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how do I rid gecos from my garage and surroundings?

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Dear Patricia

Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used. Please note that I cannot verify any of the products listed in pest control websites.

You probably have a Mediterranean or Turkish house gecko. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_house_gecko says it is not considered invasive due to its habits and small size; it rarely threatens populations of native animals. It seems to be highly resistant to insecticides and other pesticides. It has few predators in places where it has been introduced and it tends to take shelter in the cracks and unseen areas of human homes, such as inside walls. Reliance on human habitation has helped its proliferation.
http://www.texasinvasives.org/animal_database/detail.php?symbol=17 says the gecko breeds rapidly. Females lay eggs are laid in cracks and crevices in trees or buildings and other structures.

PestKill(http://pestkill.org/other/lizards/geckos-control/) says that you should trap the geckos inside the garage and surroundings. You can then use repellents to drive geckos away from their favourite feeding and hiding locations. The website lists various products that produce a disagreeable taste and odour to geckos and drive them away from ceilings, lights and walls. Gecko traps use scented lures (smelling like the geckos' favourite food and flavour) and the geckos get stuck to the glue. You should fill any cracks or small holes in the walls  with caulking and replace any screens with holes. You may need to call a professional pest control company.

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Common-House-Geckos says you should reduce the number of insects that the geckos feed on. The geckos should then move out to find better feeding areas. You should plug the ways that geckos get into your garage. Check under the doors for cracks in the door sweep and around windows for non-sealing areas. You should regularly spray bug spray on door and window sills and nearby bushes. Mothballs may deter geckos, but dissolve in water. You can catch a gecko by slapping a plastic bowl over it and sliding a paper under the bowl top; you can then release it far away. Cold geckos are slower, so reducing the temperature of the garage may also help.

I hope this helps

All the best

Jonathan  

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

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Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

Education/Credentials
BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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