The small lizards so ubiquitous to Florida are beneficial to have around your home because they feed on a steady diet of less-welcome intruders -- insects. But many people would prefer Florida's little lizards -- usually, some kind of anole -- patrol the outside of the home, not run up their walls or across their kitchen counters.
- Seal the openings around your home's doors and windows, which will cut down on the routes the small lizards can take to get inside. Caulk around your window and door trim and put weatherstripping around your windows and doors to fill any gaps. This will have the added benefit of blocking other pests and conserving energy.
- Check the screens in your windows and sliding doors for holes, breaks or bends, and repair any problems you find, so Florida's small lizards have fewer routes into your home.
- Close doors quickly when entering and leaving your home, so the lizards have less time to dart in. Eliminate clutter around the outside of your Florida home's doors, so the little lizards have fewer places to hide.
- Corner Florida's small lizards with your hands, one by one, and gently relocate them from your home to your yard or garden. They may bite you along the way, but not hard enough to cause injury.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after contact with any of Florida's small lizards. Like all reptiles, they may carry salmonella.
Do not grab a small Florida lizard by its tail. You'll be left holding its still-wriggling tail as the free lizard runs back under your couch. No worries, though, a tail will grow back.