How to get rid of lizards out of the house

scare lizards

Do lizards like to be in your house? These small reptiles keep the insect population down, so it’s best to chase them outside rather than poison or kill them. Start with step 1 and learn how to repel lizards and prevent them from coming back.

Drive them away

Move your furniture to access hiding spots.

It’s not a good idea to chase a lizard away when it has dozens of places to hide. If you spot a lizard in a room, move the furniture out of the way so the lizard doesn’t hide underneath until you give up and leave. Move couches away from the wall, move benches and chairs, and anything that might make a great hiding spot for a lizard. Lizards like to stick to walls or under objects. If you have a lot of stuff on your shelves, you should remove it so the lizard can’t crawl down and hide in between.

Block side exits.

Shut the doors to other rooms and stick towels in the cracks – lizards are amazingly flexible and can easily squeeze under cracks indoors. Make sure only the doors and windows that lead into your garden or outside, in general, are open – otherwise you’ll just be chasing the lizard around your house.

Get a friend to help you.

Lizards are fast, small creatures, as you may have noticed from previous attempts at hunting. It’s easier to get lizards to move in the direction you want, rather than just rushing back and forth, if you have a friend to help you nudge them in a certain direction. Walk towards the lizard towards the exit. Have your friend block the spot where the lizard is most likely to seek refuge. Keep walking towards the lizard and block its path if it tries to hide. Push her closer and closer to the exit until she bolts outside on her own.

Take a newspaper to power up the lizard.

If you’re dealing with a stubborn lizard, you may need to help it out by nudging it with a newspaper. Carefully guide the lizard in the direction of the exit, holding the newspaper so that the lizard cannot run in the wrong direction. Do not hit or crush the lizard with the newspaper – be careful not to hurt it. Some people have found that lizards are afraid of peacock feathers. Try to nudge the lizard in the right direction with a peacock feather if you have one handy. It can not hurt!

Use water if necessary to reach the goal.

Some people have found that spraying cold water on them from a spray bottle gets rid of lizards faster. Fill a water bottle with ice and water and splash some on the lizard. She’ll want to leave as soon as possible.

Catch the lizard if you can.

If the lizard is slow, instead of chasing it around the house, you could capture it and release it outside. You will need a jar large enough to contain the lizard and a sturdy piece of cardboard. Catch the lizard with the jar, then slide the piece of cardboard under the jar until the lizard is standing on it. Pick up the lizard and take it outside. Pick up the glass and release her.

Try to hunt the lizard at night.

Some lizards are more likely to show up at night and this is the best time to hunt them. If you’re more likely to see the lizards around sunset, you should chase them away at night rather than wait until the day.

You should be aware of the benefits of having lizards with you.

The sight of a lizard in your living room may be unsettling, but for many people, it’s a welcome occurrence. Lizards help humans by eating annoying insects like flies and crickets. Not only that, a lizard in the house is considered a good luck charm. If you’re fine with sharing your home with a little lizard, consider keeping them with you for a while.

keep them away

Keep your house clean.

Lizards go where they can find something to eat – for them that’s insects. Having a lot of insects in your house will attract lizards. Keeping your house clean is the best remedy for bugs. Make sure you dust and vacuum regularly and don’t leave too many dirty dishes and dusty things lying around.

Remove open food or leftovers from around the house.

In the same way, crumbs and leftover food around the house can attract insects, which in turn will lead to lizards in your home. Clean up leftover food and make sure your surfaces aren’t covered in crumbs.

Expose problem areas.

Pay attention to where in the house you saw the lizard: which rooms, which corners, under which pieces of furniture. Moving the furniture and cleaning the area can make it less attractive to lizards.

Get a cat

Cats like to eat lizards as much as mice. Having a predator in the home will give you better control over the lizard population.

Seal off the house.

Lizards can get in through cracks under your doors and windows. Make sure your house is completely sealed so they can’t get inside. Plug holes in your house with fly gauze to keep the lizards out. Use caulk and door seals to keep them from getting in as easily. Have screens on your windows and make sure they close tightly.


Approach lizards carefully. If you scare them, they hide. Lizards are more active at night and make squeaky noises. Geckos are nocturnal and will climb walls and windows to hunt for insects attracted by light coming from inside the house or a patio light. NEVER poison a lizard – few are dangerous. They are your friends, not your enemies. The gray wall lizard is very useful for your garden. They eat small cockroaches and other insects that are bad for your plants. They even eat small scorpions. Lizards eat insects. It’s good to have them near your house. If you have a lot of ants in the house, place sugar at the nearest exit. Then the ants slowly move in that direction. The lizards are slowly following too! Then, over time, place sugar outside the house… the lizards will go there. Now you’re out of lizards!


If you grab a lizard by the tail, it might just fall off.


Helen Miller

Helen Miller is a freelance writer at Usevoucher. She covers personal finance topics in a syndicated column that appears in Financial Planning Magazine. Her work has been featured by Market Watch, Digital Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Yahoo Finance. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.