I researched the internet for information on how to get rid of lizards in the home, and this by far is the best stuff I’ve read, so here it is for all lizard haters or people who have a lizard phobia like me… this should help.
Lizards, like snakes, are opportunistic. Gardens, ponds and streams allow populations to prosper. Sprinkler systems will deliver enough water to keep any lizard happy and this leads to many taking up residence along outside foundation walls. Most species of lizards in North America are harmless and eat small insects. Vegetation such as shrubs and flowers are excellent nesting areas for many types. These same plants can become a target for lizards that will find them to be a great source of water during dry spells or in arid regions when water is sparse.
Controlling lizards is easy. Like snakes, there is no “spray” for them. To keep lizard populations down, simply keep insect populations down. By treating the foundation and landscape around your buildings, you will keep insect populations in check. Use a product like CYPERMETHRIN for quick knockdown and control of outdoor roaches, ants and crickets. If you allow these insects to thrive around your home, lizards and other undesirable creatures will move in for the free food. By treating around your home on a regular basis, these populations will be kept in check. Use a good PUMP SPRAYER for doing the work and by keeping these insects in check you will be keeping lizards away. You can also use an aerosol treatment like BAYGON which comes with a crack and crevice tip for getting the treatment deep into voids where insects and lizards hide.
The treatment will kill off unwanted insects which serve as food and the treatment will also irritate lizards so they won’t live in treated areas. If you have the lizards living in the home, you will definitely need to use the Aerosol along with setting out some Lizard Traps. Since most lizards are insect eating, use a Glue Trap which has insect odor in the glue or that can be added. Roach scented LIZARD GLUE TRAPS placed out along baseboards, under furniture, on countertops or any place where you have seen lizards are very effective at catching and holding most common nuisance lizards. The roach pheromones are in the form of small pills which are simply dropped onto the glue trap. Undetectable by people but quickly found by foraging lizards, these boards can be used to trap out local populations. If you have a lot of larger lizards, you might have to make your own glue traps. BULK GLUE is basically nothing but the glue in a pail which can be removed and placed on cardboard, wood, plastic sheets, thin metal or any hard non-porous material. These custom made Glue Traps should be made large enough to insure you will be able to trap out whatever sized lizards are currently being seen. It is not uncommon for these traps to reach sizes of 2 feet wide by 4 feet long! By custom making your trap you can insure you have a large enough “catch area” for the job at hand. Also, by applying the glue directly to surfaces on which you note activity, you will be able to catch your target in a place where the pre made traps could not be applied. Trapped lizards can then be released by pouring vegetable oil where it has attached itself to the glue. They can also be destroyed if numbers are excessive and over abundant. If releasing, be sure to do so at least 1 mile away to insure they won’t return.
If you are having a problem with lizards that are either feeding on or extracting water from plants growing in the yard, you can try spraying them with the Cypermethrin listed above. It won’t hurt the plant and by reducing the insects which are active on the plant, you may be able to force the lizard to look elsewhere for food. Since the Cypermethrin has a sour taste, it can sometimes chase them away by bad taste alone. However, lizards will readily feed on succulent plants – like cacti – from which they can derive their need for water. This is a common problem in arid or dessert regions where water can become hard to find. If you have some type of plant that lizards are targeting as a water supply, there are two ways you can attempt to stop the damage they do. For some species of lizard, treating the plant with some ROPEL LIQUID will force them elsewhere. This bad tasting liquid won’t hurt the plant but is detectable by some species of lizard. The ones that can taste won’t like it and will leave alone any plant that is sprayed. Expect to retreat the plant once a week till all damage stops. Lizards will learn to go elsewhere to get their need for water fulfilled and once they move on you can usually reduce applications to once a month. If the species of lizard active on your property does not seem to have a sense of taste, the Ropel won’t work. To stop these lizards, you will have to protect the targeted plants with some ANIMAL/LIZARD NETTING. This fine mesh plastic is annoying to lizards when they try to chew through it. The plastic will get in their teeth and though it won’t present any hazard to them, it will prevent them from being able to properly chew. This annoyance is more than enough to get them to forage elsewhere. The netting is easy to apply and install and will last a long time. Be sure to place it around any plant you want to protect and replace it annually or as needed. Since the need for water can become a matter of survival, most any plant can become a target of thirsty lizards. Animal/Lizard Netting can prove to be well worth the time and cost when trying to save precious plants from these foraging pests.