House lizards, while beneficial to the environment, can create a big nuisance for homeowners when their paths happen to cross. These are not dangerous or venomous creatures and they have no interest in causing you harm. Gila monsters and the Mexican bearded lizard are the only two poisonous lizards on planet Earth. Both of these lizards look very similar in appearance, but they will not make their way into your home. So if you happen to see a house lizard running around your home, do not worry about it packing a deadly bite.
These are harmless lizards that do not pose a risk to you or your family. With that said, you still don’t want them in your house. It’s one thing to have a lizard as a pet. But when they enter your home uninvited and are running around freely, something needs to be done. We are going to discuss several different solutions for dealing with this problem. The causes and symptoms of house lizards, as well as effective methods for treating, exterminating, and preventing them from entering your home in the first place will all be discussed.
Like any other household pest, house lizards need a food supply in order to survive. So while your focus might be on the lizard problem, it’s also possible that you might have an insect problem.
Crickets and flies are two of the favorites for house lizards. The problem makes more sense when you take that into account. Many homeowners have crickets in the basement or crawl space which need to be eradicated. Crickets will typically find their way into your home through cracks or holes. House lizards will also use these entrances to get into your house. Once inside, if they can locate a food source, they will tend to stick around for awhile. But once the food source dries up and they can no longer survive, they will have no interest in staying in your home.
House lizards are also known to consume ants, mosquitoes, moths, spiders, and other insects. Getting rid of the insect food source is critical. Tropical environments are great breeding grounds for all types of insects. So if you happen to live in a humid environment and have a lizard problem, the cause of your problem is pretty simple to understand.
When house lizards decide to take up residence in your home, the most common symptom confirming that is when they run across your floor, up the walls, or you see one on the ceiling. Outside of that, if you can’t physically see them crawling around, most people are oblivious to the fact that they are even there. If you aren’t distracted by something else, you might also hear them running around.
Treatment And Extermination
If you have pets in your home, and we aren’t referring to the uninvited house lizards, then you already have a good defense against house lizards. Cats and dogs, but especially cats will find it hard to ignore lizards running past them. But if you don’t want dead lizards around the house, you will want to look into some of the other options.
One of the other concerns with handing the job over to your pets is that they might try to consume the lizards. And if the lizard gets attacked but manages to escape, it might decide to pursue more permanent living arrangements in your home. Lizard repellents are also pretty effective for getting rid of the house lizards. If you plan to catch and release the lizard, try to force it into a corner so that you can capture it in a shoebox.
The best prevention against house lizards is to visually inspect your home for cracks or holes. Even though these are pretty small creatures, they are large enough that many people dismiss the possibility of them getting in through small cracks. Repairing only the larger cracks and holes could prove to be ineffective.
These lizards are capable of entering your home through extremely small spaces. So it’s important that you seal and fill any cracks or holes you happen to come across. Pay close attention to the area around your windows. This is a common entry point for house lizards. In addition to filling any cracks with a good sealant, considering installing a screen on all of your windows for an added layer of protection.