Effective Methods To Get Rid Of Wall Geckos In Nigerian Homes

Some people are always uncomfortable at the sight of wall geckos in their houses. A major reason for the dislike of this kind of reptile is the fact that some species of wall geckos appear only at night and hide in the day. Their appearance may be queer and fishy to a lot of people, hence making them to be seen as being a suspicious creature. Another odd fact about wall geckos or house lizards is that they are a group of reptiles that are only seen on the walls of our buildings and houses unlike the normal lizard. In your bid to get rid of this kind of creature, we will encapsulate in this article the simple ways to get rid of wall geckos in your Nigerian houses or anywhere else.

how to get rid of wall geckos in nigeria

The wall gecko, also known as the common house gecko or house lizard, is a small, nocturnal lizard with soft skin. This kind of creature is relatively small compared to the normal lizard, as it measures up to 15 cm in length. Wall geckos usually havea grey or light brown to beige in colour. It’s native to south-east Asia, though it’s now found across the world, including large parts of Africa which Nigeria is included. The habitat of wall geckos is building and houses where they hide in cracks where they will see light. These wall geckos live on some small creatures that live around these houses, that’s why their major food is the insects they can catch around the house.

The presence of wall geckos can be a source of discomfort to you, though they are not dangerous, poisonous or dangerous, just through their mere presence often makes people to see them out. Also, the presence of wall geckos in homes could scare little children. Another odd fact about wall geckos is that, since it’s found mostly around the house and inside, they can also fall into foods if not properly covered or any other essential things. The existence of wall geckos isn’t limited to houses, as these creatures can be found in any house whether clean or dirty. The only solution to wall geckos presence in your house is to get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Wall Geckos in Your House in Nigeria

Moreover, you can detect a wall geckos by it appearance. This is seen as one sign of the presence of wall geckos is their black/brown droppings with a white tip. Another way is to look at your wall and see if you can spot one of them crawling. The good side of wall geckos is that it helps to ward off insects such as spiders in your house, they can be a pest in their own. There are various products and insecticides that are inexpensive and effective to get rid of wall geckos. Nonetheless, to give you a better way to get this done right, we will highlight how to get rid of wall geckos in your houses and buildings.

Using Garlic and Salt Around Your House

The use of garlic and salt are an age-long remedy in getting rid of wall geckos for a long time now. It works by blending the garlic and salt together, and pread the mixture in the areas of your house where you normally see wall geckos. By doing this, the smell of garlic and salt will chase them away because they do not like it such odor.

Keep Eggshells Around

Another way to get rid of wall geckos is to: Get an Eggshell and break it in half; do not squash the shell into pieces; carefully break it into two, and keep the eggshell in those areas of your house.  When wall geckos see egg-shells, they think it is a predator and this get rid of them. Occasionally change the eggshells after 3 to 4 weeks, so as to avoid decontamination and smell.

Plant Some Mothballs

Typically, moth-balls are used to protect articles from moths, cockroaches, ants, flies, and wall geckos. Mothballs are small balls of chemical pesticide and deodorant which is sometimes used when storing clothing and other articles which can easily get damaged from mould.

Set Sticky Traps

Sticky traps such as fly papers should be kept around the house in order to get rid of wall geckos. You can set sticky traps near windows or other entryways. On the off chance that you find a live gecko stuck in one of your sticky traps, you can simply unstick it and set it free by simply pouring vegetable oil over the trap.

You Can Use a Homemade Pepper Spray

The same irritation you feel when pepper spray is sprayed is equally the same as that felt by geckos when sprayed. You can get rid of wall geckos through this by mixing some pepper and water in a spray bottle and spray the solution around your home in hidden places such as under the refrigerator, behind the couch, or on the walls or any other warm place that is prone to wall geckos.

Render Your Backyard Inhospitable to Wall Geckos.

Obviously, your backyard is the welcome host for geckos in your home. The creature and other insects are in hidden spaces in your backyard. You can obviate wall geckos here by clearing and cleaning any places where they are prone to live in.

Other Ways to get rid of Wall Geckos

Other possible ways to get rid of wall geckos in Nigeria includes doing some sanitary work in your house and the environment. Wall geckos are often seen around the house and it environ, so the way to get rid of them will be by cleaning these areas so as to see off their presence.

The possible solutions to getting rid of wall geckos your houses include;

  • Ensuring that your windows and doors are properly sealed – This is very important because a lot of these creature often enter your house or office through openings in windows or doors. Ensure you fix nets in your doors and windows, as this will be a barrier for them.
  • Eliminate all insects in your house – It’s no news that wall geckos are mostly accompanied with insects. You can get rid of the dup by routinely fumigating them and through the use of insect killers.
  • Arranging your luggage properly – If you have much luggage and baggage heaped in your house, it’s of your best interest to declutter them as this is a good breeding ground for wall geckos.  Do the same with your kitchen which is also their habitat, and avoid piling utensils and cartons so the geckos will not have a place to hide or live there.


That’s the size of this article as we’ve emphasized much on what wall geckos are and how to get rid of them. This article provided you with all information on wall geckos and their presence; and subsequently we highlighted the ways on how to get rid of these house lizards in Nigeria.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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