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Can You Use Lizards Indoors for Pest Control?

Cindy has always been fascinated by life in the sea and has had several saltwater aquariums, one a natural reef.

A gecko like this one will eat small insects inside and then head back out through an open window when it cools off.

A gecko like this one will eat small insects inside and then head back out through an open window when it cools off.

The Resident Gecko

While visiting the powder room at a friend's house recently, I was startled by the appearance of a baby gecko running across the floor and up the wall. I must confess, I wasn’t terribly surprised by its appearance since she really loves animals. You never know what kind of critter you’ll see while visiting her, or where it might have escaped to or from. You see, she does rabbit rescues and rehabilitates wildlife—in fact, I was there volunteering on this particular visit.

I asked her if she knew it was in there. Nodding, she shared, “He lives in the bathroom and catches insects. He came in when the window was open this spring. I hope he goes back out this fall when it cools off.” This gecko was little—less than three inches from nose to tip of tail—so he was only catching very tiny insects at this point. But he was thriving, so he must be eating something.

Do You Want Lizards In Your Home?

I decided I wanted to check this out. My inquiring mind wanted to know: Was it feasible to use a lizard in a house for pest control? And were people doing it? It was an intriguing idea, and definitely a green choice for pest control. I’ve seen pictures of lizards in houses but typically, these were in houses that did not have screens on their windows. I wondered if the lizards were there because the owners wanted them there, or were they there because the owners had no choice in the matter?

So I started my quest. To my surprise, upon my Google searches, I generally ended up on pest control sites where people were trying to get rid of lizards that were in their homes. I had not really expected that. I guess it really shouldn't have been surprising though because lizards would have an easier time of getting into a house than a mouse would, since a mouse can't climb vertical surfaces. And if someone said they had a mouse in their house, I wouldn't be surprised.

Lizard Infestation

On a pest control site forum this question was posed: “I live in Dallas and have an infestation of lizards at my home. What are my options to get rid of them? And don’t tell me to call pest control.” Now that question got my attention because I live just outside of Dallas, and I had never heard of anyone having a “lizard infestation.”

Most responders told the person with the lizard infestation to “get a kitty.” Apparently, kitties are faster than lizards.

Another responder told them to “Get rid of your bugs and you remove the lizard’s food source. No bugs, no lizards.” Okay … so, the lizards were a known bug control source. I was getting closer to an answer.

I found the next response hilarious as I picture the scenario in my head. They shared, “…unless you want to poison them, learn to live with them. I live just east of Dallas and we have them. I even got to work one day and had one in my pants…” Oh my … That would've certainly been a surprise visit. A new holiday could be invented...a take your lizard to work day!

A lizard chomping down on a fairly large roach.

A lizard chomping down on a fairly large roach.

Do Lizards Eat Cockroaches?

Then I changed up the words in my search query and was able to find a more productive bit of information. An answer to a question in one of the forums went like this, “I know a friend with a German cockroach insect infestation and would like to know if releasing a gecko into her house would be a good idea to control insects. She’s tried ... physical attacks such as stomping and the vacuum cleaner to no avail.” Now, I thought, I’m finally getting somewhere. I also thought that I'd have to be pretty desperate to chase bugs down with a vacuum cleaner. Yikes!

The forum post continued, “She’s losing the roach and insect war, and she needs a safer alternative to an exterminator—like geckos. What kinds do your readers use?” Bingo! Someone was asking the same question I was. Now, we were getting somewhere.

Lizards often require conditions that are more moist than the typical home.

Lizards often require conditions that are more moist than the typical home.

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But, the answer to the question began by sharing that it's illegal in most states (in the U.S.) to release non-native animals of any kind, even lizards. Because of this, they went on to state, “…I can’t recommend this method despite its widespread popularity.”

Is being released dangerous to lizards?

Having stated that up front, they continued, “Wall-crawling geckos, such as the popular mixed-species bag of house geckos spreading across many warmer climes, need humidity above what’s inside most U.S. homes. They tend to dehydrate unless a few plants with moist soil or water trays are available to them. A house with lots of insects may sustain them with moisture-filled meals for a while—I don’t want to visit anyone in a house that can do that long term—but the geckos will probably die or find their way outside after a week.”

Okay, so maybe it’s not so feasible after all. This was a reptile forum, so they should know what they are talking about.

Are pets a threat to lizards?

They also went on to confirm what some of the people in the other forum were stating. “Secondly, house pets such as cats are fatal to geckos. I know of one instance in which the owners released an adult tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) in their home to eat cockroaches. They assumed it would be too big and threatening for their cat to touch—adult tokays average more than a foot in length—but kitty proved more than a match. It snatched the running lizard off a wall before it knew what hit it. A cat that would grab a wild rat in its mouth will have no qualms about catching a mere gecko—even a tokay.”

Essentially all of my questions had been answered in this post. Yes, people actually do try to use lizards to remove pests from their home. And yes, it will work for a while. But it may be a very short while, especially if they own a cat.

So apparently, if the right conditions were provided, a lizard could be used as a form of bug control in the house.

But, you want to make sure that you "always leave home without them."

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Cindy Murdoch

Have You Used Lizards for Insect Control?

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Ali.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Thanks for sharing, Steve. They will go where the food is. If you want to keep them indoors, you just have to supply food in the habitat you want them to return to.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Never heard of one falling into a cooking pot, Ritwik. Interesting. I bet they don't like falling in the pot anymore than you do.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Mgary ... thanks for sharing.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

As far as the droppings go, Ron, I hope it wasn't the kitchen sink. Droppings ... that is the biggest drawback to keeping any animal in the house. But, that doesn't stop me from having my dogs and cats so ...

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Not sure what mozzies are, but I hope it worked, Gautaman.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Steven Martin, that is fast reproduction! Yikes!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

I am not sure, Linda, but I am guessing that it could if any of the poison had not been processed by the roach before it died.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by, antonymark

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

Good information! Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on July 21, 2020:

A dog will be able to take down a lizard of considerable size, even poisonous. The dog will lose that one. There are lots of bugs in Texas ... I know. I am a native Texan. It is something I have to deal with and I hate spiders. I ran across the biggest wolf spider I have ever seen a couple months ago. It was 4 inches across!!!! I hope you've learned to deal with your spiders.

antonymark3000 on November 21, 2019:

This is an admirable list of resources. I enjoyed reading the blog.

I think can help me out in terms of keeping my family safe from pests.

Thanks a lot for posting this!

ali on October 10, 2019:

hello everyone. i tell my experience about lizards. since i have released a lizard in my home i have no longer any beetle and spider. apparently they have eaten by lizard and i can see my lizard some time in home and notice getting bigger than first :))

Steve Stallard on July 26, 2019:

When I lived in S Florida I got tired of spraying for bugs. I hated the smell. One day I saw a chameleon catch a couple of palmetto bugs out in the back yard.We had lots and lots of chameleons running around. I let a few chameleons in the house and in very short form they eliminated all the bugs. Whenever I had any roaches of any kind I just brought in these little lizards and let them go in cupboards or wherever there was an infestation. Afterward they happily went back outside.

CorkieJean2 on May 11, 2019:


My husband is deathly allergic to pesticides.. new neighbor moved in, within a few months the German roaches they brought with them (evidently) ... began coming to our house. Researched online..." Tokay Gecko are large, can consume a lot of prey and thrive in manmade environments, so they are sometimes utilized for the control of insects that are considered pests". For about 2 weeks you they stay in a cage... where they have a constant supply of fresh water. they'll return. I kept a small fresh bowl beside the bathroom sink and in the corner of the bath tub. ( always check toilets BEFORE use ! ! ! ) They'll sometimes join you on a shower wall. Don't walk around house in the dark... they are called the PITBULL of Lizards... google Tokay bites... it's NOT pretty. How many will they eat? ...

" how many do you have?" .... when they run out of food, they return more often to cage and you'll see them more often. Pet stores will usually agree for their return (FREE TO THE STORE) when they've done the job. Cricket legs can hurt their tongue and cause abscess, which then has to be lanced... I won't give them crickets with jumping legs.

VictoriaRosaLee on April 01, 2019:

It’s 2019 & I just ran across this informative & hilarious post. Being terrified of spiders, scorpions with an intense distrust of disease carrying mosquitoes I am bravely leaving my life in KS to the live near the coast in Texas. I had on another blog about how difficult it was to keep Tx patios clear of spiders & that alone almost made me change my mind about moving. But I thought I’d look further & found this little spot. I think I can survive now. But the question is, how big a lizard do I need to find so my little King Charles Cavaliers don’t bring it to me as a hunting gift. They often bring me birds, rabbits, squirrels & other creatures. They play with little lizards, geckos & snakes with no intention to eat them but generally the snake slithers off & the tiny gecko or lizards get injured. My doggies look up at me with a sad look like their new toy just broke. So that said I really like this natural control method. We will have a screened in porch. The area inside & out is extremely humid.

Ritwik on August 14, 2018:

People don't want lizards because if they fall in cooking pots or their tail falls in one and people eat that, they die. There have been news reports which are common. They don't just visit and head out, they stay in corners and make a home sometimes. I want a lizard that does not do all that, one that does not leave body parts everywhere or is not stupid enough to fall into cooking pots.

Mgary on May 09, 2018:

When I was 5 or 6 my family lived in Hawaii. There were huge flying roaches there so it was a problem keeping them out of the house. My mom used to send us out to catch lizards. We would bring them in and let them go. They controlled the bug population in the house nicely. We rarely ever saw them unless there was a bug out in the open one of them wanted...

Ron Gecko on November 03, 2017:

Bought a tokay gecko and released it in my house in Tucson AZ. He lived with us for about five years eating up all the insects. He typical drank from the sink and usually left his droppings there too.

Gautaman on July 29, 2017:

I'm trying to control mozzies in my house with lizards. The usual garden lizards here in India. Let's see how it goes.

Steven Martin on January 11, 2017:

They have a higher regenerative rate than any of the other vermin cockroaches, and in good conditions can develop from egg to grown-up in as meager as 36 days. Female German bugs convey the ootheca until it's prepared to bring forth (for the most part inside 24 hours). There are normally 30-50 eggs for every case except upwards of 48 eggs has been recorded. A female that carries on with an ordinary life expectancy (200 days) may create 4-5 oothecae.

Linda Shaw on November 02, 2016:

I enjoyed your post... and found it while searching for my own question. In our past home we had a large front porch with many potted plants that acted as breeding ground and home for a large anol lizard population. They earned their keep by keeping our mosquito and roach population at bay.. and our dog kept their numbers in check.

Now we have moved and have a much smaller screened in porch with an outside dresser that I use for toys, etc... for visitors. It has recently become infested with roaches .. I want to use the roach baits to rid myself of them on my back porch but am aware... I have seen.. that the anols like to eat the roaches. I don't want to poison my anols... because they also eat wasps and other beetles that get trapped in my screen porch. Do you know if the poison that would kill the roach will be passed on to an anol lizard that might eat it later?

Thank you for your response

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

Thanks, vipin. I will be posting more come the first of the year.

vipin on November 15, 2013:

This is a real scoop for everybody. This is an interesting blog page. I do hope you could do some more post. Good job!

RunAbstract from USA on August 14, 2013:

Great Hub! I actually released a lizard in my house last summer, which had been caught at work, so it was native to my part of the world. It was there for about 2 months and then escaped! He was almost cute, only about 2 1/2 inches long. I got used to seeing him here and there at random times.

I do keep several houseplants, and also put out tiny water "dishes" for it. But alas... (heavy sigh)... my lizard preferred the great outdoors.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 08, 2013:

This is true! I guess you have to choose your battles. Which do you want to deal with?

LionI on July 14, 2013:

K well first of all. what comes in must come out. If the geckos job is to eat the roaches and roam around your house. You'd better be sure that there would be a whole lot of gecko crap all over the place. And thus attract more roaches anyway.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 05, 2013:

Mariane - a gecko will not hurt you. I know that that doesn't help you deal with your fear, but it will not hurt you. I wish I had one to live in my house to take care of our insects. A few months ago I was awakened when a scorpion stung me on my arm in bed. A gecko may have prevented that.

Mariane on March 29, 2013:

I live in South America and it's quite common finding geckos indoors. I just can't sleep when I know there's one in the room, I'm afraid they'll climb my bed while I'm sleeping. On the other hand, I'm also afraid that if I take it out, it will never eat the insect it came in to eat, and it climbs my bed. I'm a little afraid of both insects and geckos - not a rational fear, really -, so for me it's torture. In fact there is one right now in my room and I found your page by googling if it is possible that a gecko climb someone's leg or something...

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 21, 2013:

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with natural insect control!

cobeal on December 27, 2012:

Yes, if you live in the right place, geckos are great pest control. On some islands where it is super moist 24/7 and mosquitoes are a never ending plague, there are night geckos that can walk on the ceiling and have tongues that are seemingly as long as their bodies. Some locals keep them in the house and let them roam free to take care of biting insects. Came back to my rented condo once (1979) after dark and after the cleaning people had pulled the screens and replaced them not quite tight. The ceiling and walls were literally covered with mosquitoes. Because someone told me that the locals used the geckos I went to a local hamburger stand and coaxed a local gecko into my employ. Left the gecko in the living room. returned 2 hours later. 1 gecko zero mosquitoes. Gently coaxed the gecko off the ceiling and returned it to its home. I have been told that virtually all reptiles present a salmonella risk. Grew up with snakes and lizards inside and out of the house. Never got sick from them that I know of but wise to wash hands after handling.

King snakes and bull snakes are the best mousers ever but they tend to locate themselves in places where you might accidentally crush them so it is really not advisable to have them loose 24/7 .

Mine seemed to like the inside of the rocking chair , up around the springs, so we gave up the theory that they should roam free inside.

Amazing little hunters.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 12, 2012:

tomac - your comment made me smile. Everyone should have a lizard or two, but only at night so the squeamish do not have to know they are there. I really do enjoy watching the lizards we have in our yard. I do not have any in the house, but I certainly wouldn't mind if they came in and made themselves as home. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

tomac on April 11, 2012:

I moved to Auburn Alabama in 96 and the bugs are many down here. Got into spraying just like everyone I know then I started thinking about all of the poison in the soil and started looking for another method. I noticed a small lizard on occasion around the house, asked a "bug guy" about my newly formed idea and now I have quit using spray. This is my second summer without spray and I am trying to populate these lizards outside of the house. I've only seen one inside so far and I do have screens on the windows. Every night I turn on the outside porch lights to feed them. They are Mediterranean Geckos so they are nocturnal. So far every warm night I have seen at least one on the front of the house and they are getting fat!! Last year I saw one roach in the house and this year have not seen any so far. I want more lizards plain and simple. Nocturnal so my wife doesn't see them and the more I have of them the less bugs in and around the house. I think every one should do it.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on April 09, 2012:

This is definitely a green solution to an insect problem but not one that many are willing to tolerate. Yes, I think it would take bravery for some, although very few lizards can cause harm to humans.

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on April 09, 2012:

What an interesting hub! This takes bravery for some, I would think.

Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on February 17, 2012:

tsmog - I am glad that you enjoyed this hub. I have lots of lizards in my yard and I just love to look at them. Spiders are great bug catchers also, but I do not like them at all. Thanks so much!

Xenonlit - So sorry to hear of the loss of the lizards. Sounds like you were dealing with survival of the biggest!

Thanks to both of you for stopping by and helping to make my birthday a truly memorable one.

Xenonlit on February 16, 2012:

We had a great balance of lizards and more on our acre. Then the more aggressive blue bellies came and took over from the more placid ones. The blue bellies would pump up and down, looking for any bug to eat.

Then the cat came along and, little ecological nightmare that it was, age everything! Lizards, good and bad insects...

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on February 16, 2012:

Hello HSB. Great hub, awesome. I learned bunches. Having lizards in the garden it is interesting watching them sun on the wall and run along the fence rail. I put some hallowed logs for them in the yard too, seems to be working. As far as spiders go there is a jumping spider living on my window sill. No flies, I must say - smile.

Thank you for sharing your adventure and knowledge

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 24, 2011:

carrie - funny, but I had a dream last night about catching lizards to keep as pets. Lizards don't bother me too much, but a snake or a spider would be a whole different matter.

I one time had a spider drop from the visor in my car onto me while I was driving. I'm lucky to have survived that one. It took extreme will power not to vacate the premises even though I was going 60 mph. LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

carriethomson from United Kingdom on October 24, 2011:

Ewwwwww!! i have an extreme dislike for lizards and wouldn't want one in my house. i would be better off with the bugs than the lizzards:) The lizs in this hub are quite colourful:) and i read in one of the comments that her daughter wore a chamelion in the head!! bravo.. :O that requires a great deal of courage.. very unique and intresting hub, voted up!!


Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 18, 2011:

Brett - I would not want them to land on me or my food unexpectedly. I especially would not like it if I was asleep went it happened! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Very interesting commment, now I have to go figure out where you live.

Brett C from Asia on October 18, 2011:

Interesting and funny hub. We have hundreds of Geckos in this country and they are pretty much harmless. Although I would choose them over cockroaches, you also have to remember that what they 'clear' also has to come out the other end ... and as they can be upside-down, this can go anywhere. Another aspect is that they sometimes drop or jump, which has had they land in meals, on peoples heads, or just jump out of a dark corner ... they are harmless, but it doesn't half wake you up!! lol

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 18, 2011:

stayingalivemoma - what a change - Michigan to Arizona! Wow! I bet you really had to get used to snakes and bugs too. And probably spiders. I am not fond of spiders and snakes. But lizards don't bother me. I can't imagine being scared of an earthworm, but I'll take your word for it! LOL. Glad you stopped by and obviously read the whole thing even though it wasn't one of your favorite subjects. Impressive!

Valerie Washington from Tempe, Arizona on October 18, 2011:

homesteadbound--I am originally from Michigan and so I got introduced to the lizard population when I moved out here to Arizona!! As a matter of fact, that very day that I read this hub, I just had an unromantic encounter with one on my gate when I reached up to undo the latch!!

Seeing that I am also afraid of worms...yes, I am....I just can't envision me warming up to something that is bigger and faster than my earthworm phobia!! LOL...thanks for sharing!!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 18, 2011:

Moon Daisy - we might indeed have a lot in common. I do like lizards, but I have never come up against a poisonous one. They would be a self-sufficient pet.

A newt probably needs fairly moist conditions so your home would not be a good place. I bet your daughter enjoyed seeing it. I have seen salamanders, but I'm not sure if I have ever seen a newt.

Glad to see you again.

Moon Daisy from London on October 18, 2011:

Wow, my perfect hub! :) I would love to have a lizard living alongside us in the house, (as I commented on another of your lizard hubs before seeing this one - spooky!). It would make a great pet, but be kind of self-sufficient if it could eat enough bugs.

I would also have to be sure that it was as happy about the situation as I would be. I'd want to treat the lizard right!

We had a newt in the house a few weeks ago. (Slightly similar to a lizard, although amphibians not reptiles!). I found it in the garden, and kept it for a few hours, so that my daughter could see it. I loved it! And it was great just letting it wander around, crawling on the furniture and exploring. I was quite sad to release it, but I didn't have the right provisions for caring for a newt, and it's probably a darn sight happier in the garden.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 11, 2011:

davenmidtown - some us can get kind of wild here in Texas! Some of Texas is flat rolling desert, and I fear after the drought this year, that there is more desert than there was a year ago. Just check out my Drought Man article.

I did a search to try and find the biggest insect in Texas and ran across the biggest bug in the world. You, especially, definitely want to go check this out!

A 22" long insect - one of your favorites!

The Titan beetle (Titanus giganteus) is the largest known beetle in the Amazon rain forest and one of the largest insect species in the world. It typically lives in the rain forests of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, the Guianas and north-central Brazil very near to the equator.

Still looking for Texas bugs...

The native in me however is restless, so I'm moving on to bigger and better things!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 11, 2011:

I don't know HSB I always think of Texas as if it is Africa. When you grow up in California... you just get the assumption Texas is rolling flat desert. Africa has some pretty tropical areas so I bet they have things like the giant Rhino beetles. It would certainly be interesting to see.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 11, 2011:

melodyandes - I'm glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks for stopping by!

melodyandes on October 11, 2011:

Very fascinating and useful hub.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 10, 2011:

davenmidtown - what a pest you are! You're starting to 'bug' me! ;)

Would be nice to go to Africa, and Greece, and Hawaii, and .... I better stop. I'm getting depressed! :)

I bet they have Texas sized insects in Africa!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 10, 2011:

I have more I add... if you'd like... @molometer... how I would to visit Africa... just the insects alone would be a worthy part of the trip...

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 10, 2011:

I hope that was the straight poop and nothing but the poop, molometer! :)

That was quite a merry trail he lead me down that night!

It must have been interesting to live in some different locations. I've lived in Texas my whole life.

That's for sharing your daughter's story. I bet it was really cute!

Micheal from United Kingdom on October 10, 2011:

When I was living in Africa we found a very rare green chameleon. It was so cute. My daughter put it in her hair as a kind of hair clasp. It stayed there for ages (and did not poop!)

We let it loose in the lemon tree. Apparently one hadn't been seen for 30 years in that part of South Africa. Luckily we took some pictures.

Just had to add to the poop comments lol.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

we will chat again some other time.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

and some class... thanks for chatting...

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

I think we can all use a little culture ...

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

I think it builds culture... people must have had a fascination with poop... we have sayings like Cow Pie and Horse Apples... I personnel prefer not to study it unless I have too.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

Just being polite. Just being polite!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

Cry me a river... me thinks you enjoy the bugging... else you'd stop replying... lol

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

davenmidtown - I'm tempted to say that you are full of it, but I shall refrain. Me thinks you are having too much fun bugging me!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

well fortunately it all comes out in the wash! lol

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

davenmidtown - made it up to a chuckle that time!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:


Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

davenmidtown-okay ... you made me smile!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

nothing is poopier then goose poop... hence the saying... loose as a goose...

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

Yes a strange conversation... thanks for your two cents. And thnks for stopping by!

jodiejay71 on October 02, 2011:

This is a strange conversation going on! I'll add my two cents now..chicken poop is the poopiest!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

Been there, done that! When I was home schooling my kids, did it again! Lots of little bones.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

One of the most interesting poops to examine are birds of prey... especially owls.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

You may be right...I've never compared them side by side. When I had chickens, I did not have indoor cats. Now that I have indoor cats I do not have chickens. I'll think I'll gladly hand the poop expert baton over to you! :)

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

I think... and correct me if I am wrong... that cat poop is by far the worst poop to encounter....

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

I don't know if I'm glad that we are having this conversation or not. I think you just told me and a whole lot of other folks more than we ever wanted to know. But while we're on the subject, from my personal experience, nothing is worse than chicken poop - that stuff sticks!

As a past master naturalist I can tell you that bear poop is not a mess ... it is scat!

Oh no, now I'm sounding like the poop expert ...I'm outta here before I get myself into trouble!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

Homesteadbound.... lizard poop looks a great deal like bird poop.... not like geese poop or duck poop, something like chicken poop, turkey poop, or even like a larger version of canary poop... when we talk about poop... it amazes me that deer poop and rabbit poop like identical... and seal poop looks a lot like dog poop. Bear poop on the other hand (so to speak) ... is just a mess. :-)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

molometer - don't get me wrong. I don't mind lizards. In fact, we had a guy who was treating our house for termites, and I saw a lizard going into the liquid (termite insecticide?) and I put my hand between it and the liquid and it crawled right up my arm. It was really neat. The termite guy said it was the $?%?&est thing he'd ever seen. He couldn't believe a wild lizard would do that. But sometimes I have a way with animals. I just looked at the lizard for a while and then helped it crawl onto a tree. It's just when I don't expect it that I don't like it. So having said all that, you are probably right, I would love them.

Micheal from United Kingdom on October 02, 2011:

homesteadbound you would love them, they keep themselves to themselves and are more scared of us, so you wouldn't have to worry about them crawling on you. And you just have to make sure you leave no food lying around (not that they would eat it) Gecko's are great.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

molometer - Now that's what I'm talking about - an authentic African experience! And cute, to boot! The only time I would have a problem with them would be if they fell on me while I was sleeping or tried to crawl on me while I was sleeping. That could get to me! Also would not want them around my food. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

davenmidtown - yes, what goes in must come out! But I've seen places where the roaches have pooped too, and that is gross too. Still not a fun job. Never seen lizard poop though, although I have seen toad. I would guess it would be the same. I can't believe i'm really having this conversation - can you?

Thanks for sharing!

Micheal from United Kingdom on October 02, 2011:

During my time in South Africa we often had Gecko's crawling around the house and I'm sure that they ate plenty of bugs but not sure how many you would need to be totally; chemical free. Interesting idea. I never found them a problem. in fact I felt I was having an authentic African experience. They are so cute too.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on October 02, 2011:

I worked at a large Aquarium for a while and the owner had turned a variety of lizards loose in the store some 20 years prior. They thrived in the moist, warm environment. One of my least favorite tasks however, was cleaning up the lizard poop... and they do poop.....

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

LABrashear - They probably wouldn't do well in a very dry home. Although as dry as it has been here, I see them outside all the time. Bug--we've got BUGS! And lots of them. We need a good winter freeze to take care of them this year, unfortuantely with the drought, and then a really cold winter could do alot of plants especially trees in. Sure could use some rain!

LABrashear from My Perfect Place, USA on October 02, 2011:

What a great idea. I would much rather have a lizard in the house than bugs or mice. We catch frogs and make homes for them in our garden for natural bug control, so same concept I guess. We live in a pretty dry climate, so I don't think the lizard thing would work here, but we don't have a horrible bug problem either (thankfully!) Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on October 02, 2011:

Silver Poet - Having a lizard in the house could be very interesting for sure. But I think it would be kind of neat too. I live out in the country and have more spiders than I like. One is more than I like! If the lizards would eat the spiders, I would welcome them. Thanks for stopping by!

Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on October 02, 2011:

I have always loved to watch fence lizards outside, and I'm always telling people, "Leave them there. They eat lots of bugs." But I never really thought about having lizards indoors. This was an interesting read.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 20, 2011:

ThoughtSandwiches - Now I have images of two 900 pound geckos under that house! I'm just glad it's that house and not my house! :) I will do my best to take the fowl, or rather I mean foul, out of the subject of poultry. In fact, you might have to check out the silkie chicken articles, they are quite fowl, without being foul. Thanks for stopping by, commenting, and voting!

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on September 20, 2011:

This was awesome. I lived in a house in Southern California that was infested with potato bugs (I am fighting the gag reflex as I think about them) and we got three baby geckos and let them run free.

Unfortunately one of them got stepped on by a roommate in the kitchen in the middle of the night (Right? What are the odds...) The other two disappeared into the nether regions of the home. All the potato bugs were gone. I have (to this day) images of two 900 pound geckos under that house.

I am voting all the Up buttons I can find and have started following you. The reason for the follow you ask? The intriguing notation in your biography that you were going to write about poultry. A fowl subject...but one that needs addressing...

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 27, 2011:

Rick, thanks so much for stopping by. It really does seem like a good idea as long as we can provide the environment that they require to live.

rick combe from USA on August 27, 2011:

my mother has always kept small lizards living in her indoor sun/plant room for insect control. it's good to know other people see their benefit.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 27, 2011:

Yes, tlmcgaa70, I remember them spitting blood at me. The reason they are getting so scarce is because the fire ants are killing off the ants that the horned toad eats.

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on August 27, 2011:

yes, i heard that to, even in arizona...and growing up in arizona we caught them every chance we got. we would play with them a bit then release them again. very cute little lizard, they horny toad. i never had one spit blood at me though...never even heard they could do that til i grew up and moved to tx.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 27, 2011:

tlmcgaa70, it would be sad if there were once lizards there and they are not anymore. We are experiencing the same thing with the horned toad / horny toad here in Tx, in fact it is illegal to handle one if you see one now, and I used to play with them as a child.

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on August 27, 2011:

you know, the funny thing is that i have not seen one single lizard in all my 11 years here on the rez. box turtles are nearly extinct here...i wonder if the lizards died out here as well.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 27, 2011:

Thanks, jodiejay71. I love watching the lizards too. We don't have any that change colors though. The most colors ours exhibit is a bright blue tail. Thanks for stopping by.

jodiejay71 on August 27, 2011:

Interesting! We have many lizards around our home and I know they catch many bugs. I enjoy watching them..especially when the lizards change colors. Good article!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 26, 2011:

RunAbstract-Glad you enjoyed it. It is an interesting concept! Thanks for stopping by!

RunAbstract from USA on August 26, 2011:

I LOVE this!

Voted up and more!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 24, 2011:

Admiral_Joraxx - I'm with you. I think it would be neat to have a lizard in the house to catch the bugs. I just wouldn't want to do it if I could not provide the right conditions for them and then have them die. I do look for them when I am outside. Thanks for your comment. I knew there were places where people liked keeping them in their homes.

qsera - I smile at your response, because I like lizards and hate the bugs. I have a big dislike/fear of spiders, so I definitely understand you saying you hate them. Glad you stopped by.

qsera on August 24, 2011:

Eeks, how I hate lizards!! I prefer the smaller bugs than having a lizard in my home.

Admiral_Joraxx from Philippines on August 23, 2011:

In the Philippines, we like having lizards around the house because they catch mosquitoes,bugs and other insects for food. For me they are a great pet because you don't have to buy them, they just come around, you don't have to take care of them, they do it themselves and yet they helped you by controlling some other pests around.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on August 23, 2011:

tlmcgaa70 - sounds like a good idea to me, although I don't think I would like one loose in my house. But I grew up on a farm, and we had several snakes around the farm that we knew were taking care of the mice and rats. A chicken coop has lots of mice, so they would be well fed. Just as long they didn't eat the eggs...

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