Lizards are common in many Indian houses. Moreover, just the sight or sound of them can set off a series of terrified reactions. While average household lizards aren’t directly harmful or poisonous, they’re still pests and not something you have to put up with, in a clean home. If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of lizards, here are a few home remedies to get rid of lizards without killing them.

How to Get Rid of Lizards Tip #1: DIY a Pepper Spray

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Pepper spray to keep them away

To get rid of lizards and prevent them from returning, pepper water is a safe-to-use trick. Mix some black pepper powder in water and spray the solution into anywhere that you usually find the offending pests. It is said that pepper irritates lizards due to an ensuing allergic reaction, so they’ll likely stay away from those spots. Tabasco sauce, chilli flakes and red chilli powder work just as well.

How to Get Rid of Lizards Tip #2: Place Onion or Garlic in Frequented Corners

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Use garlic and onion as a repellent

Once again an assault on lizard’s senses, garlic and onion give off a pungent odour. This deters the pest from inhabiting a corner or returning to it. Cloves of raw garlic or a couple of onion slices can be placed in various corners of the home. Over time, you’ll get used to the pungent smell but it remains strong enough to drive away lizards. If you’d rather not leave the pieces about, you could add it into a spray bottle with water to use as a handy repellent.

How to Get Rid of Lizards Tip #3: Air Out Cabinets Regularly

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Get rid of damp spaces

Lizards are attracted to moist, damp places– and your cabinets fit the bill. Under-sink cabinets are the most at risk, so ensure it’s as dry and clean as can be. If you have a leaky pipe, consider fixing it as soon as you can, because it acts as a watering hole for lizards and contributes to the damp atmosphere. If you’re wondering how to keep lizards away, cleaning and airing out your cabinets on a regular basis is an easy way to prevent lizards from setting up a home and laying eggs.

How to Get Rid of Lizards Tip #4: Use Naphthalene Balls

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For corners and cabinets

If you don’t have children or pets running around, you could consider using naphthalene balls. These have a pungent odour that humans get used to but lizards can’t tolerate. Consider keeping them in closets, kitchen drawers, under-sink cabinets and shelves, so you have all your bases covered. Just make sure they’re placed well away from food and water sources!

How to Get Rid of Lizards Tip #5: Use Empty Eggshells

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A natural remedy

If you were just about to throw away the eggshells after making a couple of fluffy omelettes, you might want to think again! Why not use them to get rid of those pesky lizards instead? Lizards cannot stand the smell of eggshells, so you might want to place them in the corners they frequent. Wipe the eggshells dry before you use them to keep lizards away. Moreover, avoid washing them to retain the strong smell.

How to Get Rid of Lizards Tip #6: Dispose Open or Leftover Food

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Leftover food can attract pests

This tip is more proactive than retroactive because lizards usually enter a home looking for food scraps and leftovers. Fallen crumbs in cabinets and on countertops are a surefire way to attract these pests and allow them to stay. Therefore, ensure scraps and spills are cleaned up immediately. Establish a routine to deep clean cabinets so you catch fallen food, and rinse out wet waste dustbins regularly.

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How to get rid of lizards tip #7: Use tabasco sauce spray

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Tabasco…more like tabas’go’

As much as we like our food hot and spicy, the same cannot be said for the lizards. Just as they have an aversion to pepper, lizards cannot tolerate the smell of tabasco either. Mix two teaspoons of tabasco sauce with water into a spray bottle. This can be used to keep the lizards at bay by spraying it in places where you often see lizards or on the walls of your home.

How to get rid of lizards tip #8: Lower your room temperature

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Crank up the temperature

Thank your stars that lizards aren’t mammals like us. Lizards prefer warmer climates and cannot regulate their body temperature. They are rarely found in colder countries and find it difficult to survive. Unfortunately, only opening windows and using fans won’t do the trick. It’s the air conditioning that will get rid of the lizards. Keep your home at least at 22 degree Celsius as cold temperatures make lizards uncomfortable.

How to get rid of lizards tip #9: Use peacock feathers

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Lizards out, peacocks in!

Peacocks are known to be natural predators of lizards. Peacock feathers are not a lizard repellent so to speak. However, placing peacock feathers in your home should make the lizards scurry away. Even the smell of peacock feathers would make lizards anxious as they find peacocks to be intimidating. And needless to say, this is a harmless method to get rid of lizards without killing them. 

These tips, combined with a strict cleaning routine, are safe home remedies. So have we answered how to keep lizards away from your house?

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