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"Geckos frequent homes because of their being plenty of insects around to consume. By addressing the insect population and wiping them out, geckos will have no reason to continue sticking around."

Gecko Control: How to Get Rid of a House Gecko

This page is an expert guide on getting rid of geckos from your property using the products and methods suggested by our experienced pest control specialists. Follow this guide and use the recommended products and we guarantee you will eliminate geckos from your house.

Geckos are a common pest that is found around residences and can actually be beneficial in a way as they eat bugs around the home. The problem occurs when they begin slipping their way indoors, crawling up walls, under appliances and leaving behind their droppings. 

While Geckos are practically harmless to us, if they have been crawling in filthy areas, they can transfer that filth and bacteria into your home which can be concerning if they get into your kitchen.

In the guide below, we will cover how you can identify a Gecko and control them using our expert advice and product recommendations. 

Identification

Gecko on White Background

Before you can move forward with a treatment approach, it is important to identify and be certain that you are dealing with a Gecko. Misidentification can lead to using the wrong treatment method, which could cost you money and time as a result.

  • Geckos look and behave very similar to your average lizard because a gecko is classified as a type of lizard. This means that all geckos are lizards but not all lizards are geckos.
  • Geckos have scaly skin, long tails that can detach and regrow and can change color to blend with their surroundings.
  • The main difference between a common lizard and a common house gecko is that geckos do not have eyelids, therefore they cannot blink and have to lick their eye to clean them.
  • Geckos have broad toes that are sticky on the ends which allow them to crawl up walls and cling to surfaces.
  • Another big difference between geckos and lizards are geckos have a voice and can be noisy, making chirping type noises to communicate.

Use the description and image above to help you to determine whether the pest you are dealing with is a gecko. If you are not totally sure, contact us and we will have one of our experts assist you with identification.

If what you are dealing with is a lizard instead, check our Lizard control page. The treatment method and control products will be extremely similar, but identification for these pests may be different.

Inspection

lizard on a house wall

After you have confirmed that you are dealing with a gecko, you can then move on to inspection. This phase of the process will help you to determine where the gecko is most active, what is attracting them to the area and where you should be focusing your treatment applications.

Where to Inspect

Geckos 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 are nocturnal animals so you might not see one in your house but you can hear it bark or chirp during the night. They are usually found in kitchens and pantries where food is prepared and stored or on walls and corners.

Geckos outdoors thrive in warm, humid areas where it can crawl around on rotting wood in search of bugs to eat. You can also find them in garden areas or along exterior walls of a home

What To Look For

You should be looking for the intruding gecko or evidence of their presence. The main proof that are active in the area is by fecal droppings that can stain carpets, drapes and curtains around the house.

Treatment

To treat Geckos invading your house, you will need to address the issue of insects. Geckos are around for a reason and it usually is because you have a heavy influx of insects in your yard and around your home. Reducing the insect population will reduce the activity and presence of geckos, essentially serving as an indirect gecko repellent or deterrent.

When mixing and spraying insecticides, make sure you read the label carefully and have on the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) in the form of gloves, safety glasses and a safety mask.

Step 1 - Apply Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules

Using A Spreader

Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules 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 a gecko's food source and forcing them to go elsewhere.

Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules should be applied as both a broadcast and perimeter treatment. To use Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules, you will need a granular spreader. Measure the square footage of your yard to determine how much granules to apply and then load the appropriate amount to the spreader.

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.

Step 2 - Apply Supreme IT

Spraying Reclaim IT in the kitchen

Indoors, you should also address insects and thus we suggest applying Supreme IT Insecticide as a crack and crevice treatment. Supreme IT is an insecticide concentrate designed to control over 70 different insect pests and it also has repellent qualities.

Mix Supreme with water in a gallon sprayer at a rate of 1 oz. per gallon and spray a barrier treatment around points of entry to your home, around doors and windows, as well as cracks and crevices. Avoid the treated areas until the product dries. 

You can also apply the Supreme outdoors in flowerbeds, on your ornamentals and turf to keep the bug population down, taking away the Geckos main food source.

Step 3 - Use Glue Boards

Solutions Pro Glue Trap placement

If you have spotted the Gecko indoors but have lost sight of it, placing glue boards along the entryways of the home can help capture the invading Gecko or capture possible future Gecko invasions so they don't make their way indoors. Solutions Pro Glueboards come in increments of 12, allowing you to establish good coverage around your home so the Gecko is captured quickly.

Simply peel off the protective paper of the glue board and place them around your home in areas where Geckos may be active or try to sneak their way indoors. If Geckos get caught by the board, you can easily dispose of the board and the stuck Gecko.

Prevention

Exclusion with copper Mesh

After you have eliminated Geckos from the area, you have to make sure they don't make a return. Here are some preventative measures to keep geckos away and ensure they don't come back.

  • Geckos like warm, wet hiding places. Maintain general cleanliness inside your house and don’t let things like boxes or newspapers pile up.
  • Get any plumbing leaks fixed right away - you don’t want those geckos to start breeding. 
  • Finally, you must not forget that geckos can find their way into your home by squeezing through the smallest cracks and holes. Preventative pest control practices like exclusion can help make it less likely that you see a gecko in your home again.
  • Thoroughly examine your house from the outside to look for holes that geckos might enter and seal them properly with tape or caulk. For areas where using caulk is not feasible, apply Stuf-fit Copper Mesh.

Key Takeaways

What are Geckos?

  • Geckos are classified as a type of lizard that is known to commonly invade residential areas.
  • Geckos discovered inside your house are usually the sign of an insect problem in your yard that needs to be addressed.

How To Get Rid of Geckos Inside and Outside The House

  • Reduce the insect population with a combination of Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules and Supreme IT Insecticide in order to indirect serve as a gecko repellent. As a result, Geckos will leave your yard to search for food elsewhere.
  • Trap Geckos that are on the loose in your home with Solutions Pro Glue Boards.

Preventing Gecko Reinfestation

  • Seal off points of entry with caulk and copper mesh to reduce the likelihood of geckos sneaking into your home.
  • You can also perform periodic follow-up applications of Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules and Supreme IT as a gecko deterrent to keep the inspect population down so Geckos will not have any reason to come back and look for a meal.
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