Lizard Removal – Control and Trapping
WHAT ARE LIZARDS?
The most frequently encountered types of lizards include the common house gecko, Mediterranean house gecko, green and brown anoles, western fence lizards. Also including skinks, salamanders, iguanas.
These lizards typically eat insects, like beetles, ants, grasshoppers, and spiders.
What to Lizards Look Like?
Lizards vary in appearance from species to species. Almost all types share common characteristics such as dry, scaly skin, four legs, external earholes, and eyelids that cover their eyeballs.
Additional Information about Lizards:
Nocturnal house geckos are common in urban areas and prey on insects attracted to street lamps and human activity. Western fence lizards prefer to live in rocky outcroppings, cliffs, and mountains.
Are Lizards Dangerous or Do the Cause Much Damage:
The only type of lizard in the United States which poses a real threat to people, pets, or property is the iguana, which is only found in the southernmost tip of Florida. Due to their diet as herbivores, iguanas eat ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as fruit and vegetables from gardens. Adult iguanas can also be relatively powerful for their size, and may bite or whip their long tails when cornered or threatened. Other types of lizards are completely harmless to people and property and are considered beneficial due to the insects they consume.
SIGNS OF A LIZARD INFESTATION:
Predatory lizards, such as geckos, commonly enter homes throughout the southern U.S. in search of bugs to eat. The smaller reptiles can squeeze through cracks and holes as small as a quarter of an inch wide.
Other types of lizards are commonly seen in gardens and yards eating bugs or plants.
Lizard Control and Safety
Lizards are generally skilled climbers, so special types of fencing must be employed to keep them away. Residents should fill in or seal gaps in their walls, such as those found around pipe and wire entrances, door and window screens, or vents, with caulk, foam, mesh, or cloth barriers.
Lizards cannot chew through building materials like rats can and will not cause structural damage to homes. Some lizards bite if handled, so residents should call an expert to remove animals found in homes or yards.
Lizard Trapping and Removal
Catching or trapping lizards can be very difficult, as they are agile animals and can fit through small spaces. The best course of action is to call in trained wildlife control professionals experienced in dealing with lizard infestations.