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I Have Lizard Phobia
I have a phobia of lizards since I was a small boy. I really hate to see a lizard inside my home. In our tropical country, lizards are everywhere. Here, I mean those pesky and “terrifying” house lizards. It is a never ending battle having to chase lizards out of the house. And it is quite impossible to literally chase them out of the house at once. Most often they will flash away hiding in some narrow space. So, how to chase away lizards without killing them?
By the way there is a word for it.
A Fear of Reptiles and Lizards
Herpetophobia is a fear of reptiles, specifically snakes and lizards. The severity of this relatively common specific phobia can vary drastically, making it difficult to decide without guidance from a mental health professional whether you have a clinical phobia or simply a fear.
Story of my life
This is the story of how I developed this phobia of lizards. When I was a small boy, there was once when I saw a team of ants laboriously moving a dead cockcroach along the wall. My concentration was fixed on the rather interesting acitivity of the ants. Then out of a sudden a big lizard appeared out of nowhere and snapped the cockcroach together with the ants! I had a shock of my life. And from then on, I had this phobia of lizards.
Patience And Persistence
From my personal experience all these years, chasing lizards away without killing them, takes lots of patience and persistence. I use a number of methods at different times depending on the likely locations that the lizards may be hiding. Unless you just ignore the lizards and they become bold, lizards usually do not expose themselves. They are always hiding. When they get the message that they are not welcome guests, they will usually leave the house in due course. Of course, to show them that they are not welcome, one needs to act on it. And the methods I am sharing here will prove effective.
How To Discourage Lizards From Entering The House
There are some basic rules which you must follow. These rules are actually common sense approach. What you need is discipline and persistency.
Rule number one is to keep your house very clean especially the kitchen area. Cleanliness will keep away little pests and insects like ants and other bugs which are favourite food for lizards. There will also be no little bits of food crumbs to attract lizards to enter the house.
Rule number two is not to clutter lots of food containers together. Piles of food containers together will create excellent hiding place for the lizards, and inevitably the smell of food will also be very tempting and welcoming
Rule number three is to ensure your home, especially the kitchen has good ventilation and lighting. Lizards like dark places. The spaces behind wardrobes, cupboards and furniture are favourite hiding places for lizards.
Rule number four is to possibly seal all little cracks and openings along joints and walls, where lizards can squeeze through from outside.
How To Chase Lizards Away
There are many methods which you can find from the internet on how to chase lizards away from your house, without killing them. Many methods are just nonsense or impractical. I shall not be discussing methods like feather, eggshells, pepper spary, coffee powder, tabasco sauce, and cold water treatment, Here, I share with you only five methods which I find them to be most practical and likely to be effective.
- Garlic: Garlic emits such pungent smell that lizards will keep away from the area. From my experience, whole unpeeled garlic is not effective as the smell does not emit out as much as, if they are peeled and sliced. Place freshly sliced garlic pieces around corners of kitchen walls and hidden crevices. You need to replace them once they dry up and lose their pungent odor.
- Onions: Onions work the same way as garlic. Onion slices are equally pungent and will chase away lizards in no time.
- Naphthalene Balls: Another common name for these balls is mothballs. These mothballs are effective repellents of small bugs and insects and also as sanitizers for bad odor. These balls work the same way as garlic and onions because of their pungent smell. These mothballs are more practical and easier to manage than having to constantly replenish cut slices of garlic or onion.
- Electric Repellent: Commercial electric lizard repellent set is clean and practical. It is supposed to emit special ultrasonic frequencies which lizards cannot tolerate, and will eventually keep a distance away from this gadget. Although this seems ideal to me, I have not seen this gadget in my location.
- Insect repellent spray: I personally find this method the most practical and effective. I have not found a special lizard repellent spray, but I am using a general insect repellent spray which I find effective. I spray along the hidden spaces and on the kitchen walls and table tops every night before I go to bed. Apart from the more powerful special insect repellent spray, I also use the standard insect/mosquito spray as a preventive method.
- Compassionate mental vibration: This is a very powerful method. But you need to do this with sincere effort and compassion. Relax your body and mind and send friendly and loving message to our lizard friend. Explain to it that its rightful place is outside where it will be happier staying there. Then apologise and say thank you for its understanding and cooperation. Let me assure you, it works.
What Happens If All These Methods Failed
Now the inevitable question will be what happens if all these peaceful methods failed to chase away lizards from your house? I am basically a very harmless person. I avoid killing any living beings, be they ants, little beetles, or anything else. But lizards, I have phobia for them. So if I am fighting a losing battle, I will close my eyes, and then try “communicating” and “appealing” to them to please leave my house and go outside to their rightful places. Hopefully, all will end up peacefully and happily.
Well, if you do not share my sentiment, then you know what to do! There are traps, fly glue paper, and even poison available in the market. Or simply roll up a few sheets of newspapers and fasten with rubber bands.
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Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on December 13, 2016:
You have posted in the wrong place. This place is about "lizards".
But just the same I shall comment here. I honestly have no answer to your question. Just keep trying.
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on April 07, 2016:
Your article gave wonderful ideas to keep away the lizards. I was always taught to leave the lizards in you home because the eat the even less desirable insects. But then you of course have to clean up after them and how sanitary is that.
Justin Choo (author) from Malaysia on March 08, 2016:
Thanks for reading my article and sharing your adventure story.
The Logician from now on on March 08, 2016:
Well Justin, you and I are complete opposites! I enjoyed reading your tips on repelling Lizards and I'm sure this will be handy information for those with lizard phobias.
I on the other hand have always been fascinated by lizards! Once on a spring vacation I went with a group of college students to Jamaica! The trip was sponsored by a student afro-american group, needless to say myself and five of my friends were the only whites in the crowd.
As soon as we arrived at the hotel on the beech (it was a paradise) I saw lizards everywhere. After a few drinks I was chasing down and catching lizards everywhere. But I had no where to put them. Then I noticed there were drink glasses in the bathroom of our room so I turned them upside down and put the lizards in them. After breakfast the next morning we're walking back to the room and outside there is a gathering of maids all in a fuss, refusing to go into our room! Soon I discovered that they were upset with the lizards being in the room, some kind of voodoo or something and would not enter our room until they were removed.
I managed however to get more right before leaving and put them in bottles inside the sleeves of my coat. It was too hot for coats in Jamaica but we carried them loose so we could put them on when we landed in the US because it was cold there.
Carrying my coat we made it through customs without being detected but as we went toward the door to leave the customs area two men in black suits came right up to me and singled me out for questioning. They were looking for drugs. I thought great, hippies my age (1970s) get busted for trying to sneak pot in from Jamaica all the time but I'm going to wind up in the hoosegow for bringing in LIZARDS. But they didn't search me, they just watched my body language as they asked me in different ways if I was bringing any drugs into the country. DRUGS? Of course not, I didn't even have to lie so I guess I passed their test. If they had said lizards I'd have probably freaked and given myself up.
Then they got friendly and said a lot of college students try to bring drugs in so that is why they singled me out. The whole time I'm clinging to my coat with jars of lizards in my coat sleeve. Thank God lizards aren't noisy like the pigeons I had in my gym bag one time on the bus when...but that's a whole nother story.