How to Get Rid of Geckos in the House - Advice Urgently Needed

Updated on August 24, 2011
E.H. asks from Dallas, TX
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I recently moved moved to Dallas and hope that somebody can help me... I'm renting a house which has been standing empty for a few months before my move-in and which has geckos inside (I found that out after the move-in). I already had the exterminator come and spray the house inside, under the roof, outside as well as the lawn. Thankfully, we only found dead spiders and bugs, but nothing worse after the exterminator in the house. Still, I find a gecko in my house every few days. I WANT TO GET RID OF THEM. I hate them. The exterminator says I simply have to wait until the geckos realize there's no more food for them in the house and leave. Is there anything else I can do to get rid of them??? TIA!!!

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M.P.

answers from Portland on

I fell in love with geckos when I visited in Hawaii. I looked into buying a couple of geckos to have as pets but found they are way too expensive for me. And you have them for free. Sometimes life just isn't fair. lol

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C.O.

answers from Washington DC on

Gecko's can be a good thing - you may not like them - but they eat spiders, mosquitos, gnats and such! :)

if the exterminator says he can't do anything - I don't know what to tell you.

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S.O.

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I love geckos and the little green guys---those are called green anoles. Geckos come out at night and green anoles are the lizards you see in the daytime.
They are awesome and they are there b/c their food source was in your house. When they are outside of your house, they keep the critters from getting in! So you could have a house full of spiders and ants and FLEAS - ewwww! (like we did when we moved in---house was vacant for 2.5 months) or a few lizards.

When a lizard gets stuck in our house, we carefully shoe them into a brown paper lunch sack. They want to hide, so brown lunch sack works great.
Then carefully gather up the top of the sack and take it outdoors under a bush or tree and set the sack down. The lizard can get out and he will happily stay outdoors. Love the lizards!

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E.T.

answers from Dallas on

don't hate the geckos... LOVE the geckos because they are eating all the bugs!! I find them in my garage about once a week and in my house about once a month. I let them go about their way because they normally scurry back to wherever they came from as soon as I see them.

They are your friend... leave them alone. They'll stop coming in the house once they realize all the food is outside...

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M.L.

answers from Houston on

Awe, I love geckos, and they are quite harmless and adorable! The best way to get rid of them is a cat. Really though, they are a blessing, they keep any bugs at bay. Learn to embrace the gecko.

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C.W.

answers from Shreveport on

You already got great advice.You are going to have to wait it out and enjoy the free service they provide.
When we moved into our house we saw one outside and where thrilled because we knew it would mean less money wasted on exterminators. Well my husband caught one at work a few weeks later. He brought it home and we let it go near where we had seen the first one. Apparently we got lucky and one was male and the other female. We are currently up to about a dozen of the cute little critters. The huge bonus is we have very few bugs in the house. None of the geckos have made it in the house besides when we have brought them in to look at them or play with them for a few minutes. We let them go back outside.

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K.U.

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This may just be me, but while I know cats and some dogs (particularly terriers, it is what they were bred to do) can be great at getting rid of pests and vermin, I'm not down with the whole idea of getting a pet just for the sole purpose of MAYBE solving what is most likely a temporary problem. Pets are a lifelong commitment and should be adopted because you truly want their companionship and are prepared to incur all the expenses and responsibilities that come with such a privilege. There is no guarantee that they are going to be good hunters and if they happen to be, once the geckos and lizards are gone, then what? Sorry to get on my soap box, but while our cats have always done a better job at getting rid of mice than any trap we've ever bought, I didn't get them just to take care of our mouse problem - that was a bonus. I would agree that once the geckos realize there is no food in the house, they will probably move on. Or you can try humanely trapping them and releasing them outside far from your home. Or you can decide to coexist with them and let them continue to get rid of the bugs for free, and no toxic chemicals are necessary. I've had a few pet owner clients over the years who owned chickens and guinea hens and said they never had a problem with ticks on their dogs because the birds kept the yard picked clean.

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S.M.

answers from Kansas City on

How sad. I totally loved the lizards when we lived in California!! I miss them so much.

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C.O.

answers from Washington DC on

Gecko's can be a good thing - you may not like them - but they eat spiders, mosquitos, gnats and such! :)

if the exterminator says he can't do anything - I don't know what to tell you.

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M.P.

answers from Portland on

I fell in love with geckos when I visited in Hawaii. I looked into buying a couple of geckos to have as pets but found they are way too expensive for me. And you have them for free. Sometimes life just isn't fair. lol

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J.S.

answers from Dallas on

Geckos are a great thing to have in my eyes, they eat all of the bad bugs. We love them, I actually hate when we find a dead one.

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answers from Dallas on

Our dogs keep them at bay. We live near you, and have our whole lives. Animals are the ONLY thing that have ever worked. If you don't want a pet, there is really nothing you can do...other then what the exterminator already told you.

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V.C.

answers from Dallas on

I wish I had more of them! They eat bugs and spiders.

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B.M.

answers from Abilene on

I'm with you! We have them in our house and they drive me nuts! I KNOW they can't hurt me, but they can sure make me hurt myself! I KNOW they eat bugs that I certainly don't want in my house, but the geckos scare the bejibbers out of me when they scurry around when I turn on the light. I don't like creepy crawlies in my house!

The only thing I have found that works is to call my hubby or daughter to come take it outside when I find one!! LOL

I know that is not any help, but sometimes humor is all we have!

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J.M.

answers from Dallas on

They don't hurt anything, you shouldn't hurt them.

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G.T.

answers from Redding on

We had pet geckos, they are so darned cute. But, if you hatem, get a cat. Just remember, they eat flies and spiders and are a very harmless lizard.

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K.F.

answers from Washington DC on

I would probably get a pet cat or a dog, one that seems to have a hunting instinct. There wouldn't be many there for long. It would probably be less than pleasant to deal with the results. They have to be coming in somewhere. Maybe you could do a really thorough inspection, check for access points and block them as much as possible. I'd expect mousetraps could work for geckos just as well as mice, but that's also pretty unpleasant. (I can't stand killing anything).

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J.B.

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We have dogs, so our lizards stay outside. Only occasionally does one accidentally get in. If you don't like dogs, a cat will serve the same purpose---and you won't have mice, either.

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L.P.

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Yeah, I think I'd get a cat- or borrow one for a few days from a friend if you don't want to commit to having one.
Good luck!!

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A.L.

answers from Charleston on

I'm with you - I like them OUTSIDE, not inside. Can you have someone check your house for cracks/crevices where they're coming in? If I found some, I'd be calling the landlord asap to caulk/foam up those holes. There's no reason you should have to share the inside of your house with a lizard. We have them here in SC too, and I don't mind them at all when they're outside. I wouldn't be able to sleep if I knew they were running around my room or even worse - my bed. YUCK! Good luck!

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answers from Anchorage on

In some places you will just have geckos, not much you can do about it. It was like that in Okinawa. I left them alone, they left me alone. The cat hated them though!

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B.M.

answers from Dallas on

Hate to tell you but if there are geckos around they will find a way into the house. Most likely they're not infesting the house, they're coming in when you open the door or through cracks, etc. They'll find their way back out.

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K.K.

answers from Dallas on

Nope, they breed like crazy. Once they get to big to find adequate food they start dying. Oh they get washed and dried with the laundry. They don't bug me much. Our house is pretty well sealed, but they seem find ways in breed. oh well. Its a great source of entertainment for our son and dog. Our dog tries to get them to play, he does the submissive roll on the back. Our son catches them and releases outside. I just ignore them.

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S.K.

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I hate to give this advice because I like them but I used the sticky traps for bugs/spiders and sometimes catch the little lizards. I get them from the exterminator and from Lowes. They fold up into open ended boxes. I put them behind all of our furniture and between the storm door and the front door.

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