Irritating lizards 18 May, 2008Posted by dear1dear2 in Around the House, Dear1.
Recently, there’s an increased in the number of lizards wondering into our house. And how do we know this? From the trail of lizard shit and lizard urine they leave around the house, on the wall, on the floor… -_-*
As a precaution, we started throwing away all the rubbish bins every night even though they are not full. Personally, I feel very environmentally guilty after throwing out so many quarter-to-half used plastic rubbish bags on a daily basis, but anything to keep lizards away. Furthermore, we made sure that there are no exposed food on the table or anywhere else in the the house. Loaf of bread will be tightly bundled and packed into yet another plastic bag to make life difficult for those pesky lizards.
Not everyone dislikes lizards though. I suddenly remember Dear2 mentioning that one of her colleagues actually appreciates lizards roaming the house, “keeps the mosquito population in check” she says. Well, I respect her judgment but I won’t tolerate lizards in my house. Surely there are other methods for keep mosquitoes away, just heed all those dengue prevention ads.
So back to the story, despite the lack of leftovers or any form of exposed food, we still continue observing disgusting lizards trails. Taking a look around the house, we realized that it’s impossible to seal the house to keep the lizards out. For one, the toilet ventilation windows are fixed in place and there’s no way to seal them off, so lizards can always climb in through the windows. So now it’s time for plan C.
Every few days, we’ll spray insecticide all around the house, especially around windows and doors and sewer areas where they may possibly enter the house from. Things seems to be improving slightly, but the trail still continues. Maybe lizard aren’t that afraid of insecticides as cockroaches. After all, lizards aren’t classified as insects.
Whenever a lizard is spotted in the house, it is always hunted down. Dear1, armed with a bottle of insecticide and an opened tupperware will convert the devilish four legged beast. Although I just mentioned that they aren’t really afraid of insecticide doesn’t mean that they are immune to it, just like humans will also die from insecticide overdoes. Adopting the same theory, Dear1 will chase the lizard to the mountains and down the sea, waiting for the lizard to let its guard down. Seizing the opportunity, Dear1 sprays an overdose of insecticide on the unsuspecting lizard, covering it in a sea of toxic moist. While it struggles to get away from the scene, the poisonous fumes start to affect its movements, slowing it down to a crawl and Dear1 entraps it under the inverted plastic prison in one swift motion. Dear1 then places a shoe atop the tupperware to ensure the lizard doesn’t get away. Normally, everything will be left as it is overnight. The next day, Dear1 will quickly pick it up using paper towels and throw it away.
Some may think that this is quite an exaggerated method of catching a lizard but both Dear1 and Dear2 are not very comfortable with catching pest with our bare hands. Furthermore, it runs too fast to catch and hence the need to slow it down with insecticide.
The one thing I still don’t understand is, these simple minded animals, surely they only visit places where food is to be found. So if there’s no readily available food in my house, where are they still coming in? Grr… Sometimes I do notice lizards along the corridors and in the void decks, perhaps there are quite a lot of lizards in the neighbourhood? If so, should I call up the town council and get them to put a stop to such problems?
Temporary solution: Buy a lizard trap from NTUC and place it near potential entry points and keep all food out of reach.