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How to Get Rid of Salamanders

Salamanders are amphibians that breathe through the surface of their skin and are generally moist to the touch (eww? That’s why you’re here. I know!). They are mostly found in water, gardens and underneath rocks and tend to eat meat of animals like worms, snails and slugs, etc. These amphibians are active during night time. Some of the species of salamander have teeth and can be poisonous. It has the special ability to regenerate some of its body parts like tail, tie and even limbs.


  1. Keeping the salamanders hungry

Salamanders will start invading your yards and garden once it sniffs all sorts of insects and bugs as they prey on such creatures. Remove all sorts of insects and its eggs from the drain and other areas in the yard. Make sure the sure the grass of the yard is well trimmed and is not too damp and moist. Apply all sorts of insecticides sprays, granules and repellants to eradicate all sorts of insects. If there will be no food for the salamanders, it will not lurk its way into your garden.

Make sure the salamanders don’t enter your household keep it clean and tidy. Start off with all drainage and plumbing pipes and leaks. These are the common places where insects infest and breed. Soon the salamander will sneak into your homes to eat. Insects get attracted to messy places. Make sure your homes are clean and tidy. Dishes should be washed food should be sealed and everything should be kept in an organized manner. The home will be inhospitable for the insects and other kind of pests to live in. The Salamanders will have no reason to start entering your homes as there will be no insects to feed on.

  1. Seal the property for the salamanders

Scan and observe every inch of your property from the outside and identify any cracks, holes or widened fences from where the salamander can squirm their way into your home and yards. Block and seal all cracks, crevices and holes. Seal them tightly and make sure fences have no gaps. Insects and salamanders entry point will seal making it difficult for them to trespass and invade your property.

  1. Trapping the salamanders

You can catch the salamanders if you see one by simply holding it in and letting it out to some distant place. If you are squeamish about holding it in your hands, you can always put a net or glass jar over it to trap them.  Before using any such traps make sure to sprinkle some cold water on the salamander as it slows down its movement. There are other ways of trapping a salamander. Two of such traps are as follows:

BOX TRAP:  if you spot the salamander on the wall place a carton box on the side of the wall in front of the salamander. Give it a little encouragement to get into the box using a stick or broom. Once it gets into the box. Keep a cardboard lid ready. Seal the box with proper lid to ensure it does not get out. Next take the box to a distant place like forest or some other habitat. Slant the box and open the lid to let them out.

GLUE TRAPS: place the traps on different locations under the basement, on the countertops and in the yard and near fences. Add some baits which come in form of balls. These balls are cockroach pheromones that can be sniffed by the salamanders from miles away. It will come rushing to feed on the roach and get stuck on the glue trap. Once they get stuck you can carefully take the trap and relocate salamander further away from your home.  

  1. Repelling the salamanders

There are few chemical based repellant for the salamander. Some of these are as follows:

GRANULES: scatter the granule all over the yard and inside your homes where you have spotted the Salamanders. Make sure to sprinkle more in damp places as salamanders tends to build nests and lay eggs in such areas. ‘Pest rid granules’ is one of the products available that can ward the salamanders away from your home.

SPRAY:  spray the salamander repellants over the granules that were scattered. Make sure to spray the repellants behind the gutters in the down spots and behind exterior structures. The spray should be reapplied for 2 weeks. It drives the salamander away. The effect of these repellants last for about 2 months. One of such products used is called’ PEST RID SPRAY’ the spray gets soaked into the granules making the repellant work more effectively. Re-apply the repellants mentioned above after every two months to ensure that your home is kept salamander free.

ELECTRONIC REPELLENTS: plug these in the socket the chemical inside produces fumes that repel the salamanders away from your homes

MOTH BALLS: these can be scattered around your house. The odor of the mothballs repulses the salamanders and forces them to move away.

D-FORCE AEROSOL:  many chemicals and insecticides can be sprayed to remove insects and other pest that salamanders feast on. The spray comes with different nozzles to make it easy to spray inside small cracks, holes and crevices and any other areas where the insects can be found. The chemical kills off the insects. The odor and lack of food drive the salamanders out of its hiding place. CYONARA RTS and Reclaim IT is best insecticide to spray on the shrubs, lawns and other areas where insects can be found outdoor. It kills off the insects in the garden that makes the place less desirable for the salamanders.  


Salamanders in numbers can cause a lot of nuisance and not to mention are icky to look at. It’s best to take preventive measures like eradicating the insects to prevent the salamanders from taking residence at your property.   Applying a good residual insecticide to the perimeter will control the insects that they are feeding on, less food than less salamander.




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