Which Types of Lizards Live Near Homes?

There are more species of lizards than any other reptile in the world, though most varieties are rarely seen near residential neighborhoods. However, the types of lizards that do frequent populated areas persistently invade homes. Western fence lizards, house geckos, and brown or green anoles are experts at squirming through cracks around windows, doors, and foundations. Green iguanas are also a common sight around lawns, patios, and swimming pools.

Recognizing Different Types of Lizards

Western fence lizards have distinctive blue patches on the sides of their bellies. Brown and green anoles match the color descriptions in their names and tend to have thin, pointed faces. Common house geckos, on the other hand, are gray to ashy pink with larger eyes and a smoother appearance than the scaly anole. All of these lizards typically only measure between three and eight inches long, so they're easy to separate from green iguanas, which grow to between 12 and 17 inches in length.

Damage Caused

Having lizards around the house affects residents differently depending on the species. Fence lizards, geckos, and anoles leave behind messy poop that stains fabric and startle people with their sudden, quick movements. Larger and more intimidating, iguanas can bite, scratch, or whip their tails, though like most lizards, they would rather run away when confronted. Some species will even detach their tails and leave them behind as a distraction rather than attack. Iguanas also dig in lawns, collapse sidewalks, and eat garden fruit.

Exclusion & Removal

With few reliable options for repellants and poisons, habitat modification and trapping remain the most successful ways to get rid of lizards. Eliminating insects, fixing broken screens, and plugging holes will keep many different types of lizards out of the house. To exclude iguanas, avoid planting soft fruits, roses, orchids, and other foliage that attracts them. Instead, choose varieties they dislike such as milkweed, oleander, and citrus fruits.

While trapping can be effective, it often requires close contact with the pests, which may lead to injury or Salmonella infection. Equipped for the job at hand, Critter Control's wildlife experts can remove any type of lizard threatening property or peace of mind.