How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Joan Your Own Question

Joan
Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 15590
Experience:  30+ years experience as veterinary tech and 15+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
5071285
Type Your Reptile Question Here...
Joan is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

What can I use to stop lizards from coming into my house. They

Resolved Question:

What can I use to stop lizards from coming into my house. They are harmless but my wife is petrified of them.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 3 years ago.

Hello,

Are the lizard that are getting into the house the House Geckos?

Do you have a lot of shrubbery around the house?

Have you had any insect problems in the yard?

What State do you live in?

Joan

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I live in a gated community in Boca Raton, southern Florida. There is a canal outside the house and a fair amount of shrubbery. I am told that lizards are more numerous near water. I don't know what kind of lizards House Geckos are, but I suspect our lizards might be as they are not the scaly kind -- just regular looking lizards. Given that, how best to keep them out? We have tried to caulk and seal various doors, windows and screen doors but I guess they can come in through the air conditioning vents. There must be lizard repellent substances.... or traps....or any other suggestions?
Expert:  Joan replied 3 years ago.

Hello,

I too am in Fl, and very familiar with the lizards. They are House Geckos. They are hunting food and the shrubery is what serves as a feeding ground and shelter for them. You can try some sticky traps that are sold at Target, Home Depot or Lowes. There is no real way to keep these guys out as they are nocturnal and will get in as you suspect from any crack or crevice they can. On a side note, they cannot tolerate cold, so keeping the AC tuned down will help keep them inactive and may keep them out. Some companies make sonic repellers, but I really do not have a lot of faith in them. Living in Fl, for all my life, I have learned there is no sure fire way to keep these guys out. You can try some of the suggestions that I have mentioned, but there is no guarantees. Joan

Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 15590
Experience: 30+ years experience as veterinary tech and 15+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
Joan and 5 other Reptile Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Thank you so much. Great knowledge of reptiles! Will use JustAnswer again if further problems arise. Stephanie KY
< Last | Next >
  • Thank you so much. Great knowledge of reptiles! Will use JustAnswer again if further problems arise. Stephanie KY
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Anna

    Reptile Expert, Biologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2652
    Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/MsAM/2012-6-9_16426_anna.64x64.jpeg Anna's Avatar

    Anna

    Reptile Expert, Biologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2652
    Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    5721
    30+ years experience as veterinary tech and 15+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    522
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    273
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    157
    12 years of experience in emergency, surgery and medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    Voice for your pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    1132
    Veterinary Technician for 15 years
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Reptile Expert
Joan
Joan
6276 Satisfied Customers
30+ years experience as veterinary tech and 15+ years experience doing reptile rescues.