how to catch lizards in the house

monicatx(z8 TX)August 17, 2011

After many years of trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to catch lizards that wandered into my apartment I found an easy way to get them back outside. Recently, I had a dishtowel in my hand and saw a baby brown lizard in my kitchen. I wet the dishtowel and squeezed out most of the cold water then gently dropped it on the lizard. It just froze and sat there while I picked up the towel/lizard and took it outside.

In the last two months, I have taken 3 out using this method with no problems. (It was just dumb luck that I wet the towel the first time.)


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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

the cold water probably helps imobilize them (since they are cold blooded).

not sure if water boarding lizards is legal though :)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 9:52PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

LOL....she's swaddling them, a lizard whisperer.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 2:05AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

hehehe, good idea. They are so hard to catch!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 5:29AM
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This method seems to work on most household pests:

Live with three dogs and a cat; if it moves, they kill it!

Disclaimer: we try to discourage the dismemberment of lizards; fortunately the lizards aren't keen on it themselves and stay out of the house.


    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 11:33AM
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Great idea. I hate those things zipping in every time I open the door at night. My cat tries to catch them, but they find a crack faster than the cat can get to them. I liked the thought of lizards eating bugs at first, but now I think of the lizards just like a roach or other bug.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 1:08PM
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monicatx(z8 TX)

Son #2 sent me an email saying "You know you have a pet when..." and finished it with - when you chase a cat around your back yard yelling 'put down that lizard'.

Yes, he saved the lizard. :)


    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 5:36PM
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