People often find our blog after searching for some common island topic, like ‘St. Thomas Beach’, ‘car rental on St. Thomas’ - you get the idea.
Every now and then, however, someone finds us with a random search, such as the person who googled ‘Gecko Repellant’. I figured I would take this search and do a quick post on it, just in case this person – who is obviously dealing with some large gecko issue - finds our blog again.
We know geckos are all over our island, and many other tropical areas. They’re crossing the roads, hiding under your couch cushions, hanging out in palm trees and sunning themselves on roofs and patios. They come in all sizes – big like these guys (at the Marriot):
…and teensy like this one (on our living room wall):
I know a few things about geckos: they love maraschino cherries, they’re harmless, they’re photographed all the time by tourists and everytime they lift their body up and run like mad it cracks me up. I don’t know if there’s any sort of repellent for them – but I did find this list of tips to keep them away from your home:
1- Terminix time: once you rid your house of tiny pests the geckos, who love those insects, will probably take off as well.
2- Cool down: geckos like warm places, if your house is on the cooler side they won’t want to hang out there as much.
3- “Here kitty kitty”: having a cat roaming around your house will certainly put geckos on notice…although some will be too quick for your feline.
4- Seal and deal: take a quick walk around your house and check for cracks and holes that look inviting to a lizard, and seal them up. Spraying bug spray might also deter some geckos from coming in.
If you live on an island and read these tips you’ll see immediately that numbers 2 and 4 would be hard to work with. With electricity costs what they are almost no one is going to run their AC all day just to keep a lizard out. As for cracks and holes? Most island homes have open areas all over the place, so good luck with that one! Scott and I have Terminix come out on a regular schedule, but that’s for roaches and spiders; I can deal with lizards, but a roach? Oh no. No, no, no. No.
I don’t know where our gecko-sufferer lives, but I’m interested as to what kind of issue they’re having. I do have this to say to them, don’t sweat it! For the most part geckos are doing you a favor by chowing down on roaches, mosquitoes, termites and other little pests. If they’re not eating they’re most likely looking for a place to chill out and grab some sun, or they’re hanging off a tree branch watching the world go by.
Good luck to you!