Despite being a household pest, lizards can help reduce the population of flying insects in the home by preying on files, mosquitoes and moths, says pest control company Rentokil.

Nevertheless, homeowners should prevent their homes from being infested by lizards, as they may carry germs and parasites on their bodies.

Eliminate the food source. Lizards eat flies, so wash your dishes and clear away garbage to prevent flies from entering your home.

Minimise clutter. Lizards hide in newspapers and plastic bags, but also frame handles on the walls and garbage cans.

Try natural prevention methods. A mixture of pepper, chilli and water, sprayed onto corners and tight spots will keep lizards out. You can also leave egg shells out in the open. The scent will fool lizards into thinking that larger predators live in your home. Don’t wash out the egg shells, and be sure to replace them every week.

Already infested with lizards? Roll a mixture of coffee powder and tobacco powder into small balls in your palm to make homemade lizard poison. Engage professional pest control services if it gets out of hands; the team will apply residual spray in and around home premises. 

Did you know? Lizards are attracted to lights. They can also smell by tasting the air around them, which is why they have their tongues sticking out at a rapid pace!