Your garage – it’s the perfect place to store your car, your lawnmower, and…your lizards? Probably not what you were intending! If you’re looking for tips on how to get rid of lizards in a garage, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll learn at least 13 effective tips to deal with them!
What You'll Learn Today
- Why Are Lizards in My Garage?
- How To Tell if You Have Lizards in the Garage
- How Do I Keep Lizards Out of My Garage? 13 Effective Tips
- 1. What Smell Keeps Lizards Away?
- 2. Try Tobacco and Coffee Balls
- 3. Catch the Lizard
- 4. Use Ice Water and a Spray Bottle
- 5. Try Peacock Feathers
- 6. Get a Cat
- 7. Use Glue Traps
- 8. Use an Ultrasonic Device
- 9. Try Eggshells
- 10. Give Mothballs a Try
- 11. Try Flypaper
- 12. Use Phenyl Tablets
- 13. Does Bleach Kill Lizards?
- How Do I Get Rid of Lizards Permanently?
Why Are Lizards in My Garage?
Lizards are most commonly found in the garden and on the lawn – but that doesn’t mean these curious creatures don’t try to venture indoors from time to time.
Lizards aren’t harmless, but since they are reptiles, they tend to scare many people who come into contact with them. Once they lay their eggs in your garage, it can be tough to finally get rid of them, too.
Most lizards enter your garage in search of food. They eat both crawling and flying insects, such as caterpillars, snails, and spiders. While that’s beneficial to you in some regard – since they can help to control their populations – it can also be frustrating to deal with.
Lizards also feed on fruit and plants so if you have any vegetation or even a garden nearby, lizards from those areas might venture into your home.
Of course, lizards often come into garages seeking water and darkness. Lizards like dark places and the garage offers the perfect level of privacy for them!
Again, lizards aren’t dangerous and won’t hurt you in any way. That said, they can carry bacteria and various diseases. They occasionally bite to defend themselves as well – while this isn’t common and the bite won’t be venomous, it can hurt a bit.
How To Tell if You Have Lizards in the Garage
There are a few telltale signs that you have lizards in your garage.
For one, you might actually see them – or think you saw them. Lizards are fast creatures, so if you keep thinking you just missed seeing something out of the corner of your eye, it might be a quick-moving or even camouflaged lizard.
You might also hear them running around in the garage. Many people think first of rodents when they hear squeaking sounds or scurrying, but lizards could be to blame too.
To prevent this problem in the first place, make sure you never leave the door open for long periods of time. This will just encourage lizards to come indoors. Check for potential entry points, examining screens for holes and walls for cracks.
Keep all food and water contained, including trash and pet food.
Ultimately, cleanliness is your first line of defense when it comes to lizard problems!
How Do I Keep Lizards Out of My Garage? 13 Effective Tips
If you have lizards in your garage, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them.
1. What Smell Keeps Lizards Away?
There are a few smells that lizards aren’t quite fond of. You can mix these up into a potent spray that you can use to line the perimeter of your garage.
Some lizard-repellent scents include:
- Hot sauce
All of these are “spicy” in nature – something lizards really don’t like. They also are not fond of mint, so using mint essential oil or even growing mint plants near the garage can help repel lizards.
Here is a video that will show you some ingredients you can use to make your own lizard repellent spray for the home and garage:
2. Try Tobacco and Coffee Balls
Even something as simple as a bit of tobacco and coffee can get rid of lizards! Mix together tobacco and coffee grounds in a ball, then put them in every nook and cranny imaginable in your garage.
3. Catch the Lizard
Catching the lizard that’s in your garage is a good first line of defense if you want to prevent any eggs from being laid. Use a domed container like a large glass to capture it, then release it outside (as far away from your home as possible).
4. Use Ice Water and a Spray Bottle
Here’s a solution to a lizard problem in a garage that just about anyone can try – ice water and a spray bottle. If you can see the lizard in question, all you have to do is spray a bit of water at him. He’ll move along quickly!
5. Try Peacock Feathers
Peacock feathers can be hard to find, but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some they can be used to repel and get rid of lizards.
We aren’t sure why, but lizards are deathly afraid of these features. Some people say that it’s because of the “eye”-like appearance of the top of the feather.
Just lay out a few peacock feathers around your garage and let them do their job!
6. Get a Cat
Dogs are good at getting rid of lizards, too, but they aren’t quite as impressive as cats. Not only will cats eat any lizards they find, but they’ll also help repel lizards with their mere scent alone.
7. Use Glue Traps
Glue board traps can also be helpful for serious problems.
They can lead the lizards to suffer, so they aren’t a good idea if you aren’t able to check the traps often. They’ll die slowly on the boards and the smell of decomposing lizards can be extremely unpleasant.
However, if you can check these daily and remove the lizards promptly, they can help you get rid of the reptiles in your garage.
8. Use an Ultrasonic Device
There’s a lot of debate over whether ultrasonic devices are effective at getting rid of lizards, but what do you have to lose?
These devices emit sounds that the lizards can hear but you can’t. They won’t kill the lizards but repel them, stopping them from entering the home in the first place.
9. Try Eggshells
Eggshells can also be used as a natural deterrent. The smell of the eggshells should keep the lizards from climbing the walls or roaming around in the garage. You can hang the eggshells up or set them on a top shelf.
10. Give Mothballs a Try
Mothballs aren’t the best in terms of eco-friendliness or your own health, but they are highly effective at getting rid of lizards. Just set a few out in your garage if you aren’t sure what else to try.
11. Try Flypaper
Like sticky glue traps, flypaper isn’t the most humane way to get rid of lizards if you can’t check the traps regularly. If you can, though, you’ll find that this is a cost-effective solution.
12. Use Phenyl Tablets
Phenyl tablets, also known as phenylephrine, are used to treat cold and allergy symptoms like stuffy nose, ear pain, and sinus congestion. They can also kill lizards. Put a few out in your garage and the reptiles should be repelled.
Just be cautious with this if you have kids or pets that frequent the garage – you don’t want to make anyone sick.
13. Does Bleach Kill Lizards?
Bleach does help repel lizards because it kills them. It burns and ultimately poisons the lizards as well as any eggs that might be in the vicinity.
How Do I Get Rid of Lizards Permanently?
Any of the steps listed above are good options to help you permanently get rid of lizards in your home or garage.
However, the one thing you should know is that it’s not always necessary to completely get rid of them. Lizards can be beneficial, especially when they’re roaming around your lawn or garden. They eat all kinds of pests and don’t do much harm in return.
But if you’ve got lizards (or skinks) in your garage, there’s a good chance you want to get rid of them!
Fortunately, you can do so in a few simple steps – and it all starts with removing potential food sources. So hop to it – and good luck!