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How to Get Rid Of Geckos Outside

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Geckos are one of the most feared creepy crawlies. Once you spot a gecko in your yard, it is just a matter of time before they come inside the house. Gecko infestations are not fun and getting rid of them can be very challenging if you don’t know how to go about it. People are often disgusted by geckos indoors and they have plenty of reasons to be. Geckos may have been crawling around dirty places and are also known to carry salmonella bacteria with them wherever they go. They might fall on your food in the kitchen or on you too! The mere thought would send shivers down the spine of a herpetophobe. Rest assured, this article will help you deal with your gecko problem effectively before it works its way into your home.

Geckos are small sneaky reptiles with dark spots on their back that allow them to camouflage with leaves. Their padded fingers help them adhere to vertical surfaces. Geckos feed on bugs and insects including cockroaches, springtails and cricket. This is why you’ll mostly find geckos in well-lit areas since insects are attracted towards light. If you want to find out whether you have a gecko infestation on your hands, you will find extensive fecal droppings in the suspected area. These droppings can stain your curtains, fabrics and carpets. You need to stop the problem before it breaches inside your house.

Here are some things you can do to get rid of geckos outside your home

  • Use natural repellents

Fortunately for you, there are a number of household items that you can use as natural repellents for geckos. The next time you make yourself some eggs, don’t throw away the eggshells. Make sure that you don’t break the egg shells into more than two pieces. Place the two halves of the egg shells in places you have seen geckos before. The egg shells will scare the gecko away because the first thing that it is going to think the moment it lays eyes on the broken shells is that there is a predator lurking around and they need to dash away. However, you would need to replace the eggshells every 3 – 4 days to keep the egg shells looking fresh and keeping the fear factor real for the geckos. Leaving feathers around the yard will also help reduce the gecko population in the yard since geckos are going to associate the feathers with a large predatory bird.

Additionally, you can even use some mothballs and plant them in all the places you’ve seen geckos. Moth balls will not only drive geckos away, but will be effective against moths, cockroaches, flies and ants just as well. Furthermore, garlic cloves are also excellent repellents for geckos. Their pungent odor will drive any geckos within its vicinity away. Planting a few garlic cloves around the windows and doors is a good preventative measure to keep the geckos from entering your home. You can even use onion slices for this purpose.

  • Use wide spectrum insecticides 

Geckos are always going to be where there are insects. Simply put, if there are no insects, geckos have no reason to be there. You can use wide spectrum insecticides all over the foundation of your home to kill all the insects and bugs that geckos might be attracted to.

  • Get rid of stagnant water

If you often spot geckos in your yard, you most likely have stagnant water in your yard somewhere. Standing water anywhere makes an ideal breeding spot for geckos. So, if you have birdbaths, small tires or minute bodies of water accumulated anywhere in the yard, start searching and get rid of them.

  • Get a pet predator

Lizards are extremely scared of cats. If you are a cat lover, getting a cat will be a double whammy. Along with having a cuddling companion, you will have a feared predator that will scare the geckos in your yard away. Most homes with cats don’t have a gecko problem. Within a few days of getting a cat, you will experience a noticeable reduction in the gecko population.

  • Make your yard free of clutter

If you have piles of stuff inside or outside your house, give it away for charity, sell it off at a garage sale or do whatever it takes to get rid of that stuff if you want to fix your gecko problem. The last thing you want to do is have a gecko pop up from a tight space as soon as you move something from there. The more spaces you provide for the gecko to hide, the more habitable that place becomes for the gecko. Geckos like hiding. So, start cleaning up and stop hoarding stuff you don’t need.

Although an insecticide will not affect the gecko, it will control insects and limit their food source and some chemicals will act as a repellent.

Prevent geckos from moving indoors

The gecko problem must first be contained outdoors before extermination begins. Geckos like warm, wet hiding places. Maintain a general cleanliness inside your house and don’t let things like boxes or newspapers pile up. Keep all furniture six inches away from the wall and try not to hide framed pictures because geckos being nocturnal animals find dark hospitable. Get any plumbing leaks fixed right away - you don’t want those geckos to start breeding. Also make sure that you keep the thermostat at low, since geckos love warm temperature. Additionally, you must not forget that geckos can find their way into your home by squeezing through the smallest cracks and holes. Thoroughly examine your house from the outside to look for holes that geckos might enter and seal them properly with tape. For a more permanent fix, fill the holes or the cracks with plaster.  

 

 

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