in midwest home, and they NEVER killed the pets i have or the mice in the house or the snakes....

bye
You said you want them gone, were you planning to trap and relocate? You seem confused by the concept that they're not bugs or are you trying to deal with bugs also? One can hire a pest control company to help with bugs and they won't harm the skinks that you want gone...
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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did i say i wanted to kill them? gesh...

and sorry, but we are moved to FLORIDA, so if you don't want anyone moving to FL from the midwest, then I won't post anymore, I came here for help from people who lived here longer than i have...

the wildlife i left: racoons, fox, deer, snakes, mice, rabbits, squirrels, birds, groundhogs, chipmunks, and more.... (which i feed a lot of )

so no one in FL hires a bug company to come in and treat the house for bugs without the harmful chemicals??????????????

we had a bug company in midwest home, and they NEVER killed the pets i have or the mice in the house or the snakes....

bye
I hate to tell you, but I've seen raccoon, fox, snakes, mice, rats opossum, armadillo, deer, rabbits, squirrels, birds, groundhogs, chipmunks, coyote, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things right here in central Florida.

Make peace with the little lizards. They don't bite and are harmless. They eat bugs, which is a good thing. I have an agreement with them that as long as they stay in the garage or on the lanai they are welcome, but if they come into the house, they die. In eight years I've only had two decide to cross the DMZ.

In all honesty, removing skinks from your yard is going to be about as easy as pulling out your toenails. In other words, just let them be. Your dog will eventually get used to them. Mine don't even care when one darts across the sidewalk in front of them anymore.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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There are several different kinds of lizards that live in Florida. Skinks are nasty -- they DO bite, and it hurts. But the little green lizards, which are so common that they're often called "house lizards," are much less aggressive. If one of them comes into my house I usually scoop it up barehanded and relocate it back outside again.

All of the lizards eat bugs, so they're good to have around. They're everywhere, and there's no way you can get rid of them. Get used to them.

Now, cockroaches, on the other hand ...
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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The little lizards we see now are mostly imports from other places, and in most area have displaced the Anole lizard. You will find a variety of lizards in FL

"Anoles eat small insects and bugs. They stalk them in shrubs, in vines, on walls and even window screens. It is not unusual to see them gobbling-up wood roaches or other bugs and insects that have been disturbed when we work in the garden. It is amazing to see these little lizards grabbing and swallowing prey almost as big as they are. Anoles only eat live prey as the prey must move to be detected by the lizard.
http://www.floridagardener.com/critters/…



Native Lizards of Florida
(besides Anoles)
Southeastern Five-Lined Skink, Florida Scrub Lizard, Eastern Glass Lizard, Southern Fence Lizard, Six-lined Racerunner

Introduced Lizards in Florida
(besides Anoles)
Gecko, Northern Curly-tailed, Agama, Brown Basilisk, Green Iguana
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