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How to Get Rid of a House Gecko

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You must have seen a chameleon once in your life at least. They are fascinating creatures with bulging eyes and long tongues. Geckos are from the same lizard family with more than 1500 species around the world. They share similar characteristics with lizards such as long tails, hairy skin and eating habits. Like a lizard, a gecko also has a detachable tail that is used to distract predators while it makes it escape. The tail amputates itself and keeps bouncing around as a distraction. 

Here’s an interesting fact: most geckos return to the scene of the crime to find their tail. If it is still there, they eat it for the tail stores nutrients for the gecko in times when food is hard to find. Yumm! They do the same after shedding their skins.

Habitat

Geckos are anything if not adaptable. They can be found on every continent except for Antarctica. They are mostly found in the temperate and tropical zones where it is considerably warmer. They thrive in rain forests, jungles, deserts, grasslands, mountains and also urban residences among human beings. Geckos have unique suction limbs that enable it to climb vertical structures such as walls to get to the roof and attic.

Breeding

Geckos can change color to blend with their surroundings and hide from its predators like a chameleon does. Geckos are also parthenogenetic which means that in case a female wants to lay unfertilized eggs without a mate, it can. The pregnant female can remain pregnant for years before laying its eggs as it looks for a suitable location. These eggs will give offspring that will grow to be male and female hatchlings. This is because lizards were one of the earliest life forms on Earth and had to adapt to various conditions. The eggs take about two months to hatch and the young ones take another year to mature before they can start to reproduce. On average a gecko lives up to ten year but some species can live much longer than that.

Detecting an infestation

Geckos are nocturnal animals so you might not see one in your house but you can hear it bark or chirp during the night. Its presence is exposed by fecal droppings that can stain carpets, drapes and curtains around the house. They are usually found in kitchens and pantries where food is prepared and stored.

Some people keep geckos as pets in enclosed large glass containers. On the other hand, when most people see one in the house, they want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. The advantage of having geckos around is an insect free environment as they eat the flies and mosquitoes. Geckos are endangered species and it is not a very good idea to kill them. Instead here are some preventive measures you can take to force the gecko to move out of your house.

Deploying traps

If you have a gecko problem, you should try to catch it with a trap instead of killing it. Geckos might have survived for centuries but that is because they are timid creatures which are easily scared.

Glue traps works best against geckos. It is a non-toxic, non-lethal and reliable way to trap geckos. Just lay down the trap and bait the animal with its favorite food. Once you have captured the desired animal or animals, the whole thing can be discarded. Place the traps where you have previously spotted the animal or seen gecko activity for it to be most effective. Glue traps have a potency for 1 month after being set up and can catch up to six full sized lizards with one trap. At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we suggest the Catchmaster 72MB Glue Board.

Chase them away and they will not return. You could use a broom to push them out of the house. Use excessive force otherwise they can be really quick to hide and remain inside the house. You can also get a cat to help you out. Cats can smell them much better than you can. Cats can also kill geckos so be careful if you do not want blood on your hands and the floors. If your pet does kill one, make sure to dispose the remains quickly because it starts to decay rather quickly.

Another great suggestion for keeping them away is spraying a protective barrier treatment around your home with an insecticide such as Reclaim IT to serve as a barrier to keep geckos out of your home.

Spray cold water on them. The colder the water, the more effective it will be. Geckos are generally drawn towards heat and warmer climates. Spraying them with cold water dehydrates them and forces them to search for the closest escape route. You can make it easier for them to escape out of the house with a broom or a rolled up magazine and push them towards the door.

Geckos are nocturnal. They are also like vampires in the sense that they despise the smell of garlic, especially chopped slices. Place garlic slices to keep the geckos away for days. However the garlic needs to be replaced to keep them at a distance. Once the garlic dries up, the geckos will return.

Remove potential hiding spots. Like lizards, geckos hide under the clutter if dirty laundry and furniture. Reduce these and they will be forced in to the open. While you’re at it, also get rid of crumbs on the floor to discourage geckos from your home. If there is no food, they will relocate to another area.

The alternate

You can always just catch them and keep them as pets. Maybe you could give them to your children as a present or sell them to a pet store instead of killing them.

Conclusion

We hope this guide will help you in dealing with your gecko problem. If you have any further questions, direct them to our phone line at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start up a chat with us on our website.

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