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We don’t know about you but every once in a while, we stumble upon a tiny lizard scuttering its way across our kitchen, bathroom or even worse, bedroom walls at night.  Lizards are hard to get rid off and are swift on their tiny little feet that catching them is near impossible – heck, most of us just shoo them away. 

Here are 10 effective ways of getting rid of them and preventing them from coming back:

1. Egg shells

Lizards are said to hate the smell of eggs, so you might want to strew egg shells around the house or in the kitchen. If you can, try not to wash them before putting them out. Instead, wipe dry and leave them be for a stronger smell.

2. Coffee powder

Just like cockroaches, lizards hate the strong odour of coffee powder. However, if you’re looking to do more than just deter them from entering your home, you could actually mix coffee and tobacco powder and leave around the house. Tobacco powder is poisonous to lizards.

3. Garlic

Who knew this humble ingredient could be so useful both in the kitchen and everywhere else around the house. Lizards really hate the smell that the enzymes in garlic emits, so if you’re having a lizard problem in the kitchen, leave some cloves around. Alternatively, make a garlic juice spray and wipe your counters with them.

4. Onion

Just like garlic, onions are said to be great for keeping lizards at bay. You can also make an onion juice spray and spray your countertops.

5. Pepper

Lizards really hate the “spicy” odour from pepper, so if you’re hell bent on getting them out of the house, pour some pepper into a porous bag and let the odour deter them.

6. Chilli powder

Just like pepper, chilli powder deters lizards beause of its “spicy” scent. Keep them in a porous bag and leave around the house.

7. Dried chilli

Not a fan of leaving powder packets around the house? Leave dried chilli out instead. They’re easy to find and work the same way chilli powder does.

8. Bleach

Clean infected areas with bleach. Lizards hate the smell of chemical and the odour from bleach can feel foreign or even “dangerous” to them. 

9. Cold water spray

If you’re against using chemicals at home, or don’t want to actually harm lizards by using insect repellent or poison, this trick is for you. As lizards are cold-blooded creatures that prefer warm and humid environments, the sudden cold will shock them into staying in place. This make it easier for you to remove them from your home.

10. Keep stagnant water at bay and keep food away

The best way to prevent lizards from coming into your home is to ensure they don’t actually have a reason to come in. This means getting rid of stagnant water so insects don’t breed, and to store food properly so they don’t have a reason to come in.


Adapted from The Singapore Women’s Weekly.


This article has been updated on 24 December 2020.