Identification

Before you can carry out control measures, it’s important to first identify and confirm that you are dealing with a lizard. Lizards are reptiles and have over 5,000 different species found in every area of the world except for Antarctica.

  Lizards have dry, scaly skin, a soft body,

  • Lizards have dry, scaly skin, a soft body, movable eyelids, a small neck and a long tail that they can shed from their body to escape from predators.
  • The most common Lizard in the US is the Carolina Anole which can grow up to 8 inches long with bright green or brown skin. They also have a distinctive pink throat fan.
  • Lizards are constantly on the hunt for food and drawn to homes with bug problems so they can feast on insects such as flies, mosquitoes, ants, beetles, grasshopper and spiders. They usually hide in dark places like cupboards, wardrobes, furniture, etc.
  • Lizards are active all year long but these cold-blooded animals are more likely to invade structures during winter for shelter and heat as well as to seek out food sources.
  • Lizards can enter your house through pipes, vents, windows, and cracks in the foundation. A lizard infestation usually starts from the kitchen and bathroom where there is more insect activity.

Use the image and description above to properly identify lizards. If you are not totally sure, contact us and one of our representatives will assist you with correct identification.

If you have found that you are dealing instead with a Gecko, check out our Gecko Control page. The treatment method and products will be extremely similar, but identification will be slightly different.

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What Plants Do Lizards Hate?

There are certain plants that you can grow or plant oils you can use to deter lizards. Peppermint, eucalyptus, garlic, onions, and lemongrass are just some of the plants that work as lizard repellent.

Garlic and onion have a powerful smell that lizards and insects do not like. If you hang onions near your porch, lizards will usually stay away, and so will bugs. If you crush 6-7 cloves of garlic and add it to a gallon of water, then put in the sun to steep, it creates a potent mixture that can be sprayed around your home to repel reptiles. However, some people also hate the smell of garlic and onions, so it may keep other people away as well!

Lemongrass or lemongrass essential oil also smells bad to reptiles, but it tends to be more pleasant for humans than onions or garlic. You can spray the oils on your porch or leave a bowl of lemongrass tea leaves in problem areas.

Peppermint and eucalyptus plants also have a smell that disgusts lizards. You can either grow eucalyptus and peppermint on your porch or make a spray with essential oils to coat your porch with. To make a spray, fill a spray bottle with 8-16 oz of distilled water and add 15 drops of either peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Spray this around the edges of your porch, and anywhere else you want to create a lizard barrier.

How to Get Rid of Lizards on Porch, Outside, or In the House

1. Glue Traps

If you dislike lizards you can use glue board traps but this is often a death sentence for them.

  • They are not recommended generally because lizards are truly not as bad of a problem as a lot of people might think they are.
  • If you don’t remember to check them often, they can also cause a lot of suffering before death.
  • And you may have the smell of decomposing lizards to deal with over time.

2. Pepper Spray

The same type of spray that can prevent voles and insects will also discourage lizards.

  • You can spray homemade pepper spray in the corners of your home or anywhere that you want to discourage lizards from hanging out.
  • You can make it from Tabasco sauce and water or something similar.
  • Be careful spraying any pepper spray because it can burn your eyes or skin if exposed.

3. Electrical Diversions

You can purchase an ultrasonic device that emits a sound that lizards can hear but you cannot.

  • This sound helps keep them away and is usually pretty effective.
  • You may need more than one for good control if you have a larger home or space you are trying to keep lizard free.
  • This method also has the benefit of being very humane compared to many others.

4. Egg Shells

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Many housekeepers swear by egg shells as a natural lizard prevention system.

  • Most people hang empty egg shells and claim it is the smell that keeps lizards from climbing their walls or roaming on the porch all the time.
  • If you don’t want to hang them up then putting them in something on a top shelf or similar can have the same effect on lizards.
  • Just be sure to warn others in your house, so they are not surprised to find a bunch of old egg shells in a corner.

5. Other Home Remedies

When it comes to getting rid of lizards in the house, on the porch, or outside the house, some people use a handful of home remedies. Some of them work best than others, so make sure you try them a few times and see what best fits your needs:

  • Coffee and tobacco mix: placed in the corners of rooms or around the property deter or even kill lizards;
  • Mothballs: their smell deter plenty of pests, lizards included;
  • Flypaper: an obvious method to get rid of flies, the sticky paper also captures lizards that you can take outside your property.
  • Onion and garlic: these pungent smells deter lizards and keep them away from your home.
  • Phenyl tablets also keep lizards at bay from entering your home.

Do You Want to Get Rid of Lizards?

A lot of people are not aware of the benefits of having lizards around the home. Before you go on a rampage trying to get rid of them, you should assess the situation you are in and determine if it is worth it. Lizards can be beneficial:

  • Lizards can help keep insect populations under control.
  • Gnats, flies, spiders, and other insects that cause trouble around your home will have a lot harder time if you have a healthy level of lizards around your property.
  • Sure, they may occasionally startle you or run in the house, but they may be a lot less trouble than being infested with insects.
  • If you get rid of a lot of your lizard population, then you need to plan on being more vigilant when it comes to insect control.
  • You may find that you wish you had a few lizards back when you see what happens to insect levels around your home and garden.

Living with Lizards

Keeping some sugar outside where you don’t mind lizards living gives them a food source.

  • With this, they are far less likely to find their way into your home.
  • Sugar also attracts bugs, so lizards have a “baited area”  that gives them good access to food.
  • Adding some water nearby will also encourage them to stay in their space.

The Truth About Lizard Tails

You might have heard that if some lizards tail’s get pulled, they come off. It is a fact. This is one reason not to try to catch one by the tail.

This is a very important defense mechanism that lizards have adapted to be as evasive as possible when putting in harms way.

Getting over Fears

There are very few lizards that are poisonous or cause for concern.

  • Lizards naturally run from people and animals larger than them.
  • This evasiveness is good reason to let go of misconceptions and fears regarding lizards.
  • Unless you live where there are Gila’s or something, then you have nothing to fear.
  • Lizards are sneaky, so it is little wonder that they give a lot of people a start when they first see them.

Just remember not over to react if you find a few lizards around your home.

Treatment

Once you have pinpointed where the lizard activity is, you can proceed with treatment. When mixing and spraying insecticides, make sure you read the label carefully and have on the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of gloves, safety glasses, and a safety mask.

When it comes to getting rid of lizards through repellents, you will need to address the insect population to address their increased presence. It is because of the heavy amount of insects that a lizard will be hanging around your property. By performing general pest control and significantly reducing the insect population, lizards will leave on their own without you having to harm them.

To address the insects (and indirectly address Lizards invading your home or yard by getting rid of their food source), apply a yard treatment of Bifen LP Granules and a perimeter barrier treatment of Supreme IT Insecticide.

If there is a lizard in your home or you live somewhere lizards are a recurring problem, we suggest laying out glue traps to capture them.

Step 1 – Apply Bifen LP Granules

To get rid of Lizards in your yard, apply Bifen LP Granules. Bifen LP is a great granular insecticide that will kill a long list of insects for up to 90 days and can significantly reduce the presence of insects, taking away the lizard’s food source.

Bifen LP should be applied as both a broadcast and perimeter treatment. To use Bifen LP, you will need a granular spreader. Measure the square footage of your yard (length x width = square footage) to determine how much granules to apply and then load the appropriate amount to the spreader. The typical application rate is 2.3 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft.

Load your spreader with the appropriate amount of Bifen LP Granules and apply around the perimeter of your structure. Next, apply it all over the yard (broadcast) making sure to apply in mulch areas, and in landscaping, and at the foot of ornamentals. Finally, activate the product by watering the areas treated with Supreme IT Insecticide.

Step 2 – Apply Supreme IT Around The Perimeter and Indoors

Supreme IT is an insecticide concentrate designed to control over 70 different insect pests and it also has repellent qualities. When applied, the product lasts up to 90 days so you wouldn’t have to treat often. Supreme IT will not only aid in activating the Bifen LP Granules, but it can also be used for barrier treatments around your home and for treating your ornamental plants.

Determine how much Supreme IT Insecticide you will need by calculating the square footage of your home perimeter and interior of the rooms you wish to treat. To do this, measure (in feet) and multiply the area length times the width (length x width = square footage). Mix Supreme in a gallon handpump sprayer at a rate of 1 oz. per gallon to cover 1,000 sq. ft. 

Fill your sprayer halfway with water, add the correct measured amount of Supreme IT based on your calculations, then add the remaining half-gallon of water. Close the sprayer and shake to agitate the solution and ensure it is well mixed. Pump your sprayer a few times to create a low-pressure spray and you will be ready to apply.

Make a broadcast treatment of Supreme throughout your entire lawn to activate the Bifen Granules and to treat the areas where bugs congregate. Next, spray ornamental plants and landscape beds around your property.

After your yard is treated, spray a barrier treatment around points of entry to your home and around doors and windows. Indoors in spaces like your garage, spray the Supreme into cracks and crevices. Avoid the treated areas until the product dries. 

Can Lizards Be Killed By Cockroach Spray?

Cockroach spray will kill a lizard. However, it will not kill a lizard instantly and takes quite a few sprays to down the reptile. This type of poison will cause the lizard to feel really bad and run to hide somewhere. Then they won’t be able to breathe and will slowly suffocate.

This method isn’t recommended because it is extremely inhumane, and it takes a lot of the product to result in death. If you do try this method, make sure you properly cover your mouth and nose as inhalation of the product can potentially cut off your airways and kill you as well.

Are Lizards Poisonous?

Most lizards are not dangerous to people. There are only two dangerously poisonous lizards in North America: The Gila Lizard and the Mexican Bearded Lizard. Both lizards can be found down into South America, particularly Brazile.

Europe doesn’t have any dangerous poisonous lizards that are native to it.

Africa and Australia may contain some very localized lizards that have small amounts of poison.

While other lizards may have venom, they are not dangerous to people. It’s only been recently that Australian researchers have identified venom in other types of lizards. Bearded lizards, Komodo dragons, and even the gecko lizard produce small amounts of venom that is used to kill their prey.

However, they are unable to produce enough venom to hurt humans. In a worst-case scenario, their bits causes small amounts of swelling in the area.

Plus, lizards are generally mild-mannered and won’t attack unless they feel threatened. Even then, they usually use other methods to get away before biting.

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How to Keep Lizards Away

Unfortunately, the market isn’t as open to lizard control as it is to rodents or insects. You’re not likely to find a natural lizard repellent spray at the local hardware store, but there are some everyday household items that can deter a hungry lizard. The following are just a few examples.

Garlic

The best repellents will always be the most natural ones. Garlic, for example, is one of our favorites, and it works on lizards as well as a wide range of other pests (and is good for you, too!). You can place individual cloves in places lizards seem to hang out (be careful around household critters, as garlic is poisonous to cats and some other pets).

You can also make an effective spray using garlic, onion juice, and water that can repel a wide range of pests.

Related: Garlic – It Fights More Than Vampires

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is another popular repellent spray. Simply mix hot sauce or crushed red pepper to water and spray it in places the lizards like to go. While harmless, the residue will irritate the feet on a wide range of pests, encouraging them not to come back.

Both sprays are excellent for home and garden applications. Just make sure to respray every couple days when using outdoors, as dew and rain can wash them away.

Commercial Repellents

Of course commercial repellents are also available. Even the best lizard repellents can be hit or miss but this one seems to be the most consistent at keeping lizards and geckos away.

Using Decoys

The effectiveness of using a decoy against any pest is still debatable, but well worth trying out. Unlike larger critters, you can skip having ceramic predators littered around the property in favor of more suggestive evidence. There are quite a few potential remedies, although some are more popular than others.

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Egg shells are one popular example. Scatter some broken egg shells around potential entry points and the lizard will think a predator is nearby. Remember, lizards tend to be egg layers, so seeing egg debris can be scary to them.

The same thing can be said for decorating with peacock feathers. Peacocks are a natural enemy of lizards and seeing potential traces of one will send a lizard running the other way.

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