Are you facing heavy lizards and geckos infestation? Do you know how to get rid of lizards and geckos?
Lizards and geckos are small reptiles that we usually don’t think of, as pests. Lizards and geckos are commonly seen as beneficial animals since they eat bugs that we don’t want to deal with.
However, they will occasionally invade our properties in search of food, water, and shelter.
This usually ends up with them dying somewhere in the house or yard leading to infestations or activities from other pests.
Moreover, in this article, we will enlighten you on how to identify and get rid of lizards, and geckos from invading your property.
How to Identify Lizards and Geckos Infestation
It is recommended and necessary you carry out proper identification in any DIY pest control as wrong treatment methods could lead to wrong treatment which would cost you time and money.
There are over 4,000 lizard species. The most common home-invading lizards in the United States are the common house geckos and the Carolina null common house geckos can be seen throughout the United States, but are more common for homeowners in the South.
They can grow to be 3 to 6 inches in length. They have slender bodies long tails, four legs, and scaly skin their body.
Colors include brown, green, and gray and often feature spotted patterns. The Carolina null is more common in the southeastern United States from Texas to the east coast.
It can grow to be 8 inches in length and they have bright green or brown-skinned male anoles also have a pink throat.
Also, Fan lizards are active throughout the year, but these cold-blooded animals may be more likely to invade structures during winter.
When our homes provide shelter, heat, and possible food and water sources. This makes it a conducive place for lizards and geckos to invade.
Signs of Lizards and Geckos Infestation
Once you know what your pest looks like? Check around your property to confirm their presence or find signs of their activity to reiterate lizards that belong outside.
If you see one inside your home, that is an obvious indicator for Action. Lizards and geckos can often be found hiding behind furniture or clutter in your garage kitchen, foyer mudrooms, or anywhere there’s an entry point that leads outside.
When conducting your inspection know any possible entry point that lizards can use to get in your home. This includes gaps in doors, windows, or any openings in the wall.
Note: You will use this information to direct your treatment.
How to Get Rid of Lizards and Geckos
After inspecting for signs of lizards and geckos infestation.
It’s time to begin the treatment process. When beginning any pest control treatment, always ensure to wear your personal protective equipment or PPE and remember to keep all people and pets off the treated areas until dry.
Lizard and gecko control doesn’t focus on treating the lizards directly, instead, you’re simply encouraging them to go somewhere else.
However, by removing their food sources like bugs, and insects, you will get rid of them as lizards and geckos won’t survive long without food and water.
Utilize insecticides like:
- Bison insecticide,
- Bifen L/P insecticide granules and
- Reclaim IT to get rid of insects around your home.
Bifen L/P insecticide granules are a great muller insecticide that will need to be watered into the soil to activate. We also recommend following up with the broadcast treatment of Reclaim IT.
These insecticides will work together to kill and get rid of insect pests such as cockroaches, spiders flies, fleas, crickets, and many more insects around your home and they offer residual for up to 3 months to start.
Note: You will need to calculate your treatment area’s square footage by measuring the area, length, and width, multiplying them together.
You will use this information to determine how much product you will need to use for effective treatment.
Using Bifen L/P Insecticide Granules
Also, you can use a push spreader to make application of Bifen L/P insecticide over your entire lawn.
How to Apply
- We recommend you use the rate of 2.3 pounds of Bifen L/P per 1,000 square feet of the treatment area.
- Load your spreader with a measured amount of Bifen-based on your square footage.
- Evenly distribute it all over your yard broadcast, half your granules, and parallel lines.
- Once across the area, then broadcast the other half at a perpendicular angle to cover the area and its entirety.
- Once you finish your Bifen L/P application, water it in with an application of Reclaim IT.
Using Reclaim IT Insecticide
Reclaim IT is a liquid insecticide concentrate, you will need to mix it with water.
The application of Reclaim IT insecticide won’t only aid in activating the granules, but it can also be used for making barrier treatments around your home, structures, and spring ornamental plant beds.
How to Apply
- We recommend you apply to reclaim at a rate of 1 fluid ounce per 1,000 square feet of the treatment area.
- You will want to use a hand pump sprayer due to its ease of use in a variety of applications.
- You will be making use of a hand pump sprayer.
- Simply open the sprayer, add half a gallon of water and add your measured amount of Reclaim IT as a remaining half gallon.
- Close the sprayer and shake to ensure even distribution.
- Pump your spray a few times to produce a pressure spray. First, make a broadcast application of Reclaim IT throughout your entire lawn.
The goal is to activate the Bifen L/P granules while also treating the largest areas where your bugs could harbor.
Once you’ve made an even application of Reclaim IT over your lawn, you will then treat your ornamental plants and landscape beds around your property.
This will treat resting and hiding spots for many insects like flies or June bugs.
Where to Apply Treatment
After you’ve treated your lawn, you’ll then spray your barrier treatment around the entry points of your home.
Be sure to spray around doors, around the garage door, around windows, voids in the wall, utility penetrations, and light fixtures.
Remember, all of this is to control the insect population on your property.
This will make lizards and geckos search for food elsewhere. We believe with these processes, you know how to get rid of lizards and geckos.
How do I Prevent Lizards and Geckos from Returning?
Prevention is essential to keeping pests in check. Even after you’ve applied your pesticides, the best way to stop pest activity is to ensure they don’t return.
Again, lizards and geckos often infest homes by accident, when they’re looking for food water, or shelter. You want to take measures to minimize their chances of getting in and discourage them from coming in.
In the first place, you need to carry out the procedures below:
- Address all entry points, you found during your inspection.
- Fix any broken door and window.
- Seal and block off any openings in the wall with copper mesh. This will not only stop lizards and geckos from invading but will also stop insects from entering your home or structure.
- Don’t allow any food to be left unattended, including pet food, lizards and geckos are omnivores meanwhile their diet mainly consist of bugs. They won’t hesitate to eat fruits or vegetables if it’s available food, that’s been left out.
- Foods not properly stored will attract insects, which in turn will attract more lizards and geckos.
- Address all activities in the drain, any sources of standing water in and around your home should be addressed as well.
- All animals need water including lizards by draining these water sources, you’ll Force lizards and geckos to look elsewhere.
- To monitor for future infestation, you can set up traps like the catch master 72m glue boards.
- If a lizard makes it into your home without your knowledge.
- It is likely that they are going to die in a concealed location by monitoring with glue boards, you can catch any pest lizards, geckos, or insects that made their way inside.
- You can use this information to address further infestation paths you may have missed.
- Finally, ensure to conduct follow-up treatments with Bison, Bifen L/P, and Reclaim IT every 3 months to ensure insects stay out of your yard.
Lizards and geckos can hunt away from your home, as they belong outside. If they find their way into your home, they will often end up dying of starvation.
Following these DIY pest control guides on how to get rid of lizards and geckos, you can control the insect population around your home and stop lizards and geckos from coming inside.
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