A race runner lizard has taken up residence in the soil of one of my flower beds. One of your posted answers suggested mothballs and eliminating food supply, ie. bugs. So this morning I cut down my marigold bushes, sprayed the beds with insecticide and put out mothballs in pots and along the perimeter of the flower bed.
Around noon I saw the lizard climbing the fence. It then walked along the middle support to another section of the fence. Then it went down the fence, across a plywood divider and into the bed it had been sited in originally. This maneuver allowed it to avoid the heaviest concentration of mothballs.
How do I get rid of this thing? I'm ready to pour bleach over the entire bed!
I do not know of a lizard type called race lizard, however, your garden lizard is most probably an alligator lizard (similar appearance). They are completely harmless to humans and pets but are deadly to all garden spiders, mosquitos, pill bugs, etc., almost all garden pests. If you want to repel or kill your lizards, you will then have many more garden pests to deal with as lizards love garden insects. You can try a search yourself (get rid of garden lizards) or this helpful site to start:
I'm with Dinah, here. The Racerunner lizard is a harmless lizard that eats many insect pests. You are quite lucky to have one in your flower beds. I don't have any idea why you'd want to remove it. You'll only have to use more insecticides on your flowers.
To each her own, I guess.
Dinah and Abigail, thank you for responding to my question. I have a number of reasons for not wanting the race runner in my garden, but the most important one is my 2 year old grandson who plays in the back yard where the lizard has been spotted. I don't want him handling the lizard or its droppings.
Beth, I guarantee your grandchild will not be able to catch your lizard!!! My husband is a biologist who frequently traps animals of all types for research (then releases them unharmed!). Even he has problems catching lizards. He sneaks up on them with a little string noose on a fishing pole and they still outsmart him!
As for lizard droppings, there are far worse things in your yard than lizard droppings that your grandchild will definitely find no matter how careful you are: Animal feces from rats & mice (both can carry several diseases easily transferable to humans), ants-can have very painful bites, many other insects-dung beetles who love to roll and eat dung, centipedes and millipedes-also very painful bites, spiders-painful and worse bites, etc. In addition to possible bites, all of these insects and animals drop feces wherever they are and your entire yard is fair game for them.
I hope that you will consider letting your lizard live as she or he is a very pretty animal and an excellent pest controller in your yard!
Yes pour bleach around the area to ward them away.
*Editor's Note: Mothballs are made with toxic chemicals and can be dangerous for pets. Use caution if using this deterrent.
Moth balls are NOT natural and are poisonous to pets!
We have too many lizards that somehow get in the lanai through crevices we have yet to find. Is there anything natural that will repel them? I am sick of cleaning up after pets I never wanted, it's gross.
By Tibeka from Englewood, FL
Try scattering moth balls around; inside and out.
Lizards eat bugs, so you might need to get rid of the insects & the lizards will leave. : ) Maybe there are ants outside the lanai? Lizards are really creepy.
Finally an answer! I'll try the moth balls and post back to let you know how it works! Thank you so much!
Does anyone know of any natural lizard repellents? Please suggest.
By Sill from Charlotte, NC
Unless the lizard is nn your house I would let them alone. They are good bug eater.
My problem is those darn little geckos have decided to use my kitchen window as their private latrine - and they poo a lot! I've tried spraying the window sill with WD40 because I read they don't like the smell and it works but not long enough so this time I am trying another hopeful suggestion. I mixed Tabasco sauce with a little water and sprayed generously all around the window sill. Before I leave for the summer I plan to stretch packing tape (extra sticky) across the window sill sticky side up and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Any other suggestions out there?
Come on, Gordon, you have the whole outdoors! Why is my nonprivate window sill your favorite site?
Hi, I'm from Pakistan. Lizards are very common problem here. It is said here that if we use peacock feather where the lizards used to come from, they will go away. I have tried and it works for me. You should try it too, hopefully it works for you too.
Do you know of a good lizard repellent?
By racine45 from Sanford, FL
I use mothballs. I put 2 or 3 in each pot. For in ground plants I use as many as necessary to make them about a foot or so apart. (08/24/2009)
How do you get rid of lizards?
Cynthia from Dallas, TX
Don't get rid of them they are good bug catchers and they won't hurt you. I have them in my house. Sometimes I see them, but most of the time I don't know they are there. They are considered to bring luck on Guam if they are in the home. I have a little dog and she doesn't bother them, but she chases the bugs. She doesn't like bugs. (09/11/2006)
By Margaret from TX
I've been told that plain cold water in a squirt gun will incapacitate geckos that are usually too fast to catch. Then they can be taken outside or moved to another location. Make sure you wash your hands, lizards have salmonella. They will also not want to walk over bleached areas, because it will hurt their feet.
I've seen the men who clean our room use brooms in Mexico, to sweep them out, but that probably kills them. We used a towel to catch one, which I was told they do all the time in Florida. This would be lots better than a glue board, that would just stick a live lizard to it. I have also been told moth balls work for a while to repel, but not much. If you try the cold water squirt please report if it works.
I use Cutter Bug Spray twice a year and it drives away the insects. Although mosquitoes are still a problem, it drives down the insect population to the point that there are no lizards in the area. Used to have geckos the size of big cats and small dogs, but all are history. (11/07/2007)
By Sandeep Dalal S. Sherman Oaks, CA
Try keeping egg shells around the places where lizards move.
I had a lizard in my home and what I did was get those stick traps that you use for mice and put them in areas where they like to hide. When they walk over them they stick to the trap and then you can through them away. Just recently I have another one and he got smart and flipped the tray over. So I'm hoping that he hasn't gotten that intelligent or I'm going to have to start charging rent. (04/12/2008)
Try the squirt gun with water and a lemon base oil, you may like the smell but the creatures don't. Spray area every three to four weeks, if you have to. (05/21/2008)