Try these hacks for a lizard-free home.
Every once in a while, we stumble upon a tiny lizard scuttering its way across the kitchen. These troublesome creatures are probably a lot more apparent to us, now that most of us are working from home because of Covid.
Lizards are said to hate the smell of eggs, so strew some egg shells around the house or in the kitchen. Try not to wash them before putting them out. Instead, wipe them dry and leave them to more effectively ward off unwanted lizards in your home.
Just like cockroaches, lizards hate the strong odour of coffee powder. Better yet, mix coffee and tobacco powder, which is poisonous to lizards, and leave around corners of the house to deter lizards from entering your home.
Lizards hate the smell that enzymes in garlic emit, so if oyu’re having a lizard problem around the kitchen, simply leave some garlic cloves around your kitchen counter.
Just like garlic, the pungent smell of onions are said to be great at keeping lizards at bay. Hang onions near windows or potential lizards’ hiding places, or make an onion juice spray to lightly spray on your countertop.
Lizards hate the “spicy” odour of pepper so if you’re hell bent on getting them out of the house, pour some peper into a porous bag and let it do its thing.
Again, chilli powder is another effective method to get rid of lizards, thanks to their spicy scent. Lace suspecting areas with chili powder (or, again, make into a spray).
Not keen on leaving powder packets around the house? Leave dried chilli out instead. They’re easy to find at supermarkets and wet markets in Singapore, and work the same way chilli powder does.
Clean infected areas with bleach. Lizards dislike the smell of chemicals and the odour from bleach can feel foreign or even “dangerous” to them.
If you’re against using chemicals at home, try this simple solution. As lizards are cold-blooded creatures that prefer warm environments, the sudden cold will shock them into staying in place, which makes it easier for you to remove them from your home.
Lizards scour a house for insects or food. Once you get rid of bugs and unwanted food trash in your home, they’ll naturally not invade your home. If you see a lizard on the walls, chase them out immediately to prevent an infestation.
By Atika Lim, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, February 2017 / Updated February 2020 / Updated by Jashleen Kaur, September 2020
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