Lizards have a pretty bad rap in houses. These reptiles generally look for dark spaces where they like to hide.
However, many people almost instantly scream when they see a lizard in their house. Even killing a lizard (which is quite inhumane) is difficult because the whole thing can get quite messy.
You should know that lizards are incredibly fast, and they can quickly hide behind things, such as a photo frame. More importantly, there are certain varieties that are able to change color at will, and can easily blend into their surroundings.
Lizards can be considered a kind of pest, because they tend to lay eggs in dark crevices, which quickly hatch and they begin to grow.
House lizards can turn into a nuisance if you are not careful. Owing to their size, many people are scared of their bite, and it’s only natural that you would want to take certain steps to get rid of the lizards.
The garage is probably one of the most common spaces in the house where you are going to find house lizards.
Why Are Lizards So Commonly Found in Garages?
As mentioned above, lizards generally like dark and quiet spaces. The garage is not usually used by most people except for parking their cars. Think about it: when was the last time you went into your garage and thoroughly rummaged through your stuff?
Most people simply don’t bother, and because the garage remains empty throughout the day, it is often the perfect place for a lizard to lay its eggs.
If a lizard finds its way inside the garage, it won’t take long for the reptile to find a quiet space and lay eggs. Before you know it, these eggs are going to multiply, and within a very short while, you will find an entire family of lizards living in your garage.
The reason for lizards and other pests to be in your garage is simple: they can live there undisturbed.
These pests generally don’t need a lot of food, and what little they require they can easily find in the garage or in the trash can. It is obviously going to be a disgusting shock to open the garage one day and find a bunch of lizards roaming around on the walls.
Their squirming tails and the way they walk is just so repelling that most people are forced to take appropriate steps to get rid of them.
If you want to get rid of house lizards in your garage, there are several different measures that you can take. You can use both natural and chemical products to get rid of the lizards in your garage. Here are just a few simple remedies that will help you get rid of the lizards.
Removing the Lizards Naturally
There are quite a few home remedies that you can try to get rid of lizards in your garage. First of all, you should consider using balls that are made from a mixture of tobacco and coffee. They are ideal to get rid of lizards, and can be placed in almost every corner of the garage.
Remember, lizards like to move around in dark spaces, and they usually like to remain out of reach, so simply placing the balls on the floor isn’t going to work. Instead, you will want to choose dark corners, such as behind shelves or on top of them, and then place these balls there.
This mixture is generally quite lethal for the lizards, so you will find them clearing out very quickly or eventually dying.
You should leave the balls in the same position for several days before taking a look. You will find that most of the lizards will have cleared out by then. The ones that don’t will probably have died.
Another option is to use naphthalene balls. Naphthalene balls are easily available, and you can keep them in your drawers or in cupboards that are not opened frequently. If you have these cupboards or cabinets in your garage, placing the naphthalene balls in there is also a wise idea.
Lizards generally find the smell of naphthalene incredibly disturbing, and they are usually going to steer clear. If you want a simpler solution, making a pepper powder solution on your own and using it is a great idea.
All you have to do is to mix a bit of pepper powder with water, and then spray it all around your garage or your house, wherever you see the lizards.
You should know that the lizards are usually allergic to the pepper, and they are going to stay away because of the irritation that the pepper causes.
One of the most effective home remedies that you can use is eggshells. Lizards, and most other pests, usually hate the smell of eggshells. The pungent smell often nauseates them, and they usually scatter whenever eggshells are placed in an area.
More importantly, the pungent smell often seems as if a more imposing creature is nearby, so the lizards usually scatter.
Another excellent home remedy is to use onions. The sulfur in the onions is quite pungent, and lizards simply cannot tolerate the smell that it produces. All you have to do is cut out a few slices and keep them throughout your garage. You can place them on the shelves, or in the corners.
If you don’t want to keep them in slices, another option is to mix onion juice with water to dilute it a little bit, and then spray it all over. It’s a pretty effective method that is going to drive away the lizards from your garage or your house. Finally, you have the option of using garlic as well to drive away the lizards.
The garlic cloves also have a pretty strong smell, and lizards don’t like that. Using a bit of garlic juice mixed with water is also a wise idea, as it is going to have a similar effect.
These are just some of the many natural remedies that are available to you. It is important that you give it a few days for the remedies to work, because you can’t expect them to work out overnight.
If you don’t want to get into the hassle of using a commercial repellent to get rid of the lizards, you should know that there are several commercial options available in the market as well. For example, there are several pest sprays that are available that you can use to kill the lizards.
These pest sprays are designed to kill all kinds of insects and pests, so all you have to do is spray them at the location where the lizards are commonly found, or you can spray them directly on the lizards.
Make sure you buy a commercial spray after reading a few reviews about the product, so that you know if it is actually going to be effective in keeping out the lizards and killing them.
There are also organic granules available in the market that you can keep in the dark corners of the garage. Make sure that you keep children and pets out of the garage, because these organic granules are incredibly poisonous and could cause serious damage if ingested.
The best thing about using the organic granules is that it is a hassle-free way of getting rid of the lizards in your house. The smell of the granules actually attracts the lizards, and when they try to eat or lick it, they instantly die. They are incredibly inexpensive and are readily available in many parts of the world.
Another thing that you should know is that there are several electronic pest repelling devices as well that you can keep around the garage. These pest repelling devices can be activated, and they emit an ultrasonic wave that repels pests and keeps them away from your garage.
You can buy several of these and place them in your attic and your garage, as these are the spaces where pests are more likely to enter.
Other Things to Do
There are several simple measures that you can take around your house to keep away the lizards. For instance, you should make sure that your garage remains neat and clean. Ideally, you should clean the garage at least once a week, and make sure that there are no spaces that are closed off or difficult to access.
A properly cleaned garage will not have any spaces that are dusty or damp, and this is important if you don’t want lizards in your garage.
Furthermore, you should make sure that the windows and the doors to your garage remain properly shut. If there is space at the bottom of your garage door, you can use an insulating material to cover it up.
Make sure you seal off any and all cracks in the garage as well to prevent these pests from entering. These are just a few tips to help you keep lizards away!
I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and over 10 years of experience working in IT. As a homeowner, I love working on projects around the house, and as a father, I love investigating various ways to keep my family safe (whether or not this involves tech). I’ve also played guitar for almost 20 years and love writing music, although it’s hard to find the time these days.