Don and his wife love to cook. They enjoy new and different recipes and experimenting with interesting combinations of ingredients.
A typical Green Gecko Lizard
Gecko Lizards are not needed around your House
The first thing to mention here is that a Gecko is a common name used for a very large family over 1000 different types of small Lizards, most of which are found all over the USA.
While some of them are rarely seen, most are easily found near your home in several states, especially the Southern states.
Here in Florida, we have an overabundance of these little animals scurrying around our homes and as cute as they may be they are famous for leaving a mess on your property.
Most people consider them cute and there are some people who even have pet Geckos. But, the most negative thing about these little lizards, to me, is that for some reason they love to poop on the carports, porches and steps of the homes they adopt as their own.
Gecko Poop is the Problem
Gecko poop is easy to recognize, because it is a little different from that of other animals. A quick examination of its shape and color will show you that the typical Gecko feces “or turd” is black, cigar shaped and about 1/2-inch long by about 1/8-inch in diameter.
And because Lizards are reptiles, the feces will usually have a white section on one end similar to that of birds.
And sad to say, it seems that my front porch, like that of a number of my neighbors, has been adopted by a number of these little animals at their new toilet.
These feces are small and I only get one or two deposited for me each night.
But cleaning up Poop each day is not how I envisioned how I would spend part of my Retirement years in Florida.
My problem is, I didn’t want to hurt the little fellows, if I could avoid it, and I especially did not want to be spreading poisons around my property, so I decided to look for a more humane way to drive them away, rather than kill them.
In fact, I personally think they are cute and even fun to watch, at times. No, I just wanted them to go Poop somewhere else.
What do Natural and Safe Mean?
During my research, I quickly found a half dozen supposedly "safe"products for repelling Lizards and they all used the label Natural.
I actually don't know what ingredients they used, so I cannot comment on how safe they really are, but with a guarantee of being effective for weeks after this stull is sprayed, I had some doubts about just how "safe they actually were.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a book (now listed on Amazon) that covered ways for people to go OFF-GRID, or actually to go to the edge of the Grid by adopting certain lifestyle changes until they got to the place where they were living comfortably, but not be totally Off of the Grid.
During my research while writing my book, I found that the word NATURAL has absolutely NO formal definition by the FDA or any other government organization. So people (or business') can use this label for a wide range of their own purposes.
And the word SAFE is just as bad. For example, a dosage of a food or Herb that we all use can be considered to be SAFE, but it can, under certain conditions, be considered deadly for someone with an allergy to it.
Once my mind stopped spinning over how I could use these words, I can only tell you that I assume no responsibility for any misuse of these commonly used ingredients.
So, for the purposes of using my combination of ingredients in my mixture, I will say that my ingredients are NATURAL in that they are made from parts of or oils of common plants, and they are SAFE in that they are not intended to be used as a poison, but simply as a strongly scented repellant.
Looking for Natural and Safe Ingredients
So the other day, I opened up my PC and searched the web for some information about these little reptiles and what might be used to keep them away from my home.
My hopes were to develop a safe and natural lizard repellant that would make them move on and establish a new toilet somewhere else, while not harming any Geckos.
After a little research and some personal experimentation, I have developed a repellant that you can use safely around your house without endangering any children or pets, and still force any lizards you might have around to move away.
My repellant is made of simple and natural ingredients, found around most homes and they are not be poisonous. And my repellant would be easy to make, store and apply.
In fact, this product works because most of the ingredients are from common plants and Herbs and they all give off a strong, natural odor, that Lizards among other reptiles would not like.
Also, I'm tired of using chemicals I can't even pronounce to do things around my home that far too often, end up on a "Do Not Use" list a few years later after the real side effects of the chemicals become known.
Plants and Essential Oils
If you are a user of what are known as Essential Oils then you already know there are many plants that emit different odors or have specific flavors which for centuries people around the world have used for Medicinal and other Health purposes.
Typically the useful part of these plants can be extracted either by carefully removing the Oils or by just drying and grinding parts of the plant into a powder form. And, people still use many of these extracted parts of certain plants today the same as our ancestors have for centuries.
Just a note on this: In order to survive and prosper,plants around the world would try to grow, often in hostile environments and they needed to evolve their own defense mechanisms to do so, just as animals did, and to this end they developed tools for their defense and for propagation.
As many plants evolved they developed ways to use their environment to help them propagate and guarantee the continuation of their species of plant.
Some plants also developed oils that emitted special scents to draw certain insects and animals as well as repel others that are more dangerous to them.
Passing animals would eat the fruits of some plants and swallow the seeds from the fruit that would later be in the feces of the animal. Or they and insects would just come in contact wilt the plants pollen and carry this pollen away with them. Some even developed forms of pollen that could float on the winds in order to land on a like plant and generate new seeds.
Some plants developed seeds that would stick to roaming animals fur that got too close, and then fall away later in spot where it could often send roots into the ground and grow new plants.
Actually the unique ways to propagate that plants have developed over time are too numerous to mention here, but suffice it to say that plants evolved and their goal is always to live and to reproduce.
Useful Plant Defenses
Some plants developed toxic, poisonous and even physically damaging defense systems such as; thorns, infectious oils, and other tricks that made certain plant-eating insects and animals stay away from them.
Many plants developed extractable oils and scents which certain insects and animals simply did not like to smell and many of these scents are so effective that their presence made them a good repellant
Man, over the centuries has cultivated many of these plants just for the scents and flavors they generate naturally and use them for not only medicinal purposes but also for use as Herbs and Spices in Cooking.
MY Gecko Repellant
After some experimentation with what I already had around the house, I developed a simple combination of items that the average Gecko would avoid.
My product is pretty effective and I am actually considering marketing myself; but I am giving you my simple Lizard repellant recipe as well as the method I have developed to apply it safely.
Gecko repellant ingredients
First of all, my safe and all natural Gecko repellant consists of a combination of a few of the most effective Spices, Herbs and other common household items Geckos hate to be around, such as; powdered Garlic, Fine Ground Black Pepper, Coffee Grounds, Onion powder, Used Tea leaves, Peppermint Oil and LemonGrass Oil, even Cayenne powder, to name the most effective,
You see, I figured that if Lizards hate the smell of these plants, I could mix up some of them and try them out.
I use a simple squeeze bottle with a cap and then I premix my formula, and seal it in the bottle.
Then when I need it I just squeeze a couple of teaspoons onto a spot that the Geckos are using as their toilet.
Use an Application Pad
To apply this formula and not end up with stains in places you do not want, I use old beer coasters that I pick up in bars.
Because they are usually made from cheap “paper board", and are designed to absorb liquids, which is great for holding my formula.
Then, when I spot some evidence of visiting Geckos, I pour a tablespoon of the blended formula onto a coaster and then I set the coaster wherever I have a Gecko problem.
Longevity of the repellant
I have found that my visitors immediately go away, at least for a couple of days.
So, this application needs to be repeated every two days or so for a couple of weeks and by then the pesky Geckos will have moved on to better smelling digs.
The drawback is that my formula weakens in the open air rather quickly, but it is something safe that you can use around your house and eventually the Geckos will go to better places to establish their new toilet.
Another recipe for a Lizard, and Rat repellant
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Don Bobbitt
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on May 05, 2020:
Thanks for the comment, Carrie.
Have a Great Day,
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on May 05, 2020:
Interesting :) I dont have that issue where I live , but pests are everywhere. Bless you for caring for the little guys :) Thank you for sharing :)
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 12, 2019:
There were most likely more bugs to eat in your garden. LOL!
Have a Great Day!
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 12, 2019:
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 12, 2019:
We have them where I grew up but they practically stayed in the garden.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 12, 2019:
Quite interesting. I heard their poop is a great fertilizer. How long does it take you a day to clean it up?
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 11, 2019:
Thanks for the Read and Comment, Liz. For several years I had a feral cat that slept under my car at night and they are famous for chasing Gekos as much as they are for Mice. But he disappeared not long ago,and the Geckos moved in on my property.
So far, It looks like my formula is working.
Have Great Day,
Liz Westwood from UK on June 10, 2019:
The only place I have seen these is in zoos. Viewing them in captivity we don't give much thought to how they run wild in some places. This is an interesting and informative article. I hope you can stop them pooping in your porch.