Geckos are not the Geico cartoon that some people think of. These little green lizards can give you quite a fright if they get into your home and decide to make it their own. Today we will talk about how to get rid of geckos in a mild manner, as you might want to keep the common house gecko as a pet.
Signs You Have Geckos in the House
Before we learn how to get rid of geckos, we should first understand how to spot a real gecko problem.
Strange Noises in the Night
Geckos, like many lizards, are very nocturnal.
- If you start hearing scurrying around and squeaking or chirping sounds, you may have a gecko problem.
- A lot of people assume if they hear strange sounds it means they have a rodent problem.
- However, it may be far more likely that it is lizards that are the main problem causing all that racket. You would be amazed how much noise even one small lizard can make in the deep of the night.
Sometimes it is the kids that notice the sounds. If you are dealing with reports of noises in the night, then be on the lookout for geckos and other lizards around the home.
If you have geckos getting into dry goods, then you may see strange footprints or trails of debris.
This can take a lot more vacuuming and the assumption that you have a different critter frequenting your home.
- If your lizard issue is that bad, then you need to take charge of the situation immediately.
- You should get your entire family on board with the idea.
Trace of Tails
Just like many lizards, geckos can shed their tail, and you may find a few scattered around your home. Let’s admit, it is pretty disturbing and gross to find a tail where you least expect it. This can cause a big fright when you are cleaning or if you find one where you sleep. Let others in your household in on what happened so they are not too taken aback when the same thing happens to them.
Seeing What You Think Is a Lizard
Geckos can move very fast so you may second guess if you are seeing things or not!
- Geckos are attracted to heat so look for them where your home is the warmest.
- House plants can attract insects that geckos like to eat, so pots full of dirt and greenery are a big attractant.
- Plants also make very convenient places for geckos to hide from you and blend in.
- Geckos like to climb walls and can be found just “hanging out” near a heat source.
How to Get Rid of Geckos with Kindness
If you live in an area with a gecko population, then you have either learned to live with them, or you are having problems on occasion. Here are some ways to reduce your gecko problem and get on with your life.
Shut Your Door
This may seem like it is too simple, but lizards love to run in when they see an opportunity.
- Keeping doors shut except when in use goes a long way towards keeping lizards from entering your home. It is important to make sure everyone in your home is on board with this concept. It is not a hard habit to get into with a little bit of practice.
- If you like to leave your door open for the air flow, then make sure to use a screen door at the very least.
- Make sure it is a good fit so lizards cannot crawl under the door.
- Weather stripping can help seal gaps that may have appeared as your home has aged.
Some doors may have too large of gaps at the seal or the screen. A door may be torn as well. This is something that you should inspect regularly because it can let in a lot of other pests besides lizards.
- Geckos love bugs, so if there is room for bugs to get in, this very well may attract geckos in search of a great feeding area.
Reduce Insect Populations
While it is true that lizards can reduce the amount of insects in and around your home, it is also true that having a lot of insects can draw lizards in. This happens because they are looking for an abundant and easy source of food.
There are both chemical and natural ways to deal with insects in your home.
- Diatomaceous earth and borax will help naturally reduce insect populations, but they are dusty to use.
- If you have a major insect issue, then you might need to use a fogger to eliminate bugs.
- This can be a real hassle because you have to leave your home while the poison works. Then you will need to let it air out at least as long as stated on the product you used.
Run Them out Immediately
If you see a gecko, it is important to get them out immediately.
- You may be able just to run them out or scoot them out by gently using a broom.
- There is no reason to use a lot of force with a gecko.
- If you do act too aggressively you could easily hurt or kill them.
Since they are not venomous, what is the point in going overboard?
Post a Cat
If you have a cat, then they might catch on and start to enjoy chasing geckos away.
- If you don’t, then you might consider getting one to keep a myriad of pests away.
- Of course, there is a decent chance that a cat will just kill a gecko, so if you are not comfortable with a lethal solution, then you shouldn’t encourage your cat too much.
- If your cat does kill one, then make sure to remove the remains immediately.
- Cats usually don’t eat them because they are lizards, but they can begin to smell pretty rapidly.
Squirt Them Away
A spray bottle of cold water is effective in making geckos scram!
- The colder the water, the better because geckos are attracted to heat.
- This is why you often see geckos hanging out in the sun.
- If they are inside your home, they may be attracted to light sources or heaters that give off warmth.
Simply spray them and they will run off. You may want to try to get them towards an exit using a rolled up magazine and a scooting motion.
Home made pepper sprays are highly effective in getting rid of geckos.
- Simply spray areas with a pepper dilution.
- You can make your own using any hot sauce. The cheapest out there will do just fine for this type of application.
- There are premixed sprays you can purchase as well if you need to do so.
Mixing your own is easy because all you need is a spray bottle and a good dollop of hot sauce mixed with water.
- You can use a little bit of cooking oil if you want a lot to stick in one particular spot.
- You can mix it as strong as you want. However, be cautious about mixing it too strong if you have some sensitive plants or other vegetation you care about.
Turn the Hose and Sprinklers On
Since Geckos don’t like cold water, you can use your garden hose to get them away from your porch, yard, and other spaces.
- You can set your sprinklers to come on when motion is detected.
- Of course, this is only useful if you are not in an area with water usage monitoring, and you don’t want to make your yard muddy or boggy.
Clear out the Clutter
The more places there are for geckos to hide, the more of them you will attract. A lot of us have items that we simply don’t use anymore. Reducing clutter is a goal to strive for.
- If you are having trouble then just take it room by room, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
- Kids and teenagers can help out as well.
- You can make reducing clutter fun by giving everyone some treat afterward.
Hiding spaces are critical to lizards surviving in your home. They are most comfortable where they can hide with ease.
- Drawers and doors that close are helpful in keeping geckos away from your stuff;
- Nevertheless, be aware they can squeeze into a tight space; therefore, don’t be surprised to open a door and startle one if you are having a major problem with them.
Reducing piles and clutter will make your home look better, and you can donate usable items to charity and help make the world a better place for everyone. Goodwill and the Salvation Army will sometimes come to your home and pick up larger donations. This saves you the hassle of transporting your stuff somewhere.
Get Kids Involved
Your kids might think it is fun to have geckos in the house even if you don’t.
- You can place a “bounty” on each gecko and have your kids trap them.
- Then, you can release them somewhere where they won’t bother you.
- This also gives kids something useful to do when they want to help out around the house.
Professional Pest Control
While professionals will help you get rid of geckos, it is often something that people just deal with themselves to save money.
If you are experiencing other pest issues though, you might mention the lizard problem with your exterminator.
- If you are older and don’t feel up to ridding your home of lizards, this can be the best option.
- Your pro will likely recommend checking your home for cracks and gaps where geckos can enter.
- Professional exterminators can also suggest and arrange someone to seal your home for you.
Get Your Lizard Education On Track
People are often scared of lizards.
One way to get over this fear is to realize that there are only two poisonous lizards out there:
- The Gila monster
- The Mexican beaded lizards.
Geckos might be annoying, but they are nothing that you should be afraid of. They can cause a mess and give you a startle. Surely, there is also the issue of cleanliness. No one wants lizards running around their kitchen for example.
Geckos don’t bite or scratch so trapping them and relocating them is often the answer if you have a severe problem with them.
Usually just chasing them out of your house and sealing cracks and gaps is all that is needed to get the situation back under control.
Think Outside the Home
Geckos can be a problem outdoors if you don’t like lizards.
Keep in mind that geckos do an excellent job of controlling insect populations around your home.
If you can deal with them being outside your home, then you may want to set aside an area for them.
- For example, you might have a wet area or a pan of water that you leave out.
- Sugar water and nectars attract insects, which geckos love.
- If they know they are going to get an easy meal, they will stick to an area.
If you have a cat, you may have to discourage it from going near where you are “harboring” your gecko population. Using a squirt gun can help discourage cats if you see them stalking a gecko, and you don’t want them to.
Or, better yet, just adopt one and live happily ever after, as geckos can make the perfect pets!
How to Get Rid of Geckos: Sum-Up and FAQs
If you see a bunch of geckos hanging out on your porch, try one (or more) of the following solutions:
1. Spray them out with cold water;
2. Scatter them away with a broom, a rolled paper, and an aggressive demeanor;
3. Fill the air around them with some hot pepper spray.
1. Use a broom or a rolled paper to run them out of the house;
2. Trap them and release them outside, as far from the home as possible;
3. Spray them with cold water until they run out.
You can keep geckos outside your property and house through the following prevention methods:
1. Reduce the insect populations outside the house (and in your home as well). Diatomaceous earth and boric acid do the trick just fine.
2. Keep your property and house neat and clean. Declutter as often as you can. Tend to your shrubbery, lawn, and garden often. Remove any vegetal debris, pet food, and other leftovers from the property.
3. Dim the outdoor night lights.
4. Use the sprinklers’ system to keep geckos at bay, as they do not like cold water.
5. Keep them at bay with a hose and cold water when you see them lurking around.