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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.

(ref.: http://www.bugspray.com/article/reptiles.html)


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My new home has several oddities. There is this 1 man in particular, who I find very annoying. He seems to use the stairs a lot, and every time he does, the whole world knows it, simply because his noisy Hawaii chappals go ‘thap, thap, thap, thap” and disturb the quiet tranquil of our abode!!!

 This is what a Hawaii Chappal looks like



But number 1 on the list is the odd timing of water supply. Bore well water is supplied every alternate day at any time the apartment owner, Mr. Narasimhan, finds convenient. So if I’m out on work or shopping during that time, I’ve missed my quota of 2 days water supply and will have to endure the hardship of carrying water from the sump downstairs all the way up those unnecessarily steep steps to my apartment – this torture is supposed to last the months of summer only.


Drinking water supply is worse still, thanks to the weird Hyderabad Municipality! It’s supplied regularly every alternate day – or should I say night – because that’s when it comes, anytime after 12:00 p.m.!!!


How in the world people figure out when it’s water time, I don’t know! One day I requested my neighbors who lived downstairs to let me know when water came and they did. But not wanting to inconvenience them, I decided to work out an alternative plan.


But as it happened, I ended up surviving an entire week on 1 can of drinking water and was left with very little other water too, because but Mr. Narasimhan chose to open the tank only during the 4 hours I was away from home on Sunday. (Not funny!)


So last night was drinking water night, and determined to figure out when water came for myself, I barely slept a wink. At every little creak or bang I would get up and listen, hoping to hear some telling sounds. “God, please wake me up when drinking water comes!” For a long while nothing of worth seemed to be happening and I had almost convinced myself to just go to sleep and buy water the next day. And then at 3:30 a.m. I heard something… the familiar “thap, thap, thap, thap…” down the steps. Groan!!! Not at this hour!!! A few minutes passed and there was the ‘thap, thap, thap, thap” again… this time up the stairs. Realization dawned on me. It was water time! And this was the sign! Aah! The noise of those Hawaii chappals sounded like music in my ear!


Up I got and rushed down, quickly filling up my cans and storing away all the water I could. That done, I finally heaved a satisfied sigh and crashed on my bed. Phew! What a relief! Albeit late (or early???), I could now sleep sound the last few watches of the night, secure in the knowledge that I had enough drinking water to last me the week. “Thank you God, for giving me ample drinking water – and yes, bless those noisy Hawaii chappals!” J

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If you, like me, dread lizards and wonder why God ever took such pains to create them, you’ll understand this better…

I spent half my evening just chasing a silly lizard from room to room until I finally ended up with a severe headache! I would chase it from a corner in my bedroom to corner in the living room, and when I tried chasing it out of there, instead of running elsewhere, it would run right back to the same corner in my bedroom where I had found it in the first place! Back and forth it ran, with me running behind it, stick in hand (!!!) until it finally got the right idea and decided to run for its life – so fast, that I didn’t even have a clue as to where it had gone!

I guess we sometimes, like that lizard, run back and forth between problems and situations, with God chasing after us. He chases us out of corners in our lives that He knows aren’t the best for us, but oftentimes we run back to the same habits, relationships and lifestyles that He took so much pain chasing us out of.

Sometimes we run out of confusion and sometimes out of fear, but little do we realize that if we just allow Him to lead us, He will take us where we ought to go.

Hebrews 12:6 says, “Whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” I’d like to rephrase that as Whom the Lord loves He chases.” (for reasons of this illustration only.)

Most times we question God as to why He is chasing us around with seemingly no aim. The truth is, God is the only one who knows fully well what is best for us. Therefore, He sometimes has to be strict with us, chasing us with a rod in hand. At other times he may be gentle with us, carefully leading us out of situations.

As much as it might seem cruel of God to be chasing us, the fact that He does so only because He loves us is truly amazing. In our distress we fail too see the blessings God has in store for us, but only when we allow Him to push us to where He wants us to be, can we find true happiness, fulfillment and freedom.

I now realize that God must have created creatures such as lizards just to teach us poor ignorant, unseeing humans such valuable lessons as this.

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As much as I hate lizards and can’t stand the very thought of them, it is true that I have learned some amazing truths from my rather exasperating experiences with them. J

A lizard in my house, and in my bedroom at that, is by far the worst thing that could possibly happen!!! Some weeks back I had been having lizards, both little and large, visit my bedroom on an irregular basis, but I took little effort to prevent them from revisiting. Somehow I had this false sense of confidence in the fact that they wouldn’t come too often or cause much harm, but then as always something had to happen to break that confidence.

On two consecutive nights I had quite a large lizard come by and crawl all over my bedroom window before it discovered that it was endangered by my presence and found its way out through the ventilator. I had it in the back of my mind to block that ventilator so that it wouldn’t be able to get in again, but I didn’t because it would require a lot of effort and I was simply too tired.

So it happened that the next night he revisited me, but this time it was far more than I could take. Not only did he crawl all over my wall, shelves and bags, but he also had the audacity to come within a few centimeters of my bed!

That’s when the chasing began. Round and round the room he crawled – once, twice and then a third time!!! This was going too far!!! Whether he was blind, stupid or simply enjoying himself I do not know, but it was definitely not the least bit funny to me!

Finally after much rebuking, clapping, thumping, and making of ugly faces he leisurely crawled over the edge of the ventilator and stepped out. Whew! What a relief that was! But I had learned my lesson! Not for a moment longer could I leave that ventilator open!

So there I was climbing up the shelf, balancing on a stool and blocking the ventilator with a piece of thermocol – all at 1:30 in the morning, not having slept a wink thanks to the untimely antics of the lizard and my negligence!

Well, that was the experience – and now for the lesson. Never ever give room for any bad habit in your life! Be it an addiction to alcohol, foul language, illicit sex or lies, once it creeps in it’s hard to get it out. You may think it’s ok just this once or that it can’t really do you much harm, but before you know it it’s back again, romping around and frolicking quite contentedly at the expense of your morality, health and well-being. And what a job it is to get it out then! You’d rather have kept it out in the first place!

So think twice before you indulge in anything that you’re not sure is right. Think of the consequences your actions might have… whether it’s really worth losing your health, wealth and happiness just to fulfill your longing.

And if you’re in that tight spot where you can’t seem to get rid of that ‘lizard’, don’t lose heart. Hope is not lost. There’s always a second chance. Ask Jesus to forgive you and to help you out, and you’ll see that He will help keep the lizards out!

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